Allan and Joan have put out their latest newsletter. View it here: Thai Lights – March 2014
– A message by Doug Yoder
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. – Matthew 5:6.
You’re hungry if you haven’t eaten for a while. You’re thirsty if you need a good drink.
Someone who has been treated unfairly, and takes this to authorities who deal with it justly, will not any more hunger for the uprightness that is expressed in justice.
Someone who sees someone else suffering unfairly, and advocates on behalf of that person, and the authorities wisely exercise their power on behalf of the victim, will no longer hunger for justice, because the demands of justice will be satisfied.
We hunger for justice when justice is long in coming or has been denied.
A young woman was gang-raped in Pakistan some time ago, the clearly guilty captured. But the case wound its way through the legal system over a period of several years, beset with technicalities and unfair tribunals, the assailants always escaping justice, until the matter at last came to be heard before Pakistan’s highest court. The verdict? Innocence for the assailants.
The woman’s response? “I will never stop looking for justice.”
A woman like this, with such a terrible fate, looks like a woman who has suffered a curse. What a grievous wrong, what a miscarriage of justice. What else could explain the mockery of this woman’s pain by the judicial system of an entire country?
But Jesus tells us that this woman is, in one way, blessed. Her hunger and thirst uprightness — if only one judge had shown it! — knows no bounds. To that same degree, according to Jesus, she is blessed.
How is this possible?
Is it because to those who deeply hunger and long thirst, food and water are sweeter than to those who have never known want? Does a purification comes from fasting that makes it hard for complacency to set up shop? Do those who most suffer injustice most delight in deliverance from it? Miriam sang and danced with all her might on those far shores of that Red Sea.
Jesus blesses the hunger for justice because one day – will it be in the life we know or in another one? – this hunger will be filled, all things and all things and all manner of things made well.
The blessed hunger for justice does not in time turn bitter in the mouth, nor sour the face, nor shrivel it up. A blessed hunger makes the face shine with a clear hope, with a firm purpose, and with the pure knowledge that darkness cannot understand a light lit with the fire of God, nor put it out (John 1), nor discourage nor defeat it – not yesterday, not today, and not tomorrow, when the hunger for all things upright will be fully satisfied.
The Bueng Klueng hostel was established in 1996, by Rev. Allan Eubank and Pastor Wright Dee to support the ministry of Pastor Samuel Wichitphonpaiboon with the vision of providing a loving Christian environment, elementary and early secondary education , encouragement, and cultural appreciation for young people from the village of Laytonkhu.
However, the hostel soon became a place of refuge for children whose families where displaced by the conflict in Burma; Their families where either in refugee camps that emerged in 1997 close to Bueng Klueng or internally displaced inside Burma. David Eubank and others responded with the formation of relief efforts to this area and the hostel grew from support for just few children to support for over 50 today.
Pastor Samuel helped the Bueng Klueng church emerged in 2001 and the outreach from this church on the border is tremendous.
Support for Bueng Klueng ministries comes through local community efforts, The Thai Christian Foundation(TCF), Jericho Alliance, Free Burma Rangers, Snowqualmie Valley Alliance Church, Swedish Baptist missions, and Burma Vision Alaska.
We want to thank Climbers with a Purpose for their incredible support and efforts in 2014 to raise awareness and support for the kids at the hostel. http://climberswithapurpose.
“Climbers With a Purpose is back with an entirely new set of goals. We will we once again offer a summit opportunity for Mt. Rainier and we’ve added Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak and Mt. St. Helens so that we can accommodate up to 60 climbers.
Our purpose beyond climbing will be to support the Bueng Klueng Childrens Hostel on the Thai- Burma border. Through sponsorship we will be able to help refugee children from Burma and children from remote villages in Thailand obtain food, shelter, education, and a safe place to grow up.
We are not only led to climb, but led to lead!”
– A MESSAGE BY DOUG YODER
When you set up the seven lamps, they are to light the area in front of the lampstand. … This is how the lampstand was made: it was made of hammered gold: from its base to its blossoms. – Numbers 8:2,4
These are the oil lamps on the lampstand of the Tabernacle: golden, pure, and precious.
In Numbers the people of Israel are on a long journey to a destination they can’t see, and there’s plenty of time for bad things to happen. There is grumbling and complaining (Egypt was better!). There is discouragement on the report of powerful enemies (oh that we had died in the desert!). There are threats to good leaders (let’s find someone to take us back to where we came from!).
The Tabernacle was one place Moses went to talk to God about all of this, and it is where God spoke to Moses too. That’s what’s happening just before we hear about the lamps: when Moses entered the Tabernacle he heard the voice of the Lord speaking to him (Num. 7:89). This voice, which speaks from between two cherubim, tells him how to set up the oil lamps of gold, there in the Tabernacle.
Those lamps will need some tending. There’s no electricity, no switch, no sensor. There’s only oil, a fire, and some people to tend it on a daily basis.
There it is before your eyes: hammered gold from base to blossom, seven points of warm light, alive and slightly flickering, tended faithfully, gently burning, in the presence of the cherubim of the Lord.
What an image. What an invitation to prayer. What a presence of prayer in our hearts.
Moses had some good reasons both outside and inside that Tabernacle to visit it.
Another man of God saw something similar later on: “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it, with seven oil channels to the lights.” This man of God was a prophet, and he saw it because an angel showed it to him. Because of this the man asked the angel, what is this?
The angel gave a surprising reply, a very surprising reply – a reply so surprising that it is easy to miss the connection the angel makes for this prophet, and for us.
The name of this man of God was Zechariah, and the angel told him that the meaning of this golden, pure, and precious thing, tended always, these gently burning lamps, was this: “Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.” (Zech. 4:6).
The angel introduces this startling identification by saying something else unusual: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel.” (Zech. 4:6). Why not Zecharaiah?
Zerubbabel was the man who had the hard job of rebuilding Temple from the ground up – the Temple of the Lord, who is sending word to Zerubbabel by means of Zechariah by means of an angel – that had been destroyed,that had replaced the Tabernacle, in which could be found a lampstand of pure and hammered gold.
The Thai Christian Foundation(TCF) Honors the life Alexander Witter.
She lost her life in on this earth in a tragic accident in Bali in October 2013. We pray for comport and peace for her family and friends who love her so much. TCF had a significant impact on her life after her visit and travels to Thailand; she loved dance and was fascinated by the ministry of CCI, and she found the Thai people to be very gracious, caring, and respectful. She had a special heart for the displaced people in Burma.
Thai Tour Travels:
- Alexandra Witter and her cousin Blake Skiles came with her aunt, Emily Skiles to Thailand in 2007.
- Ed and Sally Witter, Alexandra’s parents travelled with the Thai Tour in 2010.
- Ray and Jerelyn Witter, Alexandra’s Grandparents, were the first in the Witter family to visit Thailand and travelled on one of the very first Thai Tours arranged by Allan and Joan Eubank and CCI.