September 11, 2001 is one of those days that is now a significant day in world history, especially for those of us who consider ourselves either Americans for friends with Americans. It was a day that culminated in reflecting a deep hatred in the heart of a small, but very powerful group of people who hat America and despise some of the values that are reflected in America like freedom, liberty, love, and tolerance of others. This day was a painful day in the lives of many but it was also a day where the courage of men stood strong and where people gave their lives to protect and defend others who only sought after harm and destruction.
Not only is September 11, 2001 a day that all of us at NTIM will remember, but 2 years after this horrible attack of 9/11 something very positive happened in the heart one of the great states of Alabama that reflected another value that most Americans share and that is the value of the freedom to take the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ into all the world. You see, on September 11, 2007, two of board members – David Howell and Michael Johnson – went down to the Jefferson County Office in Alabama to register the Articles of Incorporation of NTIM as a charitable, non profit organization committed to taking the love and message of Jesus to some of the least reached people groups in our world today living in and around Northern Thailand.
After almost two years of seeking God’s face, praying, planning, casting vision, organizing, recruiting, installing board members, and writing up Articles of Incorporation, God birthed NTIM. September 11, 2007 was that day and since that day some 12 years ago, God has allowed friends, family, churches, volunteers, and NTIM personnel to join Him in transforming the lives of thousands of people, one life at a time.
My family has now lived and served our great Savior, for 20 years and we are so thankful to all of you who have supported us through your prayers and financial donations to the work the God has placed in our hands to lead.
As I sit at my office this afternoon on September 11, 2019, and write this update, I want to encourage each of you to do all that God has called you to do.
Words cannot express the great joy I have in my heart when I reflect upon the last 20+ years our family has lived in Thailand and the awesome experiences we have had. We have had so many opportunities to learn how to walk with God in obedience in the work He has put in our hands to do. God wants to use ordinary people like you and me to respond to Him in Obedience and join Him in His work to reach the nations and all the unreached people groups in His world today.
PRAY, GIVE, and GO.
Would you also please consider giving a special donation to NTIM as a “birthday gift” and help us continue to make a significant impact in this part of God’s World.
To God be the glory for the great things He has done.... and is doing.... and will do in the days ahead! Not for the glory of a man or of men, nor for the glory of an organization, but for the glory of the One who chose to leave His throne in heaven and become a man, to go to the cross and pay the ultimate penalty for the sins of all men, and then to empower His followers to go to all the unreached people groups of the world today with the message of our Savior, remembering that "all authority has been given to Jesus" and that Jesus said He will build His church "and the gates of Hell will not be able to stop it."
May God continue to be pleased to use ordinary people like us for His glory and the advancement of His Kingdom.
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
Financial support can be given through NTIM....
Northern Thailand Impact Ministry (NTIM), P.O. Box 26115, Birmingham, AL 35260 USA Main Website: www.gontim.org
NTIM is a non-profit 501(c)(3)charitable organization based in the USA. We are committed to reaching some of the least reached people groups in our world today and are focused in the heart of Southeast Asia where poverty is high, educational needs are great, unreached people groups (UPGs) are all around us, and the love and message of Jesus is needed to transform lives.