March to May Prayer Letter

June 1, 2016

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

We had our 5th annual English Camp from March 28-April 1 and two weeks before the camp we had less than 30 people registered for camp which made this year look like it was going to be the least attended English Camp that we have ever had. But this year the Lord blessed us with 86 English students that do not regularly come to any of the churches, which is the most English students we have ever had. Out of this, 16 made professions of faith. Please pray as we are trying to get as many of the English students as possible to come to our English classes and to the church services.

Just last week we took advantaged of an opportunity that was offered to us to start teaching English in a community about 10 minutes from the church. To get a feel about the area we taught Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening. On Thursday the room was packed out with about 20 kids and teens. So we have started teaching 2 classes an evening for the ones that cannot read English and another class for the ones that can read English already. Please pray as the owner of the building surprised us by telling us that he went often with his friends to their church in his college years but stopped going after that and never became a Christian. He does know that during our English teaching we will talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His desire to have a relationship with everyone. Pray along with us that we will have other times to talk with the building owner and see the Lord work in His life. Also for the students that they will be faithful in coming to English class so we can help them improve their English language ability, that we can see many of them start to come to church with us, and they will come to an understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will accept Him as their personal Saviour.

Recently a family that use to come pretty regularly to church had somethings occur in their family which had them move within walking distance of the church. This has enabled them to come to church regularly again and their daughter’s have started coming to the English classes at the church. Please pray that the things that have happened in this family will bring the ones’ that are not saved to salvation and will bring the ones’ that are saved, closer to the Lord Jesus Christ and that we will be a help and an encouragement to them during this time.
I have completed one of the first steps to the start of the whole online evangelism and discipleship idea that I have mentioned several times in the past. Plus I am also trying to use this step to followup on the people that have came to English camp and I will continue to use this to try to keep in better contact with people that we meet in hopes of getting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them and see the Lord work in their souls and through their lives. Please pray along with me about this effort.

Also in April, Lung Suk which was a member of Lanna Baptist Church in Lampang went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ! I mention before how Lung Suk heard the gospel a few times when he was young but he did not accept Christ. Then over 50+ years later in 2014 Lung Suk moved to Lampang and read the newpaper gospel article of Lanna Baptist Church and through coming to church and studying the Word of God he got saved. And during his 3 day funeral, his wife and two of his friends received Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and they have went to church. So pray for these that they will grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and will let the Lord work in their lives as He did their husband and friend.

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain 

*Click the download link at top to see some pictures over the past couple of months.


English Camp Begins Today!

March 28, 2016

English Camp is about to begin and will go through Friday. It looks like we will have the most students ever in the 4 years that we have held this camp.

Please pray for:

Safety and the health of everyone, all of us teachers to have clear direction in teaching and being able to help the students further develop their English skills, that a number of students will choose on their own to respond to the working of the Lord Jesus Christ through the testimonies and Bible times throughout the week by wanting to learn more about the love that Jesus Christ has for them, that others will will receive Him as their personal Saviour, and for the students that are already a Christian that they will allow the Lord to use them being a witness during this week..

For the millions of untold souls in Thailand


December to February Prayer Letter

March 15, 2016

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

**Sorry for not having this prayer letter out sooner as I have encountered some technical problems over the last two weeks trying to get this letter together and sent out.**

Thank you for your sacrificial special offerings, all the cards and emails for our family during Christmas, and for your on going support and prayers for our family and the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ here in Thailand!

Within the last month 6 of our previous English students have came back several times to study with us again. Two of these are sisters that have not been back for almost two years. We thought that more than likely we would never see these sisters again because before they stopped coming, they started asking us questions about ghosts, spirits, life after death etc, then after that, they stopped coming. Now I am using a Creation to Christ Bible study for English class so they are learning about the truths of the Gospel. Please continue to pray for all of the English students that they will not harden their heart toward the working of the Lord in their souls but that they will respond to the working of the Lord.

Summer break for most schools is starting toward the end of March to around May and we are preparing for our 5th annual English camp from March 28-April 1. We are praying for the Lord to give us as many students as possible and let us see atleast 20 of them saved and unite with the churches. Pray for the high schoolers and adults that will come, for us that are teaching, preaching, and giving testimonies, for safety during the camp, and for people to respond to the working of the Lord in their souls to be saved and follow Him.
We praise the Lord for the opportunity this past weekend to be with Missionary Enrile Badua at the Bangkok Baptist Church, in which I was able to teach and preach the last Sunday of their missions month. We thank the Lord for His working in the souls of the members this past month and the church increased their monthly missions budget by about $113.00! Please pray that the members will be faithful in their giving so their church can expand their missions ministry.

In January we were invited to preach at a Lahu New Year Celebration near Pa Mai Deng BC. I preached about the blessings that Jesus Christ wants to give you this year which are the forgiveness of your sins, the peace of God, being your friend that is closer than a brother that you can fully trust, and lastly, Jesus Christ wants to take care of your daily needs. But the question is are you going to allow Jesus Christ to bless you with these blessings or not by sincerely responding to the working of the Lord in your soul either through repentance and accepting Jesus Christ as your Saviour or by surrendering your life to obey & follow the teachings of the Word of God in your daily lives. I was also able to talk to a few men and explain to them that you are not a Christian because your parents or relatives are Christian or because you have been baptized etc but because you have personally obeyed the command of Jesus Christ to repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for the members and the people that come to Pa Mai Deng BC that they will surrender their lives to the Lord for Him to use them to be a witness to the lost around the church and will use and teach the Bible truths they are learning to others. Also pray because within the past month the devil has been fighting against the working of God here in several different ways and we need the Lord’s wisdom and direction in these situations.

Along with these things over the past months we had Christmas and New Years celebrations in the churches, I was able to give a Bible challenge in Anucha’s daughter’s wedding, Apisit was licensed into the Gospel ministry, and this Sunday is Wiang Ping BC anniversary.

Once again thank you for the special offerings, cards and emails for our family during Christmas, and for your on going support and prayers for our family and the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ here in Thailand!

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain 

*Click the download link at top to see some pictures over the past couple of months.


November 2015 Prayer Letter

November 13, 2015

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

***Please note that all postal mail needs to be sent to our new postal mailing address as noted at the bottom of our letterhead and not to our old postal mailing address.***

We praise the Lord for blessing Philip’s survey trip here in Southeast Asia and for the Lord watching over us while we were traveling to different places. While we were visiting the place where more than likely Philip will be serving the Lord in the future, Philip was able to teach Sunday School and I was able to preach. During the preaching hour 5 people made professions of faith, which was a blessing! But you need to understand that these people have been going to that church for several months so the seed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ had already been planted, watered, and that Sunday we saw the harvest! Most believer’s that I have talked to here in Southeast Asia are like myself and did not get saved the first time they heard the Gospel because they simply did not understand the Gospel, as it was so foreign to them. But God promises us that His Word will not return void and that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, so we need to keep people in contact with the Word of God as much as possible because it is powerful. We are very thankful for every church and person that gave and prayed to make Philip’s trip possible. Lord willing Philip will be back here in Southeast Asia in around 3 years or so as he is finishing Bible college and then will need to raise his support to not only get here but to be able to stay here. Please pray for the servants of the Lord and the believers in the place we visited as the devil wants to keep these people in darkness and wants to shut these ministries down to keep these people from coming to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and becoming one of His children. Also pray as there is a possibility that we can have apart with working with the servants of the Lord there in training some of the people there through the use of technology available to us.

In our last prayer letter we told you about our English students Mei Ling and her sister Pheung who made professions of faith. Since then they have been back only a few times, we have not been able to contact them, and we have heard that their parents do not want them to come back. Nevertheless we are still going to try and catch them at home and maybe just start going by their house every Sunday and see if we can get them to come with us as they do not answer their phone when we call. This is a common occurance that has happened to us several times over the years that when a person becomes interested in knowing the truth of the Gospel or gets saved then their families start opposing it. I have heard of testimonies where people got saved when they were young and their families opposed them from going to church anymore but once that person was on their own they started seeking the Lord again. This reminds us of the fact that even though we do not know what will happen in the future, we must fight and remain faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Along with this since our last prayer letter we have seen a decrease in the number of kids and teens that were regularly coming to our English classes. I think part of the cause was with the 15-20 that were coming were on different levels of language learning which was very hard to keep everybody’s attention. Therefore pray along with us that God would send some English speaking people that will truly give of themselves and their time to use the opportunity that the Lord has given us to get the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all we can through the ministry of teaching English twice a week.

Just last month Nabphraphon of Pa Mai Deng BC had her 18th birthday on Thursday night which is when we have our Bible study and prayer meeting there. Her and her family invited several people from the church I told you about in our last prayer letter which is about 3-4 miles from PMDBC. While there we celebrated her birthday and had a Bible study. After that Pst Srithone, Anuchaa, and myself meet with several of the men that came from the other church to talk about their situation. We explained to them that the most important thing in life is knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and then knowing and living your life according to the truths of the Word of God. We explained to them that since we do not know what they believe that the best thing would be for them to come on Sundays to PMDBC or each church join together at either location on Thursday nights and study and learn the truths of the Bible together. As several weeks have past by it seems like they are only interested in someone buying them enough land where they can live, farm, and have their own church. Which from what I have been told is what several Christian groups have done before, with not much followup or on going training. I have been told that some groups will go to a place preach the Gospel then if someone gets saved, they tell them that they have received the Holy Ghost which will teach them everything they need to know and sometimes the group will build a church building and tell them to take care of it. Then the group goes to somewhere else and sometimes occasionally visits again. 

Also in our last prayer letter we wrote again about Somboon and his friend which were at the time working in Lampang and going to Lanna Baptist Church. Somboon’s friend did make a profession of faith but not long after that Somboon decided to not accept the teaching of the Word of God and convienced him to go back home with him. Pray with us that the different groups of people that we are meeting will have a true desire to really know the Lord and serve Him with their lives.

Our Mother’s day outreach on Sunday, August 16, Jane and Ja who study English with us were able to get their mother to come with them. And this was the second time that she has attended a service since Jane and Ja started coming to English classes and to the church services on Sundays.

We praise the Lord that it seems that the people of Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church are opening up more to us. There are some challenges with helping this church grow and mature in the Lord but it seems that the Lord is working in their souls, and some of them are understanding more of the Word of God, and are growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Its a joy to be able to go there every week and study the Word of God together.

We praise the Lord also that Apisuk which is a man that lives in our neighborhood has came to church three to four times in the past two months as a result of us passing out tracts. Pray for him as he has not seen that there is a difference between buddhism and being a Christian. Lord willing soon we will be rejoicing together over his eyes being opened by the light of the Gospel and being born again by the grace of God. Pray for us as we are following up on him.

In our last prayer letter I mentioned that I am willing to give live updates via the telephone, skype.com or another program to Sunday School classes, worship services, etc in addition to our prayer letters that we send out. If anyone is interested with me giving a live update but it is not convenient or you ran into proplems trying to get things setup, I believe I can make a simple video answering some questions that you send to me. Therefore if you would like for me to make a video like this please send me an email of some questions that you have.

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain


August 2015 Prayer Letter

August 6, 2015

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

***Please note that all postal mail needs to be sent to our new postal mailing address as noted at the bottom of our letterhead and not to our old postal mailing address.***

We want to thank every person and church that prayed and gave to help Philip with the cost of his survey trip to Southeast Asia. We are excited as this Wednesday, August 5, Philip landed here in Chiang Mai and we will be going with him to help him survey a place here in Southeast Asia. I still remember when the Lord started having me try to reach the Asian people around my home church and praying that these Asians that were coming to church with me would be saved by God’s grace and that God would call some of them to go back to the countries where their mommies and daddies came from and serve the Lord there. Its amazing that God is allowing me to see another step in this prayer being answered around 15 years later! Plus I am trusting the Lord that there will be others to follow the Lord’s leading in this also! The need for true Bible believing, Bible teaching, and Bible living labourers is truly great, so let us pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send forth more labourers into His Harvest!

We praise the Lord that this past Sunday at Wiang Ping Baptist Church that we saw some fruit from our laboring together as Mei Ling and her sister Pheung made professions of faith in Jesus Christ. These girls have been coming to our English class for almost 3 months and have been coming to the church services also. It has been a blessing to see the Lord working in their souls and see them coming close to the Saviour. The past couple of weeks we have been studying about Cain and Abel and how we cannot come to God through our own ideas and ways but through God’s way of salvation. Recently I have been telling several missionaries that even though from the outside looking in, it does not seem that much is going on with the English classes or that they are producing any fruit. But as my family has been teaching English for the last 4 years, this year has been the best year as we are seeing new students come and about half of the students are coming to the church services on Sundays. This is the working of God as before we use to teach English before the service on Sunday and even though we really encouraged and invited the students to stay for the service, none of them stayed but now we are not teaching English on Sundays and about half of the students are coming on Sundays! Please continue to pray with us as we know our enemy the devil is not happy with this and wants to do everything possible to stop the working of God through the ministry of the English classes. Also pray as we are trusting the Lord to see these families reached for the glory of God, for more teachers to help us be more effective in teaching English as the current English ability greatly varies among the students, and for one or two people to start an English ministry at Pa Mai Deng BC.

Once again I have been faced with the fact that I can only be in one place at one time. About a month ago Anucha took us to visit a group of believers that have started a church about 3-4 miles from Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. While there they asked me if I could come on Sundays and help teach them the Word of God. As with a lot of you, my Sundays are full and I tried to encourage them instead of building a building etc to come and see what we are preaching, teaching, etc at Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church as their building can hold around 80 people. I also invited them to come to the Thursday evening Bible study at Pa Mai Deng church but so far they have not came. Two weeks ago when I was thinking about this situation the thought came to my mind that maybe they are thinking that if they come and see then they will have to join or be under the Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. Therefore I told Aucha that if he sees them to let them know that we are willing to start having a Thursday night Bible study at their place instead of Pa Mai Deng Baptist Church. I am willing to do this as I have found out that when you ask a lot of people that say they are a Christian, about how they became a Christian, many times their answer will not be a biblical answer. So they are religious but still lost on their way to a Christless eternity with some of them thinking that they are alright because they were born in a family that goes to church instead of the temple, they have been baptized, etc. I tell the people here that the devil usually will mix error with the truth to lead you into error, false truth, and a false gospel. Plus some of the people that go to churches here have been the recipients of the social gospel, in which some have received houses, pigs, money, etc for either going to some churches or joining some groups. So for some it is strange to them because what we preach and teach is not like what they have heard before, we use the Bible so much, encourage them to study the Bible for themselves and ask us questions about anything that concerns them, and we trying to teach them that God wants us to use the abilities that He has given us along with His help to provide for ourselves, support the work of the local church, their pastor, and support missionaries around the world.

Before we have wrote several times about Somboon who said he wanted to learn more about the Bible and serve the Lord but he left saying that he his beliefs and Baptist are not the same and cannot be together. But the Lord has heard our prayers and has been working in his soul because he has came back to learn the truth of the Word of God. Apisit found Somboon and one of his unsaved friends a job in Lampang and they are going to the Lanna Baptist Church and studying the Bible with Apisit there at the church several times a week. Please pray as Somboon is battling in areas of discerning wither he should still believe what he has been taught at the pentecostal school he has went to or to believe what the Bible says. Also Lord willing soon we will be rejoicing that Somboon’s friend has been saved, as he has started showing more interest in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pray along with us for our Mother’s day outreach on Sunday, August 16 as we are encouraging the English students to invite their mothers to come to church with them and we are praying for God to work in their souls and some will be saved and others will be open to learning more about the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Also pray for Philip’s travels while he is here, for us as we will be traveling with him, and for the ones that will be helping to fill in for us in the different ministries that we are doing while we are gone. Also pray for Naam wan who has studied English with us and has been coming to church for sometime but has not been back to church in the last several weeks, for Phanchai who made a profession of faith at English camp but has only been to church one time since then, for Mike who made a profession of faith at our Easter service but has only came to church a couple of times since then, for the spiritual growth of our family and of the believers.

With the advancement of communication abilities and considering that many churches and many members have a smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc that can connect to the internet, I want to let everyone know that I am more than willing to give live updates via skype.com or another program to Sunday School classes, worship services, etc in addition to our prayer letters that we send out. If there is not an internet connection or 3/4G internet signal at your church then someone could use a landline phone or the speaker phone on their cellphone and call our NC phone number which will ring at our house here in Thailand. Please let me know if you are interested in this, so that we can schedule a time with you.

For the Millions of Untold Souls in Thailand,

Brian, Evelyn, Ruth, and Rachel McClain


May 2015 Prayer Letter

May 25, 2015

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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

*Click the download link at the top to see pictures from the past several months.


Help us pray with a future missionary

May 3, 2015

If you remember back in April 2013 I told you about one of the first Asian’s to get saved through my ministry in my home church in NC, who got right with God and contacted us here in Thailand to tell us. Since then Philip has surrendered to the Lord to be a missionary back here in Southeast Asia. The Lord has also lead him to come on a survey trip to Southeast Asia this August. This is a very important trip for him as he is in his junior year as a missions major in Bible College and therefore he needs to come and check things out over here so that he can start getting prepared to start deputation as soon as he graduates in 2016.

Can you pray along with us that the Lord will work in the hearts of His people to partner with Philip to help him raise the remaining funds needed to make this important survey trip possible in August of this year. He is needing to raise:

$1,550 for airfare Already Provided for

$400 for traveling within Southeast Asia & obtaining a visa

$300 for shots, food, lodging, travel insurance

If your church is able to help in any way please send all tax deductible gifts payable to:

Promised Land Baptist Church

1024 Old Modena St.

Gastonia, NC 28054

*Please note on the memo line for Philip’s survey trip.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself, Philip: philthep (at) hotmail.com, or Pastor Harold Blankenship at 704-868-2364

May the Lord bless you for your prayers and help in this matter.


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