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Pray for Scott and Tan Coats, helping the poor of Northern Thailand in Jesus' name.

September 15, 2011
Scott and Tan are jointly appointed missionaries of International Ministries and Mission to Unreached Peoples. From their home in Chiang Rai, they engage in holistic leadership development ministries among the minority peoples that inhabit the hills of northern Thailand and neighboring countries.
Scott is the founding director of the Mekong Minority Foundation (MMF).

Scott writes: Greetings to you all from soggy Chiang Rai. It’s been unbelievably wet this year. Rain, rain, and more rain. Of course, flooding has struck in the central plains and to some degree in some of the Northern lowlands as you may have read. Though we here in Chiang Rai are not submerged yet, it feels like the river bank could overflow any moment. …

One result of all this rain - or at least a partial result - is the slow pace of our building project at the Family Learning Center’s new campus. It was my hope, as part of the building committee team, that we would be essentially finished by now and spending the rest of the summer tidying up, finishing the driveways, planting flowers and trees, and moving in. As it turns out, three of four planned structures are just about finished, but we are a long ways from finishing the fourth which is an assembly hall/cafeteria that also houses the kitchen, kindergarten, and PE shower rooms. Needless to say, the school will not move to the new location yet. So classes start this fall in the same rented facility. But we plan to move into the new campus in time for the new semester in 2012.

Actually, the delay in moving might be a good thing. Funds have continued to come in from all over the world (some of you have been part of that blessing), but only just ahead of our payments. If we had been able to move any faster on the building, then we would not have had the funds to pay the builder. Please continue to pray for us on this massive project. The government officials say they are coming in early September to inspect the new facilities and we are still about US$60,000 short.

Some of you may remember Jee May and A Pae, two people I have mentioned in previous letters. They are both doing really well now. In fact Sam and I just stayed in a house with Mijum’s family, the woman who looks after A Pae and A Pae is already speaking to me in Thai. And she’s playing like the little girl she is! Wonderful. Thanks for your prayers.

• Pray for Scott and Tan as they minister to the poor and needy of northern Thailand in the name of Jesus.

• Please continue to pray for them as they work on the massive project of the Family Learning Center’s new campus.