Thank you for praying for the Annual Independent Baptist Family Camp from October 21-23. Wiang Ping Baptist Church joined together with Pastor Apisit and Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang in hosting this camp at the church property in Lampang. It was a blessing to see our teens and adults join in with the people of Lanna Baptist Church and helping them with cleaning the property, preparing food, to washing dishes. There were 237 people who attended from 15 churches from north, northeastern and central parts of Thailand and a couple of other churches from a neighboring country. We rejoice from the help that we all received from the preaching of the Word of God and for the 60 year old man that came with one of the churches that was saved. There were others that heard the gospel but were not ready to be saved. Some of these said they were not ready because their families have forbidden them to become a Christian. Please pray for this man’s spiritual growth and for these that were not ready to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour, that they would see their real need to be saved before they pass into eternity.
Please continue to pray for the several groups of people that we mentioned in our last prayer letter because the cousins that made professions of faith during our summer camp have not been able to come back yet and a couple of the Lahu teens have not came back but we have been able to communicate with some of them and have tried to get them to realize that living their lives according to the desires and lusts of their flesh has not given them any true happiness and peace in their lives but Jesus Christ has promised that if we sincerely repent of our sins and come to Him that He will forgive us and will make us His child and if we will choose to walk with Him in our daily lives that He will help us have the victory over the desires and lusts of our flesh and will give us true peace and happiness in our lives that no one else can give us.
During the first part of December the husband of a lady that has came several times to the church, made a profession of faith at the end of our Wednesday night prayer meeting and he has came almost every week since then! Please pray for this couple because there are some strong holds in their lives and we are praying that they will fully surrender their lives to Christ so they can get the help they need to have the victory over these strong holds.
We also held our largest Christmas outreach ever, we rented the large community shelter at our local community sports field, where many people play soccer and exercise in the evenings and we did many different things to try to get the gospel and Bible truths to those in our area like passing out invitations with gospel tracts explaining the true meaning of Christmas, making large display boards about creation, the fall of man and how we can receive salvation from Christ that we had at the registration area the night of our Christmas outreach for people to see and read while they were registering, we had Nong Lom Baptist Church in Lamphun bring a choir to play and sing Christmas songs, our teens made a play about the meaning of Christmas, and we had a time of preaching the Word to everyone there. We were bless to see the people of Wiang Ping Baptist Church work together in making this happen and about 100 people from our local community came to this outreach, heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and everyone left with a gift from the church which included more Gospel material.
This coming Saturday, January 11 will be Thailand’s national children’s day and after seeing our Christmas event, the local city administration has asked the church to have a part in the local children’s day event and we are currently preparing for this by preparing gospel games, tracts and gift bags, and we are expecting about 800 children to come to the event with their parents. Please pray with us for this event as many of these children and their parents will be hearing Bible truths and the gospel for the first time and also pray that these children and their parents will fill out the information cards that we are preparing to help us with following up on them.
Also thank you so much for Ruth’s and Evelyn’s birthday cards and gifts, for our Christmas cards and special Christmas offerings, for your faithful support and prayers for our family and the ministry here in Thailand.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain