United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

A Blessed Week with two team members from Kentucky

This past week Judy Heathman and Charlene Skaggs of Russell Springs UMC served in Thailand with us.  They were a great blessing to the Thai people and to all of the TMM missionaries!  Judy is a Registered Nurse, so she blessed the Thai people with health checks.  Charlene is a member of the Board of Directors of the Thailand Methodist Mission, and it was wonderful to have her be able to witness all that the Lord has done.

Judy doing a health check on a
member of Sai Noi Church, one of
the newest Pioneer Pastor Churches.
Judy and Charlene served at all three Blessing Home Centers and visited Special Blessings Korat.  They also served at Sai Noi Church, which was planted through the Pioneer Pastor Program only 6 months ago.

The final stop on their mission trip was to Fire of Glory Church.  Fire of Glory Church is led by Pastors Somsri and Warin, and we are in the midst of raising funds for constructing a church building together with the members.

We need $150,000 to complete the construction and we have so far received a little over $82,000.  We will be coming back to the States to raise the rest of the funds for this essential construction project.  We will be asking all of the churches that we visit (and all of the churches that we cannot visit this time around) to please take special offerings to help us complete this project.  We are praying that when we head back to Thailand on the first week of July that we will have the full $150,000 raised.  Please pray.

Charlene and Mike burn the bank note while
 trying not to set the field of straw on fire.

The $82,000 that has been received has already been put to use.  The land has been purchased and the bank note totally paid off.  And there is also enough funds to bring in dirt to fill the land up by 6 feet, so it is above street level so it will not have problems with flooding.  The field was a rice paddy, and we had to wait for the rice to be harvested before beginning to fill the land.

On the last day of their mission trip, TMM Board Member Charlene Skaggs represented our mission in a ground-breaking and note-burning ceremony at Fire of Glory Church.  All of us gathered out on the land in the boiling mid-day sun.  We burned the bank note for the land and celebrated God's provision for all of our needs.  Then we had a ground-breaking.... but really in Thailand, we do not generally do ground-breaking ceremonies, we do ground-filling ceremonies.

Yes, it is a ground-filling ceremony because most land plots are rice paddies, so they must be filled with dirt to be usable to construct a building upon.  So instead of digging the first bit of dirt, we shovel on the first buckets of dirt.

Pastor Somsri, Charlene Skaggs, Mike Morrissey, and Elder Samai (Somsri's husband) all had gold painted shovels to fill in the first dirt.  Then all of the church members took a handful of dirt, and after the prayer of dedication, each person cast their dirt onto the land.
The day after the ceremony, trucks and front loaders started coming in to fill up the land.  It will take about a month to fill the land, and then we will need to wait about 3-4 months for the rain to fall to pack the dirt tight so it is ready for construction.  And the wait is OK because that gives time for the rest of the funds to be raised.

If you would like to give to help Fire of Glory Church construct a much needed building, please be sure to designate your gift to the Building Fund.

You can send a check to TMM by mail to:
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758

Or give online through our blog at thailandmethodist.org

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

We invite you to visit our new websites.

We invite you to visit our new websites.  The websites contain information and links to blogs and facebook pages for all of the TMM missionaries as well as new videos you can use in your church or church group to learn about Blessing Home and the Pioneer Pastor Program.

Here are the links to the two websites:



Sunday, February 04, 2018

Out of the hospital..... and a word of Praise for the Gideons

Your prayers surround us while we are on the field in Thailand and we are grateful for your love and care.  We knew you were praying for us these past few weeks because we have seen God's Healing Hands at work in my body (Mike).  

After eating at a buffet at the Thailand United Methodist Annual Conference, I was struck with food poisoning.  This is not uncommon, and usually it takes me out of commission for 2-3 days, but this time was different.  I had severe diarrhea and vomiting, and although I did my best to keep drinking water and electrolyte water, I could not stay hydrated.  I passed out in the bathroom on the second floor of our house, and Sherri had to call Boy, one of our TMM staff to come help bring me down the stairs and drive me to the local hospital. The doctor put me on IV antibiotics and water, and I started to get a bit stronger and the vomiting stopped.  After two days the doctor released me from the hospital even though the diarrhea was still severe.  

I was at home for only one day, but I could not remain hydrated no matter how hard I tried to drink water and electrolytes.  So Sherri drove me to Bangkok to go to the Bumrungrad International Hospital, which is the best hospital in Thailand.  I spent four days there receiving a different set of IV antiobiotics and medicines as well as lots of IV water.  I had to fast from food and drink for two days, and then for this next week I am on a diet of porridge and soft overcooked noodles to allow my digestive system to heal from the damage that was caused by the bacteria.  Praise God the diarrhea stopped and I am feeling stronger.

Here is a picture of me at the Bumrungrad Hospital on my second to last day.  We have a business training for bi-vocational pastors in Southern Thailand on the 17th of this month, and I had to get the curriculum complete now so there would still be enough time for staff to translate and print all of the materials.  In this picture, I am writing to complete the materials for this training because the deadline was approaching.  Through your prayers, I had strength to work on this in the hospital.

On a different note, a note of great praise we would like to tell you about how the Lord is working through the Pioneer Pastors in Southern Thailand in Chumphon province.  Our Pioneer Pastors are working with the Gideons to hand out over 40,000 New Testaments to student in every school in the province as well as to prisoners in the detention facilities in Chumphon.  We are grateful to the wonderful and vital ministry of the Gideons who make available New Testaments and Bibles to be given to those who do not yet know the Lord.  

Even though almost all of the students are Buddhist or Muslim, the families will allow the students to take the New Testaments home and the families will read them because they were given out at school.  School Principals and Teachers are highly respected leaders in the community, so when they give approval to give the students Bibles and New Testaments, the parents know that it is OK to allow their children to read them.  We praise God because EVERY school allowed the Pioneer Pastors to hand out Gideon Bibles!  This was a great answer to prayer!