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December 2013 Thailand update

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December 2013

Merry Christmas!  During Thanksgiving, we typically think of all we are thankful for.  We are so thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord in Thailand and by His grace we hope to serve many more years to come.  As Christmas rapidly approaches, we think of what we are most grateful for; the Lord Jesus Christ.  Like most churches, ours is also using the Christmas season to try and reach out to our community with the Gospel.  Our bug event will be our annual Christmas party which we anticipate about 50-60 adults attending. 

Robbery. As I mentioned in our last letter, we our church was robbed of basically all of our electronic items last month.  God is so gracious in that He used His churches and individuals to provide enough special offerings to replace everything!  Praise the Lord!  We are now back to normal, and thankfully our landlord purchased and installed a security gate on our back door and back window to make it more difficult for thieves to break in.    

Ordination: Next week (the 10th & 11th of December) we will be holding our first ordination.  Tom and his wife were one of the first families to get saved in our church and have been very faithful ever since.  To graduated Bible College this year and has expressed his desire to go to England as a missionary.  About 10 nationals and missionaries will be gathering to exam him and help make a recommendation to New Life Baptist Church.  We will have a special service on the 11th installing Tom as assistant pastor of New Life Baptist. 

Outreach:  One of the challenges of ministering in Thailand is trying to find an effective way to make contact with people.  Although teaching English is a good opportunity, many see missionaries as simply English teachers.  This past week, our church set up a stall at the local night market and one of our ladies, who is a nurse’s assistant, took blood pressure readings as a service to the community.  As a result we were able to make a lot of individualized contacts and were able to distribute many tracts, John/Romans, and other literature.  It was one of the only ways I have seen thus far where the Thai’s were solely responsible for the ministry (people would be scared to have a foreigner read their blood pressure).  We will be going again on New Year’s day and hopefully will be able to make it a monthly evangelistic outreach. 

Furlough:  We will be arriving in the United States on January 29th for a four month furlough, our first since arriving in Thailand on January 1st 2003.  I have already contacted several churches about meeting, but still have many dates open, especially in later February, later March, and all of April.  If you would like us to report to your church we would be happy to try to make that happen.  Please contact me via email and I can call or respond via email to set-up a date.  Concerning funds for our furlough, we have had several special offerings but are still short of our projected needs (above our regular support) by about $3000.  If you can help, please designate it as Frederick furlough and send it to our mission, BWMOM.  Any donations given through our web site are appreciated, but be aware that these gifts are not tax deductible.

Prayer Requests:  Salvation for contacts from the blood pressure booth.  Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth.  Pray for Nun and Nookie for spiritual growth.  We pray God’s blessing as you serve. 

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

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