Richard and Chiang Harris
Richard and Chiang Harris rejoined OMF in 2001 and have served in Chiang Mai, Thailand since July 2002. The Mekong field is a newer branch of OMF and is focused on reaching the minority people groups in the Mekong region. There are a staggering 425 people groups living in this region which covers five different countries: Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China. The new Mekong field has targeted eighty of these. They are blessed to see God forming teams to take the Good News to these peoples who have yet to hear the way of salvation. Some of these people groups are currently engaged by fellow workers but there are still many groups who have no workers among them.
Richard is property manager and does maintenance on their organization’s headquarters, the Mekong Center, but regularly assists at the Chiang Mai Theological Seminary building, the Mountain View Dorm, and supervises various building projects in and around Chiang Mai. He performs on-site assistance for members outside of Chiang Mai, covering an area about the size of western Oregon.
Chiang is the field director’s personal assistant. She is responsible for health insurance policy claims and maintenance for 250 members. She also does language checking and keeps the membership data base up to date.
One thing the Harrises do to get to know their neighbors is arranging a “cooking class” in their home, teaching neighbors how to make foreign desserts. Chiang or a special guest gathers the attendees together for a question-and-answer Gospel presentation. They are also responsible as a family for the children’s ministries at their relatively new church plant in Chiang Mai. There are 15 adults and 22 children at their church!
Their older son Peter just graduated from Grace International School (GIS) and is now preparing to go to Chiang Mai University starting in May 2008. Their younger son Paul is in ninth grade at GIS. Both boys are involved in community work, such as helping to do worship or plays at VBS’s, and they also help out at the sports camp, a community endeavor by the phys. ed. teacher at GIS twice a year. There are one to two hundred Thai students who are learning to play sports like basketball, volleyball, and swimming, and learning about God’s love and the plan of salvation He has provided through Jesus.
Pray with the Harrises:
. That the Lord will raise up more workers to join them in praying, giving, and going.
. That Thailand will stay open for expatriate workers for many years to come.
. That the kids at church will grow in Christ. Some struggle with“normal issues” in life and need to see Christ and His word as their constant friend and companion.
. For their support team. Some have lost loved ones; others are struggling with health problems. Praise God for them! In spite of incredible personal suffering, they remain faithful in their walk with God and are triumphing over the difficulties!
Richard and Chiang Harris
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