United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Five Praises to the Lord

We are very excited to tell you about all of the wonderful things the Lord is doing in Thailand through your prayers and support. God is Good!

1.  Sai Noi Church, a new Pioneer Pastor church.

Pastors Somsri and Warin and the members of Fire of Glory Church have been doing outreach ministries for a several years in Sai Noi.  When they have an outreach event, they will usually have 80 plus children as well as many of their parents and grandparents to come.  Relationships with the families have been developed for a long time, and it is now time to plant a church there.  So we have rented a house to use as a church building and the members of Fire of Glory Church have been hard at work cleaning it up, painting the walls, and fixing broken doors and fixtures.

John, a member of Fire of Glory Church, works at painting the walls
of the Sai Noi church building.

Members of Fire of Glory Church clean up the Sai Noi church building.

Sai Noi Church is a second campus of the Fire of Glory Church.  Pastors Somsri and Warin will conduct worship services and Church school classes on Saturday evenings while continuing to have services at the mother church on Sunday mornings.  Please pray for this new church plant that many people in the community will become disciples of Christ.  Over 70,000 people live in Sai Noi and this is the first church there to reach the people with the good news of Jesus Christ.

2.  Fruitful ministry at House of Immanuel Church

Thank you for your prayers for Jerry.  We can tell you are praying because the Lord did powerful things there.  Jerry kept busy there at House of Immanuel Church in Buriram.  He taught English 6 days per week, preached each Sunday morning, installed a new tile floor at the church, painted the walls at the church, visited people in the community, and helped transport a church member to dialysis treatments for 3 weeks.  

Jerry teaching English to the kids at church.

The Lord used Jerry to help this church develop strong and deep connections in the community and with the village chief.  Christians at this location are seen by their Buddhist neighbors as people who want to develop families in the community and make the community to be stronger.  And all of the remodeling work Jerry did on the church building lifted the people's spirits.  

Now we have a different problem at House of Immanuel Church.  There are so many children attending church each Sunday that there is no place to teach the children.  Right now, the children have Sunday School in the outdoor kitchen, because it is the only shaded place for them.  But this is not working well because people are cooking lunch while the children are there.  So a new building that will be like a picnic shelter, will be built to solve this issue.

This is the most common problem that we have.  Most of the churches have too many people to fit into the buildings that they have.  This is a good problem to have, but still requires money to solve.

3.  Special Blessings Korat opened on July 3!

Carol Fare and Vicki Brown have worked tirelessly to get Special Blessings Korat open.
(See their website by click the link here >> www.specialblessingskorat.org)
Special Blessings Korat is a ministry that serves special needs children, helping them develop life skills needed so they can qualify to attend public school (life skills like dressing and feeding themselves, being able to use the bathroom themselves).

July 3, Opening Day at Special Blessings Korat

The week before the opening, terrible storms swept through Korat and the Special Blessing Korat building was flooded several times.  Carol and Vicki worked to exhaustion with cleanup and making changes to the building that we hope will prevent future floods.

The opening of Special Blessings Korat went well.  Carol says, "I feel a little old and very tired but oh so blessed."

4.  Baptisms at Chiang Dao Church

Each month, we are contacted by Pioneer Pastors inviting us to baptize new believers.  We could not attend the one at Chiang Dao, but Drs. Tanapong and Muanreedee of Global Theological Institute, sent us pictures.

In Thai churches, almost everyone is a first generation Christian, and this baptism service was no exception.  It is always exciting witnessing the passionate love these new Christians have for the Lord.

5.  Shelby Gillespie arrived in Thailand

We are very happy to have Shelby back in Thailand.  Shelby is a long-term career missionary who is beginning a 5-year term of service.  Please pray for Shelby as she does immersion Thai language study during this year.  She needs to learn the language well because next year she will serve as Director of the Blessing Home Isan center.

Shelby dancing in worship
with Thai Christians.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Jerry needs your prayers for a very difficult assignment

We are very pleased to have Jerry Motsinger of Peoria FUMC serving as a short term volunteer with the Thailand Methodist Mission once again, and ask for prayers as he fulfills a difficult assignment.
Jerry has been deployed to House of Immanuel Church in Buriram province, a new Pioneer Pastor church which was just planted last year.  This church does exceptional children and youth ministry and have requested a missionary to serve with them long-term to teach English.  The first step that we do is to send in a short-term volunteer to serve at the location.  The goal is to do a test run to see how things will work at that location if we send a long-term missionary.  We like to work out as many bugs and issues as possible before doing a long-term deployment.

So Jerry needs prayers because he does NOT speak Thai language and he is deployed in a place where no one in the church speaks English.  Jerry is living with one of the church families there and started teaching English yesterday.  He will be there for the next four weeks adjusting to life which is very different from his life in the States.

Jerry Motsinger and Sherri join Pastor Somsri in
praying for three new believers to Jesus Christ at House of Immanuel Church

Jerry greets the members of House of Immanuel Church.

We also want to thank everyone for lifting up Pastor Santi's father in prayer.  Pastor Santi's father had his foot severely injured in a motorcycle accident, and was in great danger of losing it.  But now he is healing up just fine and is able to walk once again.  God is good!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Prayers Needed for Pastor Santi

Hello Prayer Warriors.  Sherri and I rejoice in you because your prayers are the powerhouse of this mission.  And when we see great things happening in Thailand, we know it is because you faithfully lift us and the Thai Christians up in prayer.

One of the aspects of the Pioneer Pastor Program that we don’t talk about much is helping these pastors through family emergencies.  Pioneer pastors serve at great financial sacrifice to their family and many times they are planting churches that are 50 to 120 miles away from any other church, so they are isolated from other Christians who can help them during difficult times.  We do our best to provide help in every way for these servants of the Lord who work on the front lines of the Gospel of Christ.

Pastor Santi and his son.

Please pray for the father of Pastor Santi of the Grace Akha Church in Pattaya.  Pastor Santi contacted us about his father, who is diabetic and has horrible sores on his feet (he sent pictures to us, but they were too gruesome to share with you).  He needed $350 USD for an operation to save his father’s feet.  Because of the generosity of God’s people like you, we were able to send funds so Pastor Santi’s father could receive medical help.  And we know all healing comes from the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.  So please be lifting Pastor Santi’s father up in prayer, that the Lord will heal him.

 We would also like to give praise to the Lord for a wonderful time of itineration among some of the churches that support us in this mission as well as some churches we visited for the first time.  During the past few months, we have had over 300 new prayer warriors sign up to receive these email updates and to intercede before the Lord on our behalf.  God is Good!

We usually mention only prayer requests and praises in our emails, but once again we have had many people asking us about how to donate to the mission.  Since his been 4 months since we have included this information in our blog updates, we will put it out there once again for all who are led by the Lord to give.  Your giving provides the funds that feed and educate Blessing Home children and plant churches in unreached places in Thailand.  Your generosity trains new Christian leaders at Global Theological Institute and teaches financial skills to poor Isan Christians.

Checks can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758

Or give online at thailandmethodist.org

Thailand Methodist Mission is funded solely by direct support from individuals and churches that the Lord has led to give to this mission.  Your support makes this mission possible.