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Monday, November 04, 2019

Kentucky VIM Team was a blessing from God!

First, many of you asked enjoyed last year's Advent Readings and asked us to do it again, so we have made a new one for 2019 that you can use at home.  This can also be an used to print as an insert for your church bulletin.  Included with the Daily Advent Readings is our latest newsletter.  Please print it out, read it and post it at your church bulletin board or in your Sunday School class..  Here is the link that you can click on to download > https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wyYtr1ZBrMMJf1CIvVTy7D-d8_Knp9S7/view?usp=sharing

Next, we want to thank you for your prayers for the Kentucky VIM Team that served last month.  We traveled long distances, and your prayers kept us all safe.  This was the first VIM team that we have had to focus on the Pioneer Pastor Program. Previous teams focused on Blessing Home centers and locations for future centers.  This is why we had to travel so much, because Thailand is a large nation and this ministry is a nationwide ministry.

This team was here to Prayer Walk together with Thai Christians, to do Mini-English Camps, and to participate in 2 important ceremonies, the 2019 Commencement Event of Global Theological Institute, and the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new church building of Fire of Glory Church.

Prayer Walking was new to the Thai pastors and also new to some of the VIM team members.  This is when you walk the streets of the neighborhood and silently pray for all of the households in that neighborhood.  The Thai pastors were VERY EXCITED about Prayer Walking, and they wanted to make sure that all of the power of prayer could be brought to their neighborhoods as possible.  So when the Thai pastors at two locations organized their prayer walks, we had no idea that they were going to take the team on marathon walks.  We split up into several groups that went different directions.  Then we began to walk and pray, and walk and pray, and walk some more.  We started to think "surely they are going to loop back soon, we have walked for a long time in the heat, but instead the pastors had us keep walking.  We knew this was a real challenge for the team who was not accustomed to the tropical heat, but they were real troopers!  Some had blisters from walking such a long distance, and we knew we had to tell the Thai pastors to please limit the walking next time.  We knew the pastors wanted to have as many households be covered with prayer as possible.

The team held three English mini-camps.  One at Blessing Home Isan, another at Abundant Blessings Church in Sukhothai, and another at Prasiri UMC in Bangkok.  They played games, and did 2 crafts that presented the gospel message.  And one of our Thai staff, Teddy, did a gospel presentation.  The children were touched by the Bible messages presented by the team and they had a blast!  The team had fun with the kids too.




















The team also were prayer warriors.  They visited shut-ins and prayed.  They prayed for children at the English Mini-Camps.  They prayed for leaders and church members at the churches.  This ministry of prayer was greatly appreciated by the Thai Christians.  The prayers of God's people move mountains!

The team also participated in the Commencement Ceremony for Global Theological Institute.  Their presence as "dignitaries" provided an international connection and affirmation for the 20 graduates who worked hard to earn their B.Min. and M.Min degrees.  3 of the graduates are Pioneer Pastors.  Pastors Det and Dao serve at Life Center Church at TaPhraya and are also Directors of the Blessing Home TaPhraya Center.  It took them two days of hard travel by pickup truck to get to Chiang Dao where the ceremony was being held.  On the way home, their left front tire blew out and they lost control of their pickup truck.  They spun out of control and into the trees on the side of the highway.  And your prayers protected them.  No one was harmed.  The pickup had to be repaired, but it is just machinery.
Pastor Dao with Dr. Tanapong, President of Global Theological Institute

Pastor Det with Dr. Tanapong




Dr. James Wafford, Dr. Loletuth Kalz, and Dr. John Kalz pray for the graduates

















The other Pioneer Pastor graduate was Pastor Prik of Sawi Church.  Pastor Prik and her husband and family also travelled for two days to arrive at the graduation ceremony.


Pastor Prik receiving her diploma from Dr. Sherri Morrissey














Valedictorian address















The team also participated in the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fire of Glory Church Building.  It was a joyous occassion, and the team represented all of you who prayed for this project and who gave generously to make it happen.  Your prayers and generosity changes lives in Thailand.  And this church has already helped to plant many other churches.  And they will continue to spread the gospel, not only in their city but also throughout the nation.































Finally, an update on fundraising for Phase One of the Training Center (purchase land, build retainer wall, and fill up land by at least 5 feet).  The goal is $80,000 by the end of the year.  We now have received a little over $23,000!  Praise the Lord!  Keep Praying!






















Please pray, and as the Lord leads you, give as well.  Please be sure to designate your gift for the "Building Fund" if you want your donation to go towards the Training Center.

You can give online at https://thailandmethodist.org/donate/

OR

Send a check to:

TMM
Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758

Monday, October 28, 2019

A Very Important Announcement


Now when he had departed from there, he met Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him; and he greeted him and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart?” And Jehonadab answered, “It is.” Jehu said, “If it is, give me your hand.” And he gave him his hand. - 2 Kings 10:15.

If you have never read John Wesley’s sermon on 2 Kings 10:15, just Google it under “John Wesley catholic spirit.”  It is an uplifting sermon worth the time to read and it sheds light one of the distinctives of Methodism.  As Methodists, we are a part of the Body of Christ, which includes believers of various denominations and groups who follow the Lord Jesus Christ.  Serving cooperatively with others outside of Methodism is an important part of our Wesleyan DNA.
This is also the norm for Thai Christians, who work together, side-by-side, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. In Thailand, believers from different denominations eagerly recognize each other as brothers and sisters; together we form the Body of Christ.  And this is how the Thailand Methodist Mission has always operated.

So, in the “catholic spirit” of John Wesley, we have a very important announcement to make: 
On January 1, 2020, the Thailand Methodist Mission will change its name to Thailand Now.  Our mission and faith remain the same.  Only our name is changing.

Why the name change?  First, we are changing our name to Thailand Now, because it best represents who we are as a mission organization.

Each of the ministries of the Thailand Methodist Mission have strong Methodist connection and support: the three Blessing Home anti-trafficking centers; Special Blessings Korat; the Abundant Life Savings Group and Financial Training program, and the Pioneer Pastor church planting program.
‘On the ground’ each of these ministries also works inter-denominationally, with different Methodist and Wesleyan church organizations as well as Overseas Mission Fellowship, the Assemblies of God, and indigenous Thai groups.

In Thailand, our missionaries and ministries have always worked cooperatively, and inter-denominationally. We’ve never exclusively worked with only one group or organization. In a nation where only one percent of the population is Christian, it is essential for Christian organizations who serve the same Lord, to serve together in harmony.

To put it simply, working together as the Body of Christ, with its varied expressions, is what we do.  Our new name, Thailand Now, better reflects the cooperative, inter-denominational way that our ministries have always operated in Thailand.

And now, for the second reason:
“For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”  -  2 Corinthians 6:2

Our new name, Thailand Now, also evokes the immediacy of 2 Corinthians 6:2.  NOW is the time of God’s favor.  NOW is the day of salvation. Our Thai brothers and sisters understand this very clearly. Weekly, in worship, Thai Christians sing songs that call believers to pray for their nation, and that remind them of the urgency to share with others the salvation that is available through Jesus.
The urgency of the need to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ is also what compels us as missionaries to serve.  NOW is the time to bring the gospel to unreached people in Thailand and to plant new churches. NOW is the time to help vulnerable children to stay in school and out of the brothels.  NOW is the time to help children with special needs to succeed.  This is why, January 1, 2020, we become Thailand Now.




Monday, October 07, 2019

Your prayers are ETERNAL. Your prayers have no expiration date.








Every VIM team needs your prayers, because when you pray for them, great things happen. We remember this VIM team from 2015 led by Dr. John Kalz.  They were a team of ordinary Christians (like us) with extraordinary faith.  They visited and prayed for seniors and children who lived in desperate poverty in TaPhraya and helped to put on a fun day camp for the children of that community.  And they prayed and were moved by a vision to build a new Blessing Home center and church in TaPhraya.  When they went home, John and this team raised funds to purchase land and build this third Blessing Home center.

The next year, John and the 2016 Kentucky VIM came and dedicated the new Blessing Home TaPhraya building, initiating a new ministry to this unreached county.  (See the picture below of Dr. John Kalz and the 2016 Kentucky VIM team cutting the ribbon to open the new building.)  Remember that our prayers are eternal.  The power of our prayers continue into eternity and do not stop.  Everyone who prayed for the 2015 VIM team still have their prayers in effect.  Every child and adult who gives their life to Christ is eternally changed because of those prayers from five years ago.  Every child who can go to school and is not trafficked is receiving blessings from the prayers of God's people that were lifted up to the Heavenly Father five years ago.  There is no expiration date to our prayers! 



The same 2015 Kentucky VIM team visited Fire of Glory Church in Nonthaburi province.  They experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in this group of Christ followers led by Pastor Somsri.  They saw how over-crowded the church was, as everyone met in the home of Pastor Somsri.  After the worship service, that team went out into a rice field that the church had purchased (with the heavy burden of a loan) and they prayed that Jehovah Jireh, the "God Who Provides", would provide the resources to pay off the land and build a large church building. 

Now this year's Kentucky VIM team will be dedicating the new Fire of Glory Church building on October 20.  The prayers of God's people from 5 years ago still continue to do miracles.  And God provided for everything needed for this building.  God is good!  Below is a picture of Sunday worship at the new Fire of Glory building.




























This year's team will need your prayers because they are doing hard traveling while they are here through these dates: October 11-21.  They will be serving at Blessing Home Pattaya, Blessing Home Isan, and Pioneer Pastor churches in several locations.  They will be Prayer Walking, doing training with adults, day camps with children, and visiting shut-ins.  This team will participate in the 2019 Commencement Ceremony of Global Theological Institute.  They will be traveling and serving in the Eastern, Isan, Northern, Western, and Bangkok regions.  Please pray for endurance and strength and the power of the Holy Spirit to serve with love and gentleness.  Your prayers make great things happen, this year and forever.  Your prayers don't have an expiration date.



Finally, we would like to give a reminder and update of our need for special donations for Phase 1 of our Abundant Life Training Center.  We need to raise $80,000 by Christmas-time to purchase land, fill it with soil to raise it so it will not flood, and to build retainer walls.  At this time, we have received a little over $8,000.

We hope all supporting churches, groups, and individuals will pray about this.  And if the Lord leads you to help, please be sure to designate your gift to the Building Fund.

You can give online at https://thailandmethodist.org/donate/

OR

Send a check to:

TMM
Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758