Saturday, 30 August 2008

Church Service On Sunday, 31st August 2008

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.



The service will be at the ARDA Language Centre at 10 a.m.(Click here for directions how to get there.)




This Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. Since we are an international congregation from a range of backgrounds and traditions, the liturgy we use has been chosen to be as inclusive as possible. You certainly do not require to be Anglican or a member of a particular denomination to share with us at the Communion table. The table around which we share the bread and wine belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and all who love him and seek to love him more are invited to participate with us.
Since we celebrate Holy Communion towards the end of our worship service, if you do not feel that you wish to participate in the sacrament, you are welcome to join with us and remain seated while others gather round the table. This is entirely normal and acceptable. In other words, do not let the fact that we are celebrating Communion, stop you from joining us at church. We warmly welcome you to be with us, wherever you might consider yourself to be on your life's journey.


This Sunday is the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 26: 1-8 / Listen.
Old Testament - Jeremiah 15: 15-21 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 12: 9-21 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 16: 21-28 / Listen.


(Click on the reference to read the passage, or alternatively, click on "Listen" to hear the chapter containing the verses being read - to do this you need to have RealPlayer installed on your computer or mobile device. For further information please click on the link at the foot of this post. If the audio file doesn't open up automatically, please click on the "BibleGatewayAudio.smil" file which should appear on your computer's desktop after you've clicked on the "Listen" link and you ought to be able to hear the reading.)


Children are normally present with us during the first part of our service before leaving for their own teaching in Sunday School. They are of course free to remain throughout the service. If children do decide to go to Sunday School they may rejoin us for Communion when this is being celebrated.

Creche facilities: There are currently families with young children who are part of the congregation. There is no formal creche as yet but we are happy to help with looking after young children.

If you want any further information, then please email us at: thechs@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

(*Currently the Lao Government does not permit Lao nationals to worship outwith the three recognized Lao churches. If you are a Lao national reading this and interested in finding out more about what Christians believe, you can find out more at one of the following officially recognised churches for Lao nationals: The Lao Evangelical Church, The Roman Catholic Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. You will find contact information for these churches in Vientiane here. Should this legislation prohibiting Lao nationals from attending other groups be lifted, we will certainly gladly participate in such changes.)

The free RealPlayer required to play the Audio Bible passages can be obtained for Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile devices by clicking on this link.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Church Service On Sunday, 24th August 2008

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.



The service will be at the ARDA Language Centre at 10 a.m.(Click here for directions how to get there.)

This Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. Since we are an international congregation from a range of backgrounds and traditions, the liturgy we use has been chosen to be as inclusive as possible. You certainly do not require to be Anglican or a member of a particular denomination to share with us at the Communion table. The table around which we share the bread and wine belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and all who love him and seek to love him more are invited to participate with us.
Since we celebrate Holy Communion towards the end of our worship service, if you do not feel that you wish to participate in the sacrament, you are welcome to join with us and remain seated while others gather round the table. This is entirely normal and acceptable. In other words, do not let the fact that we are celebrating Communion, stop you from joining us at church. We warmly welcome you to be with us, wherever you might consider yourself to be on your life's journey.


This Sunday is the fourteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 138 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 51: 1-6 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 12: 1-8 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 16: 13-20 / Listen.

The Bible reading for Sunday's sermon is:
Psalm 110 / Listen.


(Click on the reference to read the passage, or alternatively, click on "Listen" to hear the chapter containing the verses being read - to do this you need to have RealPlayer installed on your computer or mobile device. For further information please click on the link at the foot of this post. If the audio file doesn't open up automatically, please click on the "BibleGatewayAudio.smil" file which should appear on your computer's desktop after you've clicked on the "Listen" link and you ought to be able to hear the reading.)


Children are normally present with us during the first part of our service before leaving for their own teaching in Sunday School. They are of course free to remain throughout the service. If children do decide to go to Sunday School they may rejoin us for Communion when this is being celebrated.

Creche facilities: There are currently families with young children who are part of the congregation. There is no formal creche as yet but we are happy to help with looking after young children.

If you want any further information, then please email us at: thechs@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

(*Currently the Lao Government does not permit Lao nationals to worship outwith the three recognized Lao churches. If you are a Lao national reading this and interested in finding out more about what Christians believe, you can find out more at one of the following officially recognised churches for Lao nationals: The Lao Evangelical Church, The Roman Catholic Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. You will find contact information for these churches in Vientiane here. Should this legislation prohibiting Lao nationals from attending other groups be lifted, we will certainly gladly participate in such changes.)

The free RealPlayer required to play the Audio Bible passages can be obtained for Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile devices by clicking on this link.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Vientiane flooding update

In case the server for the Vientiane Times is busy, here is the latest from their website: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la.


"Residents warned to remain vigilant against flooding

Officials have warned Vientiane residents to remain vigilant as the rainy season continues, even though the level of the Mekong River has started to drop.
Vientiane’s Flood Prevention Supervising Committee Chairman, Standing Deputy Prime Minister Mr Somsavat Lengsavad, gave an interview at the Lao National Television Station on Sunday.
He highlighted the urgent work required after the flooding and spoke about the measures officials and residents used to prevent the capital from being flooded.

He said September was usually the month with the highest rainfall and urged people to continue to closely follow information released by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
“I have told the department to coordinate with their counterparts in foreign countries closely to ensure we’re prepared if a storm occurs,” Mr Somsavat said.

“We have won the first battle in the fight against major flooding, but we should not be careless. We should keep close surveillance on the situation.”

He said taskforces must be formed as a precautionary measure to ensure residents were always prepared and technical teams needed to monitor sandbags dikes regularly.

Mr Somsavat warned residents not to remove sandbags for personal use because that may cause problems in the future.

Establishing a city task force committee, chaired by Mr Somsavat, was one of the measures undertaken in the fight against flooding. District-level task forces were also established.

The city committee focused on three main strategies: preventing Vientiane from flooding, minimising the loss of lives and property and reducing any inconvenience to residents. The committee decided to increase the sandbag dike from Sikhottabong’s Kaoliew village to Hadxaifong’s Chinaimo area, covering a length of 15km.

To achieve this goal the committee assigned 600 officials for each kilometre of dike, and instructed them to work around the clock. One technical officer was made responsible for supervising every 500m of construction.

One hundred and twenty vehicles transported 40,000 cubic metres of sand and more than 12,000 cubic metres of soil to make 1.3 million sandbags, according to Vientiane Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune
The dike can withstand the river if it rises as high as 14.5m.

“If the level doesn’t exceed 14.5m, we are safe. But if water levels are forecast to go higher than that, we will discuss what steps need to be taken,” Mr Somsavat said.

Vientiane has been flooded four times: in 1966 when the level of the Mekong was measured at 12.71m, in 1972 when it reached 12.51m, in 1979 at 12.08 m and in 2002 at 12.6m.

In response to these floods, the Lao government constructed an embankment capable of preventing flooding at river levels up to 13.5m.

This year records were broken when water levels reached 13.68m.
Although the main city was safe, 93 villages in suburban areas experienced flooding, and more than 5,000 families are facing shortages of drinking water.

Dr Sinlavong said officials met with 26 drinking water business operators on Saturday to explore ways to assist the affected people. The operators were willing to divide into groups and supply drinking water to affected communities at standard prices.

A shortage of polished rice, due to the flooding of the rice mill, and medicines to treat diseases are also causing problems.

Mr Somsavat urged companies from state and private sectors, foreign expatriates, international organisations and foreign embassies to provide urgent assistance, particularly medical supplies and drinking water.

Mr Somsavat, on behalf of the government and Vientiane’s leading officials, thanked all involved in the flood prevention efforts for their support and hard work.

Mr Somsavat revealed a long-term plan for the establishment of a 12km permanent dike along the Mekong River bank, to be funded by a loan from the Republic of Korea.

The government is also considering constructing a dike along roads at risk of floods in Hadxaifong district’s Nalong village and the Markhiew stream area.

He informed residents living along the Mekong River that authorities will inspect properties for illegally constructed drainage systems that flow into the river.

By SOUKSAKHONE VAENKEO
(Latest Update August 19, 2008)"


Although the water level has begun to decrease, because the threat of flooding remains a possibility until the end of the rainy season, we will try to keep you informed as and when we hear news of any further problems.
Many thanks to those of you who have been following these events and praying for Laos in this situation. Please continue to remember this country and its people.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Vientiane flooding update

In case the server for the Vientiane Times is busy, here is the latest from their website: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la.

"Flood danger decreases as river height drops

Vientiane could be safe from flooding after authorities yesterday reported the water level of the Mekong River was dropping.
The Vientiane Flooding and Drought Prevention Committee's Secretariat Head, Mr Vilasack Nammounty, said the water level in the capital decreased from 13.68 metres on August 15 to 13.2m on Sunday morning.

This is still above the danger mark of 12.5m. Authorities relaxed sandbagging activities yesterday as a direct result of the falling river levels.

“I think the water level will continue going down if we don't get heavy rain,” Mr Vilasack said.

Mr Vilasack said about 8,145 families in 145 villages of the capital's six districts had been affected by the flooding and authorities were currently assessing the cost of the damage.

The height of the Mekong is decreasing in several provinces as rainfall has eased in the past couple of days.

In Borikhamxay province the river dropped slightly to 14.7m on Sunday morning, still 0.2m above the danger level. Hundreds of families there were affected as 39 villages were flooded and 10 villages faced shortages of clean water.

“We try to supply villagers with clean water and dry food to give them some relief, but there is not enough to meet the demand,” he said.

Borikhamxay Provincial Flooding and Drought Prevention Committee Head, Mr Leuam Sonsyvilay, said 169 families were evacuated from their homes and several roads remained underwater, causing traffic difficulties.

About 13,041 hectares of rice fields were flooded, 1,000 hectares more than late last week. Livestock deaths have reached at least 50 cows, 40 buffalos and almost 300 pigs. More than 300,000 fish caged in the river also died from contaminated floodwaters.

Mr Leuam said three villages in the urban town of Pakxan had been flooded, but fortunately electricity and water supplies remained available.

Mr Leuam said health problems caused by flooding were a major concern, as he had already seen many people who were infected with conjunctivitis and skin diseases.

“We are very concerned about the issue and have sent a report to the government to be aware of the problem and seek ways to address it,” he said.

“Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh visited flooded areas of our province and he will also fly to southern provinces to investigate the situation.”

In Khammuan province, the water level is yet to reach the danger mark of 14m. It had reached only 13.7m by Sunday morning.

Despite this, more than 37,000 people in 6,741 families have been impacted by flooding in that province, and 10,200 hectares of rice fields in six districts have flooded, including Thakhek, Nongbok, Xebangfay, Hinboun, Mahaxay and Nhommalath.

Khammuan Flooding and Drought Prevention Committee's Secretariat Head, Mr Bounsieng Xaphakdy, said his provincial authorities mobilised more than 200 police and military officers to work in cooperation with villagers on the weekend to build sandbag walls to prevent possible flooding in the urban town.

“We have built a 1m-high sandbag wall at the riverside of Thakhek town to prevent flooding,” he said.





By Somsack Pongkhao
(Latest Update August 18, 2008)"


We will try to keep you informed when we hear more news.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Church Service On Sunday, 17th August 2008

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.


The service will be at the ARDA Language Centre at 10 a.m.(Click here for directions how to get there.)







A shepherd who became king wrote these song lyrics around 2800 years ago. They are still relevant today:

"6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.

7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Selah

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.

9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.

10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD's unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!"

Psalm 32: 6-11

Please pray for Laos, that the flooding of the Mekong will be contained and its people kept safe. Pray for those already affected, that they will be comforted in their loss and helped as they seek to recover from the damage caused.

This Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. Since we are an international congregation from a range of backgrounds and traditions, the liturgy we use has been chosen to be as inclusive as possible. You certainly do not require to be Anglican or a member of a particular denomination to share with us at the Communion table. The table around which we share the bread and wine belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and all who love him and seek to love him more are invited to participate with us.
Since we celebrate Holy Communion towards the end of our worship service, if you do not feel that you wish to participate in the sacrament, you are welcome to join with us and remain seated while others gather round the table. This is entirely normal and acceptable. In other words, do not let the fact that we are celebrating Communion, stop you from joining us at church. We warmly welcome you to be with us, wherever you might consider yourself to be on your life's journey.


This Sunday is the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 67: 1-7 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 56: 1,6-8 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 11: 1-2a,29-32 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 15: 10-28 / Listen.

The Bible reading for Sunday's sermon is:
John 10 / Listen.


(Click on the reference to read the passage, or alternatively, click on "Listen" to hear the chapter containing the verses being read - to do this you need to have RealPlayer installed on your computer or mobile device. For further information please click on the link at the foot of this post. If the audio file doesn't open up automatically, please click on the "BibleGatewayAudio.smil" file which should appear on your computer's desktop after you've clicked on the "Listen" link and you ought to be able to hear the reading.)


Children are normally present with us during the first part of our service before leaving for their own teaching in Sunday School. They are of course free to remain throughout the service. If children do decide to go to Sunday School they may rejoin us for Communion when this is being celebrated.

Creche facilities: There are currently families with young children who are part of the congregation. There is no formal creche as yet but we are happy to help with looking after young children.

If you want any further information, then please email us at: thechs@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

(*Currently the Lao Government does not permit Lao nationals to worship outwith the three recognized Lao churches. If you are a Lao national reading this and interested in finding out more about what Christians believe, you can find out more at one of the following officially recognised churches for Lao nationals: The Lao Evangelical Church, The Roman Catholic Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. You will find contact information for these churches in Vientiane here. Should this legislation prohibiting Lao nationals from attending other groups be lifted, we will certainly gladly participate in such changes.)

The free RealPlayer required to play the Audio Bible passages can be obtained for Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile devices by clicking on this link.

Vientiane flooding update

The Vientiane Times website has not as yet been updated today.
The information I have is that although the river level has dropped, it is expected to rise again, so the danger to the city remains.
So far four people are reported to have died in two separate flooding-related incidents.
While big efforts have been made to have sandbags in place to protect the city, it remains to be seen how effective these will be, should water levels rise again.
Various groups are organising relief efforts for those affected by the floods. Details of these can be found on the Vientiane Times website: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la.
I understand that Lao American College is also organising a collection of items for donation to flood victims this weekend. Tel: (856-21)900453-5
Email: lac@etllao.com; thelaoamericancollege@yahoo.com
For more background to the flooding, and how you can respond, please see earlier posts.
We will continue to update this site as as soon as further details emerge.
Please continue to pray about this situation.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Vientiane flooding update

In case the server for the Vientiane Times is busy, here is the latest from their website: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la.

"Sandbag wall finished today

Authorities will today finish building a 2.5-metre high wall of sandbags to protect central Vientiane from the rising Mekong River.
Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh ( left ) surveys the extent of flooding in Vientiane yesterday.

Construction of this wall was initiated to protect the city as forecasters predicted the river level could rise to 14.2m on Saturday. This prediction was revised yesterday and the river is no longer expected to rise to 14m in the capital. The work will be completed anyway.

Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh yesterday visited Bo-O and other flooded villages in Vientiane .

The Vientiane Flooding and Drought Prevention Committee's Secretariat Head, Vilasack Nammounty, said the level of the Mekong River remained at 13.65m between 11am and 1pm yesterday. But it had risen to 13.68m by 3pm.

“You know, the water in Luang Prabang province is going down so it may reach Vientiane tomorrow or the day after,” he told Vientiane Times yesterday.

According to the department, the river will rise to 13.85m today in Vientiane and decrease to 13.72m tomorrow. It will still be above the danger level of 12.5m.

“We will try as hard as we can to avoid the water flooding our capital, so we will not stop building the 2.5m sandbag wall,” Mr Vilasack said.

“After we finish building that wall we will wait and see what the situation is like.”

On Wednesday night, almost 100 people from the Ministry of Information and Culture were assigned to work overnight building a sandbag wall near the Mekong River Commission, including Vientiane Times staff.

Some houses and offices have built their own sandbag walls as protection against flooding.

The riverside has been filled with people coming to see the level of the river and police have blocked riverside roads to make it easier for trucks delivering sand.

Some residents, especially those living near the riverbank, feared the water level would increase, spill over the sandbag wall and flood their houses.

Vientiane experienced its worst flooding in 1966. That year the water level was just over 12m, but the banks of the river were not reinforced to prevent flooding like they are now.

By Somsack Pongkhao
(Latest Update August 15, 2008) "


We will try to keep you informed when we hear more news.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Vientiane flooding update

In case the server for the Vientiane Times is busy, here is the latest from their website: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la.

"Central Vientiane on high alert for flooding

Vientiane authorities were scrambling to flood-proof the city centre yesterday, attempting to increase protective measures in case the Mekong River level rises to 15 metres.

Measures already in place were designed to protect Vientiane if the river rose to 14m. But these precautions were boosted yesterday in response to forecasts from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, which predict the Mekong River will rise to 14.2m tomorrow.

The Vientiane Flooding and Drought Prevention Committee's Secretariat Head, Vilasack Nammounty, said technical staff were discussing preventive measures, including the use of electrical poles or wooden stilts to help support walls of sandbags. It is hoped reinforcing the walls will prevent sandbags from being swept away if floodwaters rise further.

Mr Vilasack said the committee also increased the number of sandbags which had been distributed in the city from 400,000 to two million. These were made with 50,000 cubic metres of soil and 70,000 cubic metres of sand.

“Whatever happens, we have to protect Vientiane from the overflowing water,” he said.

People from all government sectors have been working around the clock for the past three days to prevent Vientiane from being inundated with water. These sectors include the national defence and public security ministries, Vientiane authorities, district authorities and residents.

About 7,000 government officials and villagers are assisting the flood effort.

Medical staff members of all districts in the Vientiane are working to prevent any health problems that may be caused by the flooding, and police officers have helped by blocking roads where work is taking place.

The Mekong River was at 13.26m yesterday morning at 7am, and is expected to reach 13.87m today, before it is predicting to begin dropping on August 16. The flood danger line in Vientiane is 12.5m.

These levels are higher than they were when Vientiane suffered severe flooding in 1966. In that year the river level was just over 12m, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology's Director General Pheng Piangpanya.

“At that time, we didn't have preventive measures as good as those we have today, and the embankment was not up to standard,” he said.

The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has warned people in southern provinces to be aware of the flood risk, because rain is forecasted to continue in northern and central provinces . This will increase the Mekong River level, particularly from Vientiane down to Pakxe district in Champassak province.

Many villages in Vientiane have been cut off from the rest of the city, including Hai village in Pakngum district.

The National Committee for Flooding and Drought Prevention held a meeting in Vientiane yesterday afternoon to raise money for the flood effort.

The meeting was presided over by committee Chairman Somsavat Lengsavad, and was attended by private and state sectors and international organisations.


By Souksakhone Vaenkeo
(Latest Update August 14, 2008) "


We will try to keep you informed when we hear more news.

Vientiane flooding update

In case, as happened yesterday, the server for the Vientiane Times is busy, here is the latest from their website: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la.


"Hundreds of families cut off by floods

There was a dramatic increase in the height of the Mekong River in Vientiane yesterday, as the river's height rose above flood danger levels.
Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh ( left ) and his delegation visit Kaoliew village.

The river hit 12.96m, well above the danger level of 12.50m, and the city is being threatened with flooding.

Officials are preparing for rising water levels by placing sandbags around the city, according to Vientiane Flooding and Drought Prevention Committee Head Vilasack Nammounty.

“I believe we can protect the city until the river reaches 14m, but I can't say what will happen if the water level exceeds 14m,” he said.

“We will keep a close eye on the situation and monitor information from forecasters closely.”

The river is expected to rise to 13.21m today and to 13.63m tomorrow, according to information from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh yesterday visited areas in Vientiane which are at risk of flooding, including Kaoliew village in Sikhottabong district.

More than 6,000 people from all government sectors are working to mitigate the situation, including officers from the national defence and public security ministries, district authorities and villagers.

Almost 400,000 sandbags have been distributed so far.

Sikhottabong district Governor Thongkhoun Sengdara said officials had collaborated with local people to sandbag areas of the riverbank which were at risk of overflowing.

District officials evacuated 60 families and their animals from Xingxou Island yesterday and took them to higher ground.

On August 11 residents were evacuated from Nongda and Dankham villages due to the flood risk.

Mr Thongkhoun said the district authority had appointed security officials protect the evacuees' homes from being looted.

Ministry of Energy and Mines' Office Head, Soukan Phongsavath, says officials are working to safeguard electricity sources in the flooded villages.

Hundreds of families in Done and Hadkanza villages, Hadxaifong district, Vientiane , have been cut off from the rest of the city because the access road is flooded.

They started moving their livestock and possessions out of the area on August 11.

The gates of the Nam Ngum dam were opened to three metres yesterday to allow water to escape downstream. The dam is expecting a large influx of water to come from upstream in the next two to three days. Widening the dam gates now is intended to prevent the dam from overflowing later this week, according to the dam's Deputy Director Vanthong Khamlounvilayvong.

This must occur before the river levels rise as forecast by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

“We can't manage and release water if the level of the Mekong is too high,” Mr Vanthong said.

The Lao government has mobilised all of its sectors to help protect against flood damage.

The Ministry of Information and Culture yesterday held a meeting to urge its bodies to allocate staff to help with the effort.

Some staff have been tasked with these duties, while others have been placed on standby.

By Souksakhone Vaenkeo
(Latest Update August 13, 2008) "


We will try to keep you informed when we hear more news.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

News of flooding affecting Laos including Vientiane City

Word has just reached us, August 12th at 18.00 GMT, (on home assignment in UK) that Vientiane City is on flood alert. Indeed some of the city is already flooded. I will be in touch with people in Vientiane to find out the latest situation at first light, Vientiane time. The level of the Mekong has risen above flood level and is expected to continue to rise over the next several days.
Apparently, flood-prevention measures there are not proving very effective and the number of people potentially affected by flooding is substantial. I am posting this on the church website for two reasons:
1) If you are in Vientiane, affected by the flooding, and you need help, I will try to pass on your requests to people who might be able to offer some assistance - since I have not had an opportunity to communicate with them, I can offer no assurances at this stage, but will try to do so as soon as possible.
If you would like to alert us to your need of assistance or for more information, then please email us at: thechs@gmail.com.
2) If you are reading this from outside of Laos, please pray about this situation. With Vientiane being such a backwater, it is probably not going to make the headlines of the major press agencies, but the flooding of the Mekong has the potential to escalate into a serious crisis that will affect many people's lives. If you have access to Relief Organizations in your part of the world, you may want to alert them to monitor this situation in readiness to act if and when necessary.
I will post further updates as soon as I have more information.
Further information on the latest flood levels can be found by clicking here.
Thanks for your attention and please do pray.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Church Service On Sunday, 10th August 2008

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.




The service will be at the ARDA Language Centre at 10 a.m.(Click here for directions how to get there.)

This Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. Since we are an international congregation from a range of backgrounds and traditions, the liturgy we use has been chosen to be as inclusive as possible. You certainly do not require to be Anglican or a member of a particular denomination to share with us at the Communion table. The table around which we share the bread and wine belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and all who love him and seek to love him more are invited to participate with us.
Since we celebrate Holy Communion towards the end of our worship service, if you do not feel that you wish to participate in the sacrament, you are welcome to join with us and remain seated while others gather round the table. This is entirely normal and acceptable. In other words, do not let the fact that we are celebrating Communion, stop you from joining us at church. We warmly welcome you to be with us, wherever you might consider yourself to be on your life's journey.


This Sunday is the twelfth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 85: 8-13 / Listen.
Old Testament - 1 Kings 19: 9-18 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 10: 5-15 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 14: 22-33 / Listen.

The Bible reading for Sunday's sermon is:
John 9 / Listen.


(Click on the reference to read the passage, or alternatively, click on "Listen" to hear the chapter containing the verses being read - to do this you need to have RealPlayer installed on your computer or mobile device. For further information please click on the link at the foot of this post. If the audio file doesn't open up automatically, please click on the "BibleGatewayAudio.smil" file which should appear on your computer's desktop after you've clicked on the "Listen" link and you ought to be able to hear the reading.)


Children are normally present with us during the first part of our service before leaving for their own teaching in Sunday School. They are of course free to remain throughout the service. If children do decide to go to Sunday School they may rejoin us for Communion when this is being celebrated.

Creche facilities: There are currently families with young children who are part of the congregation. There is no formal creche as yet but we are happy to help with looking after young children.

If you want any further information, then please email us at: thechs@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

(*Currently the Lao Government does not permit Lao nationals to worship outwith the three recognized Lao churches. If you are a Lao national reading this and interested in finding out more about what Christians believe, you can find out more at one of the following officially recognised churches for Lao nationals: The Lao Evangelical Church, The Roman Catholic Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. You will find contact information for these churches in Vientiane here. Should this legislation prohibiting Lao nationals from attending other groups be lifted, we will certainly gladly participate in such changes.)

The free RealPlayer required to play the Audio Bible passages can be obtained for Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile devices by clicking on this link.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Church Service On Sunday, 3rd August 2008

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.





The service will be at the ARDA Language Centre at 10 a.m.(Click here for directions how to get there.)

This Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. Since we are an international congregation from a range of backgrounds and traditions, the liturgy we use has been chosen to be as inclusive as possible. You certainly do not require to be Anglican or a member of a particular denomination to share with us at the Communion table. The table around which we share the bread and wine belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and all who love him and seek to love him more are invited to participate with us.
Since we celebrate Holy Communion towards the end of our worship service, if you do not feel that you wish to participate in the sacrament, you are welcome to join with us and remain seated while others gather round the table. This is entirely normal and acceptable. In other words, do not let the fact that we are celebrating Communion, stop you from joining us at church. We warmly welcome you to be with us, wherever you might consider yourself to be on your life's journey.


This Sunday is the eleventh Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 145: 8,9,14-21 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 55: 1-5 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 9: 1-5 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 14: 13-21 / Listen.

The Bible reading for Sunday's sermon is:
John 8: 12-59 / Listen.


(Click on the reference to read the passage, or alternatively, click on "Listen" to hear the chapter containing the verses being read - to do this you need to have RealPlayer installed on your computer or mobile device. For further information please click on the link at the foot of this post. If the audio file doesn't open up automatically, please click on the "BibleGatewayAudio.smil" file which should appear on your computer's desktop after you've clicked on the "Listen" link and you ought to be able to hear the reading.)


Children are normally present with us during the first part of our service before leaving for their own teaching in Sunday School. They are of course free to remain throughout the service. If children do decide to go to Sunday School they may rejoin us for Communion when this is being celebrated.

Creche facilities: There are currently families with young children who are part of the congregation. There is no formal creche as yet but we are happy to help with looking after young children.

If you want any further information, then please email us at: thechs@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

(*Currently the Lao Government does not permit Lao nationals to worship outwith the three recognized Lao churches. If you are a Lao national reading this and interested in finding out more about what Christians believe, you can find out more at one of the following officially recognised churches for Lao nationals: The Lao Evangelical Church, The Roman Catholic Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. You will find contact information for these churches in Vientiane here. Should this legislation prohibiting Lao nationals from attending other groups be lifted, we will certainly gladly participate in such changes.)

The free RealPlayer required to play the Audio Bible passages can be obtained for Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile devices by clicking on this link.