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Season’s Greetings

From Life in a Northern Town

So blessed, 6 weeks in Australia, hundreds of friends caught up with, many churches visited and so much talking about my home, Thailand! And 7.5 kgs extra of good Aussie food. 555 (Hahaha)! My name is Shayne Rochfort and I am a servant of God, volunteering in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I am the Legal Advisor at Christian Outreach Centre Thailand (COC) and helping coordinate visas and work permits and the whole work in local churches and communities all over Thailand. My main role involves everything and anything, STILL. Please consider partnering with me, building God’s kingdom in Thailand.

When I was going to send this at Christmas, it was several months, now it’s just under a year. Think of it as a very, very late Christmas present. This past several months since my last newsletter has been anything but quiet. I was able to have six weeks back in Australia during October and November. I spent 10 days in Brisbane and celebrated a welcome home (belated birthday) with my brother, Kerry, and the Broomfield clan. It was fun and a great blessing. I had two weeks in Melbourne doing OMS stuff and telling them about Thailand, then about two weeks of hanging around Brisbane, getting a motorbike license and catching up with family and friends and churches. Then came “home” to a whirl wind of busy-ness, our foundation has been growing a lot and we are influencing the Chiang Mai provincial officials in very positive ways. My awesome team have been just amazing in getting work reports translated, visa letter requests and visa extensions processed as well as many new and renewing work permits, fun times, well not really. The fun times started with the Abundant Life Festival the second day I was back in Chiang Mai, then weeks of catch up before the Christmas season got in full swing. Christmas Parties here, there and everywhere. I was part of the organising team and participated in the King’s Birthday parade and celebrations for all foreigners to thank the King of Thailand. It was great to be part of the COC family up until Christmas, I have really enjoyed the change across to the new foundation with all its benefits and challenges. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end! Isaiah 9:6-7 The Message (KJV)

Ok, to finish off my Christmas newsletter, I will update you with my Christmas story 2014 and New Years - sorry! I decided after we finished working for the year that I would head down to Mae Sot for my Christmas. So I packed up some stuff and headed to the bus station for my fastest trip down to Mae Sot ever, it was awesome! The normal 6 hours was made 5, and since then I can understand why the road from Tak to Mae Sot is one of the most dangerous in all of Thailand’s dangerous roads. Approximately 100 people have died on this road since Christmas. Back to the story… I wanted a little time away and this was a good chance. I had been given some money from my aunt and that was able to cover all my expenses for my trip, praise God. I spent Christmas eve, just relaxing and getting into the feel of Mae Sot. It is a different sort of place, one that is challenging to Thailand because of it’s position, it’s a border town and feels a bit like the wild west. But it’s fun and I love it. Christmas morning, I woke up and it felt like just another day. I posted to Facebook my feelings, then gave my family a Skype call, and decided to get out of my room and try and make things in this Buddhist/Muslim town a bit of Christmas and Jesus. I put on my Santa hat and went looking in town for something that I could do, I found a shop and I bought some jellies and lollies and thought I could go around and give them out to the children I found in the markets. I had a big bag of these and I went seeking little ones (and big ones) to give a smile and a little gift whilst just blessing them with a simple “Merry Christmas”. I walked around for about an hour and was running out, I wasn’t finished, so I hit the shop again and doubled my load and headed out again, going deeper into the back streets and alleyways to find all the kids I could. Lots of smiles were received and the Christmas spirit was awoken. My Christmas Dinner was a special time with our COC Pastor and his family, so there was some western style rejoicing and amazing food and desserts. We watched a nice Christmas movie and I got some take home treats also, so a pretty good Christmas day happened in 2013. The rest of the week was pretty normal and I headed back to Chiang Mai for New Year’s eve at my boss’s house. Well that was also pretty uneventful until… my boss happens to be a licensed demolitions and bomb expert, among other things, and his excitement for his New Year’s fireworks spectacular was unparalleled. He had been preparing all day. The church family brought all the treats and that was scrumptious, and we were perched all around the giant campfire getting ready for the big display. Wow, it was pretty special, UNTIL, one of the boxes of fireworks somehow failed or moved as a firework left the container and delivered the final 3-5 fireworks into the scattering crowd. When it was over and everyone was found unscathed, we prayed and the usual hugs and New Year’s blessings were shared throughout the group. Overall, an exciting end to an interesting and challenging year. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO PRAY:  Praise for God’s blessing on the work of COC Thailand and the Haven Foundation and all its subordinate members and organisations.  Please pray for the finances and ministries of COC Thailand and the Haven Foundation. It is a massive work and without the financial support from individuals in Australia, UK and other places, the work would not continue. Please pray with us as we pray that you will prosper those who support the work.

COC Thailand Foundation inc The Haven Foundation PO Box 90 PRASING POST OFFICE CHIANGMAI 50205 THAILAND

Phone +66801202074 Email Skype - shayneinthailand

I am committed to being in Thailand. I would like to let you know that if you are able to partner with me in my work, then you can do so through One Mission Society. There are many ways you can support me, through prayer as well as financially. This partnership is helping serve the great need for Thai people to come to know Jesus. My prayer card with all the details is available at prayercard . Please include my missionary number #803833 with any donations. You can support me financially by :-

Supporting Shayne

Cheque - Please make cheques payable to: OMS International, PO Box 897, RINGWOOD, Vic 3134. Include a note with my name. Direct Debit - If you wish to make a payment directly through your bank, pay to: Westpac. Acc Name: OMS International Australia- Inc. Acc Number: 733172 BSB: 628724. NOTE: In the transaction details please be sure to include your name and ROC. Credit card donations - can be made through the website. OMS phone – 03 9872 4209

Life in a Northern Town - Issue 16 Christmas 2013  

Shayne's monthly, bi monthly, whenever news and information about his life in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.