Thai Tempo November – December 2016
On October 13th the long dreaded moment came of the passing away of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej who was like a father to the Nation and the source to which people looked up to for stability of the country. In his 70 years reigning as king he worked determined for the good of the whole nation, starting many royal projects to improve people’s living conditions. Now the country is mourning the late king.
Memories of his life are shared on TV, printed media, social networks, etc. Mourning is intermingled with thankfulness for his reign and apprehension about the future. All over the country people come together to pay respect to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Often this is combined with Buddhist practices.
Ulrich&Renate Kohler, OMF Field director, Bangkok
|Seven years of prayers answered!
Katob (21), her husband,
Op, and little daughter, Groom, have come to Don Chedi church three times since making contact at a market outreach. Katob is a Christian but her husband, Op is not yet believing. Through Katob, we have met Jon, a retired pastor and his wife, Pawn, who run a second hand shop.
They started holding meetings for a small group of Christians on Sunday mornings in Sa-kra-joam, about a year ago, about the same time we started Sunday evening meetings in Don Chedi. (Sa-kra-joam is a township in Don Chedi district, 17 kms west of Don Chedi town.) Jon was excited to come to the Don Chedi evening church service because he has prayed for seven years for a church to start in Don Chedi!
Kim & Mary Robertson, Don Chedi, Suphanburi Province
|Dawn in 1 of 5640 sub-districts without a church
Choosing a new church plant location can be a stressful task. We spent several hours asking the questions, “Where is the greatest need?” and “Where is the greatest responsiveness?” We spent several hours surveying potential new areas through driving by car and walking around on foot. And we spent several hours praying for God’s leading. The spiritual need is definitely great in Phrom Khiri!
As we settle into living in Phrom Khiri, we have been able to make some good connections with people in the community. We have met friendly neighbors. We have introduced ourselves at a preschool, where the principal happens to be the older sister of the mayor. We have visited the local hospital, where the head administrator warmly gave us a tour and shared her interest for us to help teach English. Our primary role is to church plant and make disciples of Jesus Christ, but at the same time we are also creatively exploring ways to engage the community for the sake of the gospel. Some ideas so far are English teaching, sports outreach, music ministry, and children’s club. We are also praying for a “person of peace” who would be open to the gospel and help us connect with many people in the community as well.
We cherish your partnership in prayer as we were recently reminded at a Thai church camp that though we live in a dark world we are to, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).
David & Lila Chang, Phrom Khiri, Nakhon Sri Thammarat