Change: It is scary when things change, but when we think of all that has happened in our lives, none of it would be possible without accepting changes in our lives. In August, our youngest daughter graduated home school and left to live with her older sister in Okinawa, Japan, until she starts college next year. Our oldest son, who had been living and teaching in Thailand, also left to go to Air Force basic training. Frances and I are now officially “empty nesters”. Many of you have been there and done that and know it is not easy, but we look forward to how God will work in our children’s lives, and Frances and I anticipate many more years of serving together in Thailand.
New Opportunity: Frances has been taking Thai sign language classes at a school for the deaf in Chiang Mai. She has the basics and will move on to start helping at the school as a teacher’s helper a few days a week. This is something that she has always wanted to do. The deaf community is much larger than many of us realize and the fact that Frances can communicate will hopefully open many witnessing opportunities.
New Life Baptist Church: Attendance at regular services has been steady, and I am encouraged by the increased attendance of Wednesday nights. We have had several lost people coming regularly for the last few weeks. They are asking questions and will hopefully be saved soon. The university students have become more involved in the services and Day and Ching have volunteered to start helping with our music program (they will play guitar).
Special Meetings: We had our second annual mission’s conference in July. Although our missions giving was down from last year (we have had many members move to other locales), we still have a good commitment of almost $300 per month. This will allow us to continue supporting the two church planting works in Thailand and begin to support our own missionary that we will be sending to England within the next year or two. I had the opportunity to preach a Bible conference at a new church plant in Phitsunaloke province. I preached on worship and was encouraged by the response. It is encouraging to see a fellow missionary go to a new unreached province with no Baptist churches (and very few of any sort) of any kind and start a work for the Lord. In December we will be ordaining Tom into the Gospel ministry. He will assume duties as assistant pastor until such time that he leaves to go on deputation full time to raise support for his ministry in England.
Prayer Requests: Salvation for the professors Mike works with – Aom, Ying, Noh, Nueng, and Daeng; salvation and spiritual growth for Mike’s students; spiritual growth for Nun and Nookie; salvation for recent visitors – Pirn, Paa, Uay. 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