Dear Praying Friends and Faithful Supporters,
A little different format for you all this time—I hope you
find it easier to read and more interesting.
It’s just about two weeks since we returned to Thailand. Tan and I are both still a little under the weather with nasty coughs we think we brought with us from the US. Our time so far has been taken up with catching up with friends in Thailand and Myanmar (by phone, internet, and email), sorting out my Thai visa, and the building project of the Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS).
Can you believe that after living in Thailand for 40 of my last 52 years I am still having visa troubles? I lost my ‘foreign spouse of a Thai wife Non-Immigrant’ visa since I was in the US when it was up for extension. So now, for the first time in my life, I am a ‘tourist’ in this country. I have submitted the paperwork to get a no-immigrant visa. In the meantime, we are not allowed to travel abroad until the visa is approved toward the end of the month. That means we can’t get up to Eastern Shan State to see our friends or continue our work up there.
But it is probably OK since the building project at CRICS needs some special attention now. One of two new buildings is very close to completion, and we are ready to start a 3rd. We are busily trying to help get everything ready so a contract can be signed with the builder. Of course, we continue to move forward on Faith. We are still over $200,000 short in raising the funds that are needed and yet we blindly, no… trustingly rather, continue to build because it has to get done! The highway is coming and we have to have a place for these wonderful kids to go to school. If anyone is interested in learning more about the school and this need please click here: http://crics.asia
Scott and Tan