Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
We are really moved, humbled, and blessed by all of your sacrificial gifts, cards, and letters to our family this Christmas. May the Lord tremendously bless you for your outpouring of love toward us.
In our last prayer letter we mentioned that two more parents brought their children by the church to find out more about our English classes. Since then only one of the children has come a few times but we have had four new children come in the last two weeks and two of them came to church this last Sunday. Pray for Grace, Unging, Ice, Jenjira, Jaja that they will come to the church services on Sundays and that their parents will either stay for the church services also or at least drop their children off and these children and parents will be saved. Also pray that the English speakers that go to Wiang Ping Baptist Church will give of themselves and help with teaching English at Wiang Ping Baptist Church or will 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.
We celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ three times this year at all three churches and it was an exciting time as we had visitors at each church who were able to hear the true meaning of Christmas. Some of the youth from Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang did their first Christmas program for all three churches and some of the youth are fruit from the English camp in April 2014. There was singing, testimonies, preaching, fellowship, and games afterward. Nam & Nod who have been studying English with us for awhile came and had part in the special singing and Paul and his wife came also. Continue to pray for Paul as somethings have recently happened in his life that seem to kind of caught his attention and has reminded him of his need to make the decision to really walk in the truths of the Word of God that we have studied already. The Bible tells us that we shall reap if we faint not!
We are continuing to preach every Sunday at Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church and Pastor Srithone and I are still continuing the Thursday night Bible study there also. I have just finished preaching and teaching about what Biblical Salvation really is and it seems that the people are gaining a better understanding of what God has written in the Bible about Salvation. As we said before that this church has been with several different Christian groups over the years which has confused them about somethings but they seem to have a real desire to know the truths of God’s Word. Therefore we are continuing to work with them and are looking to the Lord to continue to work in their hearts and give the increase in His timing. Please pray for Pastor Anucha’s daughter named Nabphraphon as she still is not saved, a teen boy named Jeray who is about 17 but is not serious about the things of God, a nephew of one of the members named Somboon who is 18 and has came to the services a couple of times and started asking questions about the differences he saw between the church and the pentecostal college that he has studied at. We started showing him the answers to his questions from the Word of God in which he saw several things that he has been taught were actually contrary to the Word of God. To make a long story short he said that he decided to go back to the pentecostal group and we thought he did that but last Sunday we were told that he did not go back but went somewhere else and is supposedly living with some friends and has gotten a job. This was surprising as he said he did not want to work but wanted to study the Bible more fulltime to really see what God has said and serve the Lord. So pray along with us that he will take time to think about the things we discussed with him and will study the Bible studies that we gave him and will accept the truths of the Word of God and let the Lord work in his life. Also pray for the members and people that come to Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church as most of them are part of the Lahu minority group and most are day workers earning the minimum wage and are faced with corruption about several different needs in their lives. Pray that they will have consistent work, that the corruption they face will be taking away, and most of all that they continue to receive the Word of God with gladness and will faithfully live their life according to the teachings of the Word of God. Also pray as we are trying to find some ways to help them help themselves with some of these difficulties.
We will have English Camp again this April 6-10 and we are asking the Lord not only to let us see Him working in the lives of the people that come and see many of them be saved but also help us have some methods that I have taught of to be ready to help us be more of a continual witness to everyone after the camp is over.
Pray for the nationwide Thai Independent Baptist Church Camp that will be April 13-15. I am trying to get people more people from Wiang Ping Baptist Church to go as its a time that they can meet other Christians from around the country and see that the Lord is working their country and wants to use them in His work.
Also pray as Pastor Srithone which is the Thai Pastor that I am working with, who is actually sent out from the USA, will be going back to USA to visit churches from April 13 to around October. During this time I will be heading up the Wiang Ping Baptist Church and continuing to work with the Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. This is a big task as I will be preaching and teaching in the churches 5 times a week, plus trying to continue teaching Bible studies and teaching English. Also pray for my wife and girls during this time.
Lastly, I am working on another tool to get the Gospel to the immediate areas around the churches. I praise the Lord that 3 young people from Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang have volunteered to help me get some of the material that we have formatted for this new task. Pray that all of us will be diligent in this task as we are trying to have everything together before English Camp in April. Plus I am also trying to figure out how to make and put a form/survey with pictures in it online, so if anyone has the knowledge and the time to do this or explain how to make a form/survey with pictures to be used online please let us know.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain
*Click the download link at the top to see pictures of the Christmas Celebrations at all three churches.