November 2, 2018

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The group above are a few of our young people from one of our three congregations. One weekend recently, Kong and Lilee went out to the harvest fields (literal harvest fields) with them to do some literal harvesting. I thank God for their willingness to work in the literal harvest fields of this country, and, more importantly, the spiritual harvest fields of this country!

PLEASE PRAY FOR KONG, LILEE, SAUL, MAI AND THE OTHERS AS THEY LABOUR FOR THE MASTER IN THE HARVEST FIELDS

We are so excited about what the Lord is doing here in this country! It never ceases to amaze me. In fact, to be honest with you, I am often speechless when reflecting on what God has done, is doing, and looks like He may be doing in the near and distant future.

Whether it’s our Monday – Thursday English school, our Saturday Village Ministry (we teach English and the Bible), our School of Ministry, our three congregations that are up and running, or just our various forms of hospitality ministry, God has blessed immensely!

As for our school, things are going very well. The students just took their Mid-terms and it appears most of them passed with flying colors. There were a few exceptions, but we won’t bring them up. All of our teachers (Koumaly and Darath Thongdy and my wife Denise) do a great job, not only teaching English, but loving the students.

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IMG_4703PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY THAT GOD WILL USE OUR SCHOOL AS AN INSTRUMENT OF HIS LOVE AND GRACE!

I love Saturdays. Denise and I, along with Jui, Bounmee, and Pachu, leave our house at 8:00 AM and catch a tuk-tuk for about a 30-minute ride. The tuk-tuk that we normally catch (he actually waits on us) is made to carry 8-10 at the most, but we are never so lucky. We have had as many as 22 people on the Tuk-tuk along for the ride. We then arrive in the village, teach the children and teens the Bible separately and then we teach them English. It’s always a blessing to go to the village.

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IMG_4807PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR SATURDAY VILLAGE MINISTRY!

Of course, one of the primary reasons my wife and I relocated back to this country was to help start a School of Ministry (Bible College) in order to train our young people for full-time service. This term, our second, we are offering The Gospel of Matthew 2, Bible Doctrines 1, New Testament Survey, Biblical Leadership 2, and Christian Womanhood 2. It’s a blessing, not only to teach our young people, but to do special things with them. They especially like to eat out!

IMG_4737PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL OF MINISTRY AND FOR OUR STUDENTS!

We presently have three different congregations in three different locations. God is blessing in all three locations and, Lord willing, we are getting ready to make a few major changes in order to reach more people and to grow the people we presently have more effectively.

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IMG_4243PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR GOD’S BLESSING UPON OUR SUNDAY AND MIDWEEK SERVICES, AS WELL AS OUR SMALL GROUPS!

One thing that Denise and I have tried to do regularly, especially the past four years, is to have folks over our house on a weekly basis. Of course, we have many brothers and sisters in Christ over, but we especially love to have our lost neighbors over in an attempt to build a relationship with them and share the Gospel. We are presently praying and working closely with two families and having them over our house. Two weeks ago, we had Pone, his wife Buoa, their daughter Pam (go figure) and one of her friends Malie over.  My wife and the girls made Mexican fajitas and “the works,” we played Uno, and had a wonderful time. We even had the chance to talk some about the similarities and differences between Christianity and Buddhism.

IMG_4833PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR HOSPITALITY MINISTRY AS WE SEEK TO LOVE PEOPLE TO JESUS!

The hi-light of the past month was when our team joined with five other small congregations for a time of soul-winning and tract distribution in Thailand during a holiday. There were about 40 of us and we had the privilege to pass out 18,000 tracts, as well as John and Romans booklets. In addition to the soul-winning and tract distribution, we had a mini-Bible conference in which I had the privilege to preach!

IMG_5110PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL WATER AND BRING AN INCREASE TO THE SEEDS OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE THAT WERE SOWN DURING OUR TRIP TO THAILAND!

We are presently in the process of making quite a few changes – most of them small, but a few that are not so small – that, Lord willing, will allow us to expand the reach of our ministry, reach more people, and grow and disciple the people that we presently have. One of the changes, or “new things,” is a new Midweek Bible study that is geared primarily for young people.  The study is in one of the villages that we have been serving in for a while.  We had our first meeting this week with about 20 teens and adults and a boatload of children outside. I spoke on making wise choices from Joshua 24, and it went very well!

IMG_5226PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS NEW MINISTRY, AS WELL AS OTHER CHANGES WE WILL BE MAKING SOON!

ADDITIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Please continue to pray that we will have the love, wisdom, and power of God in our lives and flowing through our ministries.
  • Please continue to pray for our two village ministries and the ministry here in the capital city.
  • Please pray for our new Midweek Bible Study for teens. 
  • Please pray for our new Saturday English classes in the capital city.
  • Please pray for our upcoming Thanksgiving Meal with our English students and that we will have the open door to share the true meaning of Thanksgiving in America.
  • Please pray for our upcoming School of Ministry Intensives to be taught by two missionaries from the Ukraine and Cambodia. 
  • Please pray for our upcoming Missions’ Conference at the end of the month.

Denise and I want to thank you for your continual prayers and financial support. All that we are privileged to do is by the grace of God and the generosity of God’s people!

 

“In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.”            

— Robert Moffat

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