A parking spot story and Bon Voyage

This morning I went to work and was worried about all day public parking spaces. If I missed out, I would have to park far away which meant that I would be going to the airport later. As I drove past a line of cars, praying for a spot, God graciously reserved one last spot for me! God is wonderful.

By the way, we all got to the airport on time.

We sent the Thailand team out this evening from Sydney airport.

There are three team members awaiting in HK to join the team. Then they will travel to Bangkok and then change and make their way down to the south.

-Please pray for safety for the team as they travel.

-They’ll be tired when they arrive, so pray for sustenance and energy to acclimatize to the hot and humid conditions in Thailand.

-Pray for good communication and a humble servant heart

-Pray for softened hearts as they share the good news of Jesus in their words and deeds

Team photo

Will it be worth it?

What footwear will we need? Will our luggage weight allowance be enough for the things we’re bringing over? What will the accommodation be like? How many international adaptors shall we bring? What will we do for drinking water when we’re there? How will we cope with three flights on a journey of over 30 hours from Sydney to Nakhon Si Thammarat? These were just some of the things we raised during our team meeting, a week before our team leave for our short term mission trip to Southern Thailand. In the midst of all these questions, it was easy to feel a little anxious, and lose start to lose sight of why we are going.

Yet as I read through The Journey Guide, I was encouraged by this, under ‘Helpful hints for crossing cultures’:
“Use the opportunity to grow spiritually: Trust that God knows what it will take to make your heart look like His Son’s and experience a little of His love for the world. Allow Him to use the challenges and difficulties you face in crossing cultures to mold you into someone that reflects Christ’s character and draws those who do not know him into His glory!” (page 33)

This put our fears and apprehension about the unknowns of our trip into perspective. We don’t know what we will face, as we leave our familiar home and step into a foreign culture. Yet we do know that God loves the people of Thailand. We also know that God will be with us, and trust He will enable and use our ministry alongside long term missionaries, to draw Thai people to Himself. For the sake God’s glory, the saving of those lost without God, and our becoming more like Jesus, it will be worth it!

Please pray this for each of us on the short term team: that God will indeed use this opportunity to grow us spiritually, to make our heart look more like His Son’s, enable us to experience a little of His love for the world, and draw those who do not yet know Him into His glory. 

Thank you for being part of this mission trip with us through your prayer. Let’s see how God will work as we set off on Monday 7th December.

– Charissa

Message from our Team Leader

Since 2010, God has sent two teams of people from EFC East Lindfield church to Thailand on Short Term Mission. In December this year, God would send a third team from EFC East Lindfield church to go on a Short Term Mission trip to Thailand. This time, 15 people have been chosen by Him to have the privilege of witnessing His work and partake some of the works in partnership with His long term placed missionaries in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Pak Phanang in Thailand. We call this team ‘Thailand Team 2015’.

Members of Team 2015 are, in alphabetical order, Alex So, Alice Li, Angel Cheung, Annie Wong, Charissa Mak, Ellen Law, Hannah Leong, I-van Leong, Jennifer So, John Sham, Joshua Yu, Lennox To, Nathalie Leong, Stephen Yu, and Tracy Law. Each person in the team has a role and responsibility to fulfill for the team.

This Team was officially formed in early Feb15, and has since undertaken a series of mission trainings provided by Overseas Mission Fellowships (OMF), as well as under the direction from EFC’s English Pastor, Rev David Chen, in preparation for their endeavor for the Lord in Thailand.

God’s provisions, protections, blessing and grace are truly evident during the course of the preparation for the trip. Without God, we can do nothing. We would wait to see how God is to be glorified in our lives and in the lives of the people we shall encounter in Thailand.

This is not a holiday trip, and neither a site-seeing tour. A fairly heavy program has been put in place for the team by OMF, and will be executed upon our arrival in Thailand. Upon arrival, we will undertake some language training, culture training, school visit, hospital visit, prison visit, English camp, Christmas carol singing, Christmas concert, and community outreach. Perhaps, an adventure camp is a possibility for the team to outreach to local Thai youths. This mission trip would last for 2 weeks. Every day would be a challenge and of course fun to all of us. We pray that we would be further developed by the Lord in this Thailand trip in order to undertake the Great Commission of Jesus Christ anywhere else God would lead our lives. Luke 9:23 ‘Then Jesus said to them all; ”If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”’

Just one more month to go before we shall depart for Thailand on 7th Dec15. Please partner with us in this mission trip by praying for us every day. We need you to pray for us. May the protection, provision, blessing and grace from God be with the team!

By Stephen Yu

Thailand Mission 2015 Dinner

Hi again!

The whole team started at 3pm and worked through the afternoon getting ready for the dinner. We had around 121 guests so it was a huge turnout. Thanks to everyone who came to hear what we have to share and its very encouraging to have this great partnership in the Gospel all for His glory! Massive thanks to the Kitchen team also as without them it would have been a huge task to cook for so many guests.

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Vaccination & Team Bonding

Hiya all (สวัสดีทุก)!

Today is the last day of our vaccinations (woot!) Some of us have had Hep A, B, DTP, Typhoid and last but not least Rabies (3 in total!).

We are all relieved with the jabs over now and looking forward to go out to Cabramatta for an outing.

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After a bit of fact finding/treasure hunt, we built up a nice appetite for lunch. Wait a minute! A Thai shop here! Plenty to look to when we arrive at the end of the year.

Well, we had great fun together. Please continue to pray for our team’s preparations. Till next time, good bye (Lā)