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Dear Church Family,

While in Thailand, I served in a 3-8 year old Bible class. It was such a great opportunity to see the children hear about Jesus’ love for them. Towards the end of our trip, the children’s group would gather together and sing Psalm 8. Most of the songs they sang were in Thai, but Psalm 8 was sung in English so we were able to sing with them.

While singing the Psalm, I reflected on the backgrounds of many of these children, some of which were orphaned, or saved out of the hands of traffickers. And to hear them sing “O Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth…when I look at your heavens, the works of your fingers…what is man that you are mindful of him…O Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth,” it put so much into perspective for me.

In my heart, there were times when I would be angry and sin because of trials I was in. Yet none of them compared to the things these small children had gone through. Yet still they sing, “O Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth.”

Upon this thought, there is nothing to do but repent and ask the Lord’s forgiveness. As I read Hebrews 2:5-11, it reminded me of our Lord’s grace while in a trial. In these verses we understand that our Lord was perfected in the midst of suffering, so how much more will we be like Christ when we turn to Him in our own sufferings.

I would like thank everyone at Grace Church of the Valley that supported me prayerfully and financially. It is a great joy to come home and worship with my church family!

Thank you,

Phillip Reyes