This is the “slum” in Thailand that we visited last summer.  How tragic that this fire has destroyed so many homes.  Some of these homes and families have been there thirty years!  It may not be the standard of living that we are accustomed to, but it is their life.  If you are able to pray and help, please do so.  The message below is from the LCMS Deaconess that is serving in that community, at a Christian daycare facility.  (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

-PA

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Dear Family and Friends,

I am emailing you about a rather difficult situation. Today, there was a fire in the slum community which is located right behind the daycare and just down a small alley from where I live. Thank God that the wind was not blowing towards the daycare or my apartment block – neither place has any damage. However, within the community itself quite a lot of damage and destruction occurred. Over 20 homes were destroyed – affecting at least 26 families. Many of these families are connected to the daycare. We had former students coming to the daycare who literally now have no home. The fire was contained before it could burn the entire community down, however due to the fire fighters’ efforts, there is a lot of water damage, etc. Thankfully, no one has died.

I walked into the community twice today. It is one of the hardest things I have had to do – meeting with children and families that I know, with what is left of their homes at our feet. I have attached a few pictures.

I am asking you to please keep us in your prayers. Pray for us at the daycare and at the office – that we have the stamina and ability to assist in any way we can. Pray that God would open the hearts of those we meet to be able to share about Him. One of my students said ‘thank God that the wind was not very strong and the fire did not come to my house and to the daycare.’ It was uplifting to hear her thank God in the midst of her family and friends’ dire situation.

Thank you to all who have sent soap, shampoo, clothes, blankets, etc. to us over the past year. I know you sent them to be used at the daycare, but God knew that these blessings would be able to be used to help these people who now have nothing. Praise God for the gifts we have at the daycare and for the opportunity to share our love through tangible means!

If you are interested in helping support us at the daycare – specifically in supporting the families who are without a house, clothes, food, etc., there are  different ways to do this. One way would be to send a check made out to CWEFT with BangNa Daycare Fire Assistance in the memo line. Those could be sent to:

CWEFT
C/O Oratai Thaweesin
90/15 Mu 4 Soi Chaengwattana 11
Chaengwattana Rd. Toong Song Hong Laksi
Bangkok 10210
Thailand

Thank you in advance for keeping us in your prayers. These next few days and weeks to come are going to be especially challenging.In Christ,

Sarah