United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Please Pray for the Kentucky Conference VIM Team

God has answered your prayers for rain!  Thank you for your faithful prayers!

Most regions of Thailand have had severe drought for the past two and a half years, causing deep poverty as farmer could not grow rice and other produce.  Over 2,000 villages had no water, the wells were empty and the river beds and ponds were dry.  Now we have had very solid rainfall for the past 3 months, and the situation is turning around.  When you pray, great things happen here in Thailand!
We have another prayer request, and this one needs your prayers over the next two weeks.  The Kentucky Conference VIM Team (joined by others from outside of Kentucky) will be coming 2 weeks from now to provide English Camps at two key locations.

Nakhon Ratchasima Province

The first place they will serve is at Hua Thale in Nakhon Ratchasima to help kick off a new ministry of the Thailand Methodist Mission, directed by TMM missionaries Carol Fare and Vicki Brown.  Carol and Vicki have opened a center in Hua Thale which has a population of over 25,000 people and no Christian church of any kind whatsoever.  This is an unreached sub-district, and the VIM team will help the TMM missionaries and Thai Christians to start 3 new ministries at this location.

There will be a new Blessing Home located at this location, and the English Camp that the VIM will host at this location will help Vicki and Carol to get to connect with families in this area.  During English Camp, children will be able to enroll for free English classes at this new Blessing Home center.
In 2017, it is our goal to start a Pioneer Pastor church plant at this location as well.  Please pray that God will lead us to the right pastor to serve at this location.  This will be a game changer, because when a sub-district goes from ZERO churches to ONE church, now the Gospel of Jesus Christ can begin to transform lives in the community.

TMM Missionaries Carol Fare and Vicki Brown with Kao Hawm.

The main ministry that is being initiated here is Special Blessings, a ministry to help young children and families with special needs.  This is a very exciting and greatly needed ministry.  Please click on this link to see the Special Blessings website > http://www.specialblessingskorat.org/

Sakaeo Province

The second place the VIM team will serve is at Blessing Home TaPhraya in Sakaeo Province.  Last year’s VIM team came to serve at this location, and they saw the deep poverty and the people’s need for Jesus, and their hearts were deeply touched.  Rev. John Kalz, pastor of Buechel UMC spearheaded a campaign to raise funds to build a church building there that would also serve as our third Blessing Home center.  Now Pastor John will come to dedicate the new Blessing Home TaPhraya center.

Missionaries Joshua and Jessica Johnston have complete their year of immersion language study and will be moving to Blessing Home TaPhraya in the few weeks after the VIM team has served there.  Please pray for Joshua and Jessica, because they have many details in this move, and the most difficult one is concerning visas, which will need to change when they go to this new location.  Obtaining visas for missionaries is becoming more difficult each year, and nothing is more important than keeping missionaries on site.  So your prayers are essential.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Some ideas for ways to help the Thailand Methodist Mission

Usually we send updates on the prayer requests and praises about what the Lord is doing in Thailand, but today we have some news for you and your fellow church members.  While we have been visiting churches during the past 6 weeks, many of you have asked for ways to help the ministries of the Thailand Methodist Mission.  So here are a few ideas.

Does your church or community have a craft fair this fall? 

Many churches and communities do craft fairs near the end of the year in time for Christmas.  If you would like to raise funds to support children at Blessing Home, you can sell the same Thai craft items that we do when we visit churches.  Charlene Skaggs, one of the members of the TMM Board, has boxes of Thai items which you can sell on consignment to help raise scholarships for Blessing Home children.  If you are interested, please email us at thailandumc@gmail.com and we will be glad to connect you with Charlene. 

It is that time of the year when churches are forming their budgets for 2017.
Please remember the Thailand Methodist Mission in your church budget. 
$500 sponsors a Blessing Home child for one year.
$2,000 sponsors a Blessing Home young adult through one year of university study.
$5,000 plants a church through the Pioneer Pastor Program in a sub-district in Thailand that has no Christian churches of any type and are totally unreached.

Many churches and church groups are selecting projects for special Christmas offerings.

Bo is in her 3rd year of Nursing Studies through a
complete scholarship from Blessing Home Isan.
This year, we are seeking Christmas offerings for University and College Scholarships for Blessing Home kids who show exceptional abilities.  This is a life-changing opportunity, not only for the student but will change the trajectory of a whole family.  We will post more about this at a later date, but we are hoping many churches, Sunday School classes, women’s and men’s groups, and organizations will help with a special Christmas offering so we can have more scholarships.  

Through your generosity, 8 students are now receiving full scholarships for college and university but we have no more funds available for new scholarships for the children who are graduating from high school.  It would be wonderful to be able to help more of these children who come from families that average less than $150 per month in family income.

Is your church planning a building project?

Ban Dan Church in Sukhothai Province renamed their church to the
Abundant Blessing Church when they moved to their new building this year. 
Please pray and consider tithing from your building fund to contribute to the Buidling Fund of the Thailand Methodist Mission.  So far in 2016, your contributions have helped to build three church buildings in Thailand in sub-districts that never had a Christian church before in history.  This is a huge need for churches to become permanent and sustainable over many generations.

One last thing…..

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Prayers needed for a new initiative..... and a huge praise!

We need prayers to surround our latest ministry initiative, the Bright Future Savings Groups.  There is a great need for financial and budget training that is adapted to the culture, language, and context of the Thai churches.  When we first came to Thailand, 54% of farmers in Northeast Thailand owned their own land.  Now only 15% own their farms and the effects have been devastating.  Much of this was because they took out loans that they could not repay. 

Bright Future Savings Groups meet each week for saving money together and to learn biblical teaching on finances and skills for family and small business finance.  These groups have started in four churches so far as a pilot program.  We have learned much about what needs to be adapted and tweaked to make the curriculum better suited to the Thai context so that this program can be highly effective and fruitful.

Bright Future Savings Group at Blessing Home Isan

Bright Future Savings Group at Fire of Glory Church

Bright Future Savings Group at Blessing Home Ground Zero

Bright Future Savings Group at Promise Church

At this time, we are developing curriculum for training the leaders in the four churches concerning budgeting and how to handle family pressure to use emergency funds for non-emergency purposes.  The curriculum and program needs to be designed to be usable by those who are illiterate or semi-literate, which is a great challenge.  Please pray for us because we have a quick deadline to meet to put together these materials for the leader training.

We are very excited to see excitement on faces of the members of these groups.  Many are saving money for the first time.  Most have never had an emergency fund.  Most have never used a budget.  None have received personal finance training before.  And they are very eager to learn more and to have victory in their family finances. 

We also would like to announce the completion of the Blessing Home TaPhraya Center and Church.  Pastors Det and Dao will lead the church there and missionaries Joshua and Jessica Johnston will oversee the Blessing Home ministry there.  We will have a special dedication service when the Kentucky VIM team goes there to do an English camp in October.

Pastor Banya and Joshua Johnston with the children of Blessing Home TaPhraya

Pastor Det picks up children to bring them to Blessing Home Ta Phraya.