Greetings from the Christian Mission. This newsletter is going to be a little different in that I will be introducing faces and places that we work with on a regular basis but have not specifically addressed in the past. In our little group here we have 4 or 5 other churches we work with on a regular basis and they are churches that – through your prayers and finances the Christian Mission has been able to help from time to time. The churches are small, village churches, except for a small Baptist Church in Sakon Nakhon. The other churches are part of New Tribes Missions; however the churches are all “native” Thai churches. Three of the churches are involved in Bible translation from Thai to the local language. Within our churches we have several languages represented and Thai is not always the heart language.
What I would like to do is to introduce you to one of the churches each month. I will try to do it when we are having a combined group meeting. Currently we meet once a month for prayer; our youth meet every other month in a combined program, usually conducted by the youth; our churches get together every other month for combined Sunday worship and fellowship. There are usually 100 or so people at these meetings. Sometimes we move back and forth celebrating Christmas, New Years, Children’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. The Christian Mission is currently providing financial assistance for school to students at two of the churches.
The church I want to introduce today is the church at Kusakoi. It is located about 35 miles from us and back off the main highway about 5 miles. The church has around 30-40 people who attend. Most of them are farmers and several children. The pastor is Note, a young man that is dedicated to God and to his church. A few months ago this church lost the roof off the kitchen because of a small tornado that came through. Thanks to God and you, funds were provided to replace the roof on the kitchen with enough left over to rehab and continue the roof over the bathrooms too. The church is located on the edge of the village. The heart language of this group is So. Their second language is Lao or Isaan; and the third language is Thai. They are currently praying for funds to enclose the bottom part of the elevated church to make two additional rooms for meetings, Sunday school and things like that.
Those of you who can remember back a few years ago we had asked for praying for Dtua. He was a young man involved in a motorcycle accident. He had been in the hospital and had been sent home to die. In fact, the parents were working on the funeral arrangements. Through the power of prayer, he has been healed. It isn’t 100% yet and it probably never will be, however he can walk, ride a bicycle and get around on his own and he is beginning to talk.
Please enjoy the pictures and let me know if you have any questions. May God Bless and keep all of you. John, Maeo and the Christian Mission.[nggallery id=84]