Greetings to our friends, supporters and prayer partners, and once again my thanks for your support and encouragement in so many ways. Thank you especially for your faithful prayers for those who serve the Lord in India, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand. The leaders of the Advent Christian ministries in those countries often express their appreciation for the fact that they know there are many in New Zealand and around the world who pray regularly for them and their ministries.
Sister Ruth in Malaysia recently wrote “We want to thank you for praying along with us. We want to praise God for the healing and breakthrough in the lives of others when the Lord has worked in their lives. You are all part of this blessing. Glory to His Name.”
Pastor Kenneth in Myanmar wrote just last week “I do very much appreciate for your love and concern. I praise God and thank you for your prayer for the Missions work here in Myanmar.”
The folk in “our” countries seem to be constantly dealing with difficulties and hardships and sorrow and sickness of one kind or another, and I guess that we can expect the evil one to be actively trying to undermine their faith and put stumbling blocks in their paths as they seek to share the Gospel with their people. Often, the only thing we can do is pray with them and for them, and as we do we are blessed to recall our Lord’s exhortation to His disciples and to us “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Thank you for praying – please continue to pray believing!
INDIA – YESUWAY JEEVAN MISSION Ministry Partner – Dedication of new church building
In late April Rev. Pastor B. Balu Nayak, the leader of Balunayak Banjara Tribal Ministries at Baluthanda, in Andhra Pradesh State and his congregation were praising the Lord as they celebrated the completion of their new church building. Mission Manager Immanuel, accompanied by Rev Paul Aruldoss from the Advent Christian Conference of India, travelled by train to Baluthanda to attend the dedication of the newly completed building and were pleased to participate in the celebrations.
The building, at 26 feet by 12 feet (7.9 metres x 3.6 metres) is small but is a reasonable size for the village but will be very crowded when all the 100 believers who make up the congregation join together for worship, but the congregation are praising the Lord for the provision of the building which is of course a permanent witness to the Lord in the village.
Since that service, the folk at Baluthanda have been further blessed as a generous gift from a donor in the United States will allow them to repay most of the amount that they had borrowed to complete the building.
Sadly, just a few weeks later, on Saturday evening 21 May, Pastor Balu Nayak advised Mission Manager Immanuel that his wife had been admitted to hospital and had delivered a premature baby boy (7 months) who weighed only 1.5kg who the doctors gave only a 60% chance of surviving. Rev Balu Nayak’s wife, although quite unwell immediately after the birth is now doing well but the little boy died during the night on Monday May 30.
Please continue to pray for Rev. Balu Nayak, his wife Swama Latha and their daughter Sowmya as they deal with this very sad situation in their family. Pray that they may know the peace of God as they mourn their loss and thank the Lord for their strong faith and the hope and comfort that that faith brings.
Many thousands of children and young people attended the Vacation Bible Schools held in the churches of the Advent Christian Conference of India and the Fellowship of Blessed Hope Churches during the May summer holidays. Please thank the Lord for the many hundreds of people who volunteered as teachers and helpers, and pray that the Lord will touch the hearts and minds of many of the children and young people who attended.
FBHC Pastor Lawrence has been ministering for several years to a tribal community named the IRULAS which is an oppressed and marginalised community in Indian society. They live in southern parts of India, particularly in Northern Tamil Nadu districts and in the Pondicherry union territory. The Irulas are the Pre-Dravidian inhabitants of the scrub jungles of southern India. They are living in every region as groups. Their original main basic profession was snake and rat catching; rat is a favourite protein meat and snakes are also a source of income for them. These days they have adapted themselves to find new sources of income. Many Irulas are bonded labourers in rice mills and brick manufacturing units; some Irulas are the self-employed as fire-wood cutters, charcoal making, fishing work, daily wages (coolie) workers, etc. sometimes they are working 18 hours continually in mills. Charcoal making is one of the major self-supporting wages source for the Irulas – they bury and burn certain types of wood to produce charcoal.
During the summer vacation time in May Pastor Lawrence and his wife Ruth conducted Vacation Bible School for the children of a group of Irulas living in Kanchipuram, a district close to Chennai. He recently wrote as follows…
“Greetings to you in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It’s my great privilege to share my VBS report to you. To the glory of God past four years I have been concentrating on the IRULAS ministry. Some of them have accepted Jesus as personal saviour. In that area this year VBS was conducted and 35 students participated. I have attached some photographs to you.
Please kindly pray for my future vision and mission.
Thanking you. Yours in Christ. Rev. P. Lawrence”
MALAYSIA – Kluang Advent Christian Group’s ministry
Please continue to pray for the group led by Sister Ruth Devairakkam and her husband Wilfred.
As well as their Sunday fellowship meetings at Ruth and Wilfred’s home and their midweek Bible study and communion services in the homes of members, and their one-on -one ministry in prayer and practical ways to their contacts – friends, neighbours and those who seek their assistance in practical things such as filling in forms and translation – they also minister in a nearby Children’s Shelter Home and a Home for the Elderly. They also have contact with a group of aborigine people, who they assist with food and teaching English.
Advent Christian Conference of Myanmar leaders have for several months been telling us of unusually hot weather being experienced. In early April ACCM President Pastor Timothy advised that the country was then experiencing its hottest summer season for many, many years and the government was very concerned about the shortage of water which was already being experienced. At that time already 1,760 villages throughout the country were facing severe shortages of water and it was expected that by April and May the entire country would be in a similar situation.
In mid-May Pastor Kenneth confirmed that the situation had indeed deteriorated when he reported…
“This year the summer in Myanmar is too hot and it is up to 40 Centigrade degrees in Yangon. Our city electricity also not working some times. In some areas there in a heavy rain with hails and some were killed and some houses were destroyed. Because of dry and warm extreme climate three villages of my Church have no water to drink. Please pray for this natural disaster in Myanmar, especially in our Mission fields.”
Pastor Kenneth last week reported that three of the villages in which his organisation has planted churches are in a desperate situation as far as water supply is concerned – Watkaw Village, Okshitgon Village and Padan Town.
Back in 2010/2011, when Myanmar faced a similar serious water supply problem, we were able, by God’s grace, to assist them with funds for bore-wells for some of their pastors or church members and this not only assisted their church members but also allowed them to reach out in Christian love to share their water supply with others in the areas in which they live and minister. I have asked Pastor Kenneth for details of costs etc. and he has advised that the average cost of drilling a bore-well is around 745,000 Myanmar kyats, which is about NZ$940 or US$650. This would provide a well with above-ground equipment to enable it to be used where there is no electricity available or with a portable generator to supply electricity, and he assures me that their Christian workers would be delighted to share the water with all the people in their villages.
We have already had a generous Kiwi donor send a gift to pay for one well – please praise the Lord for that and please continue to pray that the Lord will once again provide for this serious need? If you or your church feel led to contribute to the provision of wells for the outreaches of the Advent Christian Conference of Myanmar’s member organisations, please contact our treasurer.
Pastor Kenneth, one of the leaders of the Advent Christian Conference of Myanmar, has for many years been living in and ministering from rented properties. In an endeavour to avoid the lack of long term security of tenancy and of ever increasing rental costs, he and his organisation have purchased their own property and have commenced building a three storey building – see picture. The name is already on the gatepost – SALEM PARADISE!
When completed the building will be the home for Kenneth and his wife Eunice, their children and the 16 orphan children that they care for; there will be space for their Gospel for Myanmar Church to meet and there will be space to accommodate their Vernacular Bible School which is a residential Bible school with nine students studying a three year curriculum.
Building commenced in late March and construction has progressed to the second floor structure, but building has had to stop because no further funds are available. Pastor Kenneth asks that we pray with him and his organisation, for the Lord to provide the necessary funds for the building to be completed before the rainy season – October/November.
THAILAND – Christian Mission Naratchakwai
In mid-May I advised that Ploy, the leader of the team of girls/young ladies who do so much to ensure that the ministries at Christian Mission Naratchakwai continue smoothly, was having health problems. She leads the team of eight young ladies who do a wonderful job of serving the Lord with the planning and leading of Sunday services, teaching the children in Sunday School and their learning of English and many other important duties to assist with the ministries at Christian Mission Naratchakwai.
Ploy graduated from high school at the end of the last Thai academic year and will begin studying an English major course at Nakhon Phanom University in August of this year. Her leadership of the team, assisted by Parn, is critical to the smooth running of the ministries at CMN and she carries a great deal of responsibility and is sometimes under considerable pressure.
We learned that for some time she has had a history of syncope – temporary loss of consciousness caused by a fall in blood pressure – fainting – and has been hospitalised in the past because of this problem. She has been experiencing these symptoms again recently and has had to again consult a doctor who has prescribed a course of medication for six months with a monthly check-up. ACGC has a fund which will be able to meet the fairly substantial monthly cost of the drugs – please praise the Lord for that. There is a suggestion of incorrect cardiac rhythm and we are endeavouring to convince Ploy to see a specialist Cardiologist as soon as possible.
Unfortunately in the last few weeks, Ploy’s father has also been ill and was hospitalised for a time with serious gout. He is back at home now but is unable to work at his trade of furniture making, so Ploy is now also faced with being the sole source of income for the family. She is very skilled at handcrafts, especially with making various articles – keychains, brooches and bangles – from beads and is using the time until her university courses commence in August to make, and with the assistance of her Mother sell these articles to provide income.
Will you please pray regularly for Ploy and her Father and the rest of the family asking the Lord that it may be His will that they will both be quickly returned to ongoing good health? Please pray that this extra pressure will not exacerbate Ploy’s symptoms and that her dedicated service for the Lord and her education can continue. Please also pray for Maeo who will be keeping an eye on her.
The ministries at Christian Mission continue, with many opportunities to share the Lord’s love and blessings with others in their community and nearby villages.
Ploy wrote of the service on Sunday 24 April…
“The last weekend of April. We are glad to see some of children confident to talk about God and thank God from their heart. Thanks God very much.”
Please pray for Ploy and the team of girls and young ladies who plan and teach and run the programs – some of them come to the Mission on Friday evening after school and stay there until Sunday afternoon as they do their planning and preparation for the activities.
Thank the Lord that the compound has such good facilities that allow them to stay and for the equipment that is available.
In late April their monthly food parcel distribution was to a senior citizen in Ban (village) Kham Pok, which is Ploy’s and Parn’s home village (picture below) and on 7th May they again took their Soup of Love to some of the needy folk in the village. As is always the case, the recipients were handed a suitable Christian tract as a reminder that the Soup of Love came with Christ’s love! (Picture at right)
Ploy wrote of that day
“Thank you for the Soup of Love project yesterday. Then we went to Nakhon Phanom Hospital to visit Ploy’s father. Thanks God for every plan that you make for us every day.”
On Wednesday 4 May the leaders of the five member churches of the Christ For All People Churches Association held their regular prayer and fellowship meeting at Christian Mission’s compound.
Please pray for these leaders and their churches and ministries – and thank the Lord that He is blessing their ministries and bringing men, women and young people to faith in Christ.
Pray especially for the President of the organisation, Pastor Jalat (fourth from left in front row).
เพลง: โปรดนำไปถึงกางเขนSong: Please lead us to the cross
Posted by Christianmission on Sunday, 22 May 2016
Six of the girls from the leadership team prepared and sang beautifully the Thai version of the old hymn “Lead me to Calvary”. I think it is worth listening to, as a testimony from six young people who serve the Lord so faithfully at Christian Mission Naratchakwai.
Once again, my grateful thanks for your partnership in the Lord’s ministries in South East Asia. Please continue with your regular prayers for good health and safety, for wisdom and for the power of the Holy Spirit to anoint these ministries and those who lead them.
God bless you as you serve Him in Missions by your prayers and support.