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The Fredericks: August 2013

August 2013

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
www.thaimissions.org

Fredericks’ 2014 Furlough

Furlough Plans For 2014

Dear Ministry Partners,

These are the kind of updates that I hate to write, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that I need to write it. After almost 11 years on the field, we are planning a two part furlough for 2014. The first part will be in the spring (March-June 2014) and the second part will be in the fall (September-November 2014). We are planning a two part furlough because we do not have anyone that can watch the church for an extended period of time. Now comes the part I do not enjoy. After many years of inflation, a devaluing dollar, dropped and/or reduced support, we are in need of funds to purchase tickets and funds for furlough expenditures as well as several needs on the field. The following are needs for furlough:

$6000 for tickets (About $2000 each) (spring and fall),

$2500 Rental/leased car while in the USA for (March-June; this is an estimate only),

$2000 rent an apartment while in the USA.

This is a lot of money. As time passed saving for furlough was one of the first areas to be cut. Anyone that would like to help can send a check to BWMOM as normal and designate it “Frederick Furlough Fund”.

Secondly, I plan to try to primarily visit supporting churches in the spring and then visit new churches to raise additional support in the fall. If anyone has a church they would like to recommend we contact to present our ministry we are happy to accept suggestions. Churches that already support us (for which we are very grateful), I would be happy to try to work out date to give an update to your congregation. It has been a great privilege to serve the Lord these last 11 years in Thailand. We are looking forward to sharing what God has done and share a vision for what we hope God will do. As the world gets darker, the light of the Gospel shines that much more brightly. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely in Christ,
Michael Frederick

Our mailing address is:

BWMOM 2745
Hwy 77
Panama City, FL 32405

Muindi: Terrorists in Kenya

September 2013

Dear Beloved,

We are asking for prayers due to the attack that has placed fear in the lives of Kenyans and foreigners in the country. About 5-11 terrorists did enter one of the biggest malls in the city and more than 40 people have died and over 150 people seriously injured. It is noted than the Alshabaab terrorist group has claimed the responsibility. There was a bomb attack in Garrisa town (northern Kenya) at the same time and we do not know how wide spread they could be. The rescuing mission at the mall is still on and the security personnel have not captured any, apart from one who died shortly after being caught. Please note that we are safe in Eldoret and we trust that the nation will get to normalcy. Please pray for us and the nation of Kenya. Keeping on trusting in Him Alone.

In His Care,

Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena

Psalm 16:1