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The Fredericks’ Letter: June 2013

June 2013

“And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?”
Rom. 10:14

Disappointment. This is a word that anyone that has been involved in the ministry at home or abroad is well acquainted with. As I was teaching Bible Institute to the English speakers two weeks ago, we noticed in the feeding of the five thousand, that of the multitudes that witnessed the miracle and wanted to immediately make Jesus king, most left Him (John 6:66 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him”.) This is the nature of ministry.

Bible Institute: Our new semester was cut short when our Thai Bible student dropped out in order to pursue the things of the world. It still surprises how quickly things can change. He initially completely disappeared from church but has since made tentative steps to return; attending some meetings. It was very frustrating to contact the Thai pastors who dedicated so much of their time to help train this young man and tell them the bad news. As of right now, our plans to expand the Bible Institute have been put on hold as we know of no men that are training for the ministry in the Independent Baptist churches with whom we fellowship. This has been a constant difficulty for missionaries in Thailand for the entire history of missions in this country. Please pray that God would raise-up faithful men who would be willing to forsake all and follow the Lord. On a positive note, our two English speaking students will be graduating on July 19th. One of our graduates will go to England in October for a survey trip and upon his return will intern as assistant pastor for about a year before trying to raise funds to go to England as a missionary. He is English and his family is Thai. He has been a faithful member of our church since the beginning about eight years ago. If anyone would like to help him purchase his plane ticket to England, you can send a gift to BWMOM and designate it appropriately.

New Life Baptist Church: Nookie was baptized on Resurrection Sunday to the glory of God. She has since been very faithful to services and has been bringing some friends as well. The university students are still relatively few (about five per week), but inroads are being made. I start teaching again in June and look forward to meeting and witnessing to many more students.

Prayer Requests: The Professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, Nueng, and Daeng for salvation; Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth; the Bible school students: Tom, Matt. Pray for Nun and Nookie for spiritual growth. You can see ministry pictures and more at our web site www.thaimissions.org. We pray God’s blessing as you continue to serve the Lord!

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

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March/April 2013

Dear Co-Laborers in Christ,

 “Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.”
Isaiah 42:12

Greetings from the Isle of Spice where the weather is hot, hot and dry. The tropical breezes are blowing hard and homemade kites are everywhere which is a sign that wet season is on the way. Most of the kites are made with flaps so they sing when they fly. Special events are held all over the island and the schools set aside a special day to fly kites.

While the kites were flying, we began preparations for our Easter services. The church received a good cleaning and redecorating. Carrie’s choir learned some new songs and invitations were handed out encouraging everyone to attend our Sunrise Service, breakfast, and worship service. The church was packed for both Easter services, three children were saved, and our church gave the risen Savior the glory and praise He deserves.

The pre-school closed for Spring Break, and Robert got busy building an additional storage cabinet for the classroom. Pat and Carrie had the joy of filling it. Please pray for the pre-school registration as we have had a lot of visitors attending church services to check out the pre-school and to let the children get to know Teacher Carrie. The pre-school has been a tremendous means of declaring God’s praise here on the island of Grenada.

On the last Sunday in April, we had another reason to give God glory when one of our moms gave her life to the Lord. Her son, Quannel, had been coming to church with some of the other children for the past year. Now Quannel’s mom brings him to church.

What a privilege it is to give God glory and praise from this island for all His marvelous works. We are thankful to be a part of it and to be able to share these blessings with those who have faithfully supported this ministry. Together we are declaring His glory and praise in the island of Grenada.

In Christ,
The Mathena’s
Grenada, West Indies
678-608-2173

David Divakar in India

April 2013

Dear Partners in the Ministry,

Thank God for His faithfulness and help in the time of need. We want to thank you for your part in the ministry here in India. Some time ago a young man arrived at our church on a motorcycle at around eight o’clock at night. Now while motorcycles are very common here in India, this man looked like he had done some hard riding. He had fairly long hair and a long beard with a big moustache that was curled up at the ends. He also had gold earrings in both ears, which made him look like a modern day Indian Maharaja (king). I must say I could see him only in the glow of the lights around me, and I was not comfortable, but one look in his eyes told me he was hurting. Initially, he was very elusive while talking to me, except that he was from another town and had just arrived in Mysore and he wanted to talk to Jesus. He looked for the first church he could find to pray in and arrived at our church gate. I told him he had come to the right place and took him into a classroom and introduced myself and let him get comfortable. When he felt he could trust me, he told me his name, Abhi. Then for the next two hours he poured his heart out and all I did was listen. He was not yet 30 and had a successful farm breeding prize winning milk cows. He was brokenhearted for different reasons and decided that the way he could get some peace was to take a long trip. A friend of his had told him he should try Jesus. The thought bothered him for the last hundred miles, so while passing through Mysore he “found” our church. I told him that it was no accident that he just happened to come here. I gave him some good advice, and then I told him it may be God’s way of showing him the truth that is to be found in the Bible. He agreed. In fact he agreed to just about everything I said to him about Jesus dying on the cross and shedding His blood for the sins of humanity. He agreed he needed to repent and accept Him as personal Savior. He said he understood everything, but the only thing he could not accept was that Jesus was the ONE true God. In his worldview there are gods and goddesses for every aspect of life. Abhi did not accept Jesus that night, but when we parted ways at 11:00 p.m. he said he would keep in touch, and he has called since then. Please pray for Abhi’s salvation.

There is a lady in the group in Australia who was giving some of the believers there a hard time. I was able to communicate with her on three different occasions, and she seems to have settled down. Please pray for her and all the believers there. Also, please pray for me as I plan on taking a two-week trip to Australia in the month of August.

Last month, my brother-in-law and sister, Sam and Sharon Dayanand, invited me over to a neighboring state to speak to over 40 Baptist pastors about the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. It is quite a debated topic because of the confusion people have with miracles, tongues, visions, etc. I was really thankful for the opportunity and must say I really enjoyed teaching there and tried to show them why we do not hold to some of those practices today.

A couple of days ago, Joanne, Michael, Stephen and I were able to go to a hilly area near Mysore to preach the gospel and to edify some believers who don’t have a church in their area. That place is notorious when it comes to hurting Christians. Some time ago Christians were beaten there because of their faith. Just last month the local people refused to allow a Christian to be buried at the local cemetery, and the family had to take the man’s body to another town for the burial. However, the gospel needs to be taken there. Please pray for us as we endeavor to go and spread the gospel.

Once again Joanne and I thank you for all that you are doing for us, we really appreciate all that you do so that the gospel of Christ can be preached here in India. The church here in Mysore has sent out two more missionaries to different parts of India. One is way up north and one is just south of us. All this is done by God’s grace and the help of God’s people.

In Christ,
David Divakar

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