ACGC has produced a set of four bulletin inserts for AC churches to use in the month that they run their PENNY CRUSADE which raises funds for World Outreach. Below is the insert featuring John and Maeo Middlewood in Thailand.
Christian Mission Ban Naratchakwai – (CMN)
Spreading the good news of Christ to all who will open their hearts; located in Nakhon Phanom Provinces in Thailand and Takhaek, Laos.
Christian Mission Saturday Program – teach the word of God through music, Bible study, English, storytelling, play acting, band and dance. All programs within the church are conducted by youth, because there are only three adults currently in the church) and are designed for ages 7 to 25 (university students). These programs are conducted primarily by three high school students and one university student, who has accepted Christ.
Extensive English Program – for village elementary and high school students in the surrounding area of up to 40 miles. The program is designed for older youth to teach younger children through English Camps conducted on Saturdays at various schools. Their elementary program has now been in place for three years and is showing signs of success.
Church of Christ for all People Association – an organization of six churches : (including Christian Mission) working together to spread the word of Christ and help Christians in three provinces. Currently the program is expanding into Laos. Youth are brought to CMN for seminars, youth activities, etc. Negotiations are under way to bring interns from a Bible College to do internships in their churches. Together the association has combined youth and church meetings every two months and prayer and business meetings once a month.
Soup of Love – A nutritious soup is delivered once a month to senior citizens and/or children in nearby Villages. Maeo and the girls living at the Mission prepare the soup, which is then loaded in their van. While John drives, Maeo serves the soup, and the girls help deliver it to the homes. It shows that someone cares for them enough to stop by and visit and gives them a glimpse of God’s love.
John believes this ministry has been God’s plan for him since 1967 when he was sent to Thailand in the military. He has been working with Thai and Lao people ever since. When he returned to Nakhon Phanorn, after the death of his first wife, it was like coming home, He saw the need; God allowed him to respond, and God has provided for every single thing CMN has needed. This is a totally faith mission, acting on God’s approval and money in hand for projects. Nothing is done without prayer first, seeking God’s leading. Believing that there is nothing that God cannot do John feels led to continue to work because the work is so great and the workers so few. John is thankful and praises God for each day that he gives him the strength to continue this ministry.