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Monday, October 10, 2016

Your prayers made all of the difference for the 2016 VIM Team

Thank you prayer warriors for lifting up intercessory prayers to the Lord each day for the past several weeks for the 2016 VIM Team.  We faced an onslaught of spiritual battle and your prayers made all of the difference.  Sherri and I have both experienced medical issues as the time approached for the mission team to arrive.  We are blessed to have a team of missionaries that are wonderful and highly capable.  Missionary Joshua Johnston served as the guide for the team during our time of need and we are very grateful for his service to the Lord.

VIM team member Kristen with children at
Blessing Home in Pattaya

The 2016 VIM Team was needed to help the Thailand Methodist Mission in two strategic locations to serve Thai people in mission in many vital ways.

First, they helped to paint the outside and inside of the Special Blessings Center, a new ministry initiative of TMM missionaries Carol Fare and Vicki Brown for special needs children.  A fourth Blessing Home center is also opening at the same center.  They worked hard in stifling heat to get this center up and running.  The place looks beautiful now and very welcoming with bright cheerful colors.

Second, the team also led an English Camp there, which helped to introduce Carol and Vicki and this new Christian ministry to neighbors.  This was very successful and networks of relationships have been built.  None more important than the new and very positive relationship with the village chief and his family (this is very important in Thai culture), who attended the English Camp at was happy that Vicki will begin teaching English to needy students in the area free of charge.

English Camp at Special Blessings Korat

Third, the team, led by Pastor John Kalz of Buechel UMC, partipated in the Grand Opening service of the Blessing Home TaPhraya Center.  Our brothers and sisters of Buechel UMC sponsored the cost of construction on this new center, and John was able to represent his church through the ribbon cutting and dedication of this new church.  It was a great time of celebration and the presence of the VIM team gave significance and gravitas to the Blessing Home TaPhraya Center in the eyes of the community leaders.

Grand Opening Service of Blessing Home TaPhraya

Pastor John Kalz of Buechel UMC cuts the ribbon
at Blessing Home TaPhraya

Fourth, the team led an English camp at Blessing Home TaPhraya as well as activities for seniors in the community.  The English camps were led under the experienced leadership of Karen Campbell of Settle Memorial Church in Owensboro, Kentucky.  Karen leads annual English Camps in the Czech Republic, and we were blessed by her service here in Thailand.

Fifth, the team participated in baptisms at Blessing Home Isan in Nonsomboon.  Pastor Doe of Grace Church of Nonsomboon (the church connected with Blessing Home Isan) and Pastor Sherri Morrissey (Co-Director of the Thailand Methodist Mission) baptized 12 people, 10 of whom were the fruit of the ministry of Blessing Home Isan and 2 who were the fruit of the ministry of Special Blessings Korat.  Blessing Home Isan and Special Blessings Korat are under the leadership of TMM missionaries Carol Fare and Vicki Brown.  It was a great pleasure to see the lives that have been eternally transformed through their faithful service together with the Thai Christians who serve the Lord sacrificially and with loving devotion.

Baptisms at Nonsomboon.

There were many pastors on this team, so we and the Thai Christian enjoyed hearing many of them teach and preach God's Word in the churches.

We just want you to know that your prayers move mountains in Thailand.  As prayer warriors, you serve as the powerhouse of the mission.  Praise the Lord!

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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