Marlene Pleuss

Question: What to do when newly retired?
Answer: Find opportunities to serve Jesus.

At an LWMS convention, my husband, Alan, and I found CFSA. We were ready to join a team. Before departure, our team of seven people collected money, glasses, dresses, and medical and VBS supplies. That fall, we headed to Nong Khai, Thailand.

We were excited about the start of our medical mission. The three nurses were amazing at the four different sites over four days. Three of us helped with records while my husband took pictures. Each one of the 370 people, ranging in age from infant to 91 years, left with medicine or vitamins, a cross, and a taste of Christ’s love. On the weekend we had two VBS days with 55 children ages five to fifteen, who listened to Bible lessons, moved to music called “Kinder Jam”, and created amazing projects.

At the church service we witnessed two adults and four young people baptized. Pastor’s favorite hymn, “Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel”, was sung in Thai and English. The common bond of faith was felt by all.

In our free time we explored the Mekong River markets, loved our evening meals from the street vendors, and took a day trip into Laos. We look back on those two weeks with great memories. We look forward to serving again with CFSA. We hope to meet YOU on another mission team, in Christ’s service.

Anne Press