May 2015 Prayer Letter

May 25, 2015

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

Rejoice with us as God is answering our praying together for the ministry here in Thailand. And we want to thank you for the birthday cards that we have received and for the cards and letters that you have sent letting us know that you are not only supporting our ministry financially but also with prayers.

***Please note that all mail needs to be sent to our new mailing address as noted on our contact us page and at the bottom of our letterhead and not to our old mailing address.***

Within the past month we have had several English students that have studied with us before come back and we have had 6 more new students come. We have been averaging about 10-15 students and about half of them have been coming to church on Sundays. One group of the students are coming from the same neighborhood and pray with us as one of the church members are looking for a house to rent in this neighborhood, which I believe will bear spiritual fruit. Also in our last prayer letter we asked for you to pray with us that the English speakers at Wiang Ping BC will start helping us teach English at one of the churches here. We praise the Lord that after the service on Sunday that one of the missionaries told me that they will start helping my family in teaching English at the church. This will allow us to split the students up some more according to their English ability and will help us get to know them better and be able witness to them more individually. Pray for one of the students named Ja as she is very interested in knowing about the Bible. One day she asked Evelyn for a Bible and she tried to give her a Thai New Testament but she said no I want the big Bible like yours and Ja has been getting her mom to help her read it. We praise the Lord that Ja and her older sister Jane have been coming faithfully to English classes and also to the church services on Sundays for the past couple of months now. Still pray with us that God would move in the hearts of some more of the English speakers that go to Wiang Ping Baptist Church to have a desire to start English classes at Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church as a tool to get the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those that usually would not come to church.

On April 5 all three churches came together and had a special resurrection service. We had singing, testimonies, games, and preaching. During the testimony time Suk gave his testimony of how he heard the gospel a few times when he was young but he did not accept Christ. Then over 50+ years later God worked through some situations in his life and got him to Lampang which is 8 hours away from where he was living. While in Lampang he opened up the newspaper and read the Gospel article of the church and God worked in his heart once again. He then called, came to church, started studying the Word of God, got saved, was baptized last December, and has been coming to church. This was a great reminder with us starting English camp the next day as we see only a few of the ones that come to camp actually start coming to church after the camp. But praise the Lord for His promise that His word shall not return void. Plus in our last prayer letter we asked you to pray along with us about Nabphraphon who is the daughter of Anucha, who is the leader of the Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. At our Easter service she and a young guy named Mike made professions of faith so pray along with us for their spiritual growth in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

From April 6-10 was our 4th annual English camp and we saw the Lord answering our prayers and working in the souls of the 53 youth and adults that came. As result of the Lord’s working 15 of them made professions of faith in Jesus Christ and 6 of these have come to church since the English camp. This year we taught on different US holidays and also taught the spiritual meaning of each holiday, in which the majority of the students have never heard. Please pray along with us that the students will not harden their hearts against the working of God and that the ones that made professions of faith will grow in their new relationship with Jesus Christ.

We had around 25 people go from all three churches to the nationwide Independent Baptist Church camp from April 13-15 and there were about 220 people from all around Thailand & neighboring countries that came. We thank the Lord for working in our hearts. One of the testimonies from camp was from Anucha, who told how a man at camp asked him a question about the unsaved that never hear the Gospel and he did not have an answer but he told the man that he would find out the answer. So we were able again to teach Anucha from the Bible what God says about the unsaved. Anucha said that God used that to give him a greater desire to study the Word of God even more, to be able to effectively help people know and understand the Word of God.

Another encouraging testimony was from Jahan who is one of the men that come faithfully to Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. During our Thursday night Bible study he said that he actually spent time that week thinking about the sermon the past Sunday and that it had been a long time since he has done this.

Then last Sunday Anucha’s wife named Itchie said she had a dream that confirmed to her that they were heading in the right spiritual direction now as compared to the past. And the Lord lead me to tell the church that we should be rejoicing in the fact that we have found the truth of the Word of God but also our heart should be weeping for our neighbors and the people around this church that do not know truths of the Word of God that we have learned and especially for the ones that think they are saved because they go to church, were baptized, or they try to do more good than bad, or because of some experience that they had. And that each of them do not have to know all of the Bible for God to use them but God wants them to take the parts of the Bible that they understand and go teach others what they understand and if those people ask them a question that they cannot answer, simply tell them that they will study the Bible for the answer and will let them know the answer once they find it in the Bible. Rejoice with us in these testimonies and pray with us that these people will continue receiving the truths of the Word of God and that they will grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, inspite of some of the things that have been said to them from some people that they know.

Also in our last prayer letter we asked you to pray for Somboon. He has been back to the church one time but left before I could talk to him one on one. So I told Anucha that if he could find Somboon to let him know that I was wanting to talk to him to find out if he had studied the Bible study about the doctrine of the Holy Ghost that I gave him and if he found anywhere where it does not agree with the Word of God or if he had any questions about anything. Sadly he said that he has made his mind up to stay with the Pentecostal group and is not interested in studying the Bible study that I gave him. Pray along with us that he will not harden his heart to the scriptures that we have already shown him that clearly show some of the errors of what he has been taught.

We sincerely are grateful for your hard work and your faith in the Lord in continually and faithfully supporting our ministry here to the people of Thailand for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain

*Click the download link at the top to see pictures from the past several months.


Help us pray with a future missionary

May 3, 2015

If you remember back in April 2013 I told you about one of the first Asian’s to get saved through my ministry in my home church in NC, who got right with God and contacted us here in Thailand to tell us. Since then Philip has surrendered to the Lord to be a missionary back here in Southeast Asia. The Lord has also lead him to come on a survey trip to Southeast Asia this August. This is a very important trip for him as he is in his junior year as a missions major in Bible College and therefore he needs to come and check things out over here so that he can start getting prepared to start deputation as soon as he graduates in 2016.

Can you pray along with us that the Lord will work in the hearts of His people to partner with Philip to help him raise the remaining funds needed to make this important survey trip possible in August of this year. He is needing to raise:

$1,550 for airfare Already Provided for

$400 for traveling within Southeast Asia & obtaining a visa

$300 for shots, food, lodging, travel insurance

If your church is able to help in any way please send all tax deductible gifts payable to:

Promised Land Baptist Church

1024 Old Modena St.

Gastonia, NC 28054

*Please note on the memo line for Philip’s survey trip.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself, Philip: philthep (at) hotmail.com, or Pastor Harold Blankenship at 704-868-2364

May the Lord bless you for your prayers and help in this matter.


February 2015 Prayer Letter

March 2, 2015

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

We are really moved, humbled, and blessed by all of your sacrificial gifts, cards, and letters to our family this Christmas. May the Lord tremendously bless you for your outpouring of love toward us.

In our last prayer letter we mentioned that two more parents brought their children by the church to find out more about our English classes. Since then only one of the children has come a few times but we have had four new children come in the last two weeks and two of them came to church this last Sunday. Pray for Grace, Unging, Ice, Jenjira, Jaja that they will come to the church services on Sundays and that their parents will either stay for the church services also or at least drop their children off and these children and parents will be saved. Also pray that the English speakers that go to Wiang Ping Baptist Church will give of themselves and help with teaching English at Wiang Ping Baptist Church or will start English classes at Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church as a tool to get the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those that usually would not come to church.

We celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ three times this year at all three churches and it was an exciting time as we had visitors at each church who were able to hear the true meaning of Christmas. Some of the youth from Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang did their first Christmas program for all three churches and some of the youth are fruit from the English camp in April 2014. There was singing, testimonies, preaching, fellowship, and games afterward. Nam & Nod who have been studying English with us for awhile came and had part in the special singing and Paul and his wife came also. Continue to pray for Paul as somethings have recently happened in his life that seem to kind of caught his attention and has reminded him of his need to make the decision to really walk in the truths of the Word of God that we have studied already. The Bible tells us that we shall reap if we faint not!

We are continuing to preach every Sunday at Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church and Pastor Srithone and I are still continuing the Thursday night Bible study there also. I have just finished preaching and teaching about what Biblical Salvation really is and it seems that the people are gaining a better understanding of what God has written in the Bible about Salvation. As we said before that this church has been with several different Christian groups over the years which has confused them about somethings but they seem to have a real desire to know the truths of God’s Word. Therefore we are continuing to work with them and are looking to the Lord to continue to work in their hearts and give the increase in His timing. Please pray for Pastor Anucha’s daughter named Nabphraphon as she still is not saved, a teen boy named Jeray who is about 17 but is not serious about the things of God, a nephew of one of the members named Somboon who is 18 and has came to the services a couple of times and started asking questions about the differences he saw between the church and the pentecostal college that he has studied at. We started showing him the answers to his questions from the Word of God in which he saw several things that he has been taught were actually contrary to the Word of God. To make a long story short he said that he decided to go back to the pentecostal group and we thought he did that but last Sunday we were told that he did not go back but went somewhere else and is supposedly living with some friends and has gotten a job. This was surprising as he said he did not want to work but wanted to study the Bible more fulltime to really see what God has said and serve the Lord. So pray along with us that he will take time to think about the things we discussed with him and will study the Bible studies that we gave him and will accept the truths of the Word of God and let the Lord work in his life. Also pray for the members and people that come to Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church as most of them are part of the Lahu minority group and most are day workers earning the minimum wage and are faced with corruption about several different needs in their lives. Pray that they will have consistent work, that the corruption they face will be taking away, and most of all that they continue to receive the Word of God with gladness and will faithfully live their life according to the teachings of the Word of God. Also pray as we are trying to find some ways to help them help themselves with some of these difficulties.

We will have English Camp again this April 6-10 and we are asking the Lord not only to let us see Him working in the lives of the people that come and see many of them be saved but also help us have some methods that I have taught of to be ready to help us be more of a continual witness to everyone after the camp is over.

Pray for the nationwide Thai Independent Baptist Church Camp that will be April 13-15. I am trying to get people more people from Wiang Ping Baptist Church to go as its a time that they can meet other Christians from around the country and see that the Lord is working their country and wants to use them in His work.

Also pray as Pastor Srithone which is the Thai Pastor that I am working with, who is actually sent out from the USA, will be going back to USA to visit churches from April 13 to around October. During this time I will be heading up the Wiang Ping Baptist Church and continuing to work with the Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. This is a big task as I will be preaching and teaching in the churches 5 times a week, plus trying to continue teaching Bible studies and teaching English. Also pray for my wife and girls during this time.

Lastly, I am working on another tool to get the Gospel to the immediate areas around the churches. I praise the Lord that 3 young people from Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang have volunteered to help me get some of the material that we have formatted for this new task. Pray that all of us will be diligent in this task as we are trying to have everything together before English Camp in April. Plus I am also trying to figure out how to make and put a form/survey with pictures in it online, so if anyone has the knowledge and the time to do this or explain how to make a form/survey with pictures to be used online please let us know.

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain

*Click the download link at the top to see pictures of the Christmas Celebrations at all three churches.


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


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