Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
As I think about the last two and a half months I think of the parable of the sower. The seed was sown into the souls of the hearers but only one-fourth of the hearers received the Word of God and allowed His Word to bring forth fruit in their lives. In our last prayer letter we wrote about several people who seemed to be open to hear the Word of the Lord but for some of them as soon as they were open to hear, satan immediately started working to keep them from hearing the Word of God. For others satan allowed them to hear the Word of God but used society and fear to get them away from the Word of God. For instance we told you about the lady monk that read one of the newspaper Gospel articles, made a profession of faith, and came to study the Bible at Lanna BC. But not long after she came, she became sick because she did not take her regular medicines so Apisit and his wife took her to the doctor and that is when society and fear began working on her and not long after that she decided to go back to the temple she lived at. Apisit’s wife followed up with her and she said she was going to get her medicines and once she got better, she would come back and study the Bible but so far she has not come back. We know if she really did receive Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour that the Holy Spirit is showing her that she is going in the wrong direction and we are praying that she will decide to follow Christ no matter what she may face.
Another instance is with three adults that have told me that they want to study English with me. I have contacted them several times and told them the times that I currently teach and that I also had a few people say that they wanted to study English in the mornings so I want to know what day and morning is good for them to come learn and we will form another class but some have said they will be freed up in a couple more months and others have not really responded. In my English classes I try to get the students to start talking and sometimes the conversations become discussions about various Bible truths but if no one talks or the conversation dies down, then we start looking at the Creation to Christ Bible study that I am using. Just this past Saturday one of the adult students asked why do Americans make so many movies about the end of the world, so we discussed several Bible truths like because the Bible is accurate when it speaks about history, science, or a geographical place, it makes sense to trust what the Bible says about what is going to happen at the end of the world. But before the end of the world comes, Jesus Christ is going to call all the true Christians to go be with Him in Heaven and then some of the things you hear about the end of the world will happen to all the people left in the world. And you could feel and see that this really got them thinking. So please pray as we are taking these opportunities and trying to teach them Bible truths to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Another instance is the owner of the room we were using to teach English in one community decided for us to stop teaching English there because he is going to rent the room out. We have tried to get the students that were coming there to start coming to the church and we will continue teaching English at the same times but because it’s at the church their parents do not want them to come or are scared to let them come. But we do praise the Lord that one girl who was studying English with us in this community has continued to regularly come to church on Sundays. Please continue to pray as we are still trying to followup on these students and contacts and are still teaching our evangelistic English classes.
In our last prayer letter we told you about Samuel’s house leadership and Bible training school that we have helped Pastor Srithone and Wiang Ping BC start. We ended up with five guys but sadly one of them would not allow us to help him develop his life so we had to send him home. Then last week we had to talk again to another guy about his life and he choose to go back home but we told him that we are not kicking him out of the school and if he decides to come back that we are willing to allow him to come back as long as he is willing to develop his life by the truths of the Word of God. Please pray for him because his flesh is battling against the working of the Holy Ghost in his life and he has to make the decision about which one he is going to follow. We are sincerely praying that he decides to come back and purposes in his soul to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Then last night I took another guy home that has been asking to be able to spend sometime back home and he said he will be coming back today. I was able to make him the last person I took home from church and I tried to stress to him the importance of not destroying what the Lord has been doing in his life. So please pray along with us that each of these guys will let the Lord mold and make them into one of His servants.
Two weeks ago a fellow missionary and myself went over the responses that he has received from his evangelistic websites and we are working on trying to followup and get some feedback from the people who have responded and adjust somethings to try and get more people to finish the Bible studies because faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. We are praying to be able to communicate with them, answer any questions that they may have, and lead them to Christ. So please pray for this followup and that I can get my parts finished soon so he can get them online and we can see how these changes work out and hopefully see more people follow through with studying these Bible studies.
Please remember that if your church or sunday school class has any questions about our ministry here, then please send us your questions and I will make a simple web cam video answering those questions and will email you a link to download the video to show your church or sunday school class.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain