Thai Tempo August – September

 

And when the Lord does not answer prayer

in the way we expect?

Grandpa Lie became interested in the Lord Jesus after his prayer for easing of pain in his legs had been answered. He experienced a living God who wanted to be involved in his life. Grandpa Lie learns to know the Lord God better and he also sees that God does not always answer prayers the way he expects – but still is God!

We notice that this is important in telling the good news. Brother Pon often goes along on evangelistic visits. As he is paralyzed he needs his wheelchair. When grandfather Lie tells his testimony, it often happens that people ask why Brother Pon is still in a wheelchair. Usually a painful remark, but also a great opportunity to share God’s love for everyone – about God’s acceptance in the midst of pain, tears and sickness. A God who is our Creator and who is with us, regardless of our actions. In the Thai worldview in which good deeds are rewarded, this is an important message.

Sijmen & Annelies denHartog, Manchakhiri, KhonKaen province

Pray for :

  • grandpa Lie and all the people coming together weekly for Bible study to grow in their faith.
  • open doors/hearts for the Gospel when the church members visit their neighbors and friends.
  • young believers who have seen God’s might to not turn away from Him when God does not answer their prayers in the way they wanted (for many people this is a crucial point in their spiritual lives)

Christians to understand God’s grace (not having to earn merit) as this is contrary to the Thai world view.

 

Mother’s day

Mother’s day in Thailand is always on Queen Sirikits birthday – August 12. This day is celebrated widely in schools, communities and also churches. Mothers are honoured for their sacrificial love in giving birth and bringing up their children. This creates an intrinsic motivation for the children to honour and love and care for their mothers. We would love to see this same motivation to serve God develop in Christians much more – not in a legalistic way in the sense of: if I do this, God has to do that – but in gratitude toward the giver of life, who extends forgiveness and care for His children.

Renate Kohler, ChiangMai

Pray for :

  • Thai mothers (parents) to bring up their children with wisdom, love and endurance.
  • Christian parents to help their children to live Christ honouring lives in Buddhist communities.
  • Christians to understand that the relationship with the Creator God is not contractual (as with other spirits) but rather comparable to the relationship a child has with a deeply caring mother.

The Power of the tongue 

“Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.” (Prov 26:20)We hear about hurts caused by this or that statement on social media. We also see it in personal relationships, sometimes with people saying things like; “I don’t want to be a gossip, but just thought that you should know….” Sometimes even adding “so that you can help / so that you can pray for them.” Proverbs 18:12 says; “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” So what are we using our tongues for? We would say that it depends on what we are filling our hearts with. Jesus said “…for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)

 

There has arose one of these “wood fire” situations between a number of the local Christians. Some things were said through digital messages (fire started with wood), which led to more messages (wood added to the fire) that has led to hurt on both sides (burns from the raging fire).      As we have been praying for this situation and working to see forgiveness and reconciliation between those involved, we have come to Colossians 3 a number of times, specifically verses 12-13: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

Our being forgiven is the starting point in our forgiveness of others. If we know how the Lord has forgiven us, we will be very anxious to forgive others, as both a privilege of who we are in Christ Jesus, and as an opportunity to share Christ Jesus’ love with them

Jared&Stacy Haechton, Kham Muang, Kalasin Province

Pray for :

  • Forgiveness and reconciliation between those involved in that quarrel.
  • Thai Christians and missionaries to “put on”: compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other.
  • Our tongues to be used to build up people and bring unity
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