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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mission Team and Fire of Glory Church Building Updates

First a reminder for those who are interested in joining the Mission Team.   Then an update on the Building Fund for Fire of Glory Church.


TEAM THAILAND 2018


WHEN?: February 23, 2018 - March 5, 2018

WHAT YOU WILL DO ON THIS MISSION TEAM?
  • We will visit Blessing Home Ground Zero in Pattaya.  We will be taking the Blessing Home children on a special treat... we will all go to the ZOO.  Most of these children have never been more than a few miles away from home, so this will bring joy to their lives.  We will also paint and do some work on the Blessing Home building so that it can be beautiful for the children.
  • We will help with English VBS Camp at our newest Pioneer Pastor location, Sai Noi Church.  This will be the first VBS in this county and we expect this to have a huge impact on this community.
  • We will visit the homes of Blessing Home children and other families in the community to pray for them and bless them.   
  • We will also take some time for a tour of Bangkok.
HOW TO GET MORE INFORMATION AND JOIN THIS TEAM?

IF YOU ARE FROM OR NEARBY KENTUCKY:
Please join the Kentucky Conference VIM Team by contacting the VIM Team Leader, Dr. John Kalz via email >> johnkalz@buechelchurch.org

ALL OTHERS:
Please click on this link to the TEAM THAILAND 2018 website for more information and the application form.




















Fire of Glory Church is bursting at the seams and needs a building.


Pastor Somsri and her daughter Pastor Warin.
They are Pioneer Pastors of Fire of Glory Church

Fire of Glory Church meets in the home of Pastor Somsri, which is just one large room.  Her home, which serves as the church building does not have any bedrooms.  Pastor Somsri's family and the homeless people she takes in, sleep on the floor and pack up their belongings every time the church meets.  She gave up a good job and a nice house in order to be a Pioneer Pastor.  And God has blessed her sacrifice and the church has grown to the point that they can no longer all fit into her house.  They need a building.  


(Click this link to see the street view of the church on Google Maps  https://goo.gl/7u2n2V)


The members of Fire of Glory Church are setting aside special offerings every week to buy land and build a church building, but it will take them over 25 years to be able to do this on their own.  


So we are requesting that every supporting individual of the Thailand Methodist Mission, every supporting church, every supporting church group (Sunday School, UMW, UMM, Youth Groups) will take up special offerings during Christmas and even special offerings each month so we can help them with a building.  This will help the church to grow, since it is at capacity now.  $150,000 is needed for the Building Fund, and we have just received the firstruits of giving towards this fund.  $4,000 has been received.  


We will keep posting the progress.  Please lift up this need in your daily prayers.





Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Global Theological Institute - 3rd Graduation Ceremony

This past week we had the privilege of participating in the 3rd graduation ceremony of Global Theological Institute, which is a ministry of the Thailand Methodist Mission led by Drs. Tanapong and Muanreedee.  17 students graduated with B.Min and M.Min degrees.  Now a total of 76 graduates from the Global Theological Institute, serving all across Thailand.


The graduates bow as everyone lifts them up with prayers of blessing.

Global Theological Institute Class of 2017



































Three of this year's graduates are Pioneer Pastors, having planted the first church ever in counties in Thailand that have never had a Christian church before.

Global Theological Institute graduates Pastor Arpan and Pastor Weelahwan pioneered the Blessings of God Church in Chachoengsao province.  Pastor Arpan received her M.Min degree and Pastor Weelahwan earned her B.Min. degree.  Blessings of God Church is the only Christian church in Samet Tai, a rural county with a population of over 5,000 people.

Dr. Tanapong and Dr. Muanreedee of Global Theological Institute
and Pioneer Pastor Weelahwan

Pastor Arpan walks up to the platform
to receive her M.Min diploma.












































Pioneer Pastor Gatmon received her M.Min degree.  Pastor Gatmon serves in the Isan region of Thailand at Free Church in Ubon Ratchatani province.

Dr. Tanapong with Pioneer Pastor Gatmon



























It was our pleasure to meet the graduates, many of whom we have met for the first time.  Please pray for these graduates as they serve faithfully in churches and ministries all across Thailand.

Pastor Thaweewad receives his M.Min diploma
 from Dr. Sherri Morrissey

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:
TMM
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758

Or give online at thailandmethodist.org