Weekend fun: our son made his own bow and arrow that actually fires. He is still working on the aim.
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ขอฝากคำเทศนาให้เป็นพระพรแก่ผู้ฟัง วีดีโอนี้ถูกถ่ายในช่วงนมัสการ (chapel) ที่พระคริสตธรรมกรุงเทพ (Bangkok Bible Seminary)
In January 2015, Karl took Joshua up Khao Lom Muak (เขาล้อมหมวก), a peak of about 900 feet in Prachuab province during a family vacation. Joshua did surprisingly well on the hike and thoroughly enjoyed himself. Here is some footage of Joshua telling about the hike while siting on the peak, as well as some clips from the hike down. It is a bit hard to hear Joshua sometimes, so turn your computer / phone volume all the way up.
My son had been waiting for a particular gift for quite some time and I I decided to have a bit of fun with him by wrapping it in about 7 layers of paper. It was rather fun to watch his reactions. Don't worry. He did get to the actual present eventually.
Every six months, our mission organization holds a "Homeschool Week" for those families who are homeschooling to come together for some group activities and learning. This past October, the theme for homeschool week and all the children had to present something that they had invented, or talk about an invention. Our kids decided to put their thinking caps on and invent some things. Mommy videoed the results, and Daddy edited it together into the video you see below. The volume on some parts of the video is low, but you'll get the idea. Enjoy.
สนทนาปัญหาศาสนศาสตร์ ครั้งที่ 29 การสัมมนาพระกิตติคุณแห่งความรุ่งเรือง (รุ่งเรืองหรือโลภ) ชมได้แล้วที่ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML-2LkTLUnY
We are really thankful for all the people who love our kids and think of them on birthdays and Christmas. Here's a short video of Joshua and Caitlin thanking their Uncle James for the gifts he sent for Christmas this year. We're not sure if they were more impressed with the gifts or the packaging!
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In the following video, four year old Joshua leads worship at his "pretend church" at home, playing and singing "This is the Day" on drums and xylophone
In the following video, Joshua puts on a musical performance on the xylophone, singing his self-composed tune, "Mommy Daddy Song"
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Caitlin has recently started walking. Not perfectly, and not for long but it is definitely walking. Joshua didn't walk until after a year old so at only 10.5 months, we are pretty impressed with her accomplishment. Here is a short video of her efforts so far:
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Caitlin has finally learned to crawl and there is no stopping her now. She can get anywhere she wants to go and get into just about anything. Here's the video:
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This past Saturday, we celebrated our son Joshua's fourth birthday, together with another missionary family. After a lunch of hot dogs and french fries (per Joshua's request), we brought out the cake. According to Joshua, a birthday is not a really a birthday unless you have a cake. Here is a short one minute video that Sun took of the cake part of the event.
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One day, our dear boy Joshua plucked the grapes out of our basket of fake fruit on the kitchen table and said, "I want to send these to Uncle James (Karl's brother). Let's go talk to him on the computer". Because of the time difference between Thailand and the United States, that just wasn't going to happen (at least not if we wanted Uncle James to be happy about it). So, I offered Joshua the opportunity to send a video message to instead. Uncle James, these grapes are for you:
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Our son Joshua emphatically refuses to go to a real barber shop with Daddy to get his haircut. He insists that Mommy cut his hair in the "home barber shop", which is his room (minus his crib). During his most recent haircut, Daddy got videotaped an interview with the haircut-ee. See below for the results:
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This past month, we had the joy of having Caitlin baptized, welcoming her into the covenant community of the Christian church. Baby Molly, the daughter of our friends Chris and Paige was baptized at the same time. A fellow missionary videotaped the event and I include it below. The video is all in Thai and I am afraid that I haven't had time to add English subtitles.
Pastor Natee, who did the baptism, had some really helpful comments about the nature of baptism that got me thinking. First, people are baptized not because of what they have done but in recognition of what God has done. Therefore, in the case of people who come to Christ and are baptized as adults, they are baptized in recognition of God's work in their life, regenerating their heart and granting them faith and repentance. They are baptized because it is evident that God has chosen to bring them into the fold of the Christian church. Baptism welcomes them into the visible church because God has already brought them into the invisible church.
We've been working on getting Joshua to memorize some Bible verses and catechism questions. He is doing a decent job so far, even if he doesn't get it right all the time. Actually, it takes quite a bit of work to get him to memorize them. Not that he has a bad memory, but he is not always willing. However, one day he picked up the little New Testament that was given him the last time we were in the States and did a Scripture "reading". Multiple times over. Amazingly, he was still doing it by the time I got the video camera out.
Two small comments before you watch the video: 1) that is baby Caitlin crying in the background and yes, she is okay (Mommy is with her), and 2) Joshua's emphasis upon certain parts of John 3:16 is entirely of his own doing. He was not coached to do that. Might we have an aspiring preacher on our hands?
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A couple weeks ago, Joshua decided he didn't want to be spoon fed anymore. He'd twist and turn and shout and the spoon just wouldn't go in. From that point on, picking up little pieces of rice, meat, cracker, vegetable, and so forth was the order of the day. Since then he has allowed some spoon feeding again but overall, he still prefers to use his pincer grib to pick up food with chopstick-like precision between his thumb and pointer finger. It is often the left hand he uses for this so we wonder if he is a lefty. Only time will tell on that front. Personally, I am routing for ambidextrous as it seems much more versatile. Here a video of the boy going after a raisin.
The short 20 minute video that you'll find below is a good overview of the birth and history of Christianity in Thailand. It was prepared for the 2003 celebration of 175 years of Protestant Christianity in Thailand, counting from 1828 when Karl Gutzlaff and Jacob Tomlin arrived as the first two Protestant missionaries.
There is also a Thai-language book that goes along with the video, called "๑๗๕ ปี พันธกิจคริสต์ศาสนาโปรเตสแตนต์ในประเทศไทย, ค.ศ. ๑๘๒๘-๒๐๐๓" (175 Years of Protestant Christian Ministry in Thailand, 1828-2003). The book is currently out of print but should be able to be found in libraries of seminaries and bible colleges in Thailand.
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