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We just got back from Lumphun

December 21st, 2007

Today was a hectic day. We left Chiangmai about 1045 hrs. After about 29 km, we arrived at Lumphun church. Had a quick lunch and off to the Rajaphat technical institute. We performed in the school canteen which reminded me of my old Gan Eng Seng canteen during Secondary one. Some students were attentive but there were those that weren’t. Anyway, it was a test run for the evening performance.

We setup on the community stage at the walking street in Lumphun city. For some of us, it reminded us of the 7th month stage shows in Singapore. It was a new experience for all. Many people walked by as the Galileans sang. The kids were enthralled by the puppets but when there was only singing, the parents would quickly pull their children along.

We had to rush back to Chiangmai because Apple’s sister was locked out of the house. When we got back, P’Gade called to say that someone had stolen the truck battery. So began an extended eventful evening. It was already 11pm and how to find a battery shop that was open. So I finally had to borrow the battery from our neighbour’s truck and rush back to Lumphun where the remainder of the team were there waiting.

So we installed the battery and came home close to 1am.  Thank God everybody was safe and no accidents.  Anyway, another busy day tomorrow.  Radio broadcast at noon and 2 performances tomorrow.

Good night….good morning…

posted by Nathaniel Heng

Thank God for seeing us through 2 days already.

December 20th, 2007

The Wachirawit high school Christmas party was a success. We had about 200 students. The schedule changed 5 times because of anti-christian opposition but we were able to be there in a non-threatening capacity. It was incredible to see our team sing in Thai and do it as well as they did.

This evening’s outreach stretched them even more. They had to do it in mandarin to the mainland Chinese students that are studying at the Rajaphat institute near Shiloh BP church. Praise the Lord for the opportunity to meet up with Constance Saw and the Fisherman of Christ team from Singapore + 3 from Grace church, Kuala Lumpur. We had our first combined prayer meeting this afternoon in 3 languages.

Final Practice before Wachirawit High School

December 18th, 2007

Half the Team

Check out the team practice as they prepare to go to Wachirawit high school tomorrow. May they have a good sleep tonight. They deserve it.

Here’s a video clip of the “Say you would come” mime.

At least a 10 minute download on broadband so go do something else while it downloads.

Understanding Thai culture

October 14th, 2007

We had Sis Apple and Sis Aof from Chiangmai for the mission seminar on 13th Oct. Bro Nat also joined us. Held in the format of a forum, Bro Nat, Sis Apple and Sis Aof helped us understand some interesting aspects of Thai culture: from their reverence for the king of Thailand to why the Thais are always smiling..

Afterwhich, we had a time of sharing and praying for each other. Those who were able to stay had a great time of fellowship over dinner at Raffles Town Club.

Prayer requests – 13th Oct 2007

October 14th, 2007

For team:

  1. Families to take an open-minded mission trip for God to speak to their hearts.
  2. Strength and good health.
  3. Peace of mind and heart to focus on God and the trip.
  4. Prepare the hearts of the people who are going.
  5. God’s direction for this trip: to follow God and not own plans, flexibility and sensitivity.
  6. Unity for the team.
  7. Love and patience towards each other despite wide age range.
  8. To be a good testimony to the church.

For those who are working:

  1. Pray for smooth handing over for job before trip.
  2. Pray for wisdom to juggle commitments between church and family.

For those in school:

  1. Pray for those taking exams.
  2. Pray for wisdom to juggle commitments: CCA, School assignments, church.
  3. Pray for no test on 14th Dec as that’s the date the team is scheduled to leave.
  4. To spend Dec holidays for God’s work.

Spiritual needs:

  1. To wait on God and be submissive to His will.
  2. To share faith.
  3. To keep close to God.
  4. Increase love for God’s people, both Christians and non-Christians.
  5. God to give clear directions on those waiting on him for specific requests.

Physical needs:

  1. God’s grace on those who are receiving treatment.

Salvation of loved ones:

  1. Sis Pat’s Father
  2. Sis Apple – family(mum, sis) salvation, serving full-time in ERC.
  3. Sis Aof – family’s(father, mother, bro) salvation.

Mission seminar #2 – The missionary call

September 8th, 2007

No one else could have told this better than Rev Ken. He is a missionary with New Tribe Missions (NTM) for almost 20 years in the tribal population of Papua New Guinea. Having committed their lives to God, God called Rev Ken and his wife to missionary work when he was 27. Since then, he never looked back. Constantly awed by God’s power, he gave us insight into the life of a missionary. Having met many tribal groups, most heartwarming response was their eagerness to learn about God. More amazing was that when a tribal group is converted, other groups will voice their desire to know this same God. A constant plea was for more missionaries to be there to live among them, learn their language and tell them about this wonderful Salvation plan that God has for mankind. That’s the call that any Christian will ever need! What else are you waiting for, my dearest brothers and sisters-in-Christ?

John 4: 35b – “…behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”

Matt 9: 37-38 – “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

The Christian life is a life of obedience. Will you and I be the ones that will say to the Lord like Isaiah : “Here I am, send me”?

Mission seminar #1 – Why the need for missionaries?

August 11th, 2007

Our first mission seminar for the Dec trip started on 11 August, with our beloved Pastor speaking to us about the need for missionaries. The focus passage was Romans 10: 12-21 with key verses being verses 13-15a:

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent?

Truly the need is great, because the world is lost and needs the gospel. The gospel needs to go out to all the world, just as Acts 1:8 says:

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Some might argue that this verse only applies to the disciples then, but I think not. It applies to all disciples of Christ, then and now, which includes you and me as believers and ‘Christ’s modern day disciples’. It is our responsibility to tell and we have to do so now, wherever we are.

After Pastor spoke, we  had a short time of planning for the trip as Dn Kok Wah shared the vision and mission theme for the trip. We assigned roles for those present.

Going through the book of Hebrews

August 10th, 2007

I have just started to go through the book of Hebrews for my QT.

For Chapter 1, verse 3 especially spoke to me about how Jesus set the greatest example of humility. I also read through Matt. 20:20-29 and v. 26b-28 was talking about how we should purpose to serve. I then went on to 1 Peter 4:10-11 which speaks about serving with God’s strength!

“As followers of Jesus, we should purpose to serve with God’s strength (so that His name will be glorified in our service)”

God has spoken to me!

August 10th, 2007

As I was doing my QT on Tuesday (07/08/07), I just accessed my email and looked at Crosswalk’s devotion for Monday (06/08/07). The passage that was stated was Ps 103:19-22 and it was speaking to me to trust God’s sovereignty and purposes for everything. Together with this trust in God, God Himself was reminding that He would strengthen me (1 Chron 29:12)!

As I continue with my time here in Payap University, Chiangmai, I am also planning to step out more of ERC to befreind and reach out to more students and to make God’s name known in Payap University (Ps 57:9-11)!

A much awaited update!

August 3rd, 2007

Hi and greetings to all who reads this blog:

I am doing well in Chiangmai as I help out at the English Resource Corner at Payap University.

Here are some photos showing all of you what I have been doing in Chiangmai so far:

Lunch after teaching English to children at a village house

Lunch after teaching English to children at a village house on Saturday morning

At a location overlooking Chiangmai

At a location overlooking Chiangmai

At Chiang Mai Theological Seminary teaching village children on a Sunday afternoon

Also teaching village children at Chiang Mai Theological Seminary on a Sunday afternoon (22/07/07)

Picking longans at P’ Gade’s farm

Picking longans at P’ Gade’s farm on Sunday afternoon

So… this is just a rough summary of what I have been doing in Chiangmai.

I also have been involved in teaching and interacting with the Theology students that Bro. Nate is teaching too!

Do pray for me as I establish friendships with them and possibly other Thai students in Payap University!

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