United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ministry Opportunities in Northern Thailand

Hello everyone,

We have been away from home for a long time working on visa issues with the help of Rev. Oh, national director of missions for the Korean Methodist Church and Rev. Wirot, a Thai Methodist Pastor in Li, Thailand. They have gone the "second mile" in helping us and we are deeply indebted to them. They have taken many days out of their schedules in the busiest time of the year for them to help us remain in this country. We look forward to building on this friendship and alliance and serve the Lord together. Please keep us in prayer as we go back to Northern Thailand to complete the process for obtaining one year visas. Remaining in the country is of top priority.

While in Li, Pastor Wirot drove us to a village or resettled Burmese immigrants. The government allots parcels of land for each family to build a home. The homes were all very modest, with most of them being thatched huts. Although they were very poor, they were a proud and hard-working people. Their homes and neighborhood were well-kept and very clean. Their fruit trees and gardens were well managed.
The children live too far away from school to walk there, and many cannot afford school fees, books, and lunch money. The Li Happy Methodist Church ministers to these children by providing transportation to school and back as well as providing financial assistance for school fees, books, and food assistance. Without this help of this church, these children would not be able to attend school and would be trapped in a life of poverty. We thank God for the faithful Christians in Li, Thailand! Pastor Wirot said the cost of providing these services is about $10 (U.S. Dollars) per month per child. We believe that this would be a great project for children and youth groups in your church. If your children of youth Sunday School classes or other ministries like V.B.S. would like to support a project that helps childlen in poverty, this is a great project. Please contact us at thailandumc@gmail.com if you want to send funds to help this ministry, and we will send the funds to them. Also, VIM teams are needed to conduct English classes here and to provide Bible lessons that are visual in nature.

The pictures above are from our visit there. The girl is one of the students that we help as well as pictures of other families who receive assistance through the ministries of Methodists around the world. We enjoyed their colorful clothing and unique culture.
While in Li, we enjoyed a great dinner with three Christians from the Phillipines who are helping the ministry of the Methodist church there by providing English classes and helping with Sunday School and with the church's website. They are wonderful people who love the Lord and serve Him with all their hearts. We hope to nurture our friendship with them.

The pictures you see on the right are of the children of the church ministering to us in song during the worship service (Pastor Wirot is in the background.) The members of the church helped to stamp the back of gospel tracts with the church's name and address, and then they hand these out during the week. After the worship service and a fellowship meal, the children were led in an English class where they learned through fun games and songs.

We thank you for your prayers. Nothing eternal happens without the prayers of God's people!