Monday, May 20, 2013

Penetrating the Darkness With God's Word - Update May 20, 2013

Many of you know that we live in a part of the world (in the heart of Southeast Asia) where less than 1 out of every 100 people know Jesus as their personal Savior. Think about that for a moment . . . . 1 in every 100 people and there are over 66 million people living in Thailand alone. It has great outward beauty but darkness is everywhere. The good news is that the light of Jesus is beginning to shine brightly in this place. God is truly at work penetrating the hearts and lives of people with His love and with His Word.

Please remember to pray for us, our staff, our partners, our various ministries and for this awesome church family we call Baan Athitaan Church. Pray that God’s Word would continue to impact the hearts of people and draw them to Jesus and help us all become better fishers of men and better disciple makers.

Just yesterday, (May 19, 2013) a young man in his mid 20s came up to me after preaching God’s Word from the “Be Attitudes” (specifically on “Happy are those who are Pure In Heart”) and wanted to give his heart to Jesus. God is on the move. So, I grabbed Pii Jay - one of our key Thai partners in ministry - and Pii Jay and Tawaan headed off to a room together where some 30 minutes later, Tawaan gave his heart to Jesus! Tawaan’s name is now written in the Lamb’s book of life. What a great joy that brought to my heart. I praise the Lord for the opportunity to serve Him …… in the place …… at this time and ….. in this way as Pastor of Baan Athitaan Church. I could not be here and my family could not be here if it were not for many of you who prayfully and financially support us through NTIM.

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. Much like Tawaan, most of the people whom we see come to Christ are the first persons in their entire family to know Jesus… but it doesn’t stop there. God is moving and desires to reach the whole family and He is doing just that … one heart at a time. God is truly changing lives through the power of His Word.

God is moving and we are pleading with you to keep praying. Please remember to pray for Baan Athitaan Church and all the teaching and discipleship ministry that goes on every single week here in Northern Thailand.

You have heard me say on many occasions, one of the most significant things that I do while serving as God has shaped and gifted me is to faithfully, boldly, gently, and clearly teach God’s truth every Sunday morning to our church family that is made up of over 23 different people groups from all over the 10-40 Window and is also a mix of several international groups. Our desire has always been to plant a church that welcomes every ethnic group of people that comes through our doors and to not to segregate based on ethnicity or nationality but based upon gifting, calling, and heart. We are truly becoming a vibrant and active community church and I believe we have the blessing of God upon us for this focus at this time …… in this place ….. and for His purposes and His glory.

Reaching, Teaching, Discipling, Equipping, Training, and Serving people in God’s world through acts of love and compassionate and through the teaching of God’s Word is what NTIM and our ministry team is all about. Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

Your Servants to the Nations in and around Northern Thailand,

Michael for the team

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