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