The Thailand Ministry Update #4

Hello!

The adventure continues here in Thailand with some new events. Here is the latest update of the Month of February of my Trek journey 2016!

 

 

Koh Samet (Trek Mid-term retreat),

Half way through my time in Thailand, my trek team and I got the privileged to travel to a island called Koh Samet. Our leaders, Sam, and Lisa flew over from Canada to join us on the couple days of our retreat. We took the opportunity to spend time with our team, relax, and most importantly straighten our bearings right so we can finish off our final months strong. I expected to spend my time reading, yet the Lord had other plans for me. I learned some new goals to work through, such as serving out of the heart and not out of duty. I also met some new friends and got an opportunity to share a bit of my testimony. Pray that seeds will be planted, and cultivated in the people we encounter.

 

 

 

New Teaching Opportunities

When we came back from our Mid-term retreat we were all given a new schedule filled with teaching English. Some of our leaders here in Thailand talked to the local schools in Chachoengsao and organized us to fill some classes with an English class. It has been a wonderful experience to teach English, get to know the kids, and even some of the teachers. Please pray that seeds are planted and that we continue to build good relationships with the schools in Chachoengsao.

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Fun Games with the Alphabet

 

 

 

More Ministries and Experiences

We got to attend some parts of a Thai wedding, and help bless the happy couple by giving a hand with cleaning up after. Blessing the couple was not the only thing we got to do. We were blessed to have the experience of what a Thai wedding looks like, and enjoy some new Thai foods. This was also an opportunity to grow with are fellow Thai Christians in Christ when we came together for the celebration.

The other ministry opportunity this month was quite random. On a Saturday we drove outside of Chachoengsao to join some of our Thai believers in a evangelistic outreach. At the end, two people came to faith! We celebrated with games, a meal, worship and prayer.  Continue to pray that the new believers become strong in faith, and that they are guided on their new journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Spiritual Journey

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Eating Chicken feet

 

It has been a great month, and the Lord has been teaching me how to serve with the heart and not out of plain duty. I also have been reading lots, and now trying to digest all the new information I have learned. Please continue to pray that the Lord continues to Mold me, and to help me be ready for the work he has prepared for me here in Thailand. Let God’s kingdom come, and will be done.

 

 

 

Prayers

  • Please pray that our relationships with the schools flourish and grow strong.
  • Pray for the new believers who are coming to know Jesus. Pray that God will help change their lives.
  • Pray that we end off our last three months with strength!

 

Thank you for all who support me.

The Thailand Ministry update #3

Hello Supporters,

It has been an incredible journey thus far in Thailand, so here is an update on whats been happening this past month in this new year!

 

Baptisms!

It has been a privilege to be a part of the baptisms of some of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ here in Thailand. In total, five people were baptized into Christ family this month, and was able to share their testimony to people who have not known Christ yet. Both Hope Center, and Bethel Church came together to celebrate this joyful event. Let’s hope and pray for more of these celebrations to take place in the new year!

 

 

 

Phanit Nahkom “The Garden of Eden Farm”

My Trek team and I got an opportunity to go to Phanit Nahkom and work on a farm. For five days we got our hands in the dirt, putting up fences, digging holes, cutting grass, etc. It was a great way to bless some of the other ministries outside of Chachoengsao. The pastor who owned the farm, calling it “The Garden of Eden” was pleased to have us, and let us be a apart of his farm life, church, and family. It is a joy to see God provide for this faithful family, and church with all their needs, which encouraged us to have faith in Our God with our ministries in Chachoengsao. Their passion to share God’s word is inspiring. Not only do they use the farm as a retreat center, they also broadcast Christian music and the message of the gossip over the radio. Always looking to share their faith, there is nothing stopping the gospel when it comes to this family, and church – pray that is passion flares all over Thailand. Also pray for God to continue to bless this family.

 

 

 

Hua Hin

We took a little adventure down south to go up in the mountains too a school. The reason this trip took place was out of the Buddhists belief that by supporting schools they would earn merit for a better reincarnation. However we did not have the same intentions, and so we went to be light for the people there. It was a long over night drive, and a challenge to stay awake during the events at the school. Yet we pulled it together and preformed a drime, and at first they said we would not have enough time to explain it. However after the performance every one was eager to understand what it meant, and therefore one of the Thai people went out and explained its meaning – sharing the gospel to all who were there. We do not know if any seeds were planted, however we have hope that one day some fruit will grow. Please pray that seeds may be cultivated, and grown for God’s kingdom.

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My Spiritual Journey

Thank you, everyone who are supporting me on this journey. God has continued to challenge me to express my heart, and draw near to him. The Lord is working on my heart, and teaching me in many beautiful way about what it means to follow him with your heart. God has also been teaching about the power of Grace, and challenging me to be vulnerable with my team.

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Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that God opens the heart’s of the Thai people we meet daily so they can recieve the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for team unity.
  • Pray that the Lord continues to cultivate a heart ready to be molded to serve and hear His voice daily.
  • Pray that God sends more workers for the harvest.
  • Pray for God’s kingdom to touch Thailand.
  • Pray that more and more people get drawn into the weekly English class, and VBS ministries!

Thank you!

The First Take Off In Thailand

 

Hey Everyone!

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So I have arrived in Thailand safe and sound. It’s been an intense first week and a half. We have been learning Thai pretty much every day. The Thai language is actually one of the top 5 hardest languages to learn in the world. With all the different tones for a single word, it makes sense that the language is ranked as one of the hardest languages in the world. However this has not stopped me and my fellow teammates in trying to communicate with the Thai people. We have had many good laughs when trying to communicate. Like tonight when I had to ask for a plunger because my toilet was plugged. I managed to get one and successfully unplug my toilet, and have some good laughs with the Thai guy downstairs. It has been really good to get to know the Thai people and culture. We have been helping teach English, working with kids, and joining in the Bible studies. It is good to be here, serve, and be open to any of the duties we are given.

It is also very hot, yet I am thankful that my room has air conditioning. And not only the climate, but the food is very spicy as well, and for many of you may know I don’t like spicy food. However I have quickly learned the Thai words for no spice.

Thank you for taking the time to follow me on this journey. Please continue to pray that my team and I stay strong together, that we would continue to learn the language, focus on what God wants us to do, keep good enthusiastic energy with the heat, and for health. No one has gotten really sick yet which is a huge blessing.

The Anticipation

Hey Everyone,

The anticipation of the placements with Trek have been revealed! I will be heading to Chachoengsao, Thailand for 7 months. Send off will be sometime around November 5th, where a whole new journey will begin. Thank you again for being a part of this journey. I have no clue what awaits and I am still currently processing what is to come. It is good that my path was lead to Trek. This allowed the leadership to discern my placement. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go. To be honest, I would probably have gone where I wanted and not where God wanted me to be. I believe this is where I need to go, God willing.

Few I am glad that the anticipation of waiting to know my placement is over. However, the anticipation for stepping on the plane is next. The continued development of the smaller trek teams, which has been reveled to us recently, is another anticipation. We have already learned so much about are teammates and our selves.We have taken 48 hrs of silence with God and personality tests to discuss with our teammates and leaders.  We also have been hearing from speakers to equip us for our service overseas. This week we will be heading to the East side of Vancouver to serve and listen to more speakers.

Please continue to pray for our teams as we prepare for our placements. Also continue to pray that my finances come in, which some of you have already generously gave. If you still want to donate, click Kevin Atsma on the participants list to donate to me. Here is a link:

https://secure.mbmission.org/donate/us.php?code=C7731

Thank you for taking the time to read. I appreciate your support.

Lets Get Started

Hey Everyone,

The journey begins! Which is currently at the Mark center in Abbotsford, which many of you are most likely aware of, if not, no worries. This is why I am writing to you, because I want you all who are supporting me to be in the loop, whether that be in prayer, financial aid, or both. This is my first time writing a blog, so have grace with any grammar, spelling or lack of clarity.

Thus far, its been good. Beginning to learn more about my team everyday, and hearing the voice of God. We’ve been taking many classes on how to invite the Holy Spirit in our lives daily, and how to hear God’s voice. Its been a challenge, yet a worth while one. I am already learning so much.

I am also still anticipating where I will be placed and what team I will be with. We will be split into smaller teams, then either sent to Thailand, which two of the three groups will be sent to, and one team to the Philippines. I know earlier that I said one of the places would be in Germany, however our Trek leaders felt, since there are many Germans on our team, we would send two teams to Thailand. Which is fine with me, I trust God has a plan and is guiding our leaders to make the right choices. Please pray for my leaders that they continue to discern where God wants to send us, and which one of us will be the leader of one of the Thailand teams. We will know in two weeks after our silent solo retreat. I will let you know.

Finally, I again thank you for taking the time to join me in prayer, and financial support. I have yet to raise $2,000 more, and I have until I step on the plane to get the funds. Please continue to walk with me; pray that God provides all my needs: Emotionally, Physically, Mentally, Spiritually, and Financially.

Thank you, & God Bless.