Thursday, December 9, 2010

Penetrating Thailand’s Darkness – Update December 9, 2010

The Christmas season seems to be the time of year when God chooses to move mightily in the hearts of people living here in the heart of Northern Thailand. One of our university students named Galong gave her heart to Jesus several months ago. She is being disciplined and learning how to share the love and message of Jesus and has been actively sharing her faith this Christmas season. God has given this young lady the opportunity to lead several other university students to faith in Jesus including two this past Friday. The Bible says that the angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner that repents and the Angels have been rejoicing and smiling over Thailand these past few weeks.

Like most of the ones we see give their hearts to Jesus, Galong is the first person in her entire family to become a believer in Jesus. At first her family was very upset with her decision but after seeing the changes that God has brought in her life they are beginning to warm up to the idea and it is with great joy that I will have the privilege of baptizing Galong along with 4 others this Sunday.

But that is not all. Many of you know one of our staff named Gae. Gae has served with us for 6 years now and heads up coordinating and leading our compassion ministries with special emphasis on our HIV/AIDS ministry. Gae was the first person in her entire family to become a believer as well. We have tried to be much more intentional with reaching out to the families of our staff and helping them to share their love and faith with their families. Yesterday, December 8, Gae drove over to the hospital in her village that we are working with regarding our HIV/AIDS ministry. After following up and visiting with those infected with HIV/AIDS, she went home to visit her mother for lunch and God opened her heart in a huge way and Gae had the privilege of leading her mother to the throne of grace. Wow. God is on the move in Northern Thailand and is using your prayers, your gifts, and your partnership to penetrate the darkness and change people’s lives.

BUT STILL THAT IS NOT ALL. Just as I finished writing the above paragraph, Gae walked into one of the classrooms where I was working and said, “Fluke wants to give his heart to Jesus.” Fluke is a high school student that has been one of our English students at Grace Language School for many years. Well, Gae and Fluke came into the classroom and we began to talk and ask and answer questions and it was clear that Fluke truly was ready to give his heart to Jesus so God gave me the chance to lead Him to the throne of our Lord Jesus. Wow. God truly is on the move.

For those of you who follow our ministry closely, you know well that we live in a part of the world where there has been Satanic strongholds keeping people in darkness for thousands of years. But God is bringing His love and His light into this part of the world. God is moving in a way that we have never seen before reaching down into families where there has never been even 1 Christian believer in the family and through the power of the gospel of our Lord Jesus, God is changing lives.

God is moving and we are pleading with you to keep praying and to keep giving. Finances these days are as tight as I have ever seen them and there is still so much to do. This is the time of year when we have dozens of Christmas programs to share the love of Jesus and our main Christmas event is next week and we are still very short on financial resources. We truly need your help.

Your Servants to the Nations in and around Northern Thailand,

Michael for the team


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