We praise the Lord for your prayers and support for us here in Thailand. We thank all of you that has contacted us within the last couple of months with birthday greetings and letting us know that you are praying for us.
In our last prayer letter, we told you about a girl that started coming with us to church because of our English outreach at the Baan Khai Gai community and how she helped us get other students to come also. And that one of these students has been asking us questions and was learning more about the Gospel but along with this her mom was taking her to the temples and one monk told her mom that she needs to quit letting her child come to church. And then how her mom told us that she does not want her daughter coming to church anymore. Because of your prayers with us, this girl has started coming back to the English classes that we have at the church and we praise the Lord for this because we thought that this door was shut. We also praise the Lord that since the end of the summer vacation for the school that our usual students from this community have started coming back to our evangelistic English classes and to some of the church services also.
Also in our last prayer letter, we told you that we will be having our first full month summer day camp here at Wiang Ping Baptist Church. We praise the Lord that He gave each of us teachers good health and ability in teaching and managing the students. I taught English and also took turns with Pastor Srithone in teaching the Bible. All in all, we had around 28 students and 6 of these made professions of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And 4 of these have came to the church services already, and 3 of them are starting to come often. Two of these are cousins and they have already brought some of their friends to the church services. Please pray with us for these that have made professions of faith that they will grow in the Lord and will allow Him to lead their lives and pray for the others that the truths of the Word of God and the Gospel were planted in their lives. Also one of the students that made a profession of faith is the son of the man with the seventh day adventist background that in our last prayer letter, I asked you to pray for because we have had contact with them for several years and have witnessed to them and invited them to church but he only came one time around March of 2018 but since the beginning of this year he has been coming on and off. Please continue to pray for this family because as we said in our last prayer letter that the father has not accepted that knowing about God and doing good, does not save you and the mother does not seem open to Gospel and has not came to church even though everyone else in their family has came already.
Since the new school year started in May and in follow up to our Summer day camp, we just started a Saturday study program at the church on last Saturday, June the first. One of the church members is a teacher and she has helped us get this started and she is teaching the subjects that are taught in Thai and our family is teaching the English part and the Bible. We had 10 new people from around the church contact us and said they were coming but last Saturday, which was the first day of classes, only 4 these new contacts came. Even though only 4 of the 10 new contacts came, we are still praising the Lord for this because we have never had contact with any of these families before. And we are praying that we will have more first time students come this coming Saturday. Our goal is to use this as another tool to get the Gospel and Bible truths to those around the church.
This is the second year of using this type of outreach at Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang and Pastor Apisit has told us how this has opened doors to some of the families whose children are studying at the church because their children have done better in their school studies and some of the parents are opening up to hearing the Gospel and some are starting to come to the church. And its been a blessing seeing some of the members of Lanna Baptist Church get involved with this ministry.
Please pray with us about this new ministry that the church member that is a regular school teacher will not have anything come up on Saturday mornings that will keep her from teaching the Thai subjects and for each of us in our family that we will have good health to teach these student’s every Saturday afternoon and that all of us can be used of the Lord to get the Gospel and Bible truths to these students and also can encourage them to come join us on Sundays. Because we want to see them get saved and become active members of the church.
During April 15-17 we took our largest group of young people ever to the annual national Teen and Young People’s Camp in Udon Thani, Thailand, there were over 150 people in attendance, and the theme of the camp was: “Is There Not a Cause?” from 1 Samuel 17:29. One of the guys in Samuel’s House Bible and Leadership Training School and another teen guy that comes to the church went forward in one of the services in response to surrendering their lives to the Lord and then the Sunday following the camp one of our teen girls responded to surrendering her life to the Lord. So please pray with us for these young people that they will follow through on their decisions and sincerely seek and follow the Lord Jesus Christ in their daily lives.
Please continue praying for my mother, siblings, and relatives as my grandmother went to be with the Lord on April 17 at 86 years old. Pray for their spiritual needs as many of them have not repented and received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and others are not walking with the Lord as they should.
Also pray for some physical ailments in our family as I am trying to find what specific doctors, we should go see etc.
Thank you so much for your prayers, love and care, and partnership with us over these years as we are serving the Lord here in Thailand.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain