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The Enfingers in May 2017

May 2017

Volunteer Mobile Missionaries

Lamar and Dian Enfinger – Coordinators
Ed and Mila Vailliencourt
Dean and Joy Crow
 
Our project was at Camp Grace, Fairmont, North Carolina. There was so much to be completed before camp started. The weather was very warm but knew with God’s Grace He would give us the strength to handle what was needed to be accomplished.

The men replaced baseboards and shoe mold in one of the staff housing units. They also installed shelves and handles for the cabinets in the new Snack Shack. They worked on the golf course replacing timbers and placed new timbers in the ground separating each section. They also placed sheet rock in the bathroom of a staff housing facility. The men worked from 8 am to 4 pm, with two fifteen minute breaks and an hour for lunch.

We ladies worked on the bleachers which face a big wooden Cross, a large fire pit for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, and also face the big, blue, beautiful lake of Camp Grace. We were visited with yellow flies, misquotes and the very bright sunshine. We scrapped the old paint off of the bleachers with our sombreros on to help block the heat of the sun. Then we sanded and finally painted the bleachers with a dark brown paint. I must say that the bleachers looked so much better. We worked from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. After that we made lunch for our men.

Our day actually began meeting in the back part of the office with prayer, devotion, and singing. This was from 7:30 to 8:00 am. Each of the volunteers had a turn for devotion and also some of the staff came and shared their testimonies.

Three weeks seemed to pass by so fast. It helps when we stay so busy. One weekend we all went to a Christian Pirate Show. It was a lot of fun and plenty of food. It was good to just relax and enjoy fun entertainment.

This was another project finished to help the camp be safer and more available for the campers coming in June.

Our hearts are truly blessed again to be able to volunteer like this. We all live in our campers, which is required, and just enjoy being Volunteer Mobile Missionaries.

Thank you for your support and especially your prayers.

Because of Christ,
Lamar and Dian Enfinger

Bob & Sylvia Ellis: Mexico Missions

June 2017

Dear Pastor, Church Family and Friends,

I am on the board of a ministry named the Mexico Mission Special Support Fund (MMSS Fund). At our annual board meeting in late April I was voted to serve as the General Director of the ministry.

The MMSS Fund helps young men in Mexico attend Bible college. We pay $100.00 per month toward their school bill. This covers 85% to 90% of tuition, room and board. Our purpose is to help young men who are called to preach, not the Bible colleges themselves. However, we do send the $100.00 per month for each young man we have agreed to help to the college he attends. This way we avoid putting a temptation before the young man to pay for another pressing need rather than his school bills.

We help only those who have completed a year of college and meet the guidelines we have given to the college. Each young man must:

       1. give a positive testimony of his Salvation experience;
       2. testify to a definite call to preach;
       3. have a servant attitude;
       4. be involved in extension ministries during his freshman year of college;
       5. be committed to planting churches in Mexico; and
       6. maintain good grades.

Upon graduation and involvement in a church planting ministry, the young man will receive support from the Fund for two years at $100.00 per month. The first young man the MMSS Fund is supporting graduated from Bible college in May, 2016. He is involved in a new church plant which now has six families attending.

Replacing retiring missionaries has been a concern for a number of years, coupled with the rising cost of sending American young people to other lands. New approaches to obeying the Great Commission should be considered.

In a five-year period the MMSS Fund invests approximately $5,000.00 in a young man who knows the language and customs of his homeland. To send an American couple, with their education costing $160,000.00 ($20,000.00 each year), plus the cost of their deputation, expenses could easily reach near $200,000.00. At some point, they would need to go to language school and also learn the culture and customs before becoming truly effective in ministry in a foreign country.

I trust you will consider the MMSS Fund as mission dollars become available in your ministry. My primary ministry will be raising funds for the MMSS Fund.

I covet your prayers for us in this ministry.

In His service.
Bob Ellis

The Fredericks in May 2017

May 2017

Dear Praying Partners,

Happy New Year from Thailand!  April is the traditional Thai New Year and we celebrated in conjunction with Resurrection Sunday this year for a truly memorable event.  It is a ceremony called Rote Nahm Dahm Hua.  It is where the younger people pay their respect to the elders.  It is a memorable time for our Thai Christians and a great opportunity to incorporate Thai traditions into the traditions of our church.  Just in case you are wondering, no it isn’t a Buddhist ceremony.

Bible Institute: We have started the new term of our institute.  This term there are four students enrolled.  We will be learning about Ecclesiology.  We will start to video tape the lessons in the hopes of making our classes available to all Thai Bible students.  I have enlisted the help of some other missionaries in the country to teach classes in the hopes of having a first-class Bible College level curriculum available in the next few years.  This is not just my project but will be done in collaboration with many.  This is a need that has been lacking for many years.  Due to the vast distances between churches and the small congregations, an internet based Bible College seems like the best course of action as opposed to the traditional campus where everyone comes to us.  Please pray for this endeavor.  We will need three more computers, three video recorders, and at least three microphones to get this project off the ground.  We are praying that we can find someone who is good with video editing to help put a quality project online.

Ministry:  We continue to reach out to our community in many ways.  Primarily through tract distribution and by teaching at the local university.  Our student population has been growing slowly thanks to the faithfulness of those already attending.  It is such an encouragement to see university students concerned about their friends and bringing their friends to hear the Word of God.  We are also exploring the idea of having an evangelistic outreach using apologetics and engaging people with contemporary questions/issues.  This will meet in a local coffee shop and the format will be very informal.  It is not a replacement for church, but a way to engage with members of the community by, hopefully, answering questions they may have.  Many are hesitant to go to church since they are “not Christian.”  Please pray for wisdom in how to proceed with this ministry.  It is discouraging to advertise, plan, and execute a plan only to have not one person show up. Lord willing, we will have our first encounter at the end of May with the start of the new school year.  All of our services are live-streamed (only the preaching) on YouTube at New Life Baptist Church Chiang Mai https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJVTbAI-Q3c3JGUsHlukRcA and are usually shared on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newlifebaptisthangdong/ shortly after our services are completed.  If you are curious about our services or have a Thai friend that would be blessed by Biblical teaching, please tune in.

Family News: We are pleased to announce the birth of our fifth grandchild to our oldest daughter and her husband, Maget and Adam Jones.  It is tough being far away from family, but it is a great comfort to know that all our children are actively serving the Lord in various capacities and we have the opportunity to periodically visit.

Pray for:  Salvation of Mike’s students and fellow teachers; salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than a year); Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies as well as a job this summer;  a Bible school student to repent and return to school; wisdom in ministry matters;  results of outreach.

We are truly humbled to be a part of your missions program and look forward to many more years of service together.

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org  facebook: thaimissions.org

mike@thaimissions.org

 

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