December 2014 Prayer Letter

December 9, 2014

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

We want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and as we look back to the time when Jesus Christ was born into this world, let us not forget that the manger is empty, the cross is empty, the tomb is empty because Jesus Christ is alive and is coming again to call us home to be with Him forever more!

Once again, two weeks ago we had two more parents bring their children by the church to find out more about our English classes and this week one of them came to study English on Saturday and we invited her to come back on Sunday and she did! So please pray with us as we are trying to get the Gospel to these children and their families and are also trying to get them to come to the churches services on Sundays but many of times this is meet with opposition and these children and teens are not allowed to come back and study with us. We will be inviting the students and their families to come to our Christmas celebration on Sunday Evening, December 21, so please pray with us that we will see these students and their families come and hear about the most wonderful gift that God gave to mankind which is His Son, Jesus Christ.

I am continuing my weekly Bible study with Paul and it seems that he just needs to surrender to God’s working in his life. The other day he told me that he is starting to run out of excuses as why he does not act upon the truths of the Bible that we have been studying, so God is working! Continue to pray also for Paul that he will let go and let God have His way in his life and pray as I have been inviting him to the Christmas service also.

I am also continuing going through the Bible college material with Apisit and we are in book number four of Bible doctrines and its such a joy to go through this material with him and see how God is working in his life and is already using him and his family in Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang.

In our last prayer letter we asked you to pray for Thong Kham, who is the oldest brother of Sumet who is a faithful member of Wieng Ping Baptist Church here in Chiang Mai. Thong Kham has had various sicknesses for the past several months and was talking about moving away from his house and near Sumet but he moved to live with some of their other relatives and sadly, he is still trying to find a witch doctor that can cure him from these sicknesses because he thinks that these sicknesses are a result of someone casting a spell on him. Pray with us that he will see the vainness in these things and will wholeheartedly come see what Jesus can do for Him!

We praise the Lord that we have seen God fulling His promise again that we shall reap if we faint not. Over the past 10 years Pastor Srithone has several times tried to teach true Bible doctrine to a man of the Lahu ethnic group named Anuchai but instead he choose to be with several other Christian groups over the years. Then about three months ago, Anuchai came to visit Pastor Srithone again with a desire to really study the Bible and know God more. Anuchai is the leader of a Lahu church but they have been confused about some things as a result of them being with different Christian groups over the years. For almost three months now I have had the opportunity of teaching and preaching every Sunday morning at this church about the fundamentals of faith in Jesus Christ. And Pastor Srithone and I have been holding a Bible study at this church every Thursday night also. Already some of the members have shared how they have a better understanding of salvation and faith in Jesus Christ and two Sunday’s ago we had a baptism service at a pond near the church because several of the members have never been scripturally baptized. We praise the Lord that these people are asking questions and want to know what God has said in His Word about several things in regard to faith in Jesus Christ and the Christian Life. Please pray with us that these people will continue having a hunger to know more and grow more in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain

Renewed Visa!

September 30, 2014

We want to thank all of you that prayed along with us that we could renew our visas with no problems.  We were able to renew our visas last Monday!

Then I was able to complete all the other requirements to renew my work permit, last week also.

Thank you so much for praying with us about these things.

September 2014 Prayer Letter

September 18, 2014

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

We thank all of you for the cards, emails, and special offering that you sent for Rachel’s birthday! We are also thankful for your continual emails, letters, cards, prayers, and faithful support for us as we continue to serve the Lord here on your behalf!

We thank the Lord that we have recently seen some fruit of about 6 new English students coming to church to study English with us from a neighborhood near the church that we tracted down a couple of months ago. Evelyn teaches the children up to 4th grade, which is the hardest group to teach because they are on so many different levels. I am teaching from 5th grade up and about 3 months ago I have started using a Creation to Christ Bible study to teach my English class. We have just started to study about the fall of satan and will probably be in this lesson for another week or so because some days we only get through a couple of sentences or to about 2 paragraphs. For the majority of my students this is the first time they have studied about any of this and I thank the Lord that we have this Bible study also in the Thai language. I am making lesson sheets with English on the front and Thai on the back so they can study both languages and understand what we are studying about. Because faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Please pray that our students will come faithfully so that they will not just get bits & pieces of our class discussions, that they will open their souls and really think about the truths that we are studying, that we will see the new students also start coming to the church services, that God will open the doors for us to have an in road into their families, and that they will receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

Please continue to pray for the Thai man named Paul that I am still having Bible studies with. The other day he asked me if I remember the first time that we meet him and what he said to us that “faith was only good for some people,” then he said can you believe that we are now having Bible studies together. Please pray that Paul will be sincere and fight against satan and the many things in his life that are battling against him from acting upon the Bible truths that we have been studying together.

Several times in the past, I have asked you to pray for a young Thai man who use to come to the church named Nung. About a month ago I started having a Bible study with him but in the last two weeks he has went and done other things instead of us studying the Bible together. Please pray that the Lord will give me wisdom in studying with him and that he will truly be sincere with God and let God work in his life.

We praise the Lord that I get to teach and study through the Bible college material with Apisit and Sumet almost every Wednesday and Friday. It’s a blessing to see these men have a desire and hunger to study the Word of God to know more about their Lord and Saviour and use what they have studied to witness and teach to others. Please continue to pray that God will give all of us wisdom and understanding in studying, applying, teaching and preaching His Word. And please pray with us that God will raise up more Thai men, who will be true Bible believers that will start new churches throughout Thailand and the world for His glory.

Also please pray along with me as I am praying for wisdom in finding more people who are open to the Gospel and willing to come to church or at least study the Word of God with us, in hopes of them being born again or strengthened in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that will be evidenced by them faithfully serving the Lord for His glory through His local church. Also please pray for Sumet’s older brother named Thong Kham. Who before opposed Sumet trying to preach the Gospel to their family back in their village. For the past several months Thong Kham has been battling some sicknesses and has seen several medical doctors and several witch doctors also but he has not be cured. About a month ago when Sumet went back to visit his village, I asked Sumet to see if his brother would be open to studying the Bible with me but his brother said that he is not ready yet. But about two weeks ago he said that he is thinking about moving near Sumet which is in the area of the church. So pray that he will be more open to the Gospel, and that he will come to church and allow the Lord to work in his soul.

Please also pray that we will receive all the papers that we need to renew our visa before it expires next Wednesday the 24th!

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain

June 2014 Prayer Letter

June 26, 2014

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

We want to thank you for your faithful support and prayers for our family and ministry here in Thailand! 

Thank you for praying for our 3rd Annual English Camp from April 2-6. We praise the Lord that we had around 75 Thai youth and adults that came to the camp. During these days we not only taught English but we had several Thai Christians give their testimonies and we had 2 preaching services a day and were able to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them. For the majority of them this was the first time that they have had an opportunity to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel and we praise the Lord that around 15 campers not only listened to the Gospel but responded to the Gospel and received Jesus Christ as their Saviour! Plus a lot of the campers are asking us questions about the Bible, the Gospel, and Jesus etc. We are reminded that before we can have a harvest, there must be the sowing of the seed, the watering of the seed, and then God will give the increase. There were only a few campers that came from the greater Chiang Mai area but there were a lot that came from the Lampang area and several of these have been coming to church. Please pray for these as some of them have already faced various struggles with coming to church etc, also pray as we are following up these campers. 

Also from April 14-17 even though we were not able to get the families of the Thai kids that are learning English with us at the church to go with us, we still went with the church to the Thai Independent Baptist Church camp. Around 12 Thai Independent Baptist Churches from across the country came and there was around 125-150 people there. God once again did a work among His people, around 4 people made a profession of faith, and others gave testimonies of things that God has done in their lives. It is encouraging to go this yearly church camp because even though it takes time for Thai people to respond to the Gospel and grow spiritually, this camp reminds us that God is still doing a work throughout the country. 

We praise the Lord that for the most part over the past couple of months that all of us have not been really sick that often and we have been able to faithfully continue teaching almost every week our English classes, Sunday School, Bible study, and I have also preached several times over the past couple of months here in Chiang Mai and in Lampang. I have also just started using a different method in teaching English, where I am using a Creation to Christ Bible study and I am explaining it also in Thai to help the students understand it better, so I am looking forward to God also using this to continue working in the hearts and building the faith of our English students. 

Also since our last prayer letter I have been able to continue having the Bible study with Paul. He has told me several times that with us studying the Bible together, that it is helping him in his understanding about God, Jesus, Salvation, and has given him several things to think over.

On Monday we were studying about what Jesus has said about life after death and it seems that he is getting a better understanding of this and is accepting that there really is life after death. This is one of the things that can be hard for some Thai people to understand and accept because Buddhism teaches reincarnation and once you have possibly done enough good, then you may reach nirvana, which is when a person ceases to exist anymore. Another reason why it is hard for some Thai and other Asian people to accept the doctrine of Heaven and Hell is because some of them wonder if it is fair for them to get to go and enjoy everything about heaven, while their lost family members are still going through the trails, burdens, and pains of this life and will go to hell and suffer there at the end of this life, if they do not get saved. And also, if it is fair for them to be in heaven while their lost ancestors are more than likely in hell. When I come across this I try to explain to them that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and just as God has worked in their soul that God works the same way in everybody’s soul and each person has to decide for themselves if they are going to accept or reject Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. So hopefully you can see that satan has blinded many of the peoples’ eyes here in Thailand and throughout Asia but thanks be to God that Jesus is victorious over satan, and has given us the glorious light of the Gospel to give light to them that are blinded by satan and sit in spiritual darkness.

Please continue to pray for us to have wisdom in my preaching and for Evelyn and myself as we continue teaching English, our Bible study, Sunday School, as I continue teaching and going through the Bible College curriculum with Apisit and Sumet and that God will open more doors for us to proclaim His love for all people. 

Also pray as I am in the process of completing all of the paperwork to extend our missionary visa and work permit for another year. As many of you know there was a military coup about a month ago here in Thailand so I am not sure if this will affect the processing of our paperwork. But please pray that we will be able to extend our visa and work permit without any complications before our current one runs out in September.

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain

Current Situation in Thailand

May 22, 2014

Hello to all of our loving supporters!

We pray for you often and are trusting that you are experiencing the Lord working in your lives and through your churches in marvelous ways.

As you may know there have been anti-government protests in Thailand for around the last 6 months, in which various political parties have been calling for the current ruling political party to step down. Two days ago the military declared martial law because of some sporadic violence that has taken place over the past month or so. Then around 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon the military stepped in and performed another military coup. All of these events that have recently taken place are nothing new to Thailand. If you want to know more about Thailand’s political history, you can search the internet to find out more.

As far as we have experienced here in Chiang Mai over the past two days you would not have known that the military had declared martial law. Plus, we did not know that a military coup took place yesterday afternoon until we got home last night from going to an open market, to the store, and checked my email. The only noticeable things that are different now are the military has taken over the local tv stations and they are broadcasting the military newscast, schools and colleges are closed until May 26, and a nation wide curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM. With the school closings and the curfew there will be people across the country that will be affected economically. At Wiang Ping Baptist Church here in Chiang Mai and Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang some of the members are teachers and some others work at night but because of these things they will not be able to work. Please pray for these people that they will rest in the promise of God that if they seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness that God will supply their needs. So pray that this will be a time when they clearly see God fulfilling His promises again and again in their own personal lives.

I do want you to be aware that I have read on the internet but I do not know if this is true or not, that the military government could shut down the internet. So if you send us an email or try to call us and you do not get a response from us, please do not be alarmed. If things happen as they have in the past then there should be very little problems if any at all.

Please pray with us that with this situation people will be more open to the working of God in their hearts, many would turn and trust Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, that Christians will become stronger in their personal walk with Jesus Christ, and that the people of Thailand will peacefully work through this time period.

Thank you for your time, support, and prayers for our family, ministering, and for the people of Thailand to not only know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour but to serve Him with all their hearts,  

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain

March 2014 Prayer Letter

March 17, 2014

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

We are praying for all of you, that this year, each of us will see God work mightily in our lives and that we will see fruit that will remain from each of our labors for the Glory of God!

Last month after teaching for about 3 months, I finished teaching in Sunday School about “What is the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.” I know that the Word of God will not return void and I am continuing to trust the Lord to do the work that I cannot do, which is working in the hearts of the Thai members about their responsibility to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also last month we were able to teach and preach again for Missionary Enrile Badua at the Bangkok Baptist Church for their Mission’s Month. And I believe that the Lord really did a work during their Mission’s Month and there will be fruit in heaven because of this. It was also good to meet again some of the members that have been faithful in serving the Lord at that church for several years and also some new people that we did not know.

We have been trying to follow up on several of the people that we have asked you to pray for in the past and these are some updates from it. Because of one of the news paper ministries, Sompasong came about 2 years ago to Wiang Ping Baptist Church for a couple of times but then moved somewhere else. Later he returned back to the area and came again but somethings happened and he did not receive some correction from the Bible so he stopped coming. We have been praying for him and 3 weeks ago he came back and got right but sadly the doctors have told him that he has around 18 months to live because of intestinal cancer. But we know and he knows that God is in control of all of this but sadly, he has only been back one other time to church. So pray with us that Sompasong will fully follow the Lord and will be an example to His wife, which is a new Christian and his daughter, which is around 7 years old and that this family will grow spiritually and that if Sompasong does have only 18 months left that he will leave a good testimony of living for God. We have also been trying to followup on Phon but we have yet to catch him at home once he has gotten off from work. So please pray that we will be able to catch him at home and will be able to talk to him about his spiritual life.

The Lord has opened up some new opportunities for us also. Over the past couple of months we have been witnessing to and have invited a Thai man named Paul to come to church. About 3 weeks ago he started telling us some about his life and during our conversation I asked him if he would give me around an hour a week to study the Bible with me and he agreed. Today was the second time that we have studied together and the Lord is working in his life. Today he basically said that he has a desire to be back in fellowship with God but many things have happened in his life. Please pray for him that he will seek the Lord and will allow the Lord to work in his life, and that the Lord will lead me in knowing what we should study together. Also I have started twice a week teaching through a Bible College curriculum with Abhisit and his wife at the church in Lampang. Pray for us as we are doing this and for this couple because they have already surrendered their lives to serve the Lord fulltime and the Lord is using them there in Lampang. Plus we are continuing to teach English and I am continuing to teach Sunday School every week and I am also preaching along with these things.

Also please pray as we are preparing for our 3rd annual English Camp that will be here in Chiang Mai from April 2-6 and over 35+ people has already registered and we are praying that we will have 100 campers and will see a number of them saved and decide to follow the Lord. Plus most of the Thai Independent Baptist Churches will be having church camp together from April 14-17 and we have invited the families of our English students to come, as it will be a great time for them to meet other Thai Christians from around the country and it will be a great time for them to take time to listen to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Please pray along with us for these camps that God will work and we will see people saved and surrender their lives to serve the Lord. Also pray for the political system of Thailand because their have been street protests for several months and even though they have decreased in number the differences do not seem to have been settled yet.

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain

January 2014 Prayer Letter

January 28, 2014

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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

I am preaching at Lanna BC before the building was completed.

I am preaching downstairs at the Lanna Baptist Church before the upstairs auditorium was completed.

Children of Wiang Ping Baptist Church singing during their Christmas program. (Ruth & Rachel are in the middle)

Some of us from Wiang Ping BC singing at the Lanna BC building dedication service. (Evelyn is the third from the left & I am hidden on the back row)

Some of us from Wiang Ping BC singing at the Lanna BC building dedication service. (Evelyn is the third from the left & I am hidden on the back row)

Several churches came to the building dedication service at Lanna BC

Several churches came to the building dedication service at Lanna BC


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