United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Building is Needed for Fire of Glory Church

Pastors Sherri and Somsri baptize a new Christian

Hello Brothers and Sisters, we need your help on a large project that is deeply needed.  We need churches, Sunday School classes, UMW and UMM groups, and individuals to give generously towards the Building Fund this Christmas.

We are asking every church and every church group to take up a special offering for the Building Fund this Christmas and for every family to remember us too.   We know that now is the time that churches are deciding on their budgets and also doing their Christmas planning, so we appreciate your help in getting the word out at your church.

Here is what is needed: A church building for Fire of Glory Church, which is led by Pastor Somsri and her daughter, Pastor Warin.  Right now, Fire of Glory Church meets in a small building that is Pastor Somsri’s house.  Every Sunday, the place is overflowing with worshippers, and there is no room for growth.  This has been a problem for a long time.

Pastor Somsri and the church members have been sacrificing deeply to save money for land and a church building.  Pastor Somsri does not receive any salary from Fire of Glory Church so that funds from the Sunday offerings can be saved up for a building.  Pastor Somsri serves as the Mentoring Pastor for the Pioneer Pastor Program, but she does not keep any of the salary we send to her each month.  Instead she donates ALL of her salary to the church’s building fund.  All the while her family sacrifices financially for the church, they also take in orphans and teens who have been abandoned into their home.  Pastor Somsri and her family are truly remarkable people who inspire us.

Model of Fire of Glory Church Building

Over the past two years, they have saved up enough for a down payment on land, but they are unable to save enough money fast enough to do this on their own.  At the rate they are able to save money, it will be over 25 years before they can afford to build.  And this church is very fruitful, with many new Christians.  And Pastors Somsri and Warin are effective at discipling these new Christians to become strong in Christ too.

So we need to raise $150,000 for the church building for Fire of Glory Church.  This is enough money to buy the land and construct a simple 2 story building.   If you would like to give to this, please designate your gift for the BUILDING FUND.

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

Or give online at thailandmethodist.org

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!