Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012

Celebrating Christmas with a difference, to be with the people who needs to know what Christmas is all about and changing their mere perception of the festival of lights, stars, Christmas trees and merry making, giving and showing them the  real meaning of Christmas through the Sharing the word of God, Dramas based on the birth of Jesus Christ with the village kid's taking the prominent role under the supervision of IRIS team.

Non Ta ko Village and Ban Non Te Surin (Waew's village) were two villages we celebrated Christmas on 25th and 27th December. With the festive mood in the air, the joy and love that comes from the heart we shared our joy and love with the people in the villages through our presence being with them to the place where they belong, giving them the real Christmas meaning through activities such as Word of God and Choreographies by the Nation to Nation, YWAM DTS Lonavala, India which was responded by the villagers with great curiosity and attention. The Dramas based on the birth of Jesus Christ with the village kid's taking the prominent role under the supervision of IRIS team was another creative way of presenting the Gospel and the meaning of Christmas to people who never heard about what the Real Christmas is all about.Our God is never a boring God, He is a creative God who instills creativity in the minds of Human to present Him in such a time as this.

To add the beauty of Christmas and make known the gospel to the unknown the kids at Non Ta Ko village played a drama basing on the sacrifice for the sinners by Jesus on the Cross. It was indeed a night to remember with starry nights above our head, the Christmas trees, the balloons, the Christmas songs and above all the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit hovering around filling our hearts warmly.

Our Christmas celebration started with making the people know what Christmas is all about and it ended with joy of sharing what we have, through gifts for the children and delicious food for everyone prepared by Yoyo's Mother-in-law.We had a good number of people in both the villages and we thank God for bringing people who never came before. We Pray, Hope and Believe that this very Merry Christmas celebration is the door for bringing more souls in Christ and the answer they have been looking forth all their Life. To God be the Glory! Amen!

Joy to the World!

Behind every delicious meal is a wonderful Mother - in - Law!
MC Yoyo and MC Tuk Tik as Bebe looks on
Pastor Rajeev from N2N sharing the Gospel as Aon Translates
A section of Curious crowd and silent listeners at Non ta Ko
Kid's Playing the Drama!
Santa was here too
the night was lighted up with decors
IRIS team Drama on birth of Jesus
GIFTS from our Hearts
Our Feast Dinner
Pick a number get your Gift
the smile on my face says it all Merry Christmas

Christmas at Ban Non Te Surin
scenic view of village paddy field

Getting all set up for the Big Show

a smile and a Christmas tree worth the cause name is ....

Joseph points out...

the birth of Jesus

King Herod for the night

the crowd 

He listens every Prayer!


opening and reading the gifts received

Monday, December 17, 2012

YWAM Lonavala Team India Here With Us!

DTS outreach team from Nation to Nation (N2N) ,YWAM Lonavala,  India in person of  five guys and three ladies under the leadership of Samuel F Masih blended under the team name Joseph Team (The Dreamers) arrived in Tamar Center Korat already for two Months Outreach. We pray and look forward that their stay will be a blessing to Thailand nation as well as an instrument in the expansion of God's Kingdom. WELCOME TO THAILAND!

Joseph Team (The Dreamers)

Friday, December 14, 2012

A visit to Tamar Center Chayaiphum

After the India trip , the Tamar Center Korat Staffs had a memorable dinner outing at Coffee Pittini on 12.12.12 and down the memory lane this eventual day will be remembered and cherished for what God has been doing in our lives and to the people we meet and spend time. 

With a day rest and then we headed to a 3 hours drive Tamar Center Chayaiphum to visit Maethi and his wife and their new born baby Ken. It was indeed glad to meet this wonderful family and spend moments with them as well the children coming to the center to play games, sing songs and listen to the gospel in stories. Though our visit was a brief one we had treasured moments with them in all aspects. Our long drive/journey paid us with happiness and joy filled people and delicacies to our tummy's content. The day was gladly remembered with the moments and ended with prayers to keep us well intact as a family.
Baby Ken
say Cheese!

children coming to Tamar center Chayaiphum having a good time

Waew leading the worship

Yoyo preparing sausages for dinner

we play

badminton legacy :-)

hope seen in eyes

ken and her mum

Maethi and Family


we've got the looks you should click us 

  sunset at the close of a good day, the picture speaks it all

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Joy and Celebration in our Hearts and with others We are looking Forth

Christmas time comes once in a year yet we will be celebrating our Christmas in a different way this year, three Christmas celebrations in a row. We will be sharing our joys, our happiness, our foods, our hearts desire working for a Living God and we will be sharing our delicacies with the villagers everywhere we go. Just Can't wait for it to come!

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas"

- Dale Evans

December 23 - Our First Christmas will be at Em's Village - Non Din Daeng

 December 25 - Our Second Christmas will be at Non Ta Ko Village

December 28 - Our Third Christmas will be at Waew's Village Ban Nong Te Surin

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Raising up a Generation that Knows the Love of God

Yesterday as the kids were practicing a drama about the crucifixion of Jesus which they plan to present during our Christmas celebration at Non-Tako.  To many that may seem very normal, what is so special about it? But to us here in Tamar Center Korat, it means a lot. To us it is our dream coming true.

3 years back when we first entered this village there was only one Christian in this village, today with God’s grace and the hard work of this Lady we have about 6 families coming for cell group every Tuesday.

Children practicing Drama for Christmas at Non Ta Ko Village
To think that children from this village will be performing a drama about the crucifixion of Jesus never even crossed our minds, our focus was only to help this one lady stay strong in the Lord but then God has His own plans and we are so thankful to him for His wonderful plans.

Many of the children from this village are at High Risk of abuse. How do we help them?  our resource is so low. We have no budget to start a home to keep them safe. Even if we do have the necessary finance to start a home how do we start? Forget about the Home we don’t even know how long will we be able to share God’s love in this village and many other villages in Isaan if God does not provide for our staff and for our ministry.

Grandfather and Grand daughter worshiping God together.
With so many why’s I was looking at these group of children practicing drama for Christmas, and right there God suddenly spoke to me in a clear voice saying, “YOU ARE RAISING A NEW GENERATION THAT KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS MY LOVE.”  My heart was filled with joy, we have been coming to this particular village every Tuesday for 3 years now, sometime we are so caught in our daily motion that we become blind to what God is doing? Some of these kids they were just infants when we first came today they are not infants anymore, they understands why we come every Tuesday.

Everyone of them deserves to know how special they are no matter what kind of family they have, they need to know that God loves them and apart from God they also need to know that there are people who truly and sincerely loves them for who they are.

How do you we expect to change a society without letting them know about the Love of God?

How will we stop Abuse without reaching the family with the Love of God?
Took Tik giving ideas on how to proceed with the Drama for Christmas

We will celebrate Christmas and enjoy the drama that the kids will be performing, join with us in your prayers as we watch and wait as God Raise a New Generation that knows and understands the Love of God.

- With Love and Blessings
  Yoyo Chiisi

Tamar Center Korat Prayer Request

1. November 26 - December 08/2012 Tamar Center Korat Trip to Nagaland, India.
2. December 15 - Indian DTS team from Pune YWAM Lonavala N2N (Nation to Nation) will be doing their outreach for two months in Isan Region
3. December 23 - Our First Christmas at Em's Village - Non Din Daeng
4. December 25 - Our Second Christmas at Non Ta Ko Village
5. December 28 - Our Third Christmas at Waew's Village Ban Nong Te Surin

Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Things that happened before this Blog was Born

Prison Ministry at Korat Central Jail

On the 3rd October 2012 we the Tamar Staffs Korat along with the Pastor of Korat Church went  to Korat Central Jail for ministry and fellowship with 10 Christian inmates. This is the first time in my life visiting a Jail for ministry and lots of things were running down my mind – how will the place look like, how will the prisoners look like, how will the atmosphere inside the prison be, will it be like the prison movies that I used to watch? It’s not the image or pre-concept of jail that I had in my mind. But it was a well set-up place, clean and to some extend even beautiful with the green surroundings, decors and well maintained. The only thing that compels me to think and accept that it was a jail were the High walls fortified with electric barbed wires, CCTVs, high security gates and security guards at every point.

What I am going to share with you here is not some make-up stories or fictions or some stories passed down to me by friends. It is all that I see and experienced happening right before my eyes. A few minutes before 9 AM after the Paper Works and the security procedure being done we were allowed to enter the jail accompanied by security guards.

 I love photography but inside the jail we have to surrender all our possessions at the entrance. And this very day my eyes served to me as the best camera that goes beyond what human have  produced in history J.  My eyes zoomed every possible corner to tell me stories of what is going inside the other side of this world.

We make our entry towards the inner compound but still the sideways, the tiled foot-paths, the beautified plants in various shapes, futsal ground and the tall trees kept me wondering is this really a Prison? Yes, it is. As the guard leads us to another gate we could see a swarm of prisoners out in the open surrounded by thin fences and guards. Some with full body tattooed, some were playing Mau-Thai, others playing Sepak Takraw, while others were reading books and chatting with fellow prisoners. At one end I saw some prisoners standing in queue and receiving their parcels and letters from a counter. Some prisoners look normal and human while others look wild, rowdy and fearsome that I could not even stare at them for long.

Passing by them and we now ascended a stairway to another block of civilized world where things seems to be normal, we passed through a computer room, an empty class room and then finally we entered a room where 10 ladies were sitted unshackled and anticipatingly waiting for us with our chairs reserved at the front. We sitted and introduced ourselves to them, the room inside was cool, calm and silent unlike the outside which we have come across hot, noisy and rowdy. These ladies don’t look different from my own sisters, mothers and grandmothers. They look normal and calm from outside but I bet they have many hidden untold stories inside which they never want to think of or share with anybody even with us.

As Waew (our staff) strummed her guitar to the tune of some Thai worship songs the prisoners too joined us with their hands clapping and some even singing to the tune of the songs. Some were so young to be in prison while others were in their mid-life and we could see even some worthy to be grandmothers too. After the worship Tooktik (our staff) shared her testimony and encouraged them through her life story. They were still a bit uneasy with us until Yoyo broke the ice with a game called Samson-Delilah-Lion which everyone enjoyed and participated actively. After making them feel free and friendly with us he shared about the Prodigal Son and his Forgiving Father from the Bible- all I can see was they were all ears to the sharing and feeling themselves connected with it. He shared further and encouraged them that God does not care whether you are in Prison or outside, He doesn’t care about your past if you come to Him and ask forgiveness and give your heart to Him to His will. We shared our side of stories in testimonies, songs, games and words of encouragement that there is Hope and Forgiveness from God as long as we are alive and willing to accept Him and Believe and Confess.

Now we turn our ears to their side of stories, how they ended here in the prison, what sort of life they had before and how are they feeling now as a convict and so on. To keep their identity confidential I will just use Alphabets instead of names. Mrs. A as I remembered shared her story of how she landed in Jail just because she was accompanying a friend in a van stuffed/loaded with drugs. She was a kind of leader among the prisoners and further more through her many are coming to know about God and changing their lives too. Mrs. B was in jail because she killed somebody but to my utter-surprise her looks were not like a killer in anyway but more of a motherly figure. And after coming to jail she seems to be serious with God which indeed is a blessing in disguise. They have a type of church inside the prison where they come and worship, share and encourage each other. Miss C  was here in the prison for stealing a bike. Miss D and E were two innocent convict who were in prison because they were being cheated by their high authorities. It will be so painful for them to bear all these injustice and being convicted as guilty for nothing. One of them shared while she was following Buddhist religion she could not think of anyone whenever she have problems but after coming to know Christ, in every circumstances she now have someone whom she can think of and it’s a real testimony. Feeling closer to God in the prison than anywhere was today and I believe some of them have faith that cannot be shaken by anything else after all the things they have been through.

Hearing their testimonies and life-stories some of them hold high post, one was a Broker, some were graduates and the prison seems to be an odd place for them. There is a lot the world outside can offer them and they too can contribute their part. There was a lady who did her graduation from Australia 10 years ago and she speaks English well and their stories goes on until the clock was nearing 11:30 AM which was set by the authority as our time limit. So we prayed for them personally one by one and sang with them with the Pastor encouraging them by distributing some Christian Booklets which they received heartily and not to forget we sang Happy Birthday to the oldest lady (50 years+) among them whose birthday falls this month.

Ever since I heard this very song of Don Moen ‘He Never Sleeps’ the song is speaking to me on and on and I want to say again that our God is working in ways we cannot see and this is one of it. After listening to their stories I still can remember one lady among them sharing that today is her first day crying inside the prison and you know the reason why she is crying, God is working in her life even inside the Prison. The love of God goes beyond the locked cells and shackles. Giving them a hope amidst the hopelessness they had. There is someone who loves just the way we are and in Him there is forgiveness and healing. With these words of encouragement we bade them goodbye and hoping and praying for another time of fellowship if the authority permits us in future.

I pray and believe that this very night for some of them will be different and meaningful not because we went there but because of what God is doing in their life inside the prison. I never feel God so close in such a place as this but today is a day I feel it through their tears, stories and testimonies and got blessings just even with my presence with them. There is a world outside that needs them, that depends on them, that needs to hear their stories and testimonies, that needs their service and blessings and I wish and hope that Good Fine Day will come soon. To this very day I’ve never experience such a moment like this. It is one of a day that has been set apart by God and it will be in the history and never a day will come again like today and I feel good, blessed and encouraged to be a part of today in the making of a meaningful history in the book of life. Thank You God for this Day. Amen!

Apfukru Dolie

Friday, November 16, 2012

From The Lens of the visiting Team


Cheryl's Lens - Korat

The only word I can think of to describe our time yesterday.
We have such thankfulness in our hearts for the tangible love we experienced yesterday with a small but mighty group of 5 dedicated, Holy Spirit led brothers and sisters at Tamar ministry Korat location.
Our time together sharing vision, intercession and prayer for one another, our AMAZING time of worship in singing together, in different languages (but who would have known!) and the closeness we felt with this group, was such a rich and life changing experience.  It solidified the connection we have in Christ Jesus, thou very different, we are One in God's eyes.  Our few hours with these 5, inspired all of us, challenged all of us and paved the way for what God had in mind as we partnered with them in showing Jesus' love to a group of 60 young women.

We traveled by van to the girls (ask in person for more details), where we were met by smiling pink visions :-)  Several of the young ladies saw the van arriving and came running down the streets with open arms, wearing pink t-shirts (a sort of uniform perhaps).  Several of our group of women embraced these young ladies and an immediate connection was made.

Our group sat or stood around the perimeter of the open concrete pavillion and waited and watched as the group of young ladies (some with obvious mental handicaps, others with visible physical scars and many with hidden emotional ones), came from all directions and made their way to the neatly lined picnic tables under the pavilion.

As they came, several of us began interacting with them.  Eye contact, smiles and the occasional soft touch to the shoulder was our language with these girls.
As the day unfolded, we began to learn a bit about some of the abuse these girls had experienced in their short lives, and so we wanted to respect their personal space, and yet for me, my Mother's heart kicked in very quickly and I so wanted to embrace each of them and touch their faces and tell them how beautiful they were and how valuable they were to God.

What God did yesterday was so beautiful - a true reflection of His Father's heart for these girls, and the demonstration of His expression through each of us - in the way WE understand His love for us, and He blended the two.

Before I begin to share further, I have to share a dream I had the night before.
In my dream, I was on the streets of Bangkok and a woman stopped me and handed me her tiny baby.  No words were exchanged, but I knew she wanted me to take her baby, to give the baby a "better way of life" than what she could provide.  It was out of her love for baby that she handed me the baby.  As she held the baby out, I took him in my arms and the mother disappeared.
The next scene in my dream was me at the Bangkok airport going through customs, with this little bundle in my arms.  The official asked me for the baby's papers and I said "he didn't come with any papers".  the feeling I had was that this baby didn't exist because he had no papers to prove his existence.
The next "scene" of my dream, was me crouched down on the floor against a wall, with a young dark-haired girl leaning against me.  I was mothering her and tucking her hair behind her ear as she leaned into me.  I felt a very strong connection with this faceless girl in my dream, but I could feel the love of Jesus through my touch to her and she could feel it as well.

I wasn't sure what to make of the dream, but I shared it around the breakfast table the morning we were to travel to Korat and visit the shelter for abused women.

So now back to the events of the day at the women's shelter.
After a few minutes at the picnic tables, one of the girls walked up with one of the ladies from Tamar ministries, carrying a very small baby.  In that instant, God took me to the dream from the night before.
They came up to me and I reached for the baby.  The woman from Tamar Ministries handed me the baby with the young mother's permission, and as I cradled that little boy in my arms, it was as though I knew the privilege and "mission" i had been given, to speak life over this little innocent baby.  I began to softly sing "Jesus love me" into little "Isaac's" life.  As he focused on my eyes, he smiled!  WOW!  I heard God say "He understands my love".  Amazing!

Isaac went to sleep several times throughout the day as I held him, sang over him, spoke words Jesus would give me at that moment for him - all the while staying close to his mom.  She would watch me with him and I would meet her eyes and gesture my love for him.  She would smile and I felt God say "she is proud that you love him".I  A feeling of "you accept him".  I know the Holy Spirit was making the connection for her - that SHE is accepted as well.  Later that day, through an interpreter, I was able to tell the young mom that she was a good mom.  Words I felt Jesus would say to her to calm her fears.  Later I learned that in only a few days, this young girl would be released from the shelter with no where to go.  I pray that she received the words of Jesus for her, that she is GOOD and ACCEPTED.  Tamar Ministries is attempting to connect her with an organization that will teach her a trade so she can make a living for her and Isaac.  What a priveledge it was for me.

After a time of group games, some worship together and a Holy Spirit led testimony by Mardell that truely made the connection between these girls and Jesus, one of the leaders from Tamar asked the girls if there would be anyone that would like a hug from one of our female leaders.
I will never forget her.  She was the girl God had showed me in my dream the night before.  No doubt in my mind.
Kai is 13 and such a sweet spirit.
Kai was the only girl who raised her hand to want a hug from one of us.  She turned to me, and I moved in!
The hug between Kai and I was electric and I physically felt Jesus' love for her.  So many emotions - love, protection, care, celebration, delight.  I was mesmerized with Kai.
She melted into my arms and she and I became inseparable.  She would touch my hands, and arms and I would rub her shoulders, put my head against hers, stroke her cheek, put her hair behind her ear, hold her face in my hands, look deeply into her eyes and smile all the while.  My cheeks were actually sore leaving the facility, from all the smiling.
She was so receptive to Jesus' love through me and I was so willing to give her more and more.
Cheryl with a Nari Sawat baby

One of the highlights for me was when I gave Kai one of my rings I was wearing.  Someone very special back home had given it to me and I felt in some way, In giving it to Kai to keep, I was passing on acceptance and unconditional love I received when I was given that gift back home.
When she realized I wanted her to keep it, she smiled even bigger (which was a big deal to begin with).
She told the interpreter to come over to where we were sitting and she took my hand, held it to her heart and said "sister".  AMAZING!
While I felt more motherly than sisterly to her, I know she received Jesus' love exactly as she needed to.

It was hard to let go of Kai to leave when it was time for our group to depart.  She kept hugging me, and I kept hugging her back.  We'd say  "sister" to each other and point to the ring.
I told her through the interpreter that I would never forget her.  She was engraved on my heart.
She said "you come back to see me" and boy, that would be my honor Lord willing.

God is not limited by language, age, race, size, expectation, abuse, or any other "obstacle".  I experienced His deep love for two beautiful creations of His that I had nothing in common with today and He connected hearts in the way only He can.  My God is GREAT!