Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
We are very grateful for your emails, letters, cards, prayers, and faithful support for the ministry and our family here in Thailand.
As you know we have been praying for God’s direction in our ministry here in Thailand, whether to go start a church in one of the several cities that we have been praying for, that only have a few “Christian” churches in them or pursue one of the ministry opportunities that have been presented to us by another missionary and another one by a Thai Pastor. During June and July we surveyed several cities in northeastern and central Thailand and handed out around 8,000 tracts total. We have been praying that if the Lord wanted us to go to one of these cities that we would receive some responses from one of these cities and we would move there to followup these responses. While we have been praying and anticipating the direction that the Lord would be leading us in, we have continued helping Pastor Srithone by teaching English, teaching Sunday School, and preaching at Wiang Ping Baptist Church here in Chiang Mai and we have also preached several times at Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang. As several weeks past I started wondering why the Lord had not lead us to move to another place already but then starting around the second week in August we faced some opposition from our adversary, the devil in which Evelyn came down with Bell’s Palsy. Then about two weeks later from what it seems she started having some rare side effects to some of the medicine that the Neurologist had given her. But unfortunately the Neurologist did not know that some of the things that Evelyn was experiencing were in part rare side effects from these medicines. Since these things have happened, the Lord lead us to the Christian doctor that we are currently seeing that is actually here in Chiang Mai, who has over 30 years experience and knew of the rare side effects that Evelyn had from these medicines. Looking back now I see the loving hand of our loving Lord, who did not allow us to move to another city because we would have not had the help that we have received from Pastor Srithone, his wife and our fellow missionaries that are currently studying the language here in Chiang Mai and because these other cities do not have the medical treatment that Chiang Mai has.
Therefore after prayer and counsel from our Pastor Harold Blankenship and from Pastor Srithone, I believe that it is best for our family to stay here in Chiang Mai for another year. During this time we will continue helping Pastor Srithone at Wiang Ping Baptist Church here in Chiang Mai and also some at Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang with teaching and preaching and also with training several men in these churches.
Within the last couple of months at Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang 3-4 people have been saved and several of them have shown a hunger to know the Word of God. Also in Wiang Ping Baptist Church two young men that have been out of church for over a year started coming back. Please pray for Nung and Phon that they will not harden their hearts to the working of God in them and that the Lord will use us to be an encouragement to them. Also I have been using the ABCs of Christian Growth as a guide in teaching Sunday School and this month I have come to M which stands for Missions. I am using various materials in order to teach in detail about what is the Great Commission of Jesus Christ according to the Bible because it is essential for the Thai Christians to realize their responsibility to be a witness here in Chiang Mai, throughout Thailand, and around the world all at the same time. Please to continue to pray for my Thai speaking and for the hearers to be able to clearly understand the necessity for them to obey the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
In our last letter we mentioned a lady named Plaa that responded to one of the newspaper articles and came to church. The day she came to church Pastor Srithone and his wife witnessed to her while I was teaching Sunday School and Plaa said she wanted to prayed and receive Jesus Christ as her Saviour but after she prayed it was like she was expecting some type of power to fill her body and solve the problems in her life. And there are many people here like this that have done many of the things that the various beliefs here teach them to do in order to be protected from evil spirits, danger, and to bring good fortune, happiness, etc. Plus within the last two months there have been several newspaper articles that have talked about the belief in different spirits. You can read a summary of these articles at Transport accidents and this article Protestors to enlist divine spirits which will give you a greater understanding of the beliefs here in Thailand. Please continue to pray for us as we are trying to tell these people about the love and redemptive work that Jesus Christ has done for them and for everyone in the world.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain