During the past couple of months we had another round of covid cases here in Chiang Mai and in several other places here in Thailand and because of this, we were not able to have our community wide Christmas outreach at the local recreation facility and the national Children’s day celebrations in January were also canceled. But we were still able to reach out to several neighborhoods around the church and invite them to our Christmas celebration at the church and one person that just recently moved into the neighborhood of the church came and made a profession of faith. Then this past Sunday, a 65 year old lady that received a Christmas invitation tract about our Christmas celebration at the church in December came to the church with the Christmas invitation tract in her hand and she said this was the first time she has ever been to a church. She has a friend in the US that is a Christian that has been witnessing and praying for her and telling her she should go to a church and seek the Lord and because she received the Christmas invitation tract she came to the church and made a profession of faith. Another blessing from this is that her son dropped her off and came to pick her up at the church because many of times when an older person starts seeking the Lord, their children forbid them to do this and many of times their parents for some reason listen to them. Therefore please help us pray that this lady will grow in her relationship with the Lord and that her son will continue to be a blessing to his mom and not try to forbid her from coming to church or studying the Bible and that he will be open to hearing the gospel also. With this, on Sunday night I reminded the brethren that passing out tracks, witnessing and praying for people is like planting seeds, and just as it takes time and care for a seed to sprout and produce fruit, sometimes it takes time to see fruit from sowing the Gospel and the truths of the Word of God. But if we are faithful, we shall reap a harvest in due season. So please do not stop passing out tracks, praying and being a witness!
We also praise the Lord that we have seen a couple of new people start coming more often to our weekly home Bible study outreach and also to the church services. Last Sunday night we had a blessing because one of our member’s husbands came for the first time to the church services. Please pray for him to be saved and allow the Lord to use his life in reaching out to people in their community because a lot of times people in their community hang out at their house so he could join with his wife in being a witness and inviting people to come to our weekly Bible study outreach and to the church services.
Please pray with us that more of the Christians here will sell out to the Lord and that more young Christian men will surrender their lives to serve the Lord fulltime because there is a great need here for more laborers, just a couple of days ago I got word that a missionary has decided not to return to Thailand so the church he has started about 9 hours from us needs a Thai pastor. And for now there are a several Thai pastors that are helping take care of this church and another church that also needs a Thai pastor. Also just two weeks ago one of the Thai pastors here went to be with the Lord, so please pray for Ban Wai Baptist Church and this pastor’s wife and family. We do thank the Lord that there is a Thai preacher that is praying about becoming the pastor of this church but I noticed at this funeral that if the Lord does not come back soon or give long life to the current Thai pastors that several churches could be without pastors in the coming years and there is a great need for more young Christian men to surrender their lives in the next 1-3 years so that they will be ready in time if the Lord does not come back soon or if the Lord does not give long life to these current Thai pastors. And this does not even take into count the many many places here in Thailand that does not have one Bible believing church. Also pray that covid will not break out again here because we are planning on relaunching some more outreaches and we are also planning on having a part in the annual youth conference this year in April which is greatly needed to challenge the youth to not only get saved but to surrender their lives to serve the Lord.
Also please pray for Wing Ping Baptist Church anniversary revival meeting this coming March 13-14, for our Resurrection Sunday celebration on April 4, and for the youth camp from April 12-15.
For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,
Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain