United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Prayer Needed For the Fall Itineration

We want to thank all of the prayer warriors who have been lifting us up in prayer while we visit churches in the States.  We have just completed 2 weeks out of 9 of this Fall itineration, and the meetings have been a great blessing.

What has been the greatest blessing is all of the people who have signed up to be on our email list.  These are new prayer warriors, and we need God’s people praying to bring power to the mission in Thailand.

Sherri and I never worry about things like finances or security.  The one thing that always concerns us is that we need the mission to be surrounded in prayer, and there are many times we need miracles that requires prayer warriors to help in the spiritual battle.

So, if you are receiving emails from us for the first time, we thank you for being a vital part of this mission.
During the last week, we have entered the names from the sign-up lists into the computer.  But we are human and make errors, and sometimes the writing was difficult to decipher.  If anyone in your church signed up and you know they did not receive this email, please let them know they can sign-up online at this address: tinyurl.com/tmm-signup

If you have never visited our online sites, here are two to click.
First is the website of the Thailand Methodist Mission at thailandmethodist.org  This website contains downloadable promotional materials, including videos and brochures, as well as information on how you can volunteer or donate.
Second is our weblog at msmorrissey.blogspot.com  When you receive ministry updates in your email, they are from this blog.  When we are both in Thailand, we try to update the blog every 7-10 days, so you can be praying for the specific needs and rejoicing in the victories God has given.  We have posted to this blog for 5 years now, and you can scroll to the bottom of the blog to get to the archives.  If you have time, reading through the archives can give a history of the mission in Thailand.

As you know, we must raise $144,000 for the purchase of a building for Blessing Home, and our prayer is that God will give this building to the children for Christmas.  We are asking all churches to have special offerings or fund raisers between now and Christmas to help raise these funds.  We will keep you posted on the progress towards the goal as we go along.
After the first week of itineration, we have received about $34,000.  We have $110,000 more to raise.  Please surround this with prayer.  We know God will provide because God is good and so are His people.  

Please pray that God will grant us strength to do this Fall itineration.  We have 77 speaking engagements and meetings in 5 states.  With your prayers behind us, we know God will bless the ministry.

Friday, September 09, 2011

TMM opens a second church this year

God is good!  We have more great news to report.

TMM has just opened a second church this year through the Pioneering Pastors Program.  This church is in an unreached sub-district in Chiang Rai called Mai Ya, and it is the hometown of Pastor Jerron.  Pastor Jerron and his wife, Pastor On, were the first church planters we worked together with when we first came to Thailand.  They planted the church at Bowin, which was our first church plant, and they have worked hard to form Bowin church into a strong congregation.  They have both had the vision of planting a church in Pastor Jerron’s hometown for over 2 years, but we asked them to wait until Bowin was strong enough to be self-supporting and there was a leader to replace them.  They were faithful in agreeing to do this, and the time has come for them to pursue their vision because Bowin is strong.  The church now has their own building, they no longer need to rent.  And Bowin church has a new leader in Pastor Amnut, who previously was a pastor intern at this church. 

Pastor Jerron and On are very excited about their new ministry in Mai Ya.  Before Pastor Jerron was a Christian, he served as a Buddhist monk in the Mai Ya.  When Sherri and I went walking through the town with Pastor Jerron, everyone remembered him and greeted him.   He already has many strong relationships here in Mai Ya to build upon as he now seeks to share about the Lord Jesus Christ with the same people that years ago he served as a Buddhist monk.  God has placed a great burden on the hearts of Pastors Jerron and On for the people of Mai Ya.  Mai Ya sub-district has 17 villages with over 11,500 people, with no church in the sub-district until now.  Now the sub-district of Mai Ya has a church, and this church will make an eternity of difference here.

Left to Right: Sherri Morrissey, Pastor Banya, Abbot Tahp, Pastor Jerron, Teacher Amporn (wife of Pastor Banya)

Pastor Banya, his wife Amporn and their son Sadudee, joined us and Pastor Jerron in traveling to Mai Ya for meetings for pioneering this new church.   While in Mai Ya, we had the privilege of meeting Pastor Jerron’s old friend, Abbot Tahp.  Abbot Tahp and Pastor Jerron served as Buddhist monks together years ago at the Buddhist temple in town.  Now Tahp serves a the abbot of a small Buddhist temple on the hill beside the town.  Abbot Tahp was pleased to see his old friend, Pastor Jerron, and responded positively to Pastor Jerron, as he told of his plans to come up and plant a church in town. 

There is already a small group of believers in Mai Ya, and this group has been calling out to Pastors Jerron  and On for the past year to come pioneer a church in their village.  One of these believers is named Ben, and she has offered her large house to be the place of worship for the church.  It is impossible to miss Ben’s house, which is painted fluorescent pink, and shines brightly against the neighbors’ homes which are all earth toned.  Then when we entered the house, it was all pink inside as well.  Sherri and Ben both must have received lessons from the same home decorator.  It is all very bright and cheerful.
Inside the Pink Church of Mai Ya

Ben and her best friend Pen (the names sound alike except for you say them with different tones) are strong in the Lord already.  They study the Bible everyday through correspondence and it showed.  Their Bibles were frayed from use and their spirits were vibrant with the love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Ben and Pen hosted all of us at Ben’s home for two days, graciously preparing delicious meals for everyone.  Ben and Pen also received a vision from God that their village needed a church, and they were to have open their home to be used as a place of worship.  Ben even had a pulpit built and placed in the living room of the pink house.  This pulpit was a symbol of their faith that God would lead a pioneering pastor to join them.  Ben and Pen were overjoyed that God made a way for this to happen by leading Pastors Jerron and On to lead this new church.  We know God will bless this new church at Mai Ya, for He has ordained it so.
We were pleasantly surprised on our last day of meetings in Mai Ya to have a group of believers from a church from a different sub-district came to worship with us and to give their blessing and encouragement.  This church is a Presbyterian church and we were truly edified by their excitement that Pastors Jerron and On would be pioneering a new church in Mai Ya.  We worshipped and prayed together and ate a meal together as well.  The fellowship of God’s people is truly sweet.
Ben (foreground) and Pen, Spirit-filled believers in Mai Ya.
Members of the Presbyterian church in the neighboring sub-district come to visit with us and the believers of Mai Ya.

TMM is supporting Pastors Jerron and On with monthly support as well as a financial grant to help Pastor Jerron open a barber shop in town to help him support his family and also help the church to become financially self-sufficient.  Church planting and economic development always go hand-in-hand to form strong churches that can stand and multiply on their own.
Please pray for Pastors Jerron and On, they have much work to do and many relationships to build as they share Christ with the people of Mai Ya.

Sherri at the Buddhist temple on the hill, with a view of the nearby town in the background.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Urgent Prayer Request

Prayer is needed for Sureepon, the mother of Best who is one of our children at Blessing Home.  As you know, TMM helped pay for brain surgery for Sureepon, who has had a bullet lodged in her head the past three years and it was causing her lots of trouble, including paralyzing her arm.  Soon after surgery, Sureepon was recovering well and miraculously regaining use of her arm.  However, she came to church this past Sunday and told us that she is experiencing painful swelling on the sutures.  When we looked at her head, that part where she had her surgery was swelled to an extreme amount and was discolored as well.  Sureepon is going to the doctor this week, and TMM will help with the medical bills for this as well.  But she needs God's healing power so please pray.

Also, a few months ago, Pastor Banya said we were having problems with stray dogs (there are hundreds of them in the area because Thai people are Buddhist, and Buddhist believe that these dogs have souls and will eventually reincarnate to be people).  The stray dogs have been staying near the entrance to Blessing Home, making it dangerous for the children.  When we priced out having a gate, awning, and new sign built, it was going to cost well over $1,000.  But a local Thai Christian helped to build it for only $340!  It looks great and now the children are safe from the stray dogs.