สวัสดีปีใหม่ Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe that it’s already the first of March 2018 and our prayer is that each of us will allow the Lord to use us for His glory in 2018. Our family wants to thank you for your sacrificial and generous Christmas, birthday, and anniversary cards and gifts to our family, Thank You So Much!
Thank you for praying for the Christmas celebrations at all three churches. This year we got the young people of Wiang Ping Baptist Church to do a skit about the birth of Jesus Christ at all three churches and it went very well. Four of our English students were also involved and three of their mothers came to the service at Wiang Ping Baptist Church and we are trying to get them to come back. We do praise the Lord that these English students have been faithfully coming almost every week to church and one has made a profession of faith and another one seems to be wanting to understand more about the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. At one church, we learned that its better to eat our Christmas meal first and then have the service, so anyone that comes late will not miss the preaching. Then after our Christmas celebrations, we had a combined New Year’s service at Sob Prab Baptist Church, which is the newest church. We started the service outside and with the help of the sound system many people around the church were able to hear me preach which also included the police and some local town workers that had a check point setup across from the church. Then once the dew started falling we moved the service to inside the church building. Then in February, we celebrated the anniversary of Wiang Ping Baptist Church and one of the intern teachers from the school where we did an English camp almost a year ago came and brought a friend with him. I have been trying to meet in person with this guy for almost a year and have not been able to but at the anniversary, he told me that he did not understand who God and Jesus was so I and Apisit tagged team in explaining the Gospel to them and I am trying to follow up on him again. Please pray that he will soon give me the opportunity to meet with him on a regular basis. One difficulty is his work place has swing shifts so his schedule changes weekly.
We have had a new student come to Samuel’s house leadership and Bible training school and he is in his twenties and has been a good help and a challenge to the other guys because he seems to have a real desire to learn Bible truth and serve the Lord. But sometimes its unreal how much of a stronghold satan has here. One of the guys has been growing in the Lord but over the new year holiday he really wanted to go back home and visit his parents and friends but when he got back, he seemed to be different and two weeks ago he left the school and has not really been doing anything. I am trying to communicate with him and figure out why he left and if there is anyway I can help him but so far he is not responding. Just yesterday, I saw a post of a person on one of the guy’s that use to come to the school social media accounts and the post asked can anyone tell me what happiness is. From the looks of the picture he used, it seems like he was trying to show what he thought happiness was. I responded to this and at the time I did not recognize the guy that posted this but today he contacted me and I realized it is a guy that came to look at the school last year. Please pray for this guy as I am communicating with Him and will share the Gospel to him again and any other Bible truth that I can share with him. Please also pray for several guys that have contacted us about the school and are thinking about coming next semester. And please continue to pray for the guys currently in the school because several of them need to choose to stop following their flesh and the world and follow the Lord Jesus Christ in every area of their lives. At Wiang Ping Baptist Church we still need a family that will dedicate themselves to the Lord to serve Him in this church.
Starting next week, Lanna Baptist Church is starting a summer school to try and reach the young people in the area around the church. We will be starting this Monday, March 12 and going until Friday, April 29 and the students will be studying Math, Science, English, Computer, and the Bible. Please pray along with all of us that the students will allow the Lord to work in their souls and many will repent and receive Him as their personal Saviour and that we will see some of their parents reached also.
Please remember that if your church or Sunday school class has any questions about our ministry here, 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