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September 2018 Prayer Letter

 

 

 

Aug 2018

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                     

The Lord is always good, always!  It is a great privilege to serve the Lord whether it be Thailand or any other place. 

Ministry:After almost one year of praying for the salvation of a young lady (university student), she was finally saved recently.  It was through the faithful witness of one of the university students that she learned of the Lord. Someone asked recently, what is the best way to witness to the Thai people?  My initial answer was, I don’t know.  But after some reflection, I guess it would have to be, consistency and faithfulness.  A fairly recent study of Thai Christians in Thailand showed that the average Christian isn’t saved until 10 or more years after first hearing the Gospel. I am not confident in the complete validity of the study, but it is something to consider.       

Missions:  Tom, our missionary to England, left in May for England and we are happy to report that his family has finally been issued visas and will be joining him soon.  It is a real loss to our church, but the Lord blesses a church involved in missions, and by God's grace we hope to lead New Life Baptist Church to be more involved every year.  We currently support two missionaries and hope to support more in the near future.  Dtom Leading Music  

Bible Institute.  This term I am continuing the Greek series with Greek IV while continuing with Romans and Corinthians.  I want to praise the Lord for the generous gifts to provide for the equipment needed for our online Bible School.  We have received enough to purchase equipment.  We can get back to the task of editing the videos we have in the cue as well as produce better materials going forward. You can see the genesis of the school at chiwitmai.org.  or take a look at the videos I am preparing on YouTube https://youtu.be/E-izRYNyhYw or search for New Life for Thailand Foundation THEO413. Lord willing a fellow missionary who lives nearby will be helping to teach some classes as well.  Please pray earnestly for this project as I feel it could be a vital tool in helping pastors develop their skills as well as prepare pastors in training while they continue to serve at their local church.

Furlough: We are tentatively returning to the USA for another short trip for our youngest daughters graduation.  Lord willing we will be in the states from April until July 2019.  If you would like us to stop by to give an update, please notify me as soon as possible via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please pray for:  Pray for the spiritual growth and faithfulness of the young lady recently saved. Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation.  Pray for salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than two years). Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies. Wisdom in ministry matters.  Results of outreach and for a young lady in our church who is really struggling spiritually. (names are not included for privacy reasons; I hope you understand).

In closing, I need to express my sincere thanks for your partnership with our ministry.  We can only do this ministry as you yield yourself to the Lord. Please continue to pray earnestly for the spiritual needs of this dark land.  May the Lord bless you as you faithfully serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,

 

Mike & Francis Frederick

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June 2018 Prayer Letter

 

 

 

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                      June 2018

Greetings from the field.  This edition of our prayer letter has both good and not so good news. I’ll begin with the good news.

Ministry: Our church has been very steady in attendance and giving and service. We are not a large church by any stretch of the imagination, but we are about average for a typical Thai church. Those that are studying in Bible Institute are shouldering more and more responsibility.  The young man in Bible school is still fairly young but he is eager to learn and help in many different capacities. During our church-wide soul winning almost all of the membership has been attending.  Overall the church is healthy and eager to serve. So what is the not so good news?    


Missions:  After many setbacks and difficulties, Tom, our missionary sent to Britain, finally left for the field.  He is in England and is already diligently working to revive a church plant that has all but died. Please pray for Thomas Britten and his family especially since his family is still in Thailand awaiting their visas.  It has been a long and difficult road to getting Tom to the field and we praise the Lord for allowing it to come together. I stand amazed that God would allow our church to participate in the great commission when we are still trying to become self-sustaining ourselves. Our church continues to give faithfully to missions through faith promise giving.
  

Outreach Our church continues to be active in outreach ministry.  We try to involve the membership of New Life Baptist in order to make soul winning and evangelism a normal part of our church life as opposed to an activity for the “professionals”.   Recently we have distributed literature and checked blood pressure in local markets as well as running Facebook ads and doing a live question and answer stream every week.  We attempt to tackle some of the questions that most Thai people have about Christianity in these short segments. We have had a good number of viewers but not a lot of interaction. You can view the segments on our Facebook page facebook.com/newlifebaptisthangdong/  Of course they are in Thai, but it’ll give you an idea of how we are doing things and you can also see current pictures and events form our church. 

Bible Institute.  This term we are teaching Greek III and Romans/Corinthians.  We have two students taking the Greek series and four students enrolled in the Romans/Corinthians course. We are recording the sessions but unfortunately, our computer that we used for editing has died. We are keeping the videos while waiting for the opportunity to buy another computer. We are continuing to try to raise funds to update and replace our equipment.  If you felt led to give you can designate gifts to Frederick Computer or add a note with your gift. You can see the school at chiwitmai.org.  or take a look at the videos I am preparing on youtube https://youtu.be/E-izRYNyhYw or search for New Life for Thailand Foundation THEO413. 

Please pray for:  Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation.  Pray for salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than two years). Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies. Wisdom in ministry matters.  Results of outreach and for a young lady in our church who is really struggling spiritually. (names are not included for privacy reasons; I hope you understand).

We do not take you for granted and appreciate the honor you have bestowed on us by allowing us to represent you in Thailand.  Please pray earnestly for the spiritual needs of this dark land.  May the Lord bless you as you faithfully serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,

 

Mike & Francis Frederick

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March 2018

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                      March 2018

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We arrived back in Thailand from our brief trip to visit family and hit the ground running.  Since returning it has been pretty hectic, but that is the way we like it.  We were thankful to be able to spend time with our children and grandchildren, although it is certainly not long enough. Below we will give a synopsis of our ministry this year

Soul Winning: After returning I did a short seminar about soul winning for the members of our church.  The goal was to try to get folks more active in sharing their faith. In February we took eleven members door to door in the area to actively share the Gospel. They all did a great job.  A few good contacts were made as well.

Bible Institute: I am teaching two courses this term; Hebrew Poetry and Greek II. Both classes are progressing well with good attendance. We are trying to record the sessions but keep running into technical issues. As I mentioned in previous letters, we are making due with the system we have in place, but it is proving inadequate.  Initially, I wanted to buy a couple of Mac computers for our video and audio editing, but have since downgraded my wish list to one or two PCs. We are also in need of sound equipment so we can get a decent audio track. In total, we are still short about $2000 for computer equipment and about $500 short for audio and video equipment. If you can help, please designate your special offering as Frederick Computer when you send your gift to our Mission Board, BWMOM. You can also give (non- tax deductible) through our website www.thaimissions.org. 

Ministry: I continue to teach a big load at our local universities. This is a great open door to reach young people who are away from home and the heavy Buddhist influence of relatives. 

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Please pray for:  Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation.  Pray for salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than two years). Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies. Wisdom in ministry matters.  Results of outreach. The Britten family as they make their final preparation to go to England as our churches first missionary family, especially for their visa application, and for a young lady in our church who is struggling spiritually. (names are not included for privacy reasons; I hope you understand).

We are truly humbled to be a part of your mission’s program and look forward to many more years of service together. May the Lord bless you as you faithfully serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,

 

 

Mike & Francis Frederick

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December 2017 Prayer Letter

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                      December 2017

Merry Christmas!  We are blessed to be able to spend this Christmas in the states for a few weeks to be with our children and grandchildren. We will return to Thailand on January 9th after 7 weeks in the states.

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Bible Institute: Upon returning to Thailand Bible Institute will be back in full swing.  I will be teaching Greek II and Hebrew Poetry.  I am thankful for the faithful students who are eager to learn.  The first two courses have been recorded and uploaded for the online Bible School.  We are still in need of funds to purchase three computers for video editing, recording, and for the students to use. We are making due with what we have, but really need new systems quickly. We additionally need fund to purchase sound equipment and microphones that we will use to mix and record the sound. If you can help, you can designate a special gift to us through our mission board or contact me directly via email,  phone, or Facebook (info is below). 

Ministry: Our thirteenth-anniversary celebration was a great success. Our guest speaker did a great job of challenging everyone about being a light to the world. We are looking forward to many more fruitful years.  While I am away, I am pleased to report that the ministry is still on track. People are faithful and those teaching in my place are doing an excellent job.  On Christmas Eve, our church will have a Christmas celebration.  This is a good evangelistic opportunity for our church and we would ask you to pray for fruit from this outreach. 

Misc. On a positive note, I have been asked to return to teach at our local university.  This has been a fruitful ministry and I am looking forward to extending it.  We currently have two students that are members of our church and we are looking forward to reaching many more.

Please pray for:  Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation.  Pray for salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than two years). Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies. Wisdom in ministry matters.  Results of outreach. The Britten family as they make their final preparation to go to England as our churches first missionary family, especially for their visa application.

We are truly humbled to be a part of your mission’s program and look forward to many more years of service together. May the Lord bless you as you faithfully serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,

 

 

Mike & Francis Frederick

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June 2017 Prayer Letter

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                      July 2017

Greetings in the name of the Lord.  Thailand is a very difficult filed.  The people are remarkably resilient to the Word of God.  Buddhism has an unimaginable stanglehold on these people.  Although the results seem so small, the Lord is still saving souls!  Being able to preach and minister in Thailand is a result of each and every church and person that partners with us in ministry.  The Lord has been very gracious to provide us with such a great group of prayer and financial supporters.    

18699640 455741221445156 381834057366591156 oFurlough:  Many of you may be wondering if and when we will be taking a furlough.  Since arriving in Thailand in 2003 we have not taken an extended furlough. The biggest reason for this is that we do not have anyone who can consistently watch the church while we are gone for an extended period.  We do plan to come to the USA for about 3 months in the summer of 2019.  We would be happy to report to churches during this time. I will say more about this as the time draws closer. We have not been ignoring our many supporters, but take our responsibility in our church plant seriously. Bible Institute: We just finished studying Eccelssiology and will progress ot Eschatology at the end of the month. The students are faithful and eager to continue their studies. We presently have three faithful students.  One student who had to drop because of a moral issue has been faithful in church and has a desire to return. Two other missionaries in Thailand have agreed to teach and video record their classes to help us with the goal of eventually establishing a high quality online Bible school for the edification of many, regardless of location. We are still short of equipment. We were able to buy one computer but are still in need of two more computers and three video recorders.  Additionally we are hoping to purchase some wireless lavalier microphones. I will be visiting my children and grandchildren in the USA this Christmas.  If anyone has used but still serviceable video recorders or wireless mic’s I would be happy to accept take them back in my luggage. Please let me know.

Ministry:  We continue to teach a weekly evangelistic Creation to Christ class.  Right now there is one lost man and one lost university student attending. Please pray that the Lord would save them.

Please pray for:  Mike’s student’s and fellow teachers for salvation.  Pray for salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than a year). Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies. Wisdom in ministry matters.  Results of outreach. The Britten family as they make their final preparation to go to England as our churches first missionary family.

Praise: The Bible school student who we asked for prayer last letter has repented and is desiring to continue studying. A renewed visa and work permit to continue our ministry for another year. We were able to purchase a “new” used car.  It is two years old.  We couldn’t raise enough to pay cash, so we had to finance about half of the purchase cost.  Thanks for all those that gave to help in this need.   

We are truly humbled to be a part of your mission’s program and look forward to many more years of service together.

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him

For Christ in Thailand,

 

 

Mike & Francis Frederick

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May 2017 Prayer Letter

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                      May 2017

Happy New Year from Thailand.  April is the traditional Thai New Year and we celebrated in conjunction with Resurrection Sunday this year for a truly memorable event.  It is a ceremony called Rote Nahm Dahm Hua.  It is where the younger people pay respects to the elders.  It is a memorable time for our Thai Christians and a great opportunity to incorporate Thai traditions into the traditions of our church.  Just in case you are wondering, no it isn’t a Buddhist ceremony.

Bible Institute: We have started our new term of our institute.  This term there are four students enrolled.  We will be learning about Ecclesiology.  We will start to video tape the lessons in the hopes of making our classes available to all Thai Bible students.  I have enlisted the help of some other missionaries in the country to teach classes in the hopes of having a first-class Bible College level curriculum available in the next few years.  This is not just my project but will be done in collaboration with many.  This is a need that has been lacking for many years.  Due to the vast distances between churches and the small congregations an internet based Bible College seems like the best course of action as opposed to the traditional campus where everyone comes to us.  Please pray for this endeavor.  We will need three more computers, three video recorders, and at least three microphones to get this project off the ground.  We are praying that we can find someone who is good with video editing to help put a quality project online.

Ministry:  We continue to reach-out to our community in many ways.  Primarily through tract distribution and by teaching at the local University.  Our student population has been growing slowly thanks to the faithfulness of those already attending.  It is such an encouragement to see University students concerned about their friends and bringing their friends to hear the Word of God.  We are also exploring the idea of having evangelistic outreach using apologetics and engaging with contemporary questions/issues.  This will be help in a local coffee shop and will be a very informal format.  It is not a replacement for church but a way to engage with members of the community by hopefully answering questions they may have.  Many are hesitant to go to church since they are “not Christian”.  Please pray for wisdom in how to proceed with this ministry.  It is discouraging to advertise, plan, and execute a plan only to have not one person show up. Lord willing, we will have our first encounter at the end of May with the start of the new school year.  All of our services are live streamed (only the preaching) on YouTube at New Life Baptist Church Chiang Mai https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJVTbAI-Q3c3JGUsHlukRcA and are usually shared on facebook at www.facebook.com/newlifebaptisthangdong/ shortly after our services are completed.  If you are curious about our services or have a Thai friend that would be blessed by Biblical teaching, please tune in.   

Family News: We are pleased to announce the birth of our fifth grandchild to our oldest daughter and her husband, Maget and Adam Jones.  It is tough being far away from family, but it is a great comfort to know that all our children are actively serving the Lord in various capacities and we have the opportunity to periodically visit.

Please pray for:  Mike’s student’s and fellow teachers for salvation.  Pray for salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than a year). Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies as well as a job this summer.  A Bible school student to repent and return to school.  Wisdom in ministry matters.  Results of outreach. We are truly humbled to be a part of your missions program and look forward to many more years of service together.

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him

For Christ in Thailand,

 

 

Mike & Francis Frederick

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March 2017 Prayer Letter

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                       March 2017

Greetings in the name of our wonderful Lord and Savior.  Let me begin by thanking each and every one of you for your faithful prayers and support.  It amazes me when I reflect on the wonderful team the Lord has assembled to plant churches in Thailand.            

Missions Trip: Our churches missions trip to Cambodia was a great success.  We visited several churches and missionaries while in Cambodia.  It is a tough filed with many similarities to Thailand but with their own challenges.  The trip has had a positive impact on our church members.  We are thankful for those that gave to help offset the costs of the trip.  After returning from the trip, one young man expressed interest in starting back to Bible Institute to better prepare to serve the Lord in the future.  He seemed really burdened about the Cambodian people.  Who knows, maybe our church will have the privilege of sending out another missionary! 

Ministry:  Mike continues to work at the university to make contacts with students and staff.  Recently a student has started attending faithfully and has since joined the church.  She brings a lost friend almost every week.  Lord willing, she will be saved soon.  The university ministry is a great outreach opportunity.  Like most ministries in Thailand, it is slow, but the Word is being sown and we will trust the Lord to give the increase in His time.    We were just notified that our co-workers are leaving the field in the next week.  This will be a huge blow for us as Mike will have to assume many more responsibilities.  It is also a setback from a fellowship aspect.  It is encouraging to have fellow laborers who can lift us up in times of discouragement.  It is an unfortunate reality that so many Independent Baptist missionaries labor alone.   

Bible Institute:  Lord willing we will be starting classes again in April.  As of now, it is possible that we may have three students attending.  Please pray for the potential students and their future ministry.     

Please pray for:  Mike’s student’s and fellow teachers for salvation.  There is a man who still comes regularly but has yet to be saved.  Please pray for his salvation as well.  Backslidden members to return or find a good church.  Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies.  A Bible school student to repent and return to school.  Wisdom in ministry matters.  Results of outreach. Words cannot express our thanks for your faithfulness to support our ministry both spiritually and materially for the past fourteen plus years. 

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him

For Christ in Thailand,

 

 

Mike & Francis Frederick

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Cambodia Missions Trip 2017

 

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Dear prayer partners,

Tuesday the 24th we will be leaving for Cambodia to take many of our church members on a mission’s trip. We will be assisting two churches in Phnom Penh and a third church in Khampong Chom. 

We are excited to expose our folks to missions and church life in another culture and context.  We will be passing out literature and DVD’s, sharing testimonies, and trying to encourage the Christians in Cambodia. 

There will be 11 total going on the trip.  Please pray for us for safety and that God would use this trip to encourage the Cambodian churches and missionaries as well as encouraging our church in their walk with the Lord,

willingness to be a good testimony, and to surrender for the Lord’s use.  You can see pictures of our trip on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thaimissions.org/  Let us know your praying for us.  Thanks, and God Bless.

Mike & Frances Frederick                   

Thailand

January 2017 Prayer Letter

 

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Dear praying partners,                                                                                                       January 2017

Happy New Year to one and all.  On January 1st, we celebrated our arrival in Thailand 14 years ago.  A lot has changed since then.  All of our children have left and have gone or are currently in college.  Our four children have now morphed into four grand-children with one on the way.  Thankfully, we are still able to continue to serve the Lord here because of your faithful prayers and support and special offerings.  This ministry in Thailand is truly our ministry (each of you and us) for the Lord in reaching the Thai people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.          

Church Events: We have received many special offerings to help with the expenses of the Cambodia missions trip.  Everyone is fully funded, reservations have been made, passports purchased, and now we simply wait for January 24th to see how the Lord is going to work.  Interestingly, our churches faith promise program has been in the black for several months now.  What a blessing that this small church can have a part in world-wide evangelism as well.  You can follow our travels and events on our thaimissions.org facebook page.  Simple search for thaimissions.org and add as a follower.

Outreach:  We have started live-streaming our services to be a help to those who are in locations without a church and hopefully allow unsaved in our community to see a service and understand what we do.  Many Thai’s have never been in a church and therefore understand all church activities such as singing and preaching in a Buddhist context.  In most Buddhist temples, the monk will chant in the Pali language and no one understands what is being said.  The fact that a Christian message is from a Bible written in an understandable language and the preaching is done in an understandable language is often quite surprising.  If you are curious, or have Thai friends that would like to watch and hopefully be encouraged, we are on You-tube live, New Life Baptist Church Chiang Mai, Saturday nights 2130 EST Sunday School, 2245 EST Sunday worship service, and Wednesday morning at about 1930 for our Wednesday night service.  We tried another outreach program last month by offering a short Creation to Christ or “Get acquainted with what Christians believe” course on Sunday evenings.  Two lost men joined together to study as well as two newly saved ladies. One of the men dropped after the first week, but the second man diligently came, listened and has been faithfully attending church since.  Please pray for this man’s salvation in the near future.      

Bible Institute:  Our Bible Institute suffered a set-back.  One of the students had to be suspended due to a moral issue.  So the school will be temporarily set-aside until we have more students.   

Please pray for:  Mike’s student’s and fellow teachers for salvation.  There is a man who come regularly but has yet to be saved.  Please pray for his salvation as well.  Backslidden members to return or find a good church.  Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies.  A Bible school student to repent and return to school.  Al Allshouse (our associate) for ability in learning Thai.  Wisdom in ministry matters.  Results of outreach.

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him

For Christ in Thailand,

 

 

Mike & Francis Frederick

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October 2016 Prayer Letter

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                                                                    October 2016

I am currently preaching through the book of Jeremiah for our Wednesday evening Bible studies.  It is an encouragement to know that the success of our ministry is not measured by numbers but by faithfulness.  May the Lord find us all faithful about the task He has called us to do.         

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