As I sit down to write this update this morning, I am sitting in my office at Grace Language School praising God and thanking God for the awesome opportunity that God has placed before us.
Most of you know that God has given our ministry great access to schools, universities, and other educational institutions as a result of our English language school we call Grace Language School. Grace Language School originally started as the Lighthouse Language Center some 17 years ago when we were serving with the International Mission Board. Grace Language School is a language school registered with the Ministry of Education of Thailand and owned and operated by NTIM’s sister foundation in Thailand called Channel of Blessing Foundation.
Not only does Grace Language School teach hundreds of students every year on our own rented campus, but Grace Language School (GLS) reaches out into the community to other schools and universities sometimes at our initiative and sometimes at their initiative.
Yesterday one of the professors from Rajabhat University came and asked us to provide an all-day training seminar next week on the subject of “Teaching and Learning Activities In the 21st Century.” We are very excited about this opportunity to build bridges to the hearts of not only about 160 university student who will become Thai national teachers of English when they graduate but this is also a great opportunity to continue to build good relationships with the English Faculty and administration of Rajabhat University and help meet their English language needs. Currently we are planning to have 6 or 7 native English speakers from the USA and Canada as well as all of our Thai staff to be involved in providing this training.
WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS: We are excited for this opportunity and want to ask you to join us as we join God in what He is doing to provide access to the hearts of people. I am reminded of a passage from Habakkuk 1:5 that says, "Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days-- You would not believe if you were told.” God is truly using teaching English as one of those super-highways to get the message to the hearts of some of the least reached peoples in our world today. Here is one of my favorite pictures.
This picture was taken around April 2015 and was my level 5 class that I taught at GLS. When this picture was taken, the only believer in the picture was me. But as our team worked together to build good relationships with people, God was at work in the hearts of these 4 students and within a few months after this picture was taken, two students in this picture gave their hearts to Jesus and became the first persons in their entire families to become followers of Jesus.
I won’t take the time to tell you their stories at this point but wanted to give you just a glimpse of how God is using Grace Language School to reach some of the least reached people groups in our world today. We believe that this opportunity that just presented itself to us is one of those “pivotal times” in history where we want to reach the nations and join Him in His work to expand the kingdom. Pray for us as we join God in what He is doing in Northern Thailand. Just as the Scriptures in James 5:16 declares the truth about prayer that “the prayer of a righteous person accomplishes much.”
WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS
Your Servants to the Nations in and around Northern Thailand,
Michael for the team
Michael for the team
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NTIM is a non-profit 501(c)(3)charitable organization based in the USA. We are committed to connecting people in need with people who care and are focused in the heart of Southeast Asia where poverty is high, education is low, needs are great, darkness is everywhere, and the love and message of Jesus is needed to transform lives.
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