Archive | April 2017

April 2017

Hi everyone,

Prayer for the ladies at church

We wish you all a happy Easter and pray that this post finds you all well, looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. This is the most important time on our church calendar. Thailand will be celebrating Thai New Year for the rest of this week. The Thai New Year is known as ‘Songkran’ or the Thai water festival. Jesus is generally not known in Thailand and unfortunately,  many Christians do not know about Easter. The good news is that they know that Jesus is alive.

Jesus said in Matthew 22:32

I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is   not the God of the dead, but of the living.” (NKJV)

We had an awesome couple, Steve and Andrea from Deniliquin visit us. We enjoyed their two day stay with us and we could give them a brief glimpse of what Jesus is doing in Isan.

Three and a half weeks from planting the seed

Village Meetings

The last few weeks have been very interesting. Wolfgang has been telling the stories of Joseph and Moses in a village. With Easter approaching, Wolfgang has lately talked about Passover and the last supper of our Lord Jesus. Following that we had a Holy Communion Celebration. Everyone enjoyed this. Isan people like celebrations and as Christians, we really do not do enough celebrations for their liking. This is something else to think about for the future.

We also met another local lady and her husband at the village meeting. She is very sick with cancer and does not know Jesus yet, but she came for prayer. We prayed for her and trust that Jesus will heal her and give her a new and healthy life with Him.

The other villages we are going to regularly are doing well. Wolfgang showed some movies in the last few weeks at some meetings. One movie, paraphrased according to the story of the lost son in Isan language, is always well liked. The other movie gives a good Christian message to people in villages. It is based on real life situations. This movie is in Northern Thai language which can be understood by Isan people. We also have the movie ‘War room’ in Thai language which is always well liked.

The aquaponic system we helped set up in a village is working incredibly well. The fish as well as the vegetables are growing so fast. Everyone in that family is very excited about this so far. We are planning to show a movie in that village in the nearer future as well. It will be a great opportunity to bring the whole family together and bring a message of hope.

                   These fish were tiny when we picked them up in Khon Kaen

Flourish

Dianne has been very busy with a couple of ‘Flourish’ courses. The last course finished on Saturday, after a three day intensive including ‘Train the Trainer’ session. All the ladies are learning so much, who they are in Jesus and the plans He has for them. This is such an important tool to transform the lives of so many women. The last ‘Flourish’ course was led by the ladies from ‘Namphu’ Fountain ministries in Khon Kaen, with Dianne assisting them. This was their first course after successfully finishing their Flourish training a few months earlier. They did a wonderful job.

           These ladies completed the nine week ‘Flourish’ course successfully.

At the end of this month we travel to our National ACC Conference. We will spend two months in Australia and hope to catch up with many of you. We are looking forward to sharing what our God is doing in Isan.

We thank you for all your prayers and support and ask you to praise Him for all He is doing and pray for things He will yet do. Bless you all

Praise and Prayer Points

  • We thank Jesus for his help with the growth of the fish and vegetables in that village
  • We thank Him for keeping us healthy and walking with us every step
  • Please pray for open hearts, mind and souls in the villages we go to
  • Please pray that Jesus will heal the lady with cancer (Por Dtom’s daughter)
  • Please pray for the People of Thailand during this Songkran season as many die on the roads
  • Please continue to pray for the‘Flourish’ program and the ongoing translation work
  •  Please continue to pray for a suitable Isan or Laos person to work with us
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