The Dieselberg family
Annie writes: Saturday, the 10th of April, over 800 people were wounded and 21 killed when military and police troops clashed with protesters here in Bangkok. I am sure you have heard the news by now. It is tragic to see Thailand torn apart by the conflict. The Red Shirts parade all around town and regularly occupy the street near NightLight. The violence that erupted on Saturday night was not in our area of town.
- Please pray for Thailand. Pray for Bangkok. Pray for the present government leaders to have wisdom for resolving the conflict. Pray for the Red shirt movement to seek resolution and reconciliation and to be willing to negotiate. Pray that the voice of the poor will be heard. Pray that when this is over, good will triumph and there will be a new passion for democracy, for justice, and for the human rights of all including the poor.
- Pray for the church of Thailand. This is a moment in time when the church needs to rise up and stand in the gap. Pray that the idols will be cast down and the church will be on the frontline demonstrating the love of God. Thailand needs hope and there is hope in God. This is the time for change in Thailand. Let's pray it into reality.
- Please pray for NightLight. The women have gone home this week to be with families. Many of them will struggle with presenting their Christian faith to families under pressure to participate in rituals. There are a lot of accidents during this week as well, so please pray for their safety. Also, this conflict has caused a lot of frustration and even division at NightLight. Pray for focus on the common ground and on unity in Christ. NightLight has the opportunity to bring hope to the women, but we need your support.
- Please continue to pray and to support us. We have accepted 10 new women. 4 started already and the other 6 have been given the opportunity to come after the Songkran break. We continue to grow on faith. We need your support. Please pray for more jewelry sales to pay the women's salaries.
Thank you so much. It is encouraging to know that people around the world are praying. We do not feel alone; we feel the impact of your prayers.