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
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