United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Friday, October 10, 2014

A Personal Story Sandwiched Between Two Praises

One of our two new church plants in process this year is in the village of Nongplasawai in the northern province of Lamphun, about a 10 hour drive from our house.  This new church plant in progress is a daughter church of God is Good church, which is about a 20 minute drive from our home.  God Is Good church was just planted in last year, but is already in the process of planting two new churches in counties that have no Christian church of any type.  So how did God Is Good Church decide to plant a daughter church a 10 hour drive away?

That location was chosen because of one of the elders at God Is Good Church, whose name is Kajad.  Kajad found the Lord Jesus Christ when he moved from the village of Nongplasawai to Chonburi, where he met some Christians who loved him, prayed with him, and led him to the Lord.  Since that time, Kajad has grown strong in the Lord and is one of the leaders who started God Is Good Church.  Kajad has led his family back in Nongplasawai to Christ, but there is no church in that county, so his family remains spiritually vulnerable and his hometown and county remain unreached.  Kajad has been praying for 8 years for a church to open in his hometown so his people can hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

Kajad (right) taking a selfie with his older brother from the village of Nongplasawai
A view from Nongplasawai village to Mt. Inthanon.  Absolutely beautiful.
Kajad and the elders and pastors of God Is Good church have been leading evangelism teams to his home town frequently.  The issue right now is that the church needs a place to meet and the pioneer pastor needs a place to live.  But when Kajad went to find a place to rent, there was only one place available, and the owner refused to rent to Christians that wanted to start a church.

Just this past week, Kajad signed a long term lease agreement for land in his village and soon they will begin to build a house for the pioneer pastor and a meeting room for the new church.  When Kajad told Sherri about the plans for building the church, he showed his arm and said, "Every time I think about this, the hairs on my arms stand up!  I am very, very excited!"

And we are excited too, because now there will be a church in a place that has never been reached for Christ throughout history.  Please pray for this new church plant that it will progress quickly and be fruitful.


Now for a personal story.  We are near the end of the rain season, and we have been pummeled with downpours.  Last week, it rained so much that our village flooded and the water came within inches of our front door (praise God our small driveway and house are raised about a foot from the road.
During the flood the electricity blacked out too, so we had to use our phones as flashlights so we could lift valuables off of the floor (in case the flood waters entered the house) and pack a few days of clothes and office items to evacuate.  It was good that we evacuated when we did because the flood water on the main road was already very high and our small car is pretty low.  We have had several times our car has floated in flood water, and we try to avoid having this happen again.  Now that the flood has dissipated, many of the main roads are washed out and dangerous, having edges and sections that have caved in.  We have had to use alternate routes to travel to Blessing Home now.

The large classroom for Blessing Home Isan is complete now (the building on the left).
 Now for another praise.  The final phase of Blessing Home Isan construction has been completed for a month now.  The large classrom building is used for teaching students at Blessing Home Isan as well as it is used as a sanctuary for Almighty God UMC.  It is beautiful and it is so helpful, because now Carol and Vicki can teach two classes concurrently, increasing our capacity for ministry.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this possible.

Monday, September 22, 2014

HELP IS NEEDED – YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

This year, TMM is again taking steps of faith to ‘enlarge our territory’ (1 Chron. 4:9).
                         
            Our next goal is time-sensitive. We have both a need, and the opportunity, to expand the facilities
 of Blessing Home Ground Zero, by purchasing an open unit which is immediately next to our present facilities.  We need to purchase this facility before it is sold to another buyer. 

            Expanding our facility will accomplish three goals: 1) We will be able to expand first floor space – enlarging the sanctuary to accommodate more LCUMC worshippers; 2) We will be able to provide safe, on-site missionary housing (which is needed, as a new missionary family is preparing to arrive in the summer of 2015); 3) We will have more room for trainings, and BH educational & enrichment classes. 

To accomplish this “God-sized task” we need $110,000 (USD). We are praying churches will consider this need when preparing for Christmas and Love offerings, and that individuals and families will help through sacrificial giving.

If you or your church group would like to give to this project, please designate your gift to the Building Fund.  
We hope to have all of the funds needed to purchase the building by the end of January 2015.  Please pray about what the Lord will have you to do.



Monday, August 11, 2014

TEAM THAILAND 2014

TMM missionaries Carol and Vicki were just beaming when they told us the story of Bo, who is a member of Almighty God UMC, the church that worships at Blessing Home Isan.  Bo is a 19 year old who comes from a family of subsistence farmers.  Her parents sacrificed greatly to provide for her to graduate from high school and she was a top student in her class.  Bo was admitted into nursing school (the Thai equivalent of an LPN degree and certification), but her family had no way to pay for her to go.  Bo and her family were devastated that she would not be able to go to college.  

But we just received a mission team of United Methodists from South Carolina and Kentucky called Team Thailand.  Two Team Thailand members who are members of St. John UMC of Aiken, SC brought a financial gift to be used for Blessing Home.  This gift came just in time to send Bo off to nursing school to help pay for tuition, books, board, food, and uniforms.  Bo is the first in her family to go to college, and this will change the life of her and her family for generations.  All Bo and her parents kept saying was “Thank God!  Thank God!”.


Bo received a Blessing Home scholarship for the nurse assistant (LPN) program at the Panomwan School of Health Technology.

Bo's mother cries as she helps Bo unpack her belongings into her dorm room.

Bo is the second student to receive a college student to receive a college scholarship from the Blessing Home ministry.  We could not do this without your prayers and support.  Thank you and special thanks to the generous Christians at St. John UMC of Aiken.

TEAM THAILAND 2014 was a great blessing to us and the mission.  They painted the second and third floors of Blessing Home Ground Zero, lifting the spirits of the staff and Pastor Banya.  They taught English to the teens at Blessing Home Isan.  They visited and uplifted members of the Pattaya Akha UMC who live in the most humble of circumstances yet have victorious spirits.  The team helped to pour concrete at the Ta Phraya church near the border of Cambodia.  And they lifted up the spirits of the TMM missionaries.  They worked hard in the tropical heat and were a great help to us.  TMM missionaries and the staff of both Blessing Homes thank them for their service and we hope to see them again. 


We will be sending information on next year’s mission team opportunities some time in the future.

TEAM THAILAND members help Carol and Vicki teach English at Blessing Home Isan.


One of the TEAM THAILAND members will be serving as a volunteer at Blessing Home Ground Zero for the next two months.  Shelby Gillespie is the daughter of our good long time friends, Darren and Paula Gillespie.  Darren is an Elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference serving at Radcliff UMC.  We have known Shelby since she was a baby, and it is a great pleasure to have her serve here with TMM.

Shelby leads the older Blessing Home Ground Zero students in fun English songs.


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