Dear praying partners,
Greetings from the field. This edition of our prayer letter has both good and not so good news. I’ll begin with the good news.
Ministry: Our church has been very steady in attendance and giving and service. We are not a large church by any stretch of the imagination, but we are about average for a typical Thai church. Those that are studying in the Bible Institute are shouldering more and more responsibility. The young man in Bible school is still fairly young but he is eager to learn and help in many different capacities. During our church-wide soul winning almost all of the membership has been attending. Overall the church is healthy and eager to serve.
So what is the not so good news?
Missions: After many setbacks and difficulties, Tom, our missionary sent to Britain, finally left for the field. He is in England and is already diligently working to revive a church plant that has all but died. Please pray for Thomas Britten and his family, especially since his family is still in Thailand awaiting their visas. It has been a long and difficult road getting Tom to the field and we praise the Lord for allowing it to come together. Our church continues to give faithfully to missions through faith promise giving. (I stand amazed that God would allow our church to participate in the great commission when we are still trying to become self-sustaining ourselves.)
Outreach: Our church continues to be active in outreach ministry. We try to involve the membership of New Life Baptist in order to make soul winning and evangelism a normal part of our church life as opposed to an activity for the “professionals.” Recently we have distributed literature and checked blood pressure in local markets as well as running Facebook ads and doing a live question and answer stream every week. We attempt to tackle some of the questions that most Thai people have about Christianity in these short segments. We have had a good number of viewers but not a lot of interaction. You can view the segments on our Facebook page, facebook.com/newlifebaptisthangdong. Of course they are in Thai, but it’ll give you an idea of how we are doing things and you can also see current pictures and events form our church.
Bible Institute: This term we are teaching Greek III and Romans/Corinthians. We have two students taking the Greek series and four students enrolled in the Romans/Corinthians course. We are recording the sessions but unfortunately our computer that we used for editing has died. We are keeping the videos while waiting for the opportunity to buy another computer. We are continuing to try to raise funds to update and replace our equipment. If you feel led to give you can designate gifts to Frederick Computer or add a note with your gift. You can see the school at chiwitmai.org. or take a look at the videos I am preparing on YouTube https://youtu.be/E-izRYNyhYw or search for New Life for Thailand Foundation THEO413.
Please pray for: Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation, salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than two years), Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies, wisdom in ministry matters, results of outreach, and a young lady in our church who is really struggling spiritually. (Names are not included for privacy reasons. I hope you understand.)
We do not take you for granted and appreciate the honor you have bestowed on us by allowing us to represent you in Thailand. Please pray earnestly for the spiritual needs of this dark land. May the Lord bless you as you faithfully serve Him.
For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick
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