Wilai's Winning Walk Ministry
I can hardly believe that it is the last month of the year. Even though Christmas is not a recognized holiday in Thailand, I am still thankful that we have the freedom to celebrate The Lord's birth at our children's home. We are also going to have Christmas outreach at the local school. Praise God for His dominion and for bringing the Good News to the heart of young students at the Buddhist school. Wishing you God's peace and hoy. Merry Christmas to you all, dear friends.
I thank God for having the opportunity to minister to Thai people who need the Lord and also to hill tribe people, who make up the largest minority population in north Thailand and neighboring countries. Besides sharing God's love with the orphan and disadvantaged hill tribe girls, God has lead me to serve the hill tribe Bible students from various hill tribes in Thailand and Laos . Two days a week, while the little girls are at school, I am a volunteer English teacher at the Bible institution. English as a second and third language is very difficult for most of the 50 students in my charge. I remind the students each day that they are winners as God is equipping them for the wonderful work in their future ministies.
October Bible Camp during interimsemester brought several girls in closer walk with the Lord. Learning more about who God is...that He is our Good Shepherd. At the Bible Camp, the girls learned that Jesus is their rescuer in time of trouble and for everything in life. We are thankful for the mission team that sponsored the Bible Camp and partnered with us in investing into the lives of God's children.
Our new girls, so excited about their new Children's Bible. When they first came, they were afraid and insecure about their lives. How different they are now...happy and full of joy. They have hope for the future, faith in the Creator God and experiencing love and acceptance at the children's home.
Discovering the saving grace of the Savior...sharing HIs love with others, over coming insecurity and rejection... These students from different children's homes are finding the peace and joy in Jesus! Please pray for the orphan and disadvantaged girls in Thailand...that they will rise up to be like Jesus and shine His light in the dark and lonely places.
Ministry at the local Budhist school continues... Leading the school's soccer team to pray for the Wild Boars Team that was in the cave. Great discussion of the world wide rescue effort to save the 13 lives and the amazing unity that was brought about by the local people as well as world wide. God is doing great things...but still lots of needs as most of the people here still need to know that Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. Thank you for your prayers and support for the out reach work in Thailand.
Lots of newness in the air at the children's home. Four new little girls from the villages, no longer easy preys to human trafficking but are now making a new home at the children's .... Now they can go to school, have a safe haven to grow up in, good food to eat and most importantly the opportunity to know the saving grace of the Savior. What a privilege to touch their tender hearts with God's love and teach them about the Lord.
Time is zooming by during Thailand's hot summer days. This is the school break for our girls at the children's home. The girls enjoyed special time to be strengthened in the Lord before they go off to visit their family in the village. Some will remain at the children's home, for it is the safest place for them and their only real home. We shared many summer activities from fun crafts, swimming and playing in the water and learning more about Jesus. How wonderful it would be for the girls to share with their families and friends about Our great God and Saviour and His amazing, undending love.
Giving hope and encouragement is on going when you are helping a child with low self confidence. "English is so hard!" Some of the young girls would say to me. I just assured them that, ' You can do it! The more you use it, the easier it will be!" At the children's home for poor and disadvantaged children and orphans, we are equipping them to be able to read Thai and English. They are learning to understand God's word from the Bible and when He would speak to their heart. We also practice reading and writing English, when they are off from school. The girls are learning to be brave in using English...there is no fear in love... God has good plan for those who love Him.
Almost seven years now that I have been serving in Thailand as a missionary to children. It has been a joy to show God's love to the young girls who have been abandoned or have lost their parents and nurture them in the way of the Lord. At Breanna's House of Joy, the girls are starting to be hungry to know more about God. They are beginning to ask me about God's origin, the problems of sin and the purpose of life. Thank God that His Word has the answers and Jesus is the link for them to know God more and more. After a special time of worship at a national park, the children get to have a great picnic of bar-b-cue and side dishes, along with their favorite--Thai papaya salad.
What is Christmas all about? Who is this God that loves us so much to care about our lives, our souls. My simple message for the students at the beginning of December was that Father God cared enough to send His best...not a hired hand but His Only Son to be a Gift to mankind to redeem us and show us the way to walk in Him. What a privilege to share the Good News with the students. For many of these boys and girls, have never known a father's love, have the opportunity to know God as their Heavenly Father and Jesus as their Personal Friend. Thank you, friends for your support of my ministry to share my life with the orphan girls at the children's home and to show God's loves to the many boys and girls at this Buddhist school... May God bless each of you in the coming year!
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord..." 2Peter1:2 How precious it is when we understand God's grace... all that He has done for us and what He is still doing in our lives. Our girls at the children's home had no knowledge of God and His great love for them. Many did not get to go to school and some that did, started late and were behind in their education. Many girls did not have parents to care for them. Some times, their poor relatives or friends tried to help but they were unable to do so for the long haul. God connected thses girls to us here at Breanna's House of Joy. They are growing in love and the grace and knowledge of God and Jesus, Our Savior. To have a second chance for a great life, what a great way to grow up!!
But Jesus said,"Let the little children come to Me and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14 This verse reminds me how much God cares for us and the little children... some are orphans and discarded children. But how much The Father cares for them... Some peoploe asked me why do I do what I do...caring for these children... what about your children? My answer: Because God cares for them. God cares for me and my welfare and He brings provision for us all. I serve because I love... because He first loved us.
Teaching God's Word at a local Buddhist school has been a privilege that I am so thankful. In a country where there more than 98% professed Buddhists, bringing The Gospel to the next generation is paramount. Thank God for the dominion that He has given us at the chidlren's home to go to the school at will and tell the boys and girls about Jesus!!
Wow, Has it been over 3 years now...that I have been with the children's home at Joy to the World Foundation, Thailand. What pure joy to do what I love...teaching God's Word and sharing His love... We have been planning and preparing for a blessed and busy August... The short mission team's visit, A Biblical Counseling Training Course, A village outreach, and all the amazings that The Lord will show us. On this day, we were on an outing to The King's Educational Center. It is part of a national effort to educate the community against deforestation and teaching about irrigation, agriculture, live stock, fishery, even frog raising... A beautiful place to learn and appreciate God's creation. (Friends are welcome to visit my blog: www.heavensgrace.org)
Sharing my life with these precious girls, big girls and the little girls, helping them see personally just how great our God is... He is concerned about the little things that we care about. For children who started their lives with abandanment and neglect, finding love, comfort and acceptance is huge. My service to these children is to bring them closer to Jesus every day, through God's Word and seeing Jesus with skin on...
A start of a new season of growth as we started another school year. For the hilltribe girls of impoverished settings from villages on the back side of the mountains in northen Thailand, this is a rare opportunity. We believe God linked these precious ones to this children's home. So that they would have a safe place to live and to protect them against human trafficking, giving them a chance for a bright future and a time to grow in faith and love with The Savior. The staff and missionaries work together to teach and share God's love with the girls individually, in small groups and all together. Of course, we face trials and difficulties along the way. But it is worth it to bring them to God and be a shinning light to their families and the world.
Precious time to teach the girls about growing in God, having our roots deep in His love and saving grace. After our summer Bible learning, many girls went home to visit their relatives, for the ones that had no safe place to visit, remained with us at the children's home as we continued to care for them and share with them God's love. New school year starts up in mid May. We will have 6 new girls added on to our current 27 hill tribe girls. Thank you friends and family for your prayers and support. I appreciate your partnership with me in the ministry of preventing these girls from empoverished families from human trafficking and raising them up to be strong Christian leaders in their society.
We continue to have precious summer teaching time with the girls. Then at the end of the month, some will get to go visit their family in the village. Others will remain at the children's home because they have no family or a safe place to visit. We will continue to do lots of creative activities with them.
The end of the school year for our girls began in the hot days of March. ( You know that it was summer when the afternoons got to be above 90 degrees each day.) After a fun celebration of our graduates, we had fun learning in the morning. Staff and missionaries provided activities for the girls including arts and craft, English conversations, Bible Studies, music, cooking, swimming and special outings each week. I enjoyed teaching swimming and English conversation through games and songs. But a real delight was sharing with the girls daily Bible lesson. We studied about The Parable of the Sower and how to grow in Grace and knowledge of Christ, to have our roots deepened in God's love and security.
The main part of my ministry in Thailand, my native country is to reach out to the disadvantaged and impoverished young hill tribe girls. These young girls, which are orphaned or abandoned at a young age. They found safety and security at Breanna's House of Joy, a children's home where I regularly teach and disciple the girls with the Word of God. I provide translations for Thai staff, missionaries, mission teams and supporters. I am part of the missionary team that teach and disciple young girls and college students. At the end of January, the little girls shared with me that they have been talking to their Buddhist friends at school about Jesus. Now their friends want to know more. This is a very exciting news. But how can I get a chance to talk to all the students at the government school? Praise be to God for giving me the liberty to see as many children that would come to listen at lunch recess. Adapting the teaching from my Child Evangelsim Fellowship training, I made a 5 color booklet and bracelets of gold, black, red, white and green to tell the Gospel message of love and salvation. I have been giving out the bracelets at the end of each session for many weeks, trusting God for the seed of faith to germinate in their heart. What an amazing thing that even such a simple thing as colors can be used to tell the greatest story of all!
A new year...and a renewed hope in God for His faithfulness and compassion for us. We started the new year with much planning to teach and train our girls to continue in encreasing knowledge and love in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Glory to God in the hightest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" God is so good to give me a precious gift this Christmas...to be able to have my youngest daughter and my sister visiting and spending Christmas with me in Thailand.
A very special event this month is the visit of our founders who started the children's home: Breanna's House of Joy and Joy to the World Foundation, Thailand. They have helped and provided care for many girls from impoverished family who had no future of getting an education or even a safe place to live. They loved these girls as their own and come to visit and keep good communication with staff and the girls though out the years. I am proud to be a part of this children's home where we are not only investing in their future but also raising up young girls to grow into mature, Godly women to impact their world for The Kingdom of God.
We celebrated A Hill Tribe Night where the girls performed a worship dance in their languages. We went to out reach at a village and builded a swing set and shared the Word of God. I was honored to be able to be the translator for our founders where ever we went.
Children are off from school at the end of their first semester. We were able to go to a Bible Camp up in the mountains. We experienced some cooler weather and a great appreciation of God's creation. We stayed at a church building in a village and shared with the girls about worshiping God in spirit and in truth, according to John 4:24. We had 4 days and 3 nights to learn the purpose, the attitude and the action of worship that please God. The children learned that God is so good and so mighty, full of love for us and worthy of our worship. We learned that true worship is simply demonstrating our love to Father God.
While we were at the Bible Camp, the king of Thailand, passed away and the nation began a deep morning for a great king. At the children's home, we prayed for the royal family and for Thailand to come to know Our Living God, The King of King.
Teaching the girls about snow... They had never seen snow, the girls had many questions about what snow is like. We watched a video about snow, had shaved ice and made paper snow. The girls continued to grow to know more about the Savior and learning about our powerful, faithful Lord God and how to trust Him for every part of their lives. Some of our girls have been abandanted and neglected, while others have lossed one or both parents due to human trafficking, drugs, illnesses or accidents. The girls came to our children's home with many insecurities and trust issues. We helped them to gain confidence in themselves and experience God's loving care as we live our lives among the girls as God's children.
August, 2016 How great is our God? The girls at Breanna's House of Joy Children's Home have been learning about this all month and will continue to do so. Every day and each week end, they learned that God is all powerful, all knowing, able to be every where at the same time.... He created this beautiful world for us. He loves us unconditionally and desire for us to know Him deelply. We studied these attributes about God through His Word and Bible stories, acting out in skits and memorizing Scriptures and reminding ourselves everydayabout the goodness of God in nature and the blessings of our lives. Besides teaching the girls at the children's home, I also continue to go into the local school to teach English twice a week and each Friday to share about Jesus to a large audience, about 250 boys and girls. Praise God that He has given us freedom to present the Gospel to the students at this school!
July, 2016 Teaching at Breanna's House of Joy Children's Home after school hours and during the day, I volunteer at the local school. Teaching English class for an hour a day during the week, allows me to interact with our girls at school, teach their classes and get to know the teachers and staff. Given the opportunity to share with some of the students about the Lord is a treat! This month, we are in the midst of rainy season. Thank God for the much needed rain to relieve the drought that were are having. Our girls are doing well and growing healthy and strong each day. They have their moments of joy and struggle as we live life together and learn the wonders of being children of God. The monsoon season brings about swarms of mosquitoes and extra itchiness due to certain parts of skin being too damp for too long.Please pray for us the our hill tribe girls.
June 30, 2016
It was so good to get back on my feet again since the beginning of June. Thank you for your prayers, my foot is healing more and more each day. I was back to venture outside my room and teach the staff English in the mornings and go to the local school to volunteer in the afternoons. This allowed me to visit with our little girls and to get to know their teachers. My challenge is to help our new girls to come to know the Lord and find themselves in the new identify and safety in Christ. Please pray with me that they will see themselves no longer as poor orphans but children of God with rights and privelege thereof...
May 18, 2016
School has begun for our girls at Breanna's House of Joy. So did the contiuation of my sessions for English help, Bible Studies, Learning Games and just sharing about life in God. It is good for the girls to see that with hope and trust in God, we can go through any life's storms. When my foot got infected by a stray cat's bit and could not walk for 2-3 weeks, the girls got to pray for me and to see God's Grace in action. I may have been in bed, but the girls can still came to my room for homework help, Bible questions, prayers and just to play board games that are good for their brains.
The finale of summer for the girls was a visit by college students who came to work with all our girls to help them practice English through games and conversations. Our girls had a full summer of Bible Camp, English interactions, lots of games and lots of smoothies and cool drinks. Thank you for your support to allow me to minister to our hill tribe empoverished girls. Thank God for bring them here to Breanna's House of Joy. Here, they gain many enriching experiences and grow in faith and closer walk with The Savior!
April 8th, 2016
Summer in Thailand is going on full blast with 104 degrees in the shade! We take our girls to the pool and teach them to swim. For girls who have been growing up on the back side of a mountain, it is a special event to be able to swim in a pool of cool, blue water. But no matter the weather, at Breanna's House of Joy, we provide a safe home for little girls who have no homes. Many of our girls got to visit at their villages for a few days. It is our hope and prayer that they will have opportunities to share Jesus with their hill tribe relatives. We look forward to hear of their news this Sunday, April 10th when they return. For a few girls with no safe place to go to, they remained at the children's home. We enjoy learning together in worhiping, cooking, gardening, practicing English and learning more about being valuable and loved by God and how to reach out to others with His love.
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Wow, It is hard to believe that it has been nearly 5 years ago that I entered into Thailand as a teacher missionary. Thank you for friends and family who have given financially and prayed earnestly so that I can continue to do the work that God had called me in reaching the orphans and disadvantaged children in Thailand. Your giving allowed me to share with the girls Bible truths each week, to show them who they are in Christ and God's purpose for their lives. I teach and tutor English to some 32 girls every day so that they can be successful in communication and education. I also do personal outreach to single mothers and widow as the Lord would lead. Most Thais still have never heard the Gospel. They need to be shown Jesus, with skin on. Your contribution also helps me as a mother to be able to support my own children in America and Thailand with their college and Bible school education. I am thankful for the peace and joy that my children in America are cared for while I continue to do the work here in Thailand.
Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary Teacher in Chiang Mai, Thailand for updates, go to www.heavensgrace.org
As a mother, teacher and pastor's wife, Wilai Wilkerson sensed God's urging her to use what she has experienced in her life to serve widows and orphans in Thailand. Wilai was born and raised in Thailand, but lived for 30 years in America. She speaks both Thai and English fluently. A few years ago, Wilai's pastor husband told her, "Wilai, get ready, when God says so, we'll go do missionary work in Thailand!" In 2010, her husband was diagnosed with cancer and three months later he passed away. In 2011, Wilai, along with her daughters, was on an airplane back Thailand to follow her calling.
After returning to Thailand, Wilai began to work with single mothers who needed to learn English, sharing life on life, and volunteering as a teacher at a Christian school and as a caregiver at a home for HIV infected girls. Now God has directed her to reach out to disadvantaged hill tribe girls, working with Breanna's House of Joy under The Joy To The World Foundation. Her experience as a teacher and her dual language skills are a perfect fit for ministry with Breanna's House and the other outreach ministries of Joy To The World Foundation in Thailand . Please support her work in Thailand through this website, she has become an important part of this thriving ministry. (www.breannashouseofjoy.com)
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End Date: 29 December 2018