John Middlewood, at Christian Mission ban Naratchkwai, Nakhon Phanom Thailand, works closely with the New Tribes Mission churches in the area surrounding their location. He and his church members and attendees join with the NTM churches for fellowship and ministry regularly and joint activities involving all the churches are often held at the Christian Mission compound.
John writes as follows…
“I have just received a letter from the Village Chief of Laobada – a village that is out in the boondocks so far that they have no electricity. The village head has asked the church at Laobada for help in getting a water system. It is a village of 936 people – 222 families. They have part time water but not enough to serve the whole village.
Total cost for the project is 60,000 baht, or about US $2000.00, but they are asking for 41,000 baht. The cost of the pump is 20,000 baht – about US$650.00, 11,000 baht for the pipe – about US$365.00 and 10,000 baht – about US $340.00 for the rental of the equipment to do the drilling and labor to do the actual work. Total amount they are seeking is 41,000 baht, or $1365.00. The village’s contribution will be at least $635.00 US or about 20,000baht.
The church at Laobada (right) is located about 1 km from the village, out in the middle of the rice fields. It has no electricity. They have 7 members and the youngest member is about 60. Mr Boonta, who is the pastor, has a wife with medical problems, a daughter who is a quadraplegic and a mother-in-law who has so many medical problems that we don’t count them. However, Mr. Boonta is dedicated to God and his service and continues to try and do a full time ministry and still take care of his family. I think it would be a great boost to him and his reputation in the village as a witness of God’s love if there is some way that he can be helped with this project.
Please ask our partners to pray that somehow the Lord will provide not just the funds and materials for a water system, but a witness to the power of Christian prayer.”