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The Fredericks’ Recent Letter

June 2021

Unique Opportunity for Our Church

Dear praying partners,

Greetings from Thailand.

We have a fabulous opportunity to purchase a building and plot of land that is perfect for our church. We are hoping to find a way to purchase this land as soon as possible, as the Lord leads.

Several years ago, we realized that the cost of our rent (about $450 a month) could be allocated towards a pastor’s salary if we had a debt-free building. As a result, we started a building fund several years ago, but real estate prices continue to increase in Thailand and our goals shift further away. Two shophouses similar to what we currently rent typically cost over $250,000. Needless to say, we’ve been discouraged.

However, due to COVID, several lots have come for sale, many at reduced prices. For example, two shophouses (still smaller than where we currently rent) are for sale for $270,000, reduced from $300,000. Last week, we saw a building and lot for sale (used previously as a church building, since closed) for sale for only $175,000. After we inquired about the price, we found that it has reduced to $165,000. It is located in our district so we would be still reaching the same neighborhoods and it’s as large as the facility we currently rent and has better parking. The building is conveniently located, close to the main highway and across the street from a major landmark. In short, it is a fantastic property at a fantastic price. Unfortunately, although we can hold title to the property as a church, we cannot obtain financing. A cash sale is our only option.

We have diligently tried to keep our ministry expenses at a level where they will not prove to be a burden to the local congregation, in keeping with our goal to plant a local, reproducing New Testament church in Thailand. As a result, the church takes care of 100% of all the recurring expenses. We have saved $6,000 over several years toward a future land/building purchase. With our average church member making about $500 per month, raising $160,000 is likely out of reach for us. To secure the future we are asking for your gifts and prayers in acquiring this property.

It is not a coincidence that my preaching schedule has brought me to Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. Jesus used the little lad’s lunch to feed many. We likewise have brought our meager resources to the Lord asking Him to use them as He sees fit so this small lighthouse of hope can stand for many years after our passing.

Attached are our initial pictures of the property. I am scheduling a Facebook live session for Saturday at 8 PM Central Time. You can access the event at https://fb.me/e/1wJoEcAlD. You can also access the event on our Facebook page. I will send more information as well as some video footage later.

Please send all donations of any amount to Central Missionary Clearinghouse https://cmcmissions.org/donate under our name (a note can be added that it is for building fund).

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org
facebook.com/thaimissions.org
mike@thaimissions.org 864-561-5217

 

Front of the church building. It is on a main road with ample parking in the back.

Large kitchen

One of three large classrooms

Office/classroom in the front of the building

Auditorium. Large enough for more than twice our current auditorium, but appropriate for our current membership

Platform in the auditorium already in place.

Mortenson Prayer Update

June 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

God has been so good to us in so many ways. We want to thank Him for all of His blessings. This month has been busy, but all of the busyness has meant that we are one step closer to the routines of life being back to normal after the strange year of 2020. Last year in March the government restrictions came out putting most of our ministries on hold. One of those ministries was our weekly Saturday morning Bible club. While technology enabled us to switch gears and minister in new ways, it can never replace the blessings that can be found in face to face interaction. We have been looking forward to restarting Bible clubs for a while now and have been thrilled with the attendance each week since we started again. The first week of May I stopped by the neighborhood field that we have used so that I could talk with the man who takes care of it. When I pulled up, many of the neighborhood children ran out to meet me and immediately asked when club would start. Even though this park is very close to our church many of these families have only ever come to church for special events and so we are thrilled to be able to go to where these children are and share the Word of God and the love of Christ with them. It is our prayer that these children will understand the gospel early in their lives.

The summer months here are quite busy normally and we are excited for the opportunities that visiting groups afford us. The biggest of these opportunities comes in the form of our partnership with Medical Missions Outreach. There is much planning that goes into hosting this group for the clinic which will be the first full week of July. We will have a general clinic which will see patients for both general medicine and optical needs. And at the same time there will also be a surgical group who will be performing surgeries (mostly outpatient). Needless to say it will be a busy time, but we look forward to the opportunity to present the Gospel to the many people who will come. Please be in prayer with us for wisdom in planning, but most importantly, for receptive hearts as well.

Prayer Requests

  • For the Lord to help us continue to grow in our Spanish speaking abilities, and be able to better minister for the Lord
  • For continued spiritual growth in our church family
  • For continued tenderness to the Gospel, and that people would turn to Christ
  • For wisdom in planning for the Upcoming Medical Outreach

Praise: Cori’s sister had safe travels and Cori and I enjoyed celebrating our anniversary with a little getaway.

 

From Honduras,
Nate and Cori with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake a Savanna

 

McCoy Family’s June Newsletter

June 1, 2021

Praises

  • Fully supported!
  • Sonya and Jon healing fine
  • Jon’s 8th birthday
  • Witness opportunities

Prayer Requests

  • Get the Gospel out
  • Navigate restrictions and lockdowns
  • Prepare to move
  • Church projects to start

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

This is not just good advice. It is doable. We have to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. Then and only then can we stay on track and not be distracted by all that is going on in the world and in our own lives, too. For example, just in this month Sonya was bitten by the neighbor’s dog, Jon wrecked his bike and cut his arm really bad, Kevin got intestinal parasites, our car failed annual inspection and needed a bunch of work, our lawnmower broke after hitting a big rock, Covid is at an all-time high here, hospitals are over capacity and the government has brought many restrictions that affect every person and every part of life; just to name a few. But if we’re not careful these things and others will distract us all from reaching people with the gospel. Sometimes we think being McCoys ought to be an Olympic sport, ha-ha. Now back to thinking on these things. We’ve had several witness opportunities even during the lockdowns and restrictions. Four men came to our house to harvest the mangos. They were here three days. We were able to give them coffee and snacks and they all were open to us giving them gospel booklets in Spanish. A man helps us with yard work and general clean up once a week. His wife and daughter have been saved recently so he is always willing to listen to verses shared and anything written we offer him he receives. The children that were recently saved still come to our house here and there and spend time with Bethany and Jon. There are people at Wal-Mart and the post office and the gas station and the markets, every one with a soul needing Jesus.

We are waiting to move to the new town for a few more weeks. We have been attending the new church for over a month and are really enjoying it. The people have welcomed us and we are made to feel included and a part already. Bethany and Jon have plugged in with their age groups and we have been into several homes of the staff and their families. Jon had his 8th birthday on the 13th. Because of the restrictions only small groups could gather so really nothing special for him party wise. After a week of lock down, a family in town treated us to a day at a pool/park. It was a nice change from being cooped up and limited to where we could go and what we could do and whom we could see.

We received the medical equipment and supplies needed for the first aid, CPR, AED part of the training curriculum. A company in Birmingham, Alabama donated 7 CPR manikins and gave us discounts on everything else. Thank you Go Rescue! Now we study, practice and prepare for our instructor certifications in that area. Our Spanish is improving a little more all along and we get more used to the country and culture differences. We continue to make friends and build relationships in the church and the community.

From Sonya –
I want to thank each of you for all of your prayers and support. It is such an encouragement when we, I, receive a text or message from one of you. The kids love hearing from their friends also. They both got to talk to friends and family a couple of times this month, which they love. We were able to Face Time with our big kids and their families, also. We praise the Lord for technology, as it is so nice to talk to and see family! The kids and I keep busy with school each day and keeping up with housework. Our day at the park/pool was a nice change and very relaxing and very needed for each of us. The kids were exhausted when we got home!

We do not have to do any of this, we get to. It is our pleasure and reasonable service. As we spoke with our sending pastor in Florida this past week, we will keep working until Jesus comes! Difficulties and setbacks are opportunities, too.

Thank you all for your commitment to the Lord’s work here and your faithfulness to pray for us and to give. We do not take our partnership for granted but are truly grateful!

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany and Jon

Email: Mccoysincostarica@yahoo.com
Kevin 850 777-0097
Sonya 850 698-1694

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