Dear praying friends,
As I write this prayer update, I am sitting in the auditorium of one of the largest and best schools in the city of Chiangrai, Thailand where we have lived and served for the last 18 years after we had spent our first 2 years in Bangkok in full-time language study of Central Thai.
This is a time of the year where we see God working in some amazing ways. Those of you who know us well, have heard me say many times that God is at work in mighty ways here in Northern Thailand. You also know that we believe in prayer and we are asking you to pray for us in a special way from now until the end of the year. We currently have a great partner team from Australia that is with us including the Pastor and his wife and two of their children as well as some great friends from their church in Glouster, Australia.
This past Sunday night, these awesome volunteers helped us with our Christmas Soccer Outreach to about 80+ university students. We not only had fun playing soccer with these young men, but also had the opportunity to share with them the greatest message the world could ever hear and challenged them to consider how they should respond to the love of God displayed through Jesus Christ.
If you have Facebook and want to see all of our pictures of this Christmas Soccer Outreach, please click the following link: https://web.facebook.com/groups/1497387907237512/photos/
Yesterday and today these volunteer partners from Australia helped our English language platform called Grace Language School reach out into our community with what we call an English Fun Day in one of the schools here in Northern Thailand. Yesterday we lead over 100 children grades 1-3 in an all-day activity we call “An English Fun Day” which is basically a mini camp. We used the American holiday of “Thanksgiving” as our theme for the outreach. Here is a picture from yesterday.
We also had the chance to lead another 100 children grades 4-6 today in an all-day activity we call “an English Fun Day.” We used the same material and simply did the same kind of thing we did yesterday with the children at CVK School in grades 4-6. Here is picture of the camp today.
Here is a short video clip of one of our awesome Thai Staff doing a dance with one of the children at CVK. Who said you can't have fun while you are working hard?
If you have Facebook and want to see all of our pictures of these two English Fun Day Outreaches, please click the following link:
EFD Day 1, Grades 1-3: https://web.facebook.com/pg/GraceLanguageSchool/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2650940564981867
EFD Day 2, Grades 4-6:
We are just getting started with our outreaches during this awesome time of the year and we want our friends and partners to keep us before the throne of grace as we seek to light up the darkness in our communities with deep intentionality. Would you please take a moment now and pray for us? Then, please keep us in your prayers each day until the end of the year as we reach out to some of the least reached people groups in our world today.
Please also continue to pray for us and for the funds needed to complete our first ever building project we are calling "The Lighthouse Learning Center," and for the continuing outreach and discipleship ministries that go on every single day here in Chiangrai, Thailand.
We will update you very soon on our building construction process with a video clip.
As we shared with you, we have been using the theme of “Thanksgiving” as our theme for our English Camps the last couple of days and are reminded of how thankful we are for our relationships with all of you. Some of you reading this are family members wanting to keep up with us and what God is doing in and through us. Most of you reading this are friends who know us personally and support us as we seek to do all that God wants us to do as we continue to serve God on your behalf in the country where over 99 out of every 100 people do not know Jesus nor have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
We are also so very thankful for those of you who realize that we could not live and serve here in Thailand without your financial support. Thank you for loving us enough to give. Thank you for loving the Lord enough to give to missions because you want to see the precious Thai people have a chance to be blessed by the one true God we serve.
Here is a reminder of just a few of the ways in which NTIM reaches out into this part of God’s world with the love and message of our great Savior. Remember these as you bring us before the throne of grace in your prayers.
"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."
1 Corinthians 15:58
Michael for the team.