Day 7: prayer points

Thank God! Our days have been full and put to good use; it starts at 7:30am with devotion and finishes at 9/10pm with reflection time. We are so tired but praise God for this day of rest.

Please pray for good rest and recovery and for those who are not well, that they would be given strength and speedy recovery.

Pray for safety, good weather and refreshment for those going abseiling or exploring the city.

We will also prepare in the afternoon for the next two full days of English Camp and for our skits tomorrow. Please pray that we will have wisdom to prepare well to teach.

Day 6 Reflection: Pak Panang Church

12359833_186891241656081_1972680063761057552_n 12376263_186891068322765_1162224772057138983_nAfter hearing so much about the Pak Panang church in the Callows’ missionary updates, I finally got to see and experience this church.

The church is small compared to our congregation back home, with approximately 10 adults and 10 children who attend on a weekly basis. Actually going in, our team would have outnumbered the number of people there. I remember looking at the rows that were not yet fully filled and wondering whether more people were due to turn up.

However, despite the small size of the church, it was encouraging to see nearly everyone serving each other during the service and at lunch afterwards too. Even though the service was conducted in Thai and we could only understand what was translated for us by Jeff, I realised at the end of the day that regardless, we are still worshipping one God, and that’s what matters. Our God is the same God for the Thai people, and no matter what language we were singing our praises, it was a great experience to know that there and then, God’s name was being lifted high in a country where Christians are few.

Speaking to Belinda, growing the church hasn’t been easy. Some have been attending church for a while but still on the journey to putting their full trust and reliance on Him. Helping these individuals on this journey is a long process that can take years, requiring a lot of patience and perseverance. What stuck with me in my conversation with her though, was that God has his timing, and His timing is what they pray for and what spurs them on each day as they reach out to those in their community.

This fit in very well with what we read together as a group during devotion in Philippians 2:12-13 – that God works through us according to his good purpose, not what we think is best, but what he has determined is best.

May we also continue to pray and trust in God’s timing, especially when we may not immediately see the fruits of our hard work in His name.

– Ellen Law

Day 6: Prayer Points

– Thank God the Adventure Team returned safely back to Nakhon Si Thammarat yesterday and that the last day went by really well.
– Today we’ll all be split into three teams visiting three different churches. Please pray that we will be an encouragement to the Thai Christians
– Hannah and Nathalie will team up today to run Kid’s Church at Pak Panang, please pray that they will have the wisdom to teach the kids faithfully and that they’ll have the courage to teach too
– There’ll also be teams to Hua Thanon Community Outreach and visiting at Talumpook Cape this afternoon. Please pray for good interaction and that God will be honoured.

11 Dec – Caroling at Bang Chak market

We divided into 2 teams, one team to help in adventure camp which was led by Jeff and the other team to go to help Belinda.

Belinda and Jeff are missionaries for 15 years in Thailand. They have 3 teenagers as well as an adopted son -Stephen. I have more opportunities to experience her missionary’s life today.

It was a bit of adventure to go on the public transport. We have Belinda waiting for us at the destination bus stop and a bit of fun communicating to the bus ticket seller.

Belinda showed us the things we need to do. Hannah was a quick thinker and observant person as always. Hannah, Angel, Nathalie were our bakers, they baked brownies and cookies to sell in market. The rest were packing different gifts for schools, hospital etc. Some of us learnt to make animal balloons and had great fun.

We went to Belinda’s local markets and we set up a stall. We sold cookies and brownies as well as sang Christmas carols. Yes we sang in Thai.

I thank God for missionaries like Jeff and Belinda for their 15 years of faithful service in Thailand. Spending time at Belinda’s home to help, seeing her juggle with different things come along.
I am amazed with her flexibility, effectiveness in managing all the logistics as well as looking after Stephen, her adopted 3 years old son. Her easy going personality made me feel at ease as well.
Despite busily instructing us what to do, she also needed to look after Stephen still with patience and smile, that was something I would take away with and ask God to help me to develop that character.

In the market, we sang Christmas carols , sold our cookies and brownies, we were to interact with people and kids liked the animal balloons.

Although we could not speak their language, with smile and body language, we were able to communicate. The lady who was selling fruit opposite to our store, she gave me extra mandarins. Despite her small gesture, I could feel her kindness.

Talking with Belinda during dinner time and experience in the market, it seems to me that making Jesus known to Thai people is a slow process and patient journey for Christians and missionaries.

Please pray for the gospel work and seed planted will grow and prosper in the right time. Pray for Thai people’s heart will open for the gospel.

Pray for missionaries friendships with locals and opportunities to share gospel.

By Tracy

Day 4 – Reflections from Pak Niet Market Outreach (11 December 2015)

The Local Outreach Team (9 of us) went to Pak Niet Market to help our missionary Belinda with her outreach stall. Locals came over to try a cookie or brownie, or look at a Christian DVD or book from the stall. We made balloon animals to give out to kids and sang a few Christmas carols. Some locals were very shy, but others stopped to chat. It was a stretch to use our very limited Thai, but it really helped us connect with the locals. Everyone who bought something from our stall were given a gospel tract.

We were exhausted from being in the heat, but were encouraged by the story of a Thai Christian, who went looking for a church a year after she’d heard ‘Joy to the World’ sung at her school.

God can use even a Christmas carol sung by strangers, to bring someone to Himself. As short term workers, we may not ever see the fruit of our time here, but we trust that salvation belongs to our God, and He will continue to be at work here long after we return home. Please pray that God will cause seeds sown through carols and tracts to bear fruit here in Thailand.

By Charissa12371210_186449241700281_9091436224623695328_o

Day 4 (11 Dec) – Caroling in Bang Chak market


We divided into 2 teams, one team to help in adventure camp which was led by Jeff and the other team to go to help Belinda.

Belinda and Jeff are missionaries for 15 years in Thailand. They have 3 teenagers as well as an adopted son -Stephen. I have more opportunities to experience her  missionary’s life today.

It was a bit of adventure to go on the  public transport. We have Belinda waiting for us at the destination bus stop and a bit of fun communicating to the bus ticket seller.

Belinda showed us the things we need to do. Hannah was a quick thinker and observant person as always. Hannah, Angel, Nathalie were our bakers, they baked brownies and cookies to sell in market. The rest were packing different gifts for schools, hospital etc. Some of us learnt to make animal balloons and had great fun.

We went to Belinda’s local markets and we set up a stall. We sold cookies and brownies as well as sang Christmas carols. Yes we sang in Thai.

I thank God for missionaries like Jeff and Belinda for their 15 years of faithful service in Thailand. Spending time at Belinda’s home to help, seeing her juggle with different things come along.

I am amazed with her flexibility, effectiveness in managing all the logistics as well as looking after Stephen, her adopted 3 years old son. Her easy going personality made me feel at ease as well.

Despite busily instructing us what to do, she also needed to look after Stephen still with patience and smile, that was something I would take away with and ask God to help me to develop that character.

In the market, we sang Christmas carols , sold our cookies and brownies, we were to interact with people and kids liked the animal balloons.

Although we could not speak their language, with smile and body language, we were able to communicate. The lady who was selling fruit opposite to our store, she gave me extra mandarins. Despite her small gesture, I could feel her kindness.

Talking with Belinda during dinner time and experience in the market, it seems to me that making Jesus known to Thai people is a slow process and patient journey for Christians and missionaries.

Please pray for the gospel work and seed planted will grow and prosper in the right time. Pray for Thai people’s heart will open for the gospel.

Pray for missionaries friendships with locals and opportunities to share gospel.

By Tracy

Day 3 (10 Dec) reflections

IMG-20151212-WA0014IMG-20151212-WA0015Today six of the team travelled to Krabi (about a three hour drive from Nakhon) to help out on an adventure camp with 60 Year 6 students. The intention was to catch a longtail boat from Krabi to the Railay peninsula and run a whole afternoon of activities, head back to the beach and finish off the batch of spaghetti for the kids.

It’s at times like these that one thinks of Proverbs 16:9 – “the heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps”. Almost nothing went according to plan. We arrived at Krabi quite late and the start was delayed. A few of us got lost navigating around the peninsula because it was our first time there. The kids were ill-equipped/some of the activities were too ambitious for such a hot and humid day and some of them got minor heatstroke. The group got split up around the peninsula and it was very stressful running around figuring what was going on and where kids were etc (thank God for working phones and Whatsapp!). We all ended up back at Krabi quite behind schedule and had a really late dinner.

To be frank I was far from the one who had the hardest day but it was still discouraging to see the kids having a hard time and seeing our (maybe not so well thought out) plans fall apart. During the sharing that night we were reminded to focus on the positives and to trust that God’s plans are better. Good conversations were had, we all learnt new things and the kids all seemed happy and content after dinner. Heading into tomorrow with more optimism!

Another plus: Railay was stunningly beautiful. Looking up at the gargantuan rock formations we were reminded how small we were and how big and mighty our Creator is.

By Lennox

Prayer points for Day 5 (12 December 2105)

 

Praise God for unity in Christ and morning team prayer time

 

Local Outreach team:

– Thank God that yesterday, we were able to pack gift packs for Christmas outreach. Many people to came along the market outreach. Pray that they will be attracted to Jesus through His joy and love in us.

– Pray for the Kid’s club and hospital visit this afternoon. Pray that we’ll show our love to the kids and that they’ll be interested in who God is.

 

Adventure Camp team

– Thank God that the first day has passed by safely and everyone enjoyed themselves despite a few students having heatstroke and changes to plan.

– Pray for a good day of interacting with the students and for the safe return of the adventure camp this afternoon.

Thank you for your continuing prayer

On Day 4, 5 people from our team along with OMF Missionaries Jeff, Daniel & Megan will travel to Krabi an adventure camp with sixty teenagers. The rest of the team will stay in Thammarat to bake cookies and take part in market outreach with Belinda.

Please pray for:

  • good interaction and safety on the adventure camp, which includes abseiling, kayaking and English activities
  • Jeff’s health and energy as he leads the adventure camp
  • good connections at the market outreach
  • the team to continue to witness God’s works and love to local Thai people

– Charissa & Stephen