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“Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name, you are mine.”

By God’s grace, Thai people are choosing new ways

In the village where we live, but also in the other surrounding villages where we are involved in bible study groups, there is a lot of misery around alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions.

In recent months there has been regular unrest in the bible study groups, because there was a need for money or a family member had been arrested by the police. Each week we expect to hear a new story of hardship and misery from the people in these villages.
But at the same time, we can expect the Lord’s presence to be there to help in all these hardships and misery and these new believers believe this too.
One of the older ladies, who is a new believer asked the members of the church which Bible text she could read to be encouraged by the Lord. People told her Isaiah 43: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name, you are mine.”
In that same village, a young man attended this Bible study group. He had come to faith in prison and had just returned to live with his mother. His health is damaged by his previous drug usage, and he wants to see a reduction in drug use in his village. We were able to see the Lord’s help and provision around that time as a Christian organization organized an alcohol and drug prevention activity in this village.
Pray for these new believers to see God at work, even in the hardships and for them to grow in faith.
Written by Sijmen den Hartog

Sijmen is an OMF missionary serving in North-East Thailand

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