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Posts Tagged ‘2013 Email Updates’

Gaudet Family Update – Shipping, etc…

August 26 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:
 Dear Intercessors,

In our last update, I asked prayer for my trip to Burma. That trip was short but very productive in a number of ways. We were able to sort out printing inside the country for two large projects in different languages. Also, a great deal of time was spent with brethren discussing the disposition of Scriptures yet to be shipped. We have a number of options now that we did not before which continue to ensure the most effective use of these Scriptures so sacrificially produced by brethren in the USA.

We plan to immediately implement at least two of these options within the next 2 weeks with a number of shipments. I have a better idea now of costs and am going to ask your continued prayer as I outline what is ahead. What is needed in the starting immediately is shipping some 3,400 boxes. At the current rate, this comes to approximately $21,000. We have $7,500 of that on hand now. 2,200 boxes are here now and another shipment of whole Bibles (25,000) will be here shortly.

There are other factors which may reduce the cost as we begin shipping. Some of the brethren in country have expressed their desire to help. To appreciate that, you must understand that this is a place where the normal salary is less than most people in the USA spend on their phone bills. Please pray that we will have the necessary funds by the time required.

We continue to explore options, and to that end we are making an additional test shipment of one pallet of boxes within the next 2 weeks. Many things are changing in Burma. Please pray that this proves to be a method with will totally eliminate the huge cost of trans-shipping. All other container shipments will be on hold till the results are known.

I plan another trip into the country within the next 6 weeks or so for the purpose of following up on the next shipment made. We will be recording testimonies of those who have distributed and received the Bibles, New Testaments, Gospels, and tracts. Please pray that I will have the necessary help in the form of crew for filming. This sort of communication is essential to understanding the great need.

Also we asked specific prayer for the completion of a very difficult project. This was in the Shan language. Shan is important in that it is the 2nd largest unreached people group in Burma. PTL, our co-workers were able to work with a Shan pastor to complete this. It is to go to press on Monday! This whole process has taken over 3 ½ years!

Thank you for praying and for standing with us through victorious as well as difficult times. You are making a difference.

 

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

Gaudet Family Update – Travel Tomorrow

August 19 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:
Brethren,

How we thank and Praise God for you! Unless you have sat on this end of the chain of intercession of the Saints of the Most High you would not understand. We are so deeply in debt to each of you who have involved yourself in ministry alongside us.

Please pray over the next 4-5 days as I make a trip across the border. Lord willing, I will be meeting with several brethren concerning printing in the country, shipping, consulting about the need for additional publishing, as well as other aspects of ministry. We hope to find a way to circumvent the bottleneck we currently experience with shipping of Bibles and Scripture portions.

At any rate, we covet your prayers for not only that trip but our staff as they remain at the task here. We have really been struggling to complete a couple of large literature projects in regional languages. Both of these projects have been within days of being completed for months now but we have seen the enemy snatch the completion date away on a number of occasions. A brother whom we just met is proficient in one of these troubled languages and is now scheduled to be in the office on Monday morning. Please pray that his effort along with our patient co-workers would pay off and this large project can go to press. It is in the language of the second largest unreached people group of Burma!

Thank you for your part with us in this work. We would not want to attempt it without you.

 

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

Gaudet Family Update – July 30, 2013

July 30 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:
Dear Intercessors,

Sometimes there is more to report than I can write, sometimes it is as they say here in Asia, “Same, Same.” The work goes on and when I say that I mean literally the WORK goes on. We are very close to finishing several publications, some of which have taken us years to complete. In recent months a couple of our co-workers have left, and that has changed the dynamic of some of the work. So, we are making adjustments.

One major prayer request we would like to bring before you at this time concerns the literature we have in-country right now. There is not space here to tell all about it, but we have a situation in which we are hindered by several factors in getting this material where it needs to be. This includes the rainy season and other logistic problems, finances, and organization of the distribution.

I plan to make a trip across the border in a couple of weeks to meet with some brethren there to work out some of the details for making some major shipments. Please forgive me, but I am trying in every way I know to communicate the immensity of the situation but not give all the details in an open letter such as this. Upon my return we will have a better idea of the cost. It is actually not any more than we have been paying for shipping but we just have a lot of it to do in the next couple of months.

Please pray that the trip would be blessed, the necessary contacts would be made, and the necessary finances would be in place. A few months from now will be another incoming shipment and it is necessary to clear the way for it. We praise the Lord for the provision of these Scriptures in Burmese. Brethren in printing ministries in the USA have gone above and beyond anything that we could have possibly imagined. This is a good problem to have! Please pray however.

We are so grateful for each of you who pray and give so that the work here can go on. Please, please don’t stop! You are making a difference!

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

 

Gaudet Family Update – Long post, worth reading!

July 10 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:
Dear Praying Friends,

It has been long enough without an update from us. I often feel like we are flooding your inbox with e-mail updates. Just about the time we cut back on the frequency of them, someone writes and says “Where are the updates?” Oftentimes I am told that we are prayed for more often than just about anyone else simply because we keep people informed. So, with those gentle rebukes, here goes… a very long post.

Actually this one concerns an answered prayer. It did not seem prudent to ask prayer for the following when it was still a request. However it is now a Praise! Please allow me to give a bit of background: Many of you have met, prayed for, or seen in a video, Pookie, one of our co-workers. Her parents live in a small village in a rural area some 8 hours south of here. On a trip here to visit their daughter 2 years ago, they attended church for the first time and trusted Christ!

The area in which they live has no church anywhere that we can find. There has been little opportunity for them to attend a church or receive Bible teaching. Of course, we have been concerned about their spiritual life. There are no other Christians that they know of in the village where they live.

Last month, we learned that their son who lives in Bangkok decided that he needed to become a monk for a while to “make merit” for the family, which includes all the family, extended and close. Normally a Thai man will be ordained when they are around 20 years old for that purpose. He was nearly 30 years old when he made that decision. We immediately started praying about it since we knew it would really be a trial for Pookie’s parents. Normally parents would play a central role in the ceremonies on behalf of the whole family.

Longer story short… the ordination to the monkhood was last Sunday. Pookie traveled there to be with her parents (the only 3 believers in the family!) and before the event they talked about what they would do. They decided to face it together rather than leave during the ceremonies. Nearly 800 people were gathered together for the event. The MC asked her Dad to say a few words to the crowd of family, friends and villagers.

He said “I am a Christian and my wife is a Christian. We really have no part in these proceedings, but we wanted to greet you.” He introduced his other children and when he came to Pookie, he told the crowd that she is a Christian, lives in another city, works with a Christian ministry and likewise has no part in the ceremony. He was bold but respectful. When he finished, the people applauded him. Pookie said that she was shaking because she did not know what he was going to say. To say the least, it was not the normal thing expected of the parents of a son going into the Buddhist monkhood!

Afterwards, both her parents seemed very relaxed where before they were quite concerned. She saw the Lord’s hand upon her father and the whole situation. You would have to know more about family relationships and obligations here to fully understand this, but it took a lot of courage to do that publically. After all, how many of us have made a public declaration of our faith in Christ in front of 800 people? Add to it the fact that quite possibly they were the only 3 Christians in that crowd. As I said, it took a lot of courage.

Please pray for these folks as we are pretty sure the trial is not over. In fact, her mother became violently ill that evening after she drank something which was supposed to be water. Turns out it had something else in the glass.

It is such a blessing to see the Lord work in their lives. This worked out so much better than if I or another missionary had tutored them in how to handle it. I am sure it was the biggest trial of their Christian lives and God showed Himself mighty in it.

Now I must apologize for such a long post, but it is not often that we can report something like this. Come to think of it, I’ll withdraw that apology! Thank you for reading it patiently and for your continued intercession on our behalf.

 

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

Gaudet Family Update – Update on Milton Martin

June 17 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:
Brethren,

Many of you have asked about Milton Martins’ condition. The following was written by Bruce Martin. Please pray

After about 3 weeks of tests, they still have not found the reason for my Father’s GI problems. He has severe nausea and vomiting whenever he tries to eat. On Friday evening, while he was sitting at the table and trying to eat, he fainted and fell on is right side. His face was bruised and lacerated and his right eye is swollen shut. He also has some bleeding on his right arm. Because of his taking Coumadin for his blood pressure, it has been a battle to stop the bleeding. On Saturday afternoon, they did an endoscopy and still could not find any problems. Dad is very frustrated with the lack of a diagnosis. They will keep him in the hospital until at least Monday and do some more endoscopy.

 Adding to that, this evening we were informed that Sister Guillermina Mendoza, the wife of Bro. Carlos Mendoza (who was one of the original six preachers that Dad trained and is one of the original preachers from Chiapas) passed away Saturday evening after several massive heart attacks. We have had a relationship with this family for 48 years. This has been a difficult time for my parents and for my wife and I as we have been very close to them. Provi and I will be travelling to Mexico for the funeral. Your prayers are always appreciated.

Bruce Martin  email

 

This dear Brother has been a big influence in our lives and ministry over the years. Please pray for him.

 

 

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

Gaudet Family Update – Container Uploaded

June 13 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:
Dear Intercessors,

We wanted to let you know that the 40′ container of literature in Burmese arrived today! As I explained yesterday, I was hindered from being there, but two of our local co-workers made the 5 hour trip by bus and they were able to receive the container. All is well and they will be returning tomorrow morning.

Please pray for them and for plans now as we sort out distribution. We will have to wait till the bill comes in for the customs fees. Then distribution can be figured out. It all costs!

Thank you again for your faithful prayers. Please pray also for the brethren in the USA who funded, printed and shipped these materials to us.

 

 

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

Gaudet Family Update – Container Arrival Scheduled Tomorrow

June 12 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:
Brethren,

Two of our local co-workers have just arrived by bus at one of our distribution centers, 5 hours away from here. Yesterday we received a call which stated the container we have been awaiting was in the process of clearing customs and would be delivered tomorrow. Krinny and I are in meetings and Dr’s appointments till midday tomorrow so these dear brethren made the trip and will handle receiving the shipment. One speaks Thai and the other speaks Burmese. A perfect team!

Please do pray for them and for the arrival of the container. We do not yet know the costs for the clearance and transport.

 

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

Gaudet Family Update – Milton Martin

June 6 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:
Brethren,

This morning we spoke by phone to Bruce and Provi Martin. They told us that Bruce’s dad, Milton Martin is not doing well at all. From my understanding, he has a couple of hernias which will require surgery, and for the past week or so has had vertigo which has kept him in a constant state of nausea. He has lost a lot of weight and is very week.

We also just received e-mail from Alizabeth Ricker in which she is asking prayer for Bro. Martin. I am going to copy part of that message below, along with her e-mail address. Her and her husband are working with the Martins and are in constant contact. From Alizabeth…

“I am sending this message on behalf of Brother Milton Martin, who many of you may know. His health is seriously declining. In the past weeks he has lost an incredible amount of weight due to constant nausea. The doctors have not been able to figure out what is causing his nausea and he is unable to keep very much down. He is becoming more and more weak and is unable to do much of anything. He has served the Lord so faithfully his entire life, please band with us now in prayer for this wonderful man of God!” 

To send her an e-mail click here .

We immediately took this into our morning prayer time with our international staff. Please intercede as well. The Martins have impacted countless lives in Mexico as well as in the lives and ministries of missionaries and churches worldwide.

 

 

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

Gaudet Family Update – Prayer Update

June 3 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:

Brethren,

Thank you for your faithful prayer support. Here is an update on a few items we had previously mentioned.

From Carolyn Chambers:

Dear Friends, 
I am deeply grateful to the Lord for each and every one of  you who have prayed for me. I am slowly but surely recovering strength and  health. The doctor was pleased with my progress, but cautioned that I must  continue to do nothing but rest this week and probably into next week. I am  really thankful that the Lord spared me from the worst of Dengue  symptoms-hemorrhagic fever, severe muscle pain, etc. Tom, Krinny and Pookie have  been so wonderfully helpful and supportive during this time. I don’t know what I  would have done without them. Everything together – their help, everyone’s  prayers – has been a great comfort and true help during this time. Thank you all  again for your prayers. Prayer makes all the difference.
Carolyn

We have word that the container we have been expecting will be arriving at the port in Bangkok on the 7th of this month. Please pray that the customs clearance would go without unexpected expenses and smooth arrival.

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet

Gaudet Family Update – 26 May 2013

May 28 | Posted by Tom Gaudet | Gaudet Family Updates Tags:

Brethren,

We thought it good to bring you up to date on a couple of matters and ask continued prayer.

1. Our Co-worker, Carolyn Chambers is at home recovering. She was very weak, but has improved. Please continue upholding her in prayer.

2. We still do not have news about the incoming 40′ container of Bibles and Scripture portions in Burmese. Please continue to intercede. It was scheduled to arrive on the 19th.

3. Lord willing, by tomorrow we will have packets of materials prepared in the S’gaw Karen language for distribution to approximately 300 delegates of a Global Karen meeting here in Chiang Mai. One of the items is a doctrinal booklet which we expect to make a difference in their churches. Please pray that God directs His Word to receptive hearts.

4. We need help from some IT people:

* Advise from a networking professional who understands LTO Tape systems for our network.

* Advise from a Web professional about a secure website for evangelism.

* Someone who develops Apps for Apple and Android phones. This will be aimed at sharing resources with believers globally.

For Souls Still Waiting,

Tom and Krinny Gaudet