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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.

Camp Echo and David had arrived

July 13th, 2007

Camp Echo was really good. Many came today and we had a good time of songs, sharing and a photo slideshow followed with food prepared by the loving hands of Sis Pat :)  It was a memorable time as we reviewed and talk about our time in chiangmai.

On our last day of ministry we got a couple of surprises as some students passed us a photo of themselves.

David arrived safe and sound. Thank God.

Dan and Laura found a home.

Kris is down and out in McCormick hospital due to a bout of flu and stomache flu. Vivian is staying with her in the ward. We visited her twice. She’s feeling really sad that she can’t go out and be involved in the ministry.

July 12th, 2007

Yesterday was a good day. Although we could no longer travel in the Mira which was a lil banged up from a traffic accident while Bro Nat was trying to send us home on tuesday, we are thankful that it’s the last bit of ministry now and things are beginning to wind down.

I had the opportunity to reassure the salvation and forgiveness that God has given to a 4th year English major student called Jib. It was an answer to something that has been on my heart actually. I was hoping to talk to her a little more since the camp as she had only recently left campus crusade group and started joinging ERC activities. She had received Christ in September but was not yet quite sure if her sins were completely forgiven. I shared with her through the 4 spiritual laws booklet, the 4th law of personally receiving Jesus into her life and how God cannot lie and that we have to base our confidence on the fact of God’s word and our faith in it, not how we feel about our state of forgiveness. As a Christian not too long ago, I use to battle with feelings of how maybe this sin is the last straw of forgiveness that Jesus would give me. But it is not true, and Christ has come to set us free from us feelings of guilt and hopelessness.

Prayer meeting was good and pastor shared on the power of God in answering prayer through his personal experiences and why prayer meeting is important because God wants to use us a pipes to channel all His power and blessings. P’Gade let slip his mouth and Koi finally came to know that her sister Kip has received Christ(we were hoping she’ll tell Koi herself).

Aof, Parn, Koi, Drum have all passed their interviews and will be due to be baptised on Sunday.

Pray for Ople and Drum and Min (all high school students) who have an exam on friday and will soon have to seat for their university entrance exam at the end of the month.

Kris(from the nav team) is down with a flu, but getting a little better. Dan and Laura and kids have also been given a 1 day notice to moved out of the house and find another(due to some renovation works the organisation that owns it wants to do).

Koi seems also to be coming down with a fever and she’s got work to complete as well as a baptism to “preserve” herself for.

I also want to make good use of my remainder time here. Not sure what specifically to pray for, except that God will have me experience the best He has for me.

Today’s an off day

July 4th, 2007

Well, today’s an off-day the everyone is free to do whatever they wish.

Some details about and thoughts. Was doing my quiet time about Paul and Barnabas’ journeys to Iconium and how they returned after being chased out to encourage the believers there. We’ve been spending a lot of time with the theology students and today we felt there was even more breakthrough. Mission trips aren’t always about telling the gospel to non-believers, Paul and Barnabas’ also saw it important and took priority to encourage the believers in the places where they had laid the seeds of the gospel. Every mission trip has a different focus and we need to know what God wants us to do.  Spoke to a theology student, today. He understood that Payap was a liberal college and was talking about encouraging his friends to form a fellowship group that would be strong in the Lord to keep each other from coming out confused and having no confidence in God especially when some of the modules are taught by teachers who do not even believe or much less know God.  Praise God! There is always a remnant. A minority that He has set apart, holy and worthy of His service.

Invited a Chiangmai University student who works at Mikes (a nearby american food joint) to the English Camp after our run yesterday and  he gladly agreed. We exchanged contacts and he readily agreed to come. pray for him.

English Camp
Apple and Gwyn’s in charge of games in the camp.

Nelson and Eugene in charge of logistics.

Nelson also in charge of the evangelism programme.

Thanksgivings and Prayer Requests

July 3rd, 2007
  1. Thank God for answering prayer. Ying is back in Khong Kian with her parents. Thank God she is safe. But she’s lost her freedom now. Pray that will change her.
  2. Pray for the coming english camp on this saturday and the service on sunday that will both be held near a waterfall on Doi Suthep (highest peak in chiangmai). Non Believers will come. Christians will bring their non-Christian friends. Rain free(God willing). The soft-evangelism will be met with hearts that are prepared and softened by God and ready to respond to His call. Of course hearts of believers will be renewed to deicate their lives to Christ.
  3. Pray for Koi who moving out of her dorm. Thank God for answering prayer and enabling her to find another place.
  4. Thank God the Nav girls have found a nice place that’s free because it was from someone they knew who is back in the States.
  5. Pray for theology students that their english will improve and they won’t get discouraged.
  6. Pray for us as we looking at taking a day off on thursday as 2 weekends are going to be burnt back to back.
  7. Pray that God will lead the right people to us when we go out to talk to students.

June 29th, 2007

Ying is apparently not home yet. but she called home to say she is staying at a friend’s house and is not wanting to go back yet.

Thank God for a successful Singapore Night Party. We did not have many newcomers but some non-believers who haven’t been around for club in awhile. Had the opportunity to talk to Gift, a catholic about the gospel of grace through faith by which we are saved. It’s easy to talk about salvation by faith, but it’s so difficult for others to understand. Especially when you grew up with such a mentality. There are many layers to peel and only God can reach the core. I believed Jack and I have helped her understand salvation by faith a little better tonight, pray for more opportunity to share.

Thank God the American team came today to help us out with the work of organising the English games today. Pray for their accomodations as they search other means. They are here for 6-7weeks. 2 girls called Kristen Knox(from NY) and Vivian Yee(from LA).

We also had a good prayer walk with the Nav team. We could probably do more such. Pray for us, we need to really go out and catch “fish” because not many are biting the bait.

June 27th, 2007

thank God for answered prayer.

Ying is back at home now. She went to stay with a friend. The parents have come down from the hometown and we think she’s got everyone really mad. Pray for love, peace and Christ to be magnified in the family and Ying’s life.

Thank God today we had 2 new faces that came voluntarily to the club. They are pschology majors who needed to make an english presentation the next day. One remarked that English Club is really helpful to her and she’ll like to join us on Friday.

Worked out the menu to have curry chicken and Nasi Lemak for the friday singapore themed english club. Tomorrow, we’ll be doing some shopping and cooking.

Today, we were at Carrefour when Bro Nat called and said that suddenly there was an influx of people in the English club to learn. This wasn’t planned as we don’t have club that day and all our appointments with students that day ended up with Students not coming, that’s why we decided to head to Carrefour. When we were in the carpark heading back, the truck we drove was reversing when I made a turn too early and it hit the honda civic on the right. It caused scratches and a crack. I was feeling really lousy that I wasn’t careful enough and now I had to cause so much trouble and delay to the ministry. I was also worried for what sort of owner would come. Would he/she be a difficult person to deal with? I prayed and asked God to bring a nice person along and to settle the situation amicably. The lady that came was very nice. And eventually the insurance agent came down to help settle the whole situation. I felt really bad for not being more careful when driving a car I’m not used to as it was much bigger then anything i droved before, but Bro Nat, Sis Pat, Gwyneth, Eugene and the other Thai Christians like P Gade, Koi and Apple were all very kind with their words. Gwyneth mentioned that this could be Satan’s way of keeping us away from doing God’s work. Nonetheless, we still succeeded in helping those students out. Earlier in the 1st week, I had reversed Sis Pat’s little red car into a ditch(though with no injuries or damages, except for koi’s feet being pricked by thorns while pushing the car out). Please pray for God’s hand of protection to continue to rest upon the team. To make me more careful that the Devil may not have a foothold to delay or obstruct the ministry here. The lady of the Honda Civic was quite greatful that we did not just leave as she said others would. It’s interesting how something similar happened to Eugene a couple of weeks back too. That experience helped me in deciding fast what was the right thing to do. Thank God for that. It’s a very eventful few weeks I must say. Many “1sts” for me and the team in Chiangmai.

Pray for me that God may give me wise and knowledgeable leadership.

Pray for Eugene and Gwyn who continue to take Pi Pa Gao to sooth the cough and phlegm. They are getting better, thank God.

Pray for a Christian retreat camp by Payap University where we are asked to help plan some station games on sat.

Pray for the baptism of 5 others and 2 transfer-ins for lighthouse BP church on 15th July.

Pray for English camp next Fri-Sat. That we may be able to reach out with the Gospel of Christ.

Pray for Nelson as he shares his testimony on Sunday.

Praise be to the Lord.

Oh Lord our Lord, How excellent is Thy name in all the earth! (Psa 8)

Prayer Requests

June 26th, 2007

Please pray for:

  1. Ying, a thai Christian girl who has gone missing since Friday. Her aunt last heard she was going to stay out for one night. A police report has been made. We don’t know if she is being irresponsible or in danger, as she is quite a playful girl.
  2. Koi and her sister and brother-in-law. He has started work at the car-wash. Koi’s dormitory is not safe lately with all the strangers peeking in and stealing things from the dorm in broad daylight.
  3. the English club on Friday where we are having Singapore food. Students will come and there is opportunity to build deeper friendships and spiritual conversations.
  4. English Camp next week, Friday to Saturday. Pray for the planning, the students to come, the venue.
  5. Christian Camp  that maybe on this Saturday.
  6. Team’s health. Eugene and Gwyn still coughing.

June 23rd, 2007

Thank God for the last week, where the focus had been on building the relationships with the Christians in the church and ERC. Now that we’ve got a better foundation with the people we’re working with, next week we plan to cast our nets even further to reach out to non-believers more intensely. Please pray as God reminds us to be prepared for opposition.

Thank God for a good break that the team had today. We spent most of our time today at Airport Plaza, having lunch and doing some shopping followed by some cheap 59bt Swensen’s ice-cream. Thereafter, we had dinner with Bro Nat and family and Koi at a thai hostel restaurant called Lemon Tree. We did not get to see the night view of Chiangmai city at Doi Suthep today due to a road block, but thank God for the soya milk dessert Sis Pat bought for us.

We had a good time of fellowship, worship and devotion for the team meeting tonight.

Thank God that Eugene’s fever and flu is all about gone.

Pray for:

1) Eugene’s eyes that the vision will clear up soon. Thank God his eyes are getting better and his fever and flu seems almost gone except for a cough.

2) Lighthouse BP Church service and Bro Nat as he preaches.

3) Navigator team coming next week to work alongside us.

4) continued journey mercies as Nelson drives in a foreign land.

5) Nelson as he leads the team that the Lord will give him wisdom and judgement that he will be able to lead the team to the glory of God.

6) Allvina as she leaves to go back on Monday morning. That the Lord will reveal His ways and His desires unto her as she continues to support the ministry and team back in Singapore.

7) Thank God that Gwyn’s voice is better. Pray also for her parents who are coming back to Singapore from Shanghai.

8) For the recording of the Navigators Study in audio.

Final Team Member Flying In

June 21st, 2007

Eugene is to join us soon. He’ll be flying 6am Tiger Airways to Chiangmai. Arrival time 830am (Thai time). The team will finally be complete when he arrives. Indeed each member of this ministry is important, unique and precious. We thank God for enabling each and everyone of us to be able to serve Him in Chiangmai.

Pray for a safe flight, good rest. He is also now suffering from fever and slight flu.

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