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The Fredericks in Dec. 2018

Dec 2018

Dear praying partners,

This will be our last prayer letter of 2018, so we want to wish everyone Merry Christmas.

Ministry: This month we celebrate the 14th year of New Life Baptist Church. The church is small but well-grounded and very faithful. It is a great joy to see almost 100% of our church members participate in evangelistic outreach and fellowship activities. The lack of fruit is not due to a lack of effort. To give perspective, the average church in Thailand is approximately 16 individuals (mostly women and children). Almost 60% of churches (all denominations) have no pastor. It sometimes seems like an impossible task, but we know that the Lord loves the Thai people and desires to see them saved. We are called to be faithful, and by God’s grace, we will do that. English classes at the University have taken an unexpected twist as I now teach 30 Chinese exchange students. We need to find a way to communicate the Gospel to them. In a recent class, I discovered that almost all of them had no idea what a church is; they’d never heard of it before.

 

Bible Institute: We recently completed a block class in Apologetics,  taught by a Thai pastor. He challenged the students and was a great example of how the Lord can use a national for His glory. There were several new students who are curious about the Bible School. Lord willing they will apply to study further. In December a fellow missionary will come to teach another block class, “Old Testament Historical Books.” It is a blessing to see other national pastors and missionaries get involved in training nationals for the work of the Lord.

Furlough: We have purchased our tickets and will arrive in the states in February with a return to Thailand in July. If you would like us to stop by to give an update, we still have a few openings, but please notify me as soon as possible via email at mike@thaimissions.org.

Please pray for: Salvation for a man who still comes regularly (three years this Christmas), Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies (she finishes in December), wisdom in ministry matters, results of outreach and for a young lady in our church who continues to struggle spiritually but is doing better (names are not included for privacy reasons; I hope you understand).

In closing Frances and I want to express our sincerest thanks for your partnership in our ministry. It is not easy to support a ministry that you have never seen. The Lord is working and, by His grace, we will continue to sow the seeds of the Gospel so that one day there might be a great harvest in Thailand.

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick
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mike@thaimissions.org  66-86-183-1575

The Enfingers’ Oregon Trip

Two  Months in Oregon

Lamar and Dian Enfinger,
Volunteer Mobile Missionaries

Lamar and I were at home when we received a call from Volunteer Mobile
Missionaries Headquarters stating that we were needed in Oregon for the months of July and August 2018 to be hosts of the Christian camp there, the Oregon Christian Conference Center. We prayed about it and let them know that we world be there around the second week of July as we needed to take care of a few things and pack our RV. They agreed and we began to get ready. We knew this would be at the least a five-day trip each way.

We soon began to finish things around the house, complete doctors’ appointments, and ask our neighbors to get our mail and watch over our place. Our neighbor across the road said he would cut the outside of our yard so it would look neat. Another person said they would cut the inside of our yard, as it is fenced in, before we arrived home.

Soon we were on the road to Oregon. Lamar had wanted to take me there anyway, so besides helping in the camp we were planning on some sightseeing at available times.

Little did we know what our responsibilities were going to be. All we knew was that we were to be friendly to the groups, let them know where we were located on the camp grounds, and make sure they had plenty of necessities in the bath houses and dorms.

Each day we traveled was an adventure. We drove until we felt like we were ready to stop and began looking for a place to stay. Since we were well equipped in our RV we knew if we didn’t find a place we could sleep at a rest stop or even a Walmart. We always found a safe place and we were feeling the prayers of our church and of our family. There were a few trials and disappointments along the way, but there were also enough blessings to overcome them. It isn’t always easy traveling the roads nowadays as, even though we try to drive safely, there are always those who like to cut in front of our 40 foot RV and expect us to slow down for them. We at times had things rearranged in our RV when this would happen – oh well. We were able to take care of this when we stopped at different times.

The night before we arrived at the camp we stayed at a quiet place by the Oregon river. Oregon is on one side and Washington is on the other. How relaxing it was to almost be the only ones beside the waters. We cooked dinner and sat outside in the cool breeze. We were just amazed at the tranquility of the moment. We thanked our Lord continually for safety and for allowing us to be able to still have the strength to volunteer in this kind of work.

Our two months stay in Oregon was a real blessing. How thankful we were that we were able to get our church on the internet and see our church family. This really helped our long stay away.

Family and church groups came and went, and the usual stay was about 5 days for each one. The groups came from many places. One of the interesting ones was a church group of Russians. They were friendly and we enjoyed seeing the teens sitting at different benches reading the Word of God.

Each group was to clean up after itself so the camp would be ready for the next group. Sometimes we had to do a little extra cleaning to have things very clean.

We heard a lot of laughter, were invited to some of their meals, and shared some with them. We made sure that our Gideon New Testaments stayed filled in each room and in the dorms. It was good to see some of them gone and we just replaced them. That’s what it’s all about. We were able to witness about our faith sometimes and hopefully seeds were planted.

In between groups we would sightsee and enjoy the coast of Oregon. Another couple came in to help and we were very thankful.

A sweet blessing at the camp was that it is almost surrounded with blackberries. What a delight. I learned to make blackberry jam. We sure enjoyed that.

We made a few friends and felt the presence of God protecting us and knew our church and family were praying for our safety there and back.

How blessed Lamar and I are to go into the camps and work in whatever capacity, in either building repair or making things safer for those coming in.

Our service is to our LORD. He saved us from a burning hell when he died on the cross for our sins and was buried and arose on the third day. We need to share the Gospel with all whenever we have the chance. Our volunteer work is helping camps in need of construction or office work but still, during that time, to be examples of what God has done for all. Our light needs to shine so people will see a difference in our lives. Sharing a gospel tract or sharing the Gospel is the most important thing in our lives.

The word JOY means Jesus, Others, You. Put Jesus first and he will direct your ways. Thanks for your prayers and support. You are part of our ministry.

 

Young Ho Lee’s Letter

August 2018

Greetings from South Korea.

It was very sad to hear of Dr. Wade’s home going recently. Dr. Wade labored and spent his lifetime in order to propagate the Gospel of Christ. His testimony has been a great influence upon our ministry. We do miss him greatly but praise God we have a hope of reunion soon. We are praying that the Lord’s presence will be with Mrs. Wade during this time of bereavement.

Praise God for His wonderful grace bestowed on my life and because of it I am still able to preach the Word for His glory. Though being physically limited, I thank God for the strength and God given fervent desire which enables me to keep on keeping on, serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel here in South Korea. We are trying to get ready for a baptismal service and the Lord’s Supper this month. We are going to observe and obey His commandment given to New Testament, Baptist churches.

All of our family is living here in Korea now. Two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren are here in Korea. They need your prayers that they may stay close to God and maintain a good relationship with almighty God.

We are deeply grateful for your support and prayers for our ministry through many years. I believe that we have a God who does recompense for our labour of love and all of your investments made in our work in South Korea.

Because of Calvary,
Young Ho and Cathy Lee
Your Missionaries in Korea

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