This month unfortunately has brought many goodbyes for me, having 4 good friends leave Thailand either to go home or to move to other countries to work with Destiny Rescue. The hardest one will be Stef. She has been living with us this month, and next week moves over to India to work as a Case Worker there. I am so excited for her as I know that she has a huge heart for India, and God has been preparing her for this for a long time. I am really excited to see her in her element over there. But the farm will really miss her, as she has been a big part of the farm this past year. She has worked hard, played hard and run many awesome worship nights around big bonfires. Stef - you will be missed! Even though my life brings lots of goodbyes, they never get easier. I am very thankful for how easy communication is these days.
Some exciting news for us! We have found a car for the farm. It was actually quite a feat as John ended up being quite specific with what he wanted. Granted, he spoke to many experts and mechanics. Anyway, we have found a Toyota Vigo (about 12 years old) 4 door, 4WD, 3000cc motor with less than 200,000km/s on the odometer. I have been looking for over a month, and I can tell you that they are not easy to find! So Dad has taken out a loan in AUS, and we will be buying it in the next week. All up it is about $16,000AUD. We have already had a few donations towards this car already, but still have a long way to go. If you would like to put some money towards it, please just donate through the website with "car" as the heading, or get the money to Dad somehow. I always feel so weird asking for money - and this time is no different. But I can tell you - this car is very much needed. We have worn out our welcome borrowing all our friends utes, and a farm without a ute is very painful. It looks like a motorbike with a flimsy little trailer behind it and many many trips!
So our rice is looking good. We have been weeding the rice paddies this past week. A bit annoying thats for sure. Everyone else in the area sprays their weeds before they plant the rice, so they have these perfect looking fields. Ours on the other hand, in all their organic glory, are filled with all sorts of grasses and water reeds. Naughty weeds trying to steal all our rice's nutrients! Our fields don't look anywhere near as pretty, but I am fervently praying over them a good harvest as I get a bit worried as I am not a very good rice farmer. I have been fertilising it quite regularly with a local organic rice fertiliser, as well as chicken, duck, turkey and pig poop. Its too early to tell, but the plants are looking mostly happy.
If you keep up to date with us on facebook and instagram, you will have seen the baby ducks! One mother sat on almost 20 eggs herself and hatched 16 baby ducks! I am quite impressed to say the least. Hopefully she will be a good mumma and most of those cuties will survive.
A month or so ago Nakong was blessed with some cash to help him build a small little house for himself on the farm. So far he has the concrete posts up and we have bought the steel for the roof framework. We have had a lot of problems with him over the past year, and we are praying that having his own house will give him a bit of stability and will help him mature as well. To be honest, I'm a bit jealous that he will get a proper house before me, but good things come to those who wait right?
We should have a busy few months coming up. I think all 7 of our goats are pregnant and will give birth over the next 2 months. Also our pig is due to have her piglets next month. So hopefully the farm will be filled with little babies, bringing us closer the the ever elusive sustainability that we are striving for. I think we will sell all the goats born this year - unless the baby girl goats show particular good breeding. We will probably sell most of the piglets, but maybe keep a few for fattening and/or breeding.
Church is going great. We go to a little church run by the Bethany Childrens Home. The pastors there are wonderful, and we are building great relationships with everyone there. Most importantly, there are lots of teenagers there, which is great for our boys.
Sorry that my updates are few and far between! I hope you follow us on facebook for more regular updates. Please keep in contact with us if you can - it means more than you will ever know!
- Prayer points -
1. Good harvest for the pomelos this year.
2. Lots of healthy happy baby goats and piglets.
3. Health of all of us and our animals.
4. Pray for our kids that they listen to us and really make good life choices.
5. Finances. That we are always able to financially support us and all the kids in our care.
Thanks everyone for following our journey!