Thanks from the Orphanage: Guest Post, Klo Say
Hi! I hope you all are doing well and had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. The principal of this orphanage is the brother-in-law of Klo Say and close relative of Sharon and Suzanna.
On December 14, 2008 we collected two offerings. The second offering we collected was for the orphans (who are at Ler Per Hur Karen community school) so that they could also celebrate Christmas as well. From that offering we got $264.15 plus another $40. This made up a total amount of $304.15. Besides we got another $250 from Christmas caroling. So the grand total was $554.15. Three weeks ago I sent the money to the orphanage and they received about 18,000 bath. Amen!
With the money they received they used 10,000 bath for a Christmas celebration which include food, gifts for students and staff and a special gift for 26 orphans.
The remaining 8,000 bath will be used towards construction of a new bigger church. A few weeks ago because of the Burmese military offensives some of the Karen people (over a hundred people according to the schoolmaster there) arrived at Ler Per Hur after their villages got burnt down and they had been hunted by the Burmese soldiers. Since the number of people has increased in that area the church they have there is a bit small and could not accommodate so many additional people. So they plan to build a new church sometimes in 2009 using that remaining 8,000 bath.
On behalf of the Ler Pur Hur Karen community school I just would like to thank everyone who generously gave their donation. I believe that the donation they got is such a special gift for them because they not only used it for Christmas celebration but as well as for construction of a new church. We can imagine how much it pleases God when we reach out to the needy who are the children of God.
I also would like to thank all of you for organizing such a wonderful Christmas party on December 14, 2008. I truly believe that it’s amazing and so touching. I could see that the refugees were so happy and it was a great moment in their life to have celebrated Christmas with the Laos and the American families. I feel like you are not just giving us material or physical needs but most of all you gave us the love of Christ that is in you which is nothing compare to valuables.
As we are embracing a new year of 2009 I pray that God will bless all of you with new energy, health, happiness and direction as you continue to involve with the Burmese refugees.