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.
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|
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/
Send a check to:
Mannsville, KY 42758