At one of our newest Pioneer Pastor churches, Abundant Blessings Church in Sukhothai province, had their Christmas outreach event last week. This also served as the Grand Opening for the new church building that was constructed. Pastor Santi and all of the members of Abundant Blessings Church volunteered all of the labor to construct the church building, including members in their 70's and 80's! It was a time of great celebration to worship in the new building.
|The local police let Pastor Santi borrow the Police Checkpoint sign |
and traffic cones for the Christmas outreach event.
We were prepared to receive 250 children and teens as well as the adults in their families. This is a rural area, so it seems like people come out of nowhere when they show up at church. The night of the Christmas outreach came, and we were overwhelmed with people.... instead of 250 children AND teens, we had 280 children and over 80 teens, and about 200 adults! We have no idea how everyone was fed, but everyone had plenty to eat (the pots of food never seemed to empty). There was a bit of concern over not having enough gifts.. but Pastor Warin of Fire of Glory church (their church sent a Thai mission team to help the church in Sukhothai) saw that we had two 4 gallon tins of cookies and snacks in our car that we had brought for a revival service the next day. She opened the tins and her and the members of Fire of Glory church filled gift bags with the cookies and snacks so we would have enough gifts for the children.
|The children were packed "like sardines" on mats at the front of the church.|
There were so many people that came to the church, that a few hundred people had to sit outside and watch and listen through the open doors and windows. We were blessed that the village chief came to give his blessing to the church. It is always our intent to build bridges with the community leaders.
|Pastor Santi preaches the Good News of Jesus Christ to all of the villagers |
that came to the Christmas outreach.
For most, this was their very first time to hear the Gospel.
We want to thank you, our prayer warriors, because we know that this event had a great turnout because of your prayers. When you pray, mountains move in Thailand!
Sherri and I wish you a Blessed Christmas and New Year!