Sorry this one is a little long but very, very important. Please read to the end. Thank you.
What a great joy it is for us to announce that your prayers have been answered and the municipality of Baandu, here in Chiangrai, Thailand where we live, has recently approved the construction plans for our future building.
We had to make a few adjustments to our original plans to meet all of the requirements and new regulations and the latest version looks like this.
As I shared with you in our last update, on Sunday morning January 27, we scheduled a short prayer time at the new land God has given us and prayed for God’s leadership in the government approvals and in His blessing and protection over all of the future construction process and over all the people who will be involved in putting up the multi-purpose facility for the glory of God.
Here is a short video clip of our time of prayer that Pii Gahn put together for us and for you. Please continue to seek the throne of grace on our behalf.
We also wrote an update to you on February 2 and asked all of you to pray for these approvals and God has indeed heard your requests on our behalf and we are excited about moving forward with God’s leadership and blessing.
UPCOMING FUN 5K WALK/RUN
In order to move us farther down the road to completion of our building project, we have felt led from the Lord to facilitate various “fun 5K walk/run fundraisers” to be held on Saturday morning, March 30, 2019 at various locations all around the world in order to raise $300,000 U.S. dollars for “The Lighthouse Learning Center” building. The name “Lighthouse” is one of the names for the building we are strongly considering. It redeems the name of our first school we established in Chiangrai and communicates our desire to truly be a lighthouse to our community. (We would love to hear some feedback on this name or other names that come to your mind).
We also believe these various “fun 5K walk/run fundraisers” will give us the money that we need for the actual building construction AND will also help us to replace some very, very old chairs, tables, air conditioners, and equipment that will be needed in the days ahead.
We still have some details and promotional materials to work out and get ready to provide for our “hosts,” but we want to start this process by asking for “host sponsors” from various locations all over the globe. Would you be willing to host one of these “Fun 5K walks/runs?” Please forward this to others who might be willing to sponsor one of these events.
We envision having “fun” 5K walks/runs in various locations all over the world on Saturday morning March 30 (all of them being Saturday morning local time for each location). For example, we envision a “host” to map out a 5K course that can be used to mobilize people from all walks of life including children and elderly people capable of walking a 5K course and also allowing those who wanted to “run it” to also run it.
We want these events to be something that the whole family, the whole small group, the whole church, and the whole community could actually participate in, even those who may not be Christians but who believe in education and helping support our educational building. Again, we do not want to go through all the details here but we are ready to begin accepting “host” locations. If your church would like to be a “host?” or a small group would like to be a “host?” or even an individual would like to be a “host” and coordinate all the details of this “fun walk/run” event? then please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us of your desire to be a host and for what “location” or area.
If you live in Australia, please consider hosting one in your area or city. If you live in Singapore, please consider hosting one in your area. If you live in Canada, please consider hosting one in your area. If you live in the United States, please consider hosting one in your area.
If you live somewhere in Thailand, please consider hosting one in your area.
If you live in another country that we did not mention and want to host one of these events, then please write us.
As for Chiangrai, we will be hosting one that begins and ends at our new property. We will be mobilizing as many people as we can here in Chiangrai so that God is pleased with our part in this project. We are not asking you to do anything that we are not willing to do ourselves.
We will also be looking for “business” or “church” or “ministry” sponsors as well that want to have their names on some of our banners and publications. More details on that for those who desire to be “hosts.”
May these events be used of God to draw various communities together with a “Great Commission” heart for using “education” to reach out and be the salt and light of Jesus to our world - all for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom. Let’s do this. Let’s do this together. And let’s do this for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom.
If you feel led to be a host, please send us an email with your name and the area you would like to host one of these “5k Fun Walk/Run” events on March 30, 2019.
Thank you in advance for joining God in His work among the nations in and around Northern Thailand.
Much Love & Prayers from Northern Thailand. Michael
“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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