This year's Christmas Offering
Every year, many churches and individuals give special Christmas offerings to Thailand Methodist Mission and each year we have a special project that we are raising funds for. Last year was raising funds for a church building in Nonthaburi province, and we received all of the funds needed to buy land and do all of the construction. These offerings make a huge difference, an eternal difference here in Thailand.
This year's Christmas offerings will be going towards the Blessing Home Fund. This fund is used to operate the Blessing Home Centers, provide scholarships to Blessing Home children, and to pay for the salaries of Thai staff as well as cover any medical emergencies that the Blessing Home children have. The Blessing Home Fund is depleted now, and we have an urgent need to build this fund back up in time for 2019.
Please encourage your local church to take up a special offering this Christmastime for the Blessing Home children.
Our blog updates are truly for the primary purpose of having as much prayer support as possible for the mission. We focus on praise reports of what the Lord is doing here in the mission in Thailand as well as prayer requests. But we sometimes have people ask us about how they can give to the Thailand Methodist Mission, which is a faith mission. We do not receive budgeted apportionment funds, but instead rely on faith on the free-will offerings of individuals and churches.
If you would like to donate to the Thailand Methodist Mission, you can send a check by mail or do online giving.
Checks can be sent to:
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758
Give online through our website at https://thailandmethodist.org/donate/
An Invitation to Come Serve on a Volunteers In Mission (VIM) Team in Thailand in 2019
WHEN: 2019 October 10, 2019 (arrives in Thailand on Oct. 11) and depart on Monday, October 21, 2019 (you will arrive back in the US on the same day, October 21, due to the “magic” of crossing the International Date Line).
COST: Cost of your flights plus $1,500 for Team fees, lodging, food, and transportation. A $500 discount is given to all pastors coming for the first time to serve on a VIM team with the Thailand Methodist Mission.
WHO TO CONTACT: Rev. Dr. John Kalz will be once again leading the VIM team to Thailand. If you are interested, please contact John via email >> firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT ARE WE DOING: We will visit some of the new Pioneer Pastor Churches to pray with the families of new believers and those who are shut-ins. We will have fun mini-English camps for the children.
Update on the Fire of Glory Church Building Construction
Construction is happening at a rapid pace now. The retainer wall (holding in 6 feet of fill dirt) is complete and the security wall is complete on three sides (the front side will be done last, so we can easily get materials into the work site). 2 small apartments for workers and 2 restroom buildings are being built. Doors and windows are being installed on these smaller buildings this week.
We hired the local government architect to design a building for us and to make blueprints that are needed to obtain necessary building permits. The government architect ended up designing a building that was much larger than requested, and way beyond our budget. He said he made the building larger because it would be more beautiful with larger dimensions. However, we cannot proceed with these blueprints.
So now we have asked for help from a friend of ours in Thailand who is a Plant Engineer for a firm that operates 5-star hotels. He has made highly detailed sketches of a building that would be within our budget and would be a very practical design for a church building. We will be bringing these sketches to the government architect, to have him turn them into blueprints and to proceed to obtain all of the required permits to build. Please pray that all goes smoothly with this process. There are some things that are not in our control and we need to be in the good graces of the local government authorities.
Once we have the new blueprints made and approved, we can begin construction on the church building.