We want to update you about what all has been happening here in Northern Thailand over the last couple of months. There was another run of covid around Nov-Jan and then it calmed down in time for us to have the Wing Ping Baptist Church anniversary revival meeting from March 13-14. We praise the Lord that most of our people were faithful to the services and several of our people brought a number of visitors to the meetings, in fact on the Saturday of the meeting we had around 15 first time visitors but many of them go to another church in their community, which is about 45 minutes away. But praise the Lord they came and got a good dose of practical and helpful Bible preaching. Which from time to time we have people tell us that some of the churches they have been to, do not really focus on teaching and preaching the Bible and they are thankful that they came to the church and gotten saved and are learning more about the Lord and His Word and are growing in their Christian Life from the teaching and preaching of the Word of God.
On April 4 we were able to have our Resurrection Sunday celebration at a local hot spring and most of our people came and we had blessed time celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and after our service we were able to give out a number of tracts about the resurrection of Jesus Christ to people that visited this hot spring that morning, pray that these people would allow the truths of the resurrection of Jesus Christ work in their soul. Then shortly after this the daily covid numbers started rising dramatically therefore new restrictions were put into place and we had to stop our outreaches and go back to having online services. During this time we did have a covid scare at Lanna Baptist Church and Wiang Ping Baptist Church but praise the Lord that He did not allow a member and her husband to contract covid from their friends that stayed at their house for three days. We do praise the Lord that so far no one in the churches here has had covid! We also praise the Lord that covid has calmed down again and we slowly started opening back up over the past four weeks. Other than the Ban Samuel students and the people that live in the church neighborhood, the first person to come back for our in person services was the 65 year old lady that got saved in February! Then this past Sunday she came back and another two people came back for in person services, instead of watching our live stream of the services. Three weeks ago we also started back our Bible study in the Lahu community and we started back our evangelism ministry with helping people in the community around the church with the goal of trying to reach them with the Gospel even though people are still standoffish because of covid. Please pray with us that the Lord will give us wisdom with discipling the people of Wiang Ping Baptist Church and with our outreaches.
To make a long story short, in the Lahu community that we have been ministering in for several years, there is a church building no longer in use and one of the men in Wiang Ping Baptist Church has recently started talking to the man that many years ago got people to donate money so that he and a group of people in this community could build this building. We are asking him to let Wiang Ping Baptist Church start using this building for free so that we can try to help this community more. Our members that live in this community and other people that come to our Bible study in this community says this is a good idea as long as this man does not have any leadership or any authority in anything we do there. Please pray with us that he will accept these terms and let us use this building for the glory of the Lord.
Also thank you so much for praying for my mom’s healing from breaking her hip, she is healing well. As always if your church has any questions about Thailand and our ministry here, please email me these questions and I can answer these by email or I can make a short webcam video and send you the link to download the video and play it for the church.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain