Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
We hope that you are already enjoying the blessings of God this new year. We have been truly blessed by your prayers, Christmas and birthday cards, and the special Christmas and birthday offerings that you sacrificially sent to our family.
Just as the past several months were busy times in the USA, they have been busy months for us here in Thailand also. During the past several months Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang has been building their first church building and we have been able to help in the building process and also with some of the cost of the building. And as a result of your faithful support for our ministry here 3 people have already made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and this past Sunday 8 people received baptism at the new building in Lampang, so your fruit in heaven has been increased.
December 22, we had our Christmas service at Wiang Ping Baptist Church here in Chiang Mai and we invited several of the Thai people that we know and the grandfather of our English student Naam waan came and Phue the mother of Naam and Noot came also. Neither of these made a profession of faith but the seed of the Word of God has been planted and we are asking God to help us water the seed and let us see the harvest of these seeds.
During December 30 to January 1 we had a new year countdown revival meeting here in Chiang Mai with Wiang Ping and Lanna Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church in Pathumthani. Missionary Ronaldo Gutlay preached and the Lord moved in our hearts and in the hearts of others to do more for the Lord’s glory this year.
In our last prayer letter we asked you to pray for Nung and Phon, who had recently started coming back to church after being out of church for over a year. Nung had decided to sign a contract with the airforce and he has not been back in a couple of weeks. Sadly, there have been a couple of times in his life where he has been faithful to church but something would happen and he would leave and not come back for a while but then he would come back again and then leave again. As for Phon, at one time he and his wife Mae were faithful but one new year’s holiday they went back to his parent’s house and then he did not come back to church for over a year. From what I understand his family are not Christians and they put pressure on him for going to church and he gave in to their pressure. Around October, Phon started coming back to church with his wife Mae, who has been faithful even though her husband has not been, then they went back to his parent’s house for this new year and he has not been back. Pastor Srithone and I went to visit him about 2 weeks ago and tried to challenge him and then he did not come to church even though he said that he would, then I called him the next week and he said he would be at church but he did not come. So pray that we will have wisdom in following up on these guys and that they will allow the Lord work in their lives.
I am continuing to teach on What is the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Sunday School and for most of them its the first time that they have ever studied this in detail and I am trying to be as through as I can because I know that God has commanded every Christian and every church everywhere to obey the Great Commission and that God will bless the Christians and churches that obey and follow our Lord’s command. I think some of them are understanding it because several weeks ago I was using 2 Cor. 8:1-3 and the story of the widow lady in 1 Kings 17 to help explain giving by sacrificing and giving by faith and a member asked if this was different than tithing so we said it was and then the following week I gave a brief review of the last week’s lesson and explained more about how giving by sacrificing and giving by faith were different than tithing. And then I used the story of Hannah to help explain giving by faith more. Please pray along with us that the Holy Spirit will work in their souls and they will not only see and understand their responsibility to obey and follow the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, but that they will put their understanding into action.
Please also pray as since Lanna Baptist Church’s building is now finished, I will be starting weekly to help Pastor Srithone teach the Bible College curriculum there to some of the members, along with us continuing to teach English, preaching, and teaching Sunday School.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain