14th Mission of Mercy to Karen Refugees (23 Nov - 5 Dec 2006)

From 23 Nov to 5 Dec 2006, we conducted our 14th annual Mission of Mercy to the Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. Yes, it has been 14 years that we have persevered to encourage and strengthen our Karen brethren with both spiritual and material aid. We are reminded of Gal. 6:9 & 10, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." I thank God for the many faithful people who have been going year after year - to teach, preach, equip, encourage, befriend these precious believers who have lost all their worldly possessions and even family and friends. Many of the young people do not know any other life outside of the refugee camps. These folks had to run from their villages to escape death and oppression from the Burmese military junta. The lifeline to these people is not just the material aid that we bring, but their Christian faith and the knowledge that they have "family" in the free world who still care, visit and pray for them. We are also very thankful for all of you GREAT SUPPORTERS of SEED who have stood with us in providing financial, material and prayer support every time our team goes to the camps. Again, your generous giving has enabled us to exceed our targetted $10,000/- worth of aid. May God abundantly multiply back to you His blessings in all your areas of need. Every cent collected goes to aid for the refugees – medicine, clothing, food, shelter, orphanage support, Bible school support. Bibles and other Christian materials. This year, we again had a team of nine - seven from Singapore, one from Nagaland and one from England. As in previous years, we conducted children’s programs and teaching of children’s workers, as well as, teaching for the two Bible schools at Maela and Maeramu. This year’s theme was “Being People of Faith”. At Maeramu, we had serious discussions with the Bible school faculty and the leaders of all seven churches there. It was proposed to upgrade the Maeramu Baptist Bible School to Diploma in Theology level in two years’ time and then work towards having a bachelor’s program five years thereafter. SEED Ministries would raise the funding and help secure staff and material but it will be run by the churches and faculty as at present. Having to do three mission assignments in quick success took its inevitable toll on Allan as he collapsed under the strain of hypertension at Maela Camp. All teaching sessions and preaching had to be cancelled, except for three hours of teaching in the mornings. However, by God’s grace, he completed the teaching: “Journey of A Faith Walker” – a study of the first 10 chapters of the book of Joshua. All these years of ministry to our Karen brethren is possible only because YOU have stood with us in prayer, encouragement, financial contributions and availing of your time to go with the teams. God uses faithful stewards of the time and resources He entrusts to us, and rewards us according to our obedience. Praise the Lord !