Expanding the Kingdom of God in Thailand – A NTIM Update – September 20, 2023Dear Family, Friends, Partners in Ministry,
I am sitting here at my desk this morning and thinking about this very important Prayer Request that we are asking all of you to pray about. We live in a broken world that is filled with grumbling, complaining, bad attitudes and just flat-out negative propaganda leads us down the path of discouragement in many areas of life if we are not careful.
One of the ways that we try and offset that negative trajectory here in Thailand is to provide “camps” from time to time that are intentionally designed to put us back on the paths God has for us and to rekindle the flame in our heart for both continuing to walk with the Lord and helping train others how to walk with the Lord.
God has blessed us with an awesome facility that we use as an English Language School, a ministry headquarters for our two foundations, and as our place to meet as a church family called Baan Athitaan Church. But God has also entrusted this facility to us to be used to bless the larger Christian community including the Northern Thailand Baptist Church Association (NTBCA), of which we are an active member. The NTBCA has asked for us to host what we are calling a “Camp” for all of the churches in our association. The Camp begins tomorrow (Thursday) at noon and goes until Saturday at noon.
We are expecting somewhere between 200 – 300 to be in attendance with some traveling as long as 4-5 hours to be with us. Some people will be staying in our classrooms that have been converted into bedrooms for the camp and others will be staying in surrounding hotels. Here is a picture taken just a few moments ago before we begin tomorrow.
It is a big event for us and our Thai staff have been very busy getting us ready for this camp that we hope provides strong encouragement to our Baptist brothers and sisters all over the Northern Part of Thailand to live out this verse found in 1 Corinthians 15:58 that says, “Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
I give you all this background so that you may know how to pray. Please pray for us over these next few days.
Soon I will give you a more thorough update on the ministry but it was important for me to ask you to pray specifically for this “Camp” in this update.
God is truly moving in the hearts of people in Northern Thailand and we here at Baan Athitaan Church in Chiangrai Thailand have said to our Lord, “Here we are, Lord, use us. We want to join you in what you are doing in the lives of people.”
As you think about missions, please remember Northern Thailand Impact Ministry (NTIM) and all the Christian organizations that are connected with NTIM.
Please also remember to pray for me as a Bible teacher. One of the most important things that I do as the Pastor of Baan Athitaan Church is to seek God’s counsel about what God wants us to Study together on Sunday mornings. I have about 30 minutes every week to speak to our church family. Sometimes we study through a book of the Bible. Sometimes we might take a theme and look at that. We are now looking at 17 of most often taught about topics of Jesus.
Here is the youtube link of a message that I shared with our church a few weeks ago on “What Jesus Taught on the subject of love”
Thank you for your prayers and for your financial support as we together join God in His great work of Redemption of the Nations, especially here in the heart of lostness in Southeast Asia.
May God richly bless you. Thank you for your generosity and for sending us to Thailand. Any gift you would like to make to our normal, everyday ministry, no matter how small or how large, helps us reach and disciple people whom many are the first persons in their entire families to know Jesus Christ.
Until the People in and around Northern Thailand know Him,
Michael for the team
“For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
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