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Bro. Frederick’s Building Update

August 2022

 

Greetings from Thailand,

Special Building Update: Our building project is still progressing very slowly. We sit at $95,000 as of August and praise the Lord for the many contributions, both large and small. We are, however, still short about $70,000. These figures are not taking into account the current strength of the dollar which gives us almost 20% more buying power at present. We desire to finish this project by the end of the year and are asking you to help us reach our goal by making a special gift or pledge as soon as possible. This project seems insurmountable, but we know that the Lord can provide.

A question that is often asked concerns how we will purchase the property. I assure you, this property will not be purchased by an individual or group of individuals. The property will be purchased in the name of our foundation and therefore, cannot be sold by any individual for gain. Our foundation is audited by the Thai government yearly to ensure our receipts and expenditures are properly accounted for. As an additional safeguard, the Thai government requires a board of directors who are registered with the Thai government. Our board consists of both foreign and Thai Christians who are responsible for the actions of the foundation. Our Thai board members are long standing members of the New Life Baptist Church and are all college graduates. I know there can be a distrust of funding a property allocated for national use, but we have taken every safeguard to ensure the proper use of all funds with or without our presence.

We have an unofficial deadline of the end of the year to purchase this property. We are pursuing other avenues, such as vacant land where we could build our own facility, or other appropriate existing structures. Nothing comparable to the building we desire to buy has presented itself as yet.

If the Lord burdens you about helping with this much needed project, please send a special offering to the Central Missionary Clearinghouse https://cmcmissions.org/donate in our name, designated “Building Fund” or contact me to let me know of a pledge via email or phone (stateside number 864-561-5217). The completion of this project will be a huge factor in the long term viability of this church plant and secure the financial stability of this church for years to come. Please pray with us that the Lord’s will be done.

Your missionaries,
Michael & Francisca Frederick
Thailand

McCoy Family: August

August 2022

Qué está pasando

 

Praises
  • Many souls saved
  • Safety in travels
  • Service opportunities
  • Quick visit with Kids and
  • Grandkids
Prayer Requests
  • Laborers for harvest
  • Disaster relief efforts in
  • Kentucky

Luke 10:2
Therefore said he onto them, the harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send fourth laborers into his harvest.

The harvest, Lord of the harvest, his harvest – you and I are the laborers set forth together, every born-again believer playing a part in the gospel effort and no part insignificant. Some plant, some water, some pull weeds, some scare off the crows, but every laborer essential. We are grateful for every partner we have and count it our privilege to serve with you for our Lord Jesus Christ.

July was good and hot and super busy. We started out going door to door on church wide visitation. The church is growing like crazy and has seen 61 souls saved so far this year through door knocking, bus ministry, retirement home ministry, and plain old Bible preaching. No programs, no gimmicks, no giveaways, just old-fashioned hard work getting the gospel to those in our reach. God is still in the saving business! Amen.

We celebrated Independence Day in Branford, Florida with a day at the festival and food and fireworks. We got out a lot of tracks and had some good one-on-one conversations in the shade. Ha ha.

As we continue to keep the work alive in Costa Rica we sponsored 10 teenagers to Campo Gozo in Palmeras Costa Rica and three were saved. Some of the campers are also very interested in the training center and wanting to learn a trade they can use for the Lord. Most of the young people serving in the churches there are products of this camp. We also had the privilege to send funds to Iglesia Bautista de Villarreal and Iglesia Bautista Abril 27 for their youth rally and they saw 75 young people saved over a few days. We met these two pastors during a flood disaster and have been real close to them ever since. They are church planters and are very busy in these communities with ongoing efforts to help with food and basic needs for the flood affected areas. Helping with physical needs has opened many doors to share the gospel with people once those relationships are built.

Bethany went to team camp at three notch Baptist camp in Eufaula, Alabama. There she made some personal decisions with her walk with the Lord and wants to pray more and read her Bible more and be more active in her Lord’s service. She and Jon both are becoming quite the servants and are both now in church choir. Kevin got to teach the church men on the safety and security team and go with them out to a range day. Our church had a one-day all in VBS with a western theme and saw one young person saved that day.

Our family traveled to Crestview, Florida and served alongside Swan aviation ministries in their weeklong aviation team camp. The teens learned to fly in a flight simulator and then each got to go up with a pilot in one of six airplanes and got to fly the plane for a portion of the flight. They had two Bible devotions each day and preaching at night by an area local pastor. They learned search and rescue, first aid and CPR and AED, and basic firefighting. Each camper had to perform the tasks learned in the classroom in a mock up, simulated crash site in the woods. We were able to be kitchen crew, counselors, do a devotion, and whatever else came up, in addition to all of the instruction. We saw two teens saved and several more came forward and were counseled but were not ready to receive Christ right then. Better to wait than to just get a repeat prayer and a false salvation.

Our church building project has been pretty slow – lots of roadblocks and hoops to jump through with local officials and utility companies. Our prefab metal building package is being delivered August 24th so we are hoping to have the slab poured soon. We still need to raise about $40,000 to have the building in the dry and be debt- free.

So far this year not much is going on with disasters. We are over two months into the hurricane season with all being quiet. There are ongoing works in Ukraine and India and medical missions teams frequently and just this morning hearing of major flooding issues in Kentucky. We are currently putting together a plan and will be deploying to Kentucky in the coming week or so, with Operation Renewed Hope. Several churches in the affected area have called and need help with food and water distribution and damage assessment. Later work teams will be needed for cleanup efforts and rebuilding that will be on going. If your church has a group of men that could rough it with no power or internet and would be willing to help in any way please contact us.

And, again, many thanks to each of you for your prayers, your giving, and your overall faithfulness in this partnership. You play a major part in everything we are a part of.

In Christ, Kevin, Sonya, Bethany, and Jon McCoy
Your missionaries at Training Center International

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

Mortenson Family: August

August 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your faithfulness in partnership with us.  We feel so blessed to labor together with you all for the glory of Christ.  We regularly feel your support and partnership in prayer through your communication with us via the many electronic methods.  With the change in government after the elections last November, there has been a slowing in the flow of normal government processes.  For example, the week of July 4th we received 7 Christmas cards from some of you (we had actually not realized that the mail was backlogged).  It really was a joy to receive these cards and the encouraging notes that were in them.  Thank you for taking the time to write and encourage us, whether it is through snail mail, email, or some other digital format.

This past month was full of God’s blessings as a result of follow-ups that we have been working on from the big medical clinic.  We also hosted an exciting youth conference which had almost 200 teens from 8 churches in attendance.  Many decisions were made in response to the preaching and we trust the Lord for continued growth in the days ahead.

As we look forward into the month of August we will be doing many of our regular weekly ministry activities along with coverage for several members of our ministry team who will be taking short furloughs.  Please be praying that the Lord would enable us as we take on extra responsibilities during these absences.

Thank you for continuing to pray faithfully for Blake.  He continues to do well, and we are constantly growing in our understanding of his disease.  While we know that the road of anyone dealing with chronic illness has its complications, we trust that God will continue to be our strength and guide.  Blake is 6 months post diagnosis, and while that is not necessarily a milestone that we want to celebrate, we do want to celebrate how well he is doing.  He is giving himself almost all of his insulin injections. (He calculated several months back that it had already been over 1000 injections!) He is getting better at calculating what his insulin needs will be for given meals (always with our help of course).  We still have our days where we don’t understand why his blood glucose gets out of balance, or are just emotionally overwhelmed, but God supplies grace when we need it most.  God is good.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Continued spiritual growth in the church family.
  • For wisdom as we grow in our understanding of Type 1 diabetes, and how to best help Blake.
  • For grace and wisdom as we take on some additional responsibilities during our teammates’ furloughs.

 

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

 

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