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Acknowledged as

anbi

Stichting Light for Asia
NL 70 RABO 0126 9283 39 te Monnickendam
Onder vermelding van “Project Thailand”
ANBI    Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling


Secretariaat:
Stichting Light for Asia
Melkkruid 47,
1441 XS Purmerend
T.  06-81513248
E. stichtinglightforasia @gmail.com


Peter & Tatjana Bak
PO Box 61 Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000,
Thailand

M. Peter      +66 (0) 85 719 9810
M. Tatjana      +66 (0) 81 169 6268
E. peterentatjana@gmail.com

Saying goodbye!

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We, Peter, Tatjana, and Chester, are currently in a season of goodbyes. People we have known for a long time, since we first moved here. People who supported us during the hard times when we first arrived. People who were here for us through thick and thin. People who were first the boys’ babysitters and is now Chester’s boss. We are going to have to say goodbye to two very sweet couples.
One of the couples is older than Peter and I and has worked in Thailand for 16 years with the Akha hilltribe and as teacher at the International School where our boys studied. They are going back to take care of their parents and to be closer to their kids. They also feel that the work they started with the Akha hilltribes has progressed to the point where a foreigner is no longer necessary to run things. The Akha should now be able to continue on their own.
The other couple is a bit younger than us and was just married when they came here 10 years ago, and has since had a son. Together with their little boy they are going to continue the work they started here on a bigger scale elsewhere more centrally located.
Saying goodbye is a painful business but it also makes you think about what those people mean to you and often that is much more than you initially thought. It is awesome to be able to tell the other person how much they have meant to you over the years and thus encourage them. We have been blessed enormously with these people in our lives the past 10 years.

 

A Great Location!

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For the 7 weeks that we were in the Netherlands we had a really great place to stay. We stayed with a farmer who had a mobile home sitting in his backyard and we were allowed to stay in it and set up extra tents as well. It was awesome to be able to live out in nature near both Monnickendam and Purmerend. Of course we had a bunch of rain and not even just a little bit at a time either but that didn’t stop us from having fun. There were still plenty of dry and even beautiful days to enjoy. It was almost like coming home for us because in our youth we came to this area often and we know quite a few people here, so it was great to catch up with some of them. We are very grateful for the hospitality that we got to experience. We are also thankful for Peter’s parents with whom we stayed the first and last few days so that we could prepare and tear down the camp site. We are also thankful for the people who let us borrow their stuff, helped find stuff, or even gave to make our stay more enjoyable.
We were situated right amongst apple and pear trees, sheep, and right next to a lake and a lot of grassland. We had an amazing view the whole time, even with changing weather. A couple of big storms came through that left a lot of damage in their wake. The party tents were not made to withstand that force of nature. We came home from every appointment to find our mini paradise of rest and space.

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Nathan has graduated!

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On Thursday, July 15th, Peter, Tatjana, Chester, Jeremy, and Izzy travelled to Chiang Mai to celebrate Nathan's graduation with him. Nathan graduated from the DTS, which is a Bible School, run by YWAM (Youth With A Mission). This school runs for 6 months and is split into 2 parts, the lecture phase and the outreach phase. The lecture phase was done in Chiang Mai and the outreach phase was done in 3 different locations; Faang in the north of Thailand, Phuket in the south of Thailand, and Jordan in the Middle East. During the outreach phase Nathan and his team taught Muslim children, talked with and listened to stories with refugees from Syria who fled to Jordan. He grew closer to God during his time at the DTS and this experience also helped him to become more independent, living away from his parents(Peter and Tatjana)
He is thankful for this time he got to have in which he got to experience so many things and learn new things as well.

 

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A New Season!

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For our family a new season is starting. Nathan is going to be living and studying in the Netherlands, just like Jeremy. Jeremy is going to be moving and resuming his studies, having taken a gap year to work.
Peter and I (Tatjana) came to the Netherlands with Nathan to help him get settled in and to help Jeremy make the move. We helped Nathan paint and furnish his new bedroom. In Jeremy’s new place we helped build a small kitchen and furnish the rest of his apartment. So in short we did a lot of shopping, and bought a lot of stuff from people and shops 2nd hand as well. The results are awesome.
A lot of paperwork had to be done for both our boys. You can think of: registration in the Netherlands, change of address notifications, choosing a family doctor, change of insurance and applying for new insurance policies, opening/changing bank accounts, requesting study loans and scholarships, Public Transportation cards (OV), etc.
We got most of these things done and we got to leave the Netherlands knowing that we did everything we could to help them get settled in. We are at peace with leaving them in the Netherlands even if it hurts to have to miss them. We can’t just go for a visit, watch them play a match or tournament, eat together, or anything else really. We will have to make due with calling them by phone or WhatsApp, or video calling.
Both Jeremy and Nathan now live in Purmerend, only 10 minutes apart. Jeremy will study in Amsterdam while Nathan will be studying in Alkmaar.
Only Chester is still living at home with us in Chiang Rai.

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Jeremy is visiting!

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After being gone for almost a year, Jeremy is back in Thailand for 7 weeks. He has enjoyed being around the International School, where he studied, for the last week of the school year. He got to see many classmates, friends from school, and teachers during that time. We also celebrated his 20th birthday with a cheesecake that he, unknowingly, brought with him from the Netherlands. Of course he didn’t bring the whole thing ready-made, he brought certain key ingredients that we can’t get here in Thailand.
Aside from enjoying the free time and time spent together, Jeremy helps his father with some projects around House of Refuge. Right now they are mainly working on steel doors and fencing. But like always there are little things that come up every day, like a leaky roof caused by one of the many tropical storms this time of year which needed to be fixed. Peter enjoys working together with Jeremy a lot because they understand each other and work well together.
It is great to finally be able to talk face-to-face with him again but we do miss his girlfriend. We would have loved to have her here with us during this time.
When Jeremy arrived his suitcase was filled with a lot of Dutch treats.

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