Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Praying Friends - Need for Prayer - Northern Thailand Impact Ministry Update - Sept. 18, 2019

Praying Friends - God is at work in mighty ways here in Northern Thailand and today I want to encourage all of you who pray for us with a quote I recently read from Corrie Ten Boom talking about the very strategic nature of prayer. Corrie Ten Boom once said this "The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something, and enter God's realm where everything is possible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love."

Please continue to pray for us, the funds needed to complete our first ever building project we are calling "The Lighthouse Learning Center," and for the continuing outreach and discipleship ministries that go on every single day here in Chiangrai, Thailand.

We are pleased to announce that the construction on The Lighthouse Learning Center here in Chiangrai is continuing to progress. Most of these pictures were taken today but a couple of them taken last week. We are at the stage of beginning to pour concrete for the second floor structure and wanted you all to see the progress being made - even in the rainy season!!!!! Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to press on with construction and as we continue to raise funds for this very strategic building that say to the darkness here - God's Work of transformation is here to stay!!




Please continue to pray for us, the funds needed to complete our first ever building project we are calling "The Lighthouse Learning Center," and for the continuing outreach and discipleship ministries that go on every single day here in Chiangrai, Thailand remembering the words of Corrie Ten Boom,  "The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something, and enter God's realm where everything is possible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love."

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58

Michael for the team.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Celebrating a Special Day - NTIM Update - Sept 11, 2019


September 11, 2001 is one of those days that is now a significant day in world history, especially for those of us who consider ourselves either Americans for friends with Americans. It was a day that culminated in reflecting a deep hatred in the heart of a small, but very powerful group of people who hat America and despise some of the values that are reflected in America like freedom, liberty, love, and tolerance of others. This day was a painful day in the lives of many but it was also a day where the courage of men stood strong and where people gave their lives to protect and defend others who only sought after harm and destruction.

Not only is September 11, 2001 a day that all of us at NTIM will remember, but 2 years after this horrible attack of 9/11 something very positive happened in the heart one of the great states of Alabama that reflected another value that most Americans share and that is the value of the freedom to take the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ into all the world. You see, on September 11, 2007, two of board members – David Howell and Michael Johnson – went down to the Jefferson County Office in Alabama to register the Articles of Incorporation of NTIM as a charitable, non profit organization committed to taking the love and message of Jesus to some of the least reached people groups in our world today living in and around Northern Thailand.

After almost two years of seeking God’s face, praying, planning, casting vision, organizing, recruiting, installing board members, and writing up Articles of Incorporation, God birthed NTIM. September 11, 2007 was that day and since that day some 12 years ago, God has allowed friends, family, churches, volunteers, and NTIM personnel to join Him in transforming the lives of thousands of people, one life at a time.

My family has now lived and served our great Savior, for 20 years and we are so thankful to all of you who have supported us through your prayers and financial donations to the work the God has placed in our hands to lead.

As I sit at my office this afternoon on September 11, 2019, and write this update, I want to encourage each of you to do all that God has called you to do.

Words cannot express the great joy I have in my heart when I reflect upon the last 20+ years our family has lived in Thailand and the awesome experiences we have had. We have had so many opportunities to learn how to walk with God in obedience in the work He has put in our hands to do.  God wants to use ordinary people like you and me to respond to Him in Obedience and join Him in His work to reach the nations and all the unreached people groups in His world today.

PRAY, GIVE, and GO.

Would you also please consider giving a special donation to NTIM as a “birthday gift” and help us continue to make a significant impact in this part of God’s World.
To God be the glory for the great things He has done.... and is doing.... and will do in the days ahead! Not for the glory of a man or of men, nor for the glory of an organization, but for the glory of the One who chose to leave His throne in heaven and become a man, to go to the cross and pay the ultimate penalty for the sins of all men, and then to empower His followers to go to all the unreached people groups of the world today with the message of our Savior, remembering that "all authority has been given to Jesus" and that Jesus said He will build His church "and the gates of Hell will not be able to stop it."

May God continue to be pleased to use ordinary people like us for His glory and the advancement of His Kingdom.

Michael, for the team.

"For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake." 2 Corinthians 4:5

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Financial support can be given through NTIM....

Northern Thailand Impact Ministry (NTIM), P.O. Box 26115, Birmingham, AL 35260 USA Main Website: www.gontim.org

NTIM is a non-profit 501(c)(3)charitable organization based in the USA. We are committed to reaching some of the least reached people groups in our world today and are focused in the heart of Southeast Asia where poverty is high, educational needs are great, unreached people groups (UPGs) are all around us, and the love and message of Jesus is needed to transform lives.



Saturday, July 27, 2019

5 years ago today, Nong Boom declared to the world that she belonged to Jesus....

Today is one of those days that the tears of joy continue to flow from my eyes as I reflect on the goodness of God and how much God loves Thai people and is moving here and transforming the lives of people and has allowed me and my family to join Him in His work here in Northern Thailand. 

5 years ago today, Nong Boom was baptized.

As I think about that day 5 years ago and I think about how God is continuing to truly transformed this young lady's life, I am humbled to have had the honor to Pastor this young lady for the past 5 years and now to have her on my Thai staff. She is not perfect just like the rest of us, but one thing is very clear: she is not the same person she was a little over 5 years ago before she gave her heart to Jesus.
God wants to transform our lives, let us yield our hearts to Him and let Him make us into more authentic followers of Jesus Christ more every day. We love you Boom and are joining God in helping you become the woman of God that He desires in your life. Here is Boom's Baptism 5 years ago today.

God is at work. We have joined God in this work and ask for your partnership with us in this great work of God. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

21 Years ago Today - International Mission Board Appointment Service - July 21, 1998.


Thanking God for the confirmation He chose to give us through the International Mission Board in our response to our sense of God's leadership to obey His leading to move our family to Thailand and begin following His leadership of learning how to love Thai people, to adjust our lives to live in harmony with Thai people, to learn one of the most difficult languages in the world, and to begin the process of planting a church in Thailand that God had in mind.
What a joy it was today to worship with that church family that we now call Baan Athitaan Church in Northern Thailand made up of over 23 different ethnic/linguistic people groups and some of the least reached people groups in our world today. What a great journey of faith this has been for us. We have stumbled from time to time and not always done everything right. We have had hardship and pressure to change the course, but God has been faithful to allow sinners like us to be a part of His great plan of redemption among some of the kindest, gracious, and most gentle people you will ever meet but among a people where 99 out of every 100 persons do not have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life. We are grateful to have had a small part of serving an awesome God but we are not done!!!!! and are looking forward to serving God for as long as He allows us to serve Him. We are grateful for the awesome Thai partners God has placed in our lives for such a time as this.
Thank you to our awesome children that were patient with us in this new land. Jessica DavenportLiz VaughnJosh Johnson, and Caleb Johnson
Thank you Sutasinee SrijaiJay LeeBoum BoomNattapong KhakaewBee Orranee and thank you to two great interns serving with us at this moment: Marut Taptimtait and Monrada Archa. Also grateful for our Western Partners who are serving with us today: Thank you Derek MayJodi MayAlexa DianeKeith LihavenTaran Lihaven, and Gary Gary Peña.
Have I told you lately I love my church family! Let us work together for the advancement of His Kingdom in and around Northern Thailand with all of our hearts for the glory of God. Much Love, Pii Michael
P.S. The news article write up was from the Goshen News in Goshen, IN after IMB Appointment July 21, 1998. Our family landed in Thailand on January 13, 1999  and at that time our family of 6 (Hope was 7 months pregnant with Caleb so we included him) landed in Bangkok along with about 15 or 16 pieces of luggage and began our awesome journey of joining God in His work of redemption in Thailand. Jessica Davenport was 9,Liz Vaughn was 6, Josh Johnson was 1+ and Caleb Johnson was "in the oven" and was born two months later on March 10.1999 in a hospital in BKK. We want to declare as the Psalmist declared, "The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pouring Concrete TODAY In Northern Thailand - picture update July 17, 2019


We have all heard it said a million times, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Well, we thought we would do a different kind of update today with very few words but with a host of pictures taken today in Chiangrai, THAILAND.

Thanking God for HIS Provision, the Generosity of His People, Supporters, Partners, Friends, & Family, and the opportunity to bring the message of Jesus to millions of the least reached peoples from dozens of the least reached people groups in our world today.

TODAY WE POURED CONCRETE.......PRESSING ON FOR THE EXPANSION OF GOD'S KINGDOM .... IN GOD'S WAY......IN GOD'S TIMING....and FOR GOD'S GLORY.






















Please keep us in your prayers and yes, we are still taking donations toward "The Lighthouse Learning Center" either on line at www.gontim.org or by sending a check to NTIM. Thank you.




Friday, June 21, 2019

The Kingdom of God is Advancing - A Taste of Thailand - Update June 21, 2019


This update will be a little bit different than our regular updates. Today, I want to share some thoughts with you that I have been reflecting upon regarding what I believe is on God’s heart and how that relates to us and God’s work here in Northern Thailand.

Many of you reading this email do not get Facebook and that is fine, but those of you who do have Facebook are much more aware of what great things God has been doing in this part of His world. We have chosen to use Facebook primarily for ministry purposes so that you will better know what is going on here and how you can join God in what He is doing in this part of His world.

A couple of days ago, I shared some of these thoughts on Facebook as I do quite often but realized that many of you do not use Facebook and thought these thoughts would be a blessing and an encouragement to you. Our Great God is alive and well transforming people’s lives in Northern Thailand. Many of these new followers of Jesus are the first persons in their entire family to follow Jesus.

Words cannot express the great joy I have in my heart when I reflect upon the last 20+ years our family has lived in Thailand and the awesome experiences we have had. We have had so many opportunities to learn how to walk with God in obedience in the work He has put in our hands to do.

I want to ask that you would stop reading and take a moment and click on this video clip and watch it first. Then come back and read the rest of my comments.


Please watch the video before reading on if you can.

This video reminds me that God has been at work in and around Northern Thailand long before we ever knew where Northern Thailand was. But this video reminds me that God has been at work in tremendous ways since we moved to Thailand 20+ years ago. 

This video also reminds me that God is currently at work, and He will continue to be at work in reaching some of the least reached people and people groups in our world today until the Lord Jesus comes again. But at this time, in this place, at this moment, God is at work changing lives in Northern Thailand and invites ordinary people like you and me to join Him in His great work whether that is through praying, through giving, through advocacy and mobilization, through going short term, or like us….going for as long as God wants you to go.
This video reminds me of the strategic nature of teaching English through a legitimate platform like Grace Language School and how teachers and volunteers play such a vital role in being the hands and feet of Jesus. During this time this video was produced, we had a team from our home church - Shades Mountain Baptist in Birmingham, AL and another team from Hunter Street Baptist in Birmingham, AL working together with us for the glory of God.

PRAY FOR 2 VOLUNTEER TEAMS THAT ARE PREPARING TO COME IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

Please pray for the team from our home church – Shades Mountain Baptist Church from Birmingham, AL - and the team from another partner Church in Mississippi from Gulfport named Crosspoint Church. Both of these teams will be with us in less than 2 weeks. We love volunteer teams from churches. They help us in so many tremendous ways.
This video also reminds me that God has been calling people from all over the world to join hands together with us - originally through the IMB, but after 2005 through the formation of NTIM, Grace Language School (previously the Lighthouse Language Center), and through the establishment of a new type of church in Northern Thailand called Baan Athitaan Church. God is truly transforming lives and we want to thank you for your faithful partnership with us.

This video reminds me that God is in the business of making disciples and transforming lives every day like Nong Faa and Nong Ao as the first followers of Jesus in their entire families. Both of them are from the third largest unreached people group in Thailand, the Khon Mueang, where not even 1 in 100 people know Jesus as their personal Savior. This 3rd largest unreached people group has 7 million people living in Northern Thailand.
This video was shot on March 16, 2008 - during a time of great growth and expansion of God's Kingdom here in Northern Thailand. A few years earlier, we went through a very difficult transition time of leadership and direction and great uncertainty about the future, but we had a confident faith that we were being obedient and faithful to God’s call to pour out our lives into the people here in and around ChiangRai and stay the course God had set for us. One of our life verses has been Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATHS." God has truly directed our paths.
GOD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS. We consider it a great honor that the Lord has allowed ordinary people like us to join Him in what He is doing. We are very excited about the great things our Lord is doing and will be doing in the days ahead for the expansion of His great kingdom. 

As many of you reading this email know, we here at NTIM are in the process of saying to the darkness here in Northern Thailand that "God's work is here to stay." We started making that statement after we purchased land in 2017 and are currently making that statement as we have begun the construction process of a permanent multi-purpose building called the Lighthouse Learning Center. Here are a few pictures that we just taken this morning as I walked and prayed around the property.
We are still in need of raising about $300,000 USD to complete the building. We thought we might be able to be in the building before Christmas but looks like it will be the first of next year if things go with the current plan and the Lord provides us with the additional needed resources. Please pray for us as we seek to expand God’s Kingdom among the Unreached In greater ways in the days ahead and say to the darkness very clearly “God’s work is here to stay.”

Thank you for your love and partnership with us over the years. Some of you reading this have prayed for us every day since before we arrived in Thailand on January 13, 1999. This has been God's idea and vision and He deserves all the praise for the hundreds of lives that have been transformed by the cross of Jesus in this very unreached part of God’s world. We are so thankful we didn’t quit when times were difficult, but by the grace of God we have stayed the course and tried to be faithful to obey all of God's directions for our lives. May God be honored and pleased with both our lives and the work He is doing in and around Northern Thailand.

To God be the glory for the great things He has done.... and is doing.... and will do in the days ahead! Not for the glory of a man or of men, nor for the glory of an organization, but for the glory of the One who chose to leave His throne in heaven and become a man, to go to the cross and pay the ultimate penalty for the sins of all men, and then to empower His followers to go to all the unreached people groups of the world today with the message of our Savior, remembering that "all authority has been given to Jesus" and that Jesus said He will build His church "and the gates of Hell will not be able to stop it."
May God continue to be pleased to use broken vessels like us for His glory and the advancement of His Kingdom.

Michael, for the team.
"For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake." 2 Corinthians 4:5

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Financial support can be given through NTIM....

Northern Thailand Impact Ministry (NTIM), P.O. Box 26115, Birmingham, AL 35260 USA Main Website: www.gontim.org

NTIM is a non-profit 501(c)(3)charitable organization based in the USA. We are committed to reaching some of the least reached people groups in our world today and are focused in the heart of Southeast Asia where poverty is high, educational needs are great, unreached people groups (UPGs) are all around us, and the love and message of Jesus is needed to transform lives.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

A DISCIPLESHIP TRANSFORMATION INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY in Northern Thailand starting September 5, 2019




Discipleship is what the Kingdom of God is all about. Disciples of Jesus helping others become disciples of Jesus. Sometimes discipleship is done in a one-on-one type setting. Sometimes discipleship is done in a small group setting. Sometimes discipleship is done in a larger group setting like on Sunday mornings. But we want to talk about a different type of discipleship that is through an intense intentional program that has a designated time frame but will deeply transform you life.

Here at Baan Athitaan Church in Chiangrai, Thailand, we are passionate about creating spaces and opportunities for authentic, Word of God driven, discipleship opportunities.

In September of 2017 God brought the Crave International team from Canada to Chiang Rai, Thailand with a passion for discipleship and the local church. It was through God’s leading and through serving alongside each other at Grace Language School and at Baan Athitaan Church that we have gained a confidence in serving alongside each other for the glory of God and the expansion of His kingdom. The Crave team serves within and alongside Baan Athitaan church (BAC) in many capacities and we serve the Lord together very well.

We are excited to announce that this fall we will be partnering together for an intensive discipleship Crave program! We are inviting young adults all over the world to join and become a small group of interns that will come and serve alongside our team at BAC, where each intern will go through an overview of the entire Bible, be fully immersed into language and culture, serve the local church and community, have short-term missions experiences in Thailand, go on retreats, evangelize, and learn better how to walk with God and see Him transform not only your life, but the lives of some of the least reached people in our world today.

Please take a moment and look at this short video clip: 


We believe that the holistic approach of this program leaves young adults with a deepened faith, with real life changing, cross-cultural experiences and with an increased love and understanding for the local church and its impact on our world today.

At the same time, we will be also opening this experience up to English speaking Thai nationals to also participate in various service opportunities and of course journeying through the Word of God.

As our team grows and as we journey deeper down this path, we look forward to also providing this experience in the Thai language in the not too distant future.

The dates for this special internship are from September 5 to December 20, 2019.

If you feel that God is tugging on your heart, or maybe you know someone who you might think is a good fit to come and journey through the Crave program in Northern Thailand, please check out www.craveinternational.org for more information.
Our team is excited and ready to serve you!


Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek to make disciples and expand the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus here in and around Northern Thailand.

Until All the People Living In and Around Northern Thailand have a chance to know Him,

Michael for the Team