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The Canters: Aug. 2016

August 20, 2016

Dear Friends, Prayer Warriors, Loved Ones, and Supporting Churches:

Since our last letter, we designed a new church promotional flyer and the tract for the Nebuta Festival. We are now preparing for the Missions Emphasis Month in September. Pray that the church members’ hearts will be moved to fulfill the Great Commission—not only to see the needs in Aomori, but to participate in soul-winning and increase their Faith Promise giving.

Our BIMI Field Director, David Harris, brought four people on a “Connect” trip to Japan. They came to Aomori to see the very needy field of northem Japan. While here, they joined our church members to pass out tracts at the Nebuta Festival. We handed out 3,000 tracts prior to the start. Pray that the seeds planted will lead to spiritual fruit.

Thank you for praying for Mr. Hazama. He had been hospitalized for over one year and was released August 5th. We picked him and his things up with our van and took him home. He has been to church each week since. Pray that he will not have any relapse. Pray for his spiritual condition and growth. Pray also for the family as they adjust to his being back home.

Miss Nozawa has been attending faithfully and now participates in the Sunday School class discussion. We see the spiritual growth and life changes in her. She enjoys helping the ladies prepare the weekly lunch after Sunday morning service. Continue to pray for her.

We talk about Paul, Moses, David, and the other great people in the Bible. This is difficult for visitors and new Christians because most Japanese have no idea who these people are. Please remember that most have never seen a Bible or have even heard the Gospel Story. Please pray for Holy Spirit discernment to help all Japanese, regardless of their spiritual level.

Please continue to pray for Team Aomori and the church here. The Johnsons, the other half of Team Aomori, are in the States on furlough. The Lord willing, they will return in January with their new addition to the family, Joshua Allen, born August 4th.

In your service for HIS Service

Steve and Kimiyo Canter
Harvesting His Fields in Japan

Fredericks in Aug. 2016

August 2016

Thailand just had a referendum on the new military guided constitution.  Thailand has averaged a new constitution about once every four years since the 1930’s.  We try to stay out of politics as much as possible.  But the new constitution will basically pave the way for a military-appointed prime minister and allow the military a very heavy hand in the rule of the country.  However, more concerning than this is the push to make Buddhism the official religion of the country.  It is difficult to know just how much traction this is getting, but it is brought up often.  Please pray that Thailand will remain open for the preaching of the Gospel now and in the future.

Church Events: As I mentioned in our last letter, we will be leading a missions trip to Cambodia in January 2017 (not 2016 as I mistakenly said in the last letter).  We have had several folks give special offerings to use in this endeavor.  We will be departing on January 24th and returning to Thailand on 3 February.  Lord willing we will be visiting three churches, two in Phnom Penh and one in Kampong Chom.  This is a great opportunity to expand the vision of many of our church folks and be an encouragement to those involved in church planting in Cambodia.  In spite of being neighbors, these are two very distinct countries politically, culturally, and historically.  There has not always been the best of relations between the two neighbors.  This is our Samaria and we feel burdened for them.  We already have a missionary sent form our church raising support to go to England. What a blessing if the Lord would call someone to go to one of our neighboring countries.  We are praying that this will increase the burden and desire to see churches planted, not just in Thailand but abroad as well.  The trip will cost about $280 per person.  Everyone is sacrificially saving money to pay their way, but as you might imagine, it is a difficult and sacrificial task to effectively save a month of income for a one week ministry trip.  If anyone would like to help in this endeavor, you can designate special offerings to “Frederick Missions Trip” and send them to our mission board at BWMOM.  All funds will go to our church members.  My wife and I will save and pay our own way. Feel free to contact me directly at Mike@thaimissions.org for more information.

Vehicle:  We praise the Lord for about $2000 that churches and individuals have given for us to use toward another vehicle.  We still need about $3000 in order to have an appropriate down payment.  I always hate to ask for help, but this is becoming more of a need with every passing repair bill on our older vehicle.  If anyone would like to donate to this project you can send funds to BWMOM and designate them as Frederick Vehicle.  We are so thankful for those who have already given.

Outreach:  Mike will be teaching at the University again this semester.  He should have about 70 students.  We will be having game nights and movie nights to try to make better connections with the students.  Additionally, our helpers are continuously teaching in a local elementary school.  Together we are reaching many youths.  In addition to this we have been dabbling in Facebook advertising.  Our first ad was a salvation testimony by a Thai Pastor.  For about $20 we were able to reach over 1500 Facebook accounts within 10 miles of our church and the video was viewed by more than 400 people.  We are continuing this unique outreach by posting interesting questions and answers weekly.  Not quite sure of the effectiveness, but considering the specialized target area and cost (i.e. inexpensive), this is an exciting area to investigate.

Please pray for:  Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation, backslidden members to return or find a good church, Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies, Bible school students and myself (for teaching them clearly), Al Allshouse (our associate) for ability in learning Thai, wisdom in ministry matters, results of outreach, fundraising for Cambodia missions trip, and funds to purchase another vehicle.

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

facebook: thaimissions.org   and/or  www.facebook.com/groups/60656871213/

mike@thaimissions.org

 

Fredericks in June 2016

June 2016

Dear praying partners,

Praise the Lord that the rains have finally come and we have been getting lots of water. We are still in a water crisis but it is looking better with every rain. Like the weather, our ministry has come through a particularly dry patch but hopefully has turned the corner.

The young man who I mentioned in our last prayer letter has been faithfully attending services. He was also baptized recently. He won’t be able to attend Bible Institute because of his university schedule, but praise the Lord for a faithful young man with a desire to grow in the Lord.

Bible Institute: We recently finished our third semester. We have just started the first course of Systematic theology. It is a joy to teach eager students the Word of God and the importance of proper doctrine. Although our current students are all female, we praise the Lord for church members with a hunger for the Word of God. These young ladies will be part of a strong foundation for our church for years to come. Please continue to pray that the Lord will lead men to want to study God’s Word and have a desire for ministry. Most churches in Thailand have very few if any men. We do not want to be the ones who call anyone into ministry, but that the Lord would stir hearts.

Church Events: We recently had the privilege of traveling to another Northern province to celebrate the fourth anniversary of a sister church. We took nine of our church members with us to help the missionary pass out tracts and just try to encourage the new members of this church. All of our members that went paid their own expenses to be a blessing to this church, which is 5 hours from us. What a blessing to see Christians with a heart to reach and bless others. With that thought in mind, we are planning on a missions trip to Cambodia in January 2017. Each of the people wanting to go must fund their own expenses. It is estimated to cost about 10,000 Baht (about $280) each. We will be helping a missionary in Cambodia to distribute literature, work on the church property and any other things we can think of to be a blessing. When considering the cost, it seems rather cheap, but our folks average about 10000-15000 a month. So that would be like an American raising $4000 or more to go on a missions trip. A few folks that have found out about the trip have expressed an interest in helping. If the Lord leads to help, we would use any donations to help the group (outside of my expenses). We would ask that no one supports an individual, but helps the group. All are sacrificing. You can designate any special gifts to our mission board.

Missions Conference: As far as our missions program is concerned, we recently had a faith promise missions conference. What a blessing that our church was able to take on our second missionary. We currently support Tom Britten, who is sent from our church to England and we now support a missionary from the Philippines who is church planting in Thailand. Our church is small but has a huge heart for others and understands that we as church need to reach out. It is humbling to serve such a group of believers.

Truck: We praise the Lord for about $1500 that churches and people have given for us to use toward another vehicle. We are still need about $3500 in order to have an appropriate down payment. If anyone would like to donate to this project you can send funds to BWMOM and designate them as Frederick Vehicle. We are so thankful for those who have already given.

Please prayer for: Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation; backslidden members to return or find a good church; Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies; bible school students and myself (teaching them clearly); wisdom in ministry matters; results of outreach; and fundraising for Cambodia missions trip.

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org facebook: thaimissions and/or
www.facebook.com/groups/60656871213/

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