May 31, 2005
We are having some really exciting times of seeing God answer our prayers. At the beginning of the month, we started a prayer group at our church, and since then our church has been growing. We thank God for answers to prayers. Two Sundays ago we had over 30 people, this past Sunday we had almost 30 again. We have been praying for people to come that don't know Christ, and God has been answering that prayer. We have also asked for men, to come, and this past Sunday we had some new guys come to our church too. Our last prayer is that God would bring more Thais. We are thankful for the many hill tribe people that are coming but we want to see more Thai people come. Praise God for our church growth.
May 23, 2005
Yesterday we had a good church service again. I preached and finished a series of sermons on the fruit of the Spirit. We had most of regular attenders there again this week. Our church members are eager to learn more all the time. After the service we ate together, which we do every Sunday and for those that wanted to, we had a prayer meeting after lunch. We feel it is important for our church beginnings to be based on prayer.
May 21, 2005
living in thailand you end up seeing a lot of things that make you laugh. in north america we have door to door salesmen but they are usually selling encyclopedias or vacuum cleaners. here in thailand we have door to door ladder salesmen. i guess they come around selling things that you really don't need either, i guess it isn't much different than north america, it just looks a little funny as they walk down the road.
May 20, 2005
As most of you know, I am a big basketball fan, and a big Indiana Pacer fan. I was so excited to see my team advance so far into the playoffs when everyone had written them off since the brawl in November, and in my mind they are the champions this year. If they hadn't lost Ron Artest all year, I really think they would be holding the champions trophy this year. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be and unfortunately we need to say good bye to one of the best basketball players, and one of my all time favorites, Reggie Miller. I have many memories of watching him on TV and since coming to Thailand following his career on the internet. I am sad to see him go and maybe he will make a return next year!!
it is amazing how much location and advertising can do. for the past year, our church has been located on a small street, kind of off the beaten path. as a result, we never had unknown guests stop by. a few months ago, we moved our church on to a busy road but only last week did we put up an actual sign for all to see and we have had a few people stop by to see what we were about and last sunday we had someone come to our church service just because they saw the sign. even though i studied marketing in university, sometimes it is easy forget that things as easy as location and a sign draw people to the church. we are thankful for that.
May 18, 2005
Please pray for one of the children that attends our church. Last night she had a dream that her mother was drowning and she was throwing her mother a life line to save her. However it turns out that she wasn't just dreaming, she was sleep walking or sleep acting too. Her mother woke up in the middle of the night because the fan was off and wondered why it wasn't running. When she turned on the light, she saw that her daughter had wrapped the cord from the fan around and around her neck. If she wouldn't have woken up, her daughter might of killed herself. Thank God that she did wake up and please pray for the protection of people who attend our church. Pray especially for this girl, her name is Awm.