Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
***Please note that all postal mail needs to be sent to our new postal mailing address as noted at the bottom of our letterhead and not to our old postal mailing address.***
We want to thank every person and church that prayed and gave to help Philip with the cost of his survey trip to Southeast Asia. We are excited as this Wednesday, August 5, Philip landed here in Chiang Mai and we will be going with him to help him survey a place here in Southeast Asia. I still remember when the Lord started having me try to reach the Asian people around my home church and praying that these Asians that were coming to church with me would be saved by God’s grace and that God would call some of them to go back to the countries where their mommies and daddies came from and serve the Lord there. Its amazing that God is allowing me to see another step in this prayer being answered around 15 years later! Plus I am trusting the Lord that there will be others to follow the Lord’s leading in this also! The need for true Bible believing, Bible teaching, and Bible living labourers is truly great, so let us pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send forth more labourers into His Harvest!
We praise the Lord that this past Sunday at Wiang Ping Baptist Church that we saw some fruit from our laboring together as Mei Ling and her sister Pheung made professions of faith in Jesus Christ. These girls have been coming to our English class for almost 3 months and have been coming to the church services also. It has been a blessing to see the Lord working in their souls and see them coming close to the Saviour. The past couple of weeks we have been studying about Cain and Abel and how we cannot come to God through our own ideas and ways but through God’s way of salvation. Recently I have been telling several missionaries that even though from the outside looking in, it does not seem that much is going on with the English classes or that they are producing any fruit. But as my family has been teaching English for the last 4 years, this year has been the best year as we are seeing new students come and about half of the students are coming to the church services on Sundays. This is the working of God as before we use to teach English before the service on Sunday and even though we really encouraged and invited the students to stay for the service, none of them stayed but now we are not teaching English on Sundays and about half of the students are coming on Sundays! Please continue to pray with us as we know our enemy the devil is not happy with this and wants to do everything possible to stop the working of God through the ministry of the English classes. Also pray as we are trusting the Lord to see these families reached for the glory of God, for more teachers to help us be more effective in teaching English as the current English ability greatly varies among the students, and for one or two people to start an English ministry at Pa Mai Deng BC.
Once again I have been faced with the fact that I can only be in one place at one time. About a month ago Anucha took us to visit a group of believers that have started a church about 3-4 miles from Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. While there they asked me if I could come on Sundays and help teach them the Word of God. As with a lot of you, my Sundays are full and I tried to encourage them instead of building a building etc to come and see what we are preaching, teaching, etc at Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church as their building can hold around 80 people. I also invited them to come to the Thursday evening Bible study at Pa Mai Deng church but so far they have not came. Two weeks ago when I was thinking about this situation the thought came to my mind that maybe they are thinking that if they come and see then they will have to join or be under the Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. Therefore I told Aucha that if he sees them to let them know that we are willing to start having a Thursday night Bible study at their place instead of Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. I am willing to do this as I have found out that when you ask a lot of people that say they are a Christian, about how they became a Christian, many times their answer will not be a biblical answer. So they are religious but still lost on their way to a Christless eternity with some of them thinking that they are alright because they were born in a family that goes to church instead of the temple, they have been baptized, etc. I tell the people here that the devil usually will mix error with the truth to lead you into error, false truth, and a false gospel. Plus some of the people that go to churches here have been the recipients of the social gospel, in which some have received houses, pigs, money, etc for either going to some churches or joining some groups. So for some it is strange to them because what we preach and teach is not like what they have heard before, we use the Bible so much, encourage them to study the Bible for themselves and ask us questions about anything that concerns them, and we trying to teach them that God wants us to use the abilities that He has given us along with His help to provide for ourselves, support the work of the local church, their pastor, and support missionaries around the world.
Before we have wrote several times about Somboon who said he wanted to learn more about the Bible and serve the Lord but he left saying that he his beliefs and Baptist are not the same and cannot be together. But the Lord has heard our prayers and has been working in his soul because he has came back to learn the truth of the Word of God. Apisit found Somboon and one of his unsaved friends a job in Lampang and they are going to the Lanna Baptist Church and studying the Bible with Apisit there at the church several times a week. Please pray as Somboon is battling in areas of discerning wither he should still believe what he has been taught at the pentecostal school he has went to or to believe what the Bible says. Also Lord willing soon we will be rejoicing that Somboon’s friend has been saved, as he has started showing more interest in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pray along with us for our Mother’s day outreach on Sunday, August 16 as we are encouraging the English students to invite their mothers to come to church with them and we are praying for God to work in their souls and some will be saved and others will be open to learning more about the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Also pray for Philip’s travels while he is here, for us as we will be traveling with him, and for the ones that will be helping to fill in for us in the different ministries that we are doing while we are gone. Also pray for Naam wan who has studied English with us and has been coming to church for sometime but has not been back to church in the last several weeks, for Phanchai who made a profession of faith at English camp but has only been to church one time since then, for Mike who made a profession of faith at our Easter service but has only came to church a couple of times since then, for the spiritual growth of our family and of the believers.
With the advancement of communication abilities and considering that many churches and many members have a smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc that can connect to the internet, I want to let everyone know that I am more than willing to give live updates via skype.com or another program to Sunday School classes, worship services, etc in addition to our prayer letters that we send out. If there is not an internet connection or 3/4G internet signal at your church then someone could use a landline phone or the speaker phone on their cellphone and call our NC phone number which will ring at our house here in Thailand. Please let me know if you are interested in this, so that we can schedule a time with you.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain