As we head into the holiday season, our hearts are grateful for you and all the ways you have faithfully stood beside us throughout this year of challenge and change. We wanted to start our newsletter this month by letting you know we are so thankful for you!
During the month of October, we hosted TaengMo, one of our old Bangkok neighbors, during her October school break. She enjoyed spending time with us and being able to go to the beach, as it was the first time she had been able to go.
The time with her was a good time of being able to pour into her life a bit and love her. Please join with us in praying for her to grow in all aspects of her life, especially in her life with God.
We were thrilled this month to be able to baptize one of our church members. P’Toht had wanted to take this step for months but due to Covid it kept being delayed (mostly due to his concerns about joining us for worship because of wanting to safeguard his elderly parents’ health). This week at church, he gave a testimony about how twenty years ago he received a Bible and read it. After reading, He believed in Jesus some but followed other gods also until we ministered to him. We called him to make Jesus His only God to follow Him with his whole heart.
It has been beautiful to watch P’Toht truly surrender his life to Christ and come into a deeper walk with the Lord. Matt meets with him weekly to read the Bible and pray together. He is interested in helping in ministry more, especially in the area of college evangelism.
Ba’Daeng, this beautiful lady in the middle is the sister-in-law of Yai, our house helper (the lady on the right). She came to church yesterday for the first time, which is a miracle because her husband had been fighting with Yai since Yai moved into the house next door to them. Yai continued to pray for them, bless them, and be a witness to them even during very challenging time.
During worship we took time to pray for people and Yai asked us to pray for Ba’Daeng. While praying for her the Holy Spirit came upon Ba’Daeng, and she began to weep loudly as the Lord was healing her heart. She came very tired of life, but she met the one who promises rest easy for the weary, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. She began the journey of faith in Jesus Christ yesterday.
We will go meet with her and her husband to share more about Jesus and pray with them. When our worship and fellowship time ended, it was beautiful to see Ba’Daeng voluntarily begin to help mop the floor out of gratitude for what God had done in her heart.
Open for Worship
The completed New Life Church building is now open for worship! In October, provincial restrictions lifted to allow gatherings of up to 50 people. In November, we should be able to worship with up to 200 persons present. (Now we are praying that God will pour out His Spirit and bring in more people!) We began meeting in our new building in October and have been blessed to see church members returning to worship with us who we have not seen for some time and to see our church members showing interest, from the small to the tall, in serving in the church.
Our desire is to make this building a place of equipping, fellowship and recharging for our church members. Though we are just renting at this time, the initial costs involved of getting a church up and running in Thailand are high as we had to install air conditioners and purchase chairs, musical instruments, and more. We have been humbled and blessed by how the Thais have stepped up to help purchase, install, build and decorate with the things needed in the worship hall.
Thank you to each of you who have stood with us through this challenging season. We are continually blessed by the faithfulness of our financial and prayer partners.
You are loved in Thailand!
Matt & Amy