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Covid! now has a firm grip on Thailand.

Bangkok is under a severe lock-down in a desperate attempt to control a Covid outbreak. Some in our churches near Bangkok have become sick. Immunizations are slowly going out,  not as fast as the disease is spreading. Because of this, travel throughout the country has been drastically cut back. Our schools here in MaeTaeng schools opened one month late this year: in mid-June. Then by early July, the children here at MaeTaeng Children’s Home were sent back to their villages when the schools announced they would be closed until August.

Before the children returned home,  we were able to have Youth Group a few times. The kids are all terrified of Covid. At the college level, Steve was all set to teach English to the CIT students. Similarly, they have only been able to have classes for about a month.

Today, the government announced that all gatherings are forbidden. We have watched as many businesses in Chiang Mai have closed. Many more are on the brink of closing.  Our friends Yui and Tun, who are small business owners, are struggling to get by.

Home Assignment 2021

In two short weeks, we plan to return to the United States for our next Home Assignment. We are excited to see family and friends and report back to you, our supporting churches, about what God has been doing these last two years in Northern Thailand and throughout the southeast Asia field. AND we have a big announcement to share with you! So we do hope you will check out our below schedule and plan to join us at a church near you:
August 15- East Jackson Church of the Nazarene
August 22- Grand Haven Church of the Nazarene
August 29- Durand Church of the Nazarene
September 5- Cross Community Nazarene, Portage MI (tentative)
September 12- New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene, South Bend, Indiana
September 19- Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene
September 26- St. John’s Church of the Nazarene, St. John’s MI
October 2-10- Northern Michigan District Tour
October 17- Hillsdale Church of the Nazarene, Hillsdale MI
October 24- Grand Rapids International Fellowship, Kentwood MI
October 30- Grandview First Church of the Nazarene, Grandview, Washington

We are available to share with your small group, mission council, prayer group, youth group…or meet you for coffee or a meal during the weekdays and on Saturdays. Would you please hit reply and let us know when you’d like to get together? If you live far away, know that we would still love to visit with you via Zoom.

Home Away From Home

We want to give a big shout-out to the Michigan District. They have opened up Indian Lake Missionary Lodge for us to stay at almost the entire time we are home. This is such a huge blessing! We cannot say thank you enough!
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Thank you so much, <<First Name>>, for your love and prayers for the people here in Northern Thailand. It means so much to know that while we may be remote, we are not alone. We love to hear what God is doing in your lives. Take a few moments to reply to this email. Let us know what is happening in your part of the world.

In Him,

Contact Us:

Steve & Rebecca Barber
PO Box 15
T. SanMahaphon, A. MaeTaeng
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50150
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Steve and Rebecca Barber are missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene. They currently live and serve in Northern Thailand. For more information about who they are, please click on their names.
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