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December 2013 Thailand update

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

August 2013 Prayer Letter

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Change.  It is scary when things change, but when we think of all that has happened in our lives, none of it would be possible without accepting changes in our lives.  In August, our youngest daughter graduated home school and left to live with her older sister in Okinawa, Japan, until she starts college next year.  Our oldest son, who had been living and teaching in Thailand, also left to go to Air Force basic training. Frances and I are now officially “empty nesters”.  Many of you have been there and done that and know it is not easy, but we look forward to how God will work in our children’s lives and Frances and I anticipate many more years of serving together in Thailand.

New Opportunity:  Frances has been taking Thai sign language classes at a school for the deaf in Chiang Mai.  She has the basics and will move on to start helping at the school as a teacher’s helper a few days a week.  This is something that she has always wanted to do.  The deaf community is much larger than many of us realize and the fact that Frances can communicate will hopefully open many witnessing opportunities. 

New Life Baptist Church.  Attendance at regular services has been steady and I am encouraged by the increased attendance of Wednesday nights. We have had several lost people coming regularly for the last few weeks. They are asking questions and will hopefully be saved soon.  The university students have become more involved in the services and Day and Ching have volunteered to start helping with our music program (they will play guitar).

Special Meetings.  We had our second annual mission’s conference in July.  Although our missions giving was down from last year (we have had many members move to other locale), we still have a good commitment of almost $300 per month.  This will allow us to continue supporting the two church planting works in Thailand and begin to support our own missionary that we will be sending to England within the next year or two.  I had the opportunity to preach a Bible conference at a new church plant in Phitsunaloke province.  I preached on worship and the was encouraged by the response.  It is encouraging to see a fellow missionary go to a new unreached province with no Baptist churches (and very few of any sort) of any kind and start a work for the Lord.  In December we will be ordaining Tom into the Gospel ministry.  He will assume duties as assistant pastor until such time that he leaves to go on deputation full time to raise support for his ministry in England.        

Prayer Requests:  The Professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, Nueng, and Daeng for salvation. Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth.  Pray for Nun and Nookie for spiritual growth.  Recent visitors for salvation:  Pim, Paa, Uay.  You can see ministry pictures and more at our web site;  www.thaimissions.org.  We pray God’s blessing as you continue to serve the Lord! 

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

Frederick 2014 Furlough

Dear Ministry Partners,

These are the kind of updates that I hate to write, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that I need to write it.  After almost 11 years on the field, we are planning a two part furlough for 2014.  The first part will be in the spring (March-June 2014) and the second part will be in the fall (September-November 2014).  We are planning a two part furlough because we do not have anyone that can watch the church for an extended period of time.  Now comes the part I do not enjoy.  After many years of inflation, a devaluing dollar, dropped and/or reduced support, we are in need of funds to purchase tickets and funds for furlough expenditures as well as several needs on the field.  The following are needs for furlough:

$6000 for tickets (About $2000 each) (spring and fall)

$2500 Rental/leased car while in the USA for March-June). (This is an estimate only)

$2000 rent an apartment while in the USA.

This is a lot of money.  As time passed saving for furlough was one of the first areas to be cut.  Anyone that would like to help can send a check to BWMOM as normal and designate it “Frederick Furlough Fund”. 

Secondly.  I plan to try to primarily visit supporting churches in the Spring and then visit new churches to raise additional support in the fall.   If anyone has a church they would like to recommend we contact to present our ministry we are happy to accept suggestions.  Churches that already support us (for which we are very grateful), I would be happy to try to work out date to give an update to your congregation.  It has been a great privilege to serve the Lord these last 11 years in Thailand.  We are looking forward to sharing what God has done and share a vision for what we hope God will do.  As the world gets darker, the light of the Gospel shines that much more brightly.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely in Christ,

Michael Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

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May 2013 Prayer Letter

June 2013

Disappointment.  This is a word that anyone that has been involved in the ministry at home or abroad is well acquainted with.  As I was teaching Bible Institute to the English speakers two weeks ago, we noticed in the feeding of the 5000, that of the multitudes that witnessed the miracle and wanted to immediately make Jesus king, most left him (John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him).  This is the nature of ministry. 

 Bible Institute.  Our new semester was cut short when our Thai Bible student dropped out in order to pursue the things of the world.  It still surprises how quickly things can change.  He initially completely disappeared from church but has since made tentative steps to return; attending some meetings.  It was very frustrating to contact the Thai pastors who dedicated so much of their time to help train this young man and tell them the bad news.  As of right now, our plans to expand the Bible Institute have been put on hold as we know of no men that are training for the ministry in the Independent Baptist churches that we fellowship with.  This has been a constant difficulty for missionaries in Thailand for the entire history of missions in this country.  Please pray that God would raise-up faithful men who would be willing to forsake all and follow the Lord.  On a positive note, our two English speakers will be graduating on July 19th.  One of our graduates will go to England in October for a survey trip and upon his return will intern as assistant pastor for about a year before trying to raise funds to go to England as a missionary.  He is English and his family is Thai. He has been a faithful member of our church since the beginning about 8 years ago.  If anyone would like to help him purchase his plane ticket to England you can send a gift to BWMOM and designate it appropriately.     

New Life Baptist Church.  Nookie was baptized on Resurrection Sunday to the glory f God.  She has since been very faithful to services and has been bringing some friends as well.  The university students are still relatively few (about 5 per week), but inroads are being made.  I start teaching again in June and look forward to meeting and witnessing to many more students.   

Prayer Requests:  The Professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, Nueng, and Daeng for salvation. Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth.  The Bible school students: Tom, Matt.  Pray for Nun and Nookie for spiritual growth.  You can see ministry pictures and more at our web site;  www.thaimissions.org.  We pray God’s blessing as you continue to serve the Lord! 

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

January 2013 Prayer Letter

January 2013

Happy New Year!  Today, January 1st marks our 10th year in Thailand.  We prayed at the entrance of the New Year and asked God to give us many more years of service here as well as thanking God for all those who have supported us financially and prayerfully for so many years.  What a blessing to serve God!

 

Bible Institute.  We will be finishing the semester around the end of January.  It has been a great semester and the on-line courses have been working great.  We are praying that we will have even better participation next semester (worth in terms of more instructors and more students).  Training future leaders is a huge part of our ministry and is vital to the success of our church plant. 


New Life Baptist Church
.  We had our annual Christmas party at a local resort and had a very good turnout.  Four of my fellow professors from the university came as well as about 10 students and many guests of our members.  It was a fun time but most importantly everyone left with a clear presentation of the Gospel.  We also did a Christmas program at the elementary school that a single missionary (Atalie Habal) working with us teac
he's at.  Dtom (Bible student) taught about the birth of Christ, we sang several songs, and the children did a poem and some songs that Atalie taught them previously.  Again, everyone heard the Gospel and the teachers/staff invited us to come again next year.  We have been systematically passing out tracts in our district and have passed out almost 10,000 tracts in the last 4 months.  Only one person has visited (they were a member of another church) but we are not weary in well doing.  Truthfully, trying to reach the Thai people is a discouraging work and we often ask ourselves what we can.  If not for the comfort the Lord gives as we struggle we would have quit long ago.  Often when discouraged we look at the faithful members of the church and are again encouraged by the power of God to change lives.  Please pray for the churches in Thailand and for us in this area.    

  Prayer Requests:  The Professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, and Daeng for salvation. Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth.  The Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Dtom.  Pray for Nin and Sahn for spiritual growth.  You can sign-up for updates at our web site;  www.thaimissions.org.  We pray God’s blessing as you continue to serve the Lord! 

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

March 2013 Update

 

March 2013

1 Chronicles 16:25 tells us, “For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.”  This is a truth that we have been getting hold of more and more.  The Lord is always great, always.

 Bible Institute.  We have started a new semester in the Thai section of Bible Institute with two Thai pastors teaching on-line courses.  I am hoping to expand this ministry to include more Baptist churches across Thailand, but presently there is a lack of students.  The English portion of the Bible Institute is coming to a close in a few months.  I have just finished teaching Acts and will teach the Prophets and Life of Christ to round out the curriculum.  Lord willing, we will have our second graduation ceremony in July or August.  One of our students, Tom, is preparing to go to England to plant churches.  Being sent from a small mission’s church in Thailand and going to a gospel barren land will present many challenges, but with God’s help, he will get there.  Please pray for him as he makes plans and preparations. 

New Life Baptist Church.  We are making preparations for a special Easter service this year that will culminate in a church picnic at a local river after services.  Additionally, we have made plans for a church sports day at the end of April which will hopefully be an encouragement to the members to bring many friends that we can follow up with in the future.  We have been encouraged by an increase in the number of students coming to church from the university. Several of the new freshman have started coming and one young lady, Nookie, was saved recently.  She sent me a Facebook message while I was meeting a new missionary, asking how she could become a child of God.  She is the result of a true team effort as Atalie (the young lady working with us) has been teaching and encouraging her, another Christian student witnessed to her, and we had the privilege of reaping the fruit.  Lord willing, she will be baptized when she returns from summer break in June (our summer/hot season is from March to May).  In order to give our church more autonomy and pave the way for its true independence in the future, we started the process of establishing a foundation more than a year ago.  Praise the Lord it is finished!  We can now have accounts in our church’s name, buy property, etc…  As a result, I will transfer my current visa to our foundation and will need to take my family to Malaysia the week of March 18th to get a new visa from the Thai embassy there. 

 Prayer Requests:  The professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, Nueng, and Daeng for salvation; Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth; the Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Dtom.  Pray for Nin and Nookie for spiritual growth.  Also pray about our finances; the dollar is slipping again, and several churches have dropped our support.  You can sign-up for updates at our web site;  www.thaimissions.org.  We pray God’s blessing as you continue to serve the Lord! 

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

Merry Christmas 2010

Below is our recently snail-mailed prayer letter. There are new pictures on our web site from the Christmas caroling. hopefully I will have video up soon. Take care and God bless... December 2010 Merry Christmas! Three of our four children are able to be with us in Chiang Mai and for that we are thankful. God has continued to multiply the work in Chiang Mai thanks to your faithful prayers and the faithfulness of the members of New Life Baptist Church in Chiang Mai. New Life Baptist Chiang Mai. We are currently in the midst of a campaign to print newsletters that we hand out in the area of our church on a monthly basis. We print and distribute 3000 color newsletters each month. Each newsletter addresses a question or obstacle that is typical in Thai culture. We have had several visitors because of this, and we are looking forward to more fruit as the new year starts. These are expensive (about $350 a month). If you would like to help with the printing of these newsletters you can make a contribution to BWMOM for “Newsletter Printing.” We had our last baptismal service of the year where we baptized two new believers who were recently saved. One young man and an older woman were saved as a result of the faithful witness of members in our church. It is great to see how the Lord multiplies our efforts, and we see II Timothy 2:2 coming alive before us. Our church expansion is finished! We have doubled our capacity and praise the Lord for opening this opportunity just in time. We are still saving to purchase land in the future, but the Lord hasn’t opened that door of opportunity yet. Bible Institute: Mike is currently teaching classes in English in the evenings. Classes will start for a new class of Thai’s in January. Right now there is one student committed to attending. We are praying for 2-3 more. Women’s Ministry: Francis is doing a great job leading the ladies of the church. She often plans outings with them. She does a great job of leading by example and encouraging the many single mothers in the church in their walk with the Lord. Children: Matthew is graduating from a local International university in March. He is tentatively planning to stay in Thailand and work for a few years while he continues to attend Bible Institute. Josh is finishing his first semester at a Bible college in the USA and is enjoying his classes in graphics arts. Hannah is halfway through her sophomore year in high school. All of our children are a tremendous asset to our ministry, and we recognize it is only through a team effort and the Lord’s grace that inroads are being made to the glory of God. College Ministry: The Missionaries that attend our church (the Sullivant family and the Angeles family) continue to teach at the student center. It is a slow process, but we are praying for students to be saved. The Angeles family will be teaching alone while the Sullivant’s are on a short furlough in Canada. Village Ministry: The village ministry, under the leadership of Sakhorn, is continuing. He is thankful that we have entered the dry season so he doesn’t get soaked on the two hour drive to the village. Though work there is very slow, Sakhorn is a faithful servant. He continues to apprentice at the church in Chiang Mai while working at the village church and is doing a good job in many phases of the ministry. Christmas: This year we are breaking out of our comfort zone. Because of a missions team from our home church, we felt encouraged to try and do a Christmas concert this year. We will be performing at the Big C (a Walmart type department store) on Christmas Eve. We have been practicing since October and feel almost ready. Michael and his wife Maureen Sullivant have been diligently trying to teach us to sing in parts. It has been rough, but we are sounding much better. This is a great opportunity to sing for and witness to the thousands of weekend shoppers that will visit the store. On Christmas night we will celebrate Christmas at our church with the members and their invited guests. Please pray for these coming events. Prayer Requests: Please continue to pray for our family and the members of New Life Baptist Church (Chiang Mai and Wang Mai). Pray for Mae and Bhun who are really backslidden and are dealing with serious sin issues. Pray for Ahm and Lii for spiritual growth and for Tom and Matthew, as they study in the Bible Institute. Continue to pray diligently for our college ministry that it will grow and reach many students and professors with the gospel.

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick BWMOM, Thailand

March 2011 Prayer Letter

March 2011 Happy Summer! With the close of February we have the privilege of welcoming the hot weather (It’s in the mid 90’s right now). This year marks our eighth of serving the Lord in Thailand, and it also marks the tenth year since we started raising support. What a blessing to have so many churches and individuals behind us for such a long period of time. New Life Baptist Chiang Mai. In December a friend of one of our members started attending church. She was pregnant without a husband and was in a very stressful situation, wanting to give away the child. She was saved in January and has since had her child and decided to keep her. It will be tough for her, but what a blessing to see her faithfully attending church and deciding that she wants to raise her child for God’s glory instead of giving her away. We are still distributing the Twelve Questions newsletters every month. We are printing and ready to start distributing the question concerning the Cross of Christ and the resurrection of Christ (March and April). This project has not yielded much in the way of fruit yet, but it has been a blessing to see the members of New Life Baptist church work tirelessly to distribute these newsletters to friends, family and neighbors. We are still accepting special contributions for this project. Special offerings can be given via BWMOM and designated “Thailand Newsletter Printing”. Bible Institute: Mike is currently teaching Systematic Theology classes in English in the evenings and has started a new class, Old Testament Survey, on Friday evenings for the Thai. Three students have registered for credit and two for audit. These classes are an important aspect of our ministry as this is the avenue by which we will train local leaders to send out as future missionaries, church planters, pastors, and Sunday school teachers. Family News: Joshua had the chance to come visit for Christmas and returned to the states too quickly. He is enrolled at a Christian college studying graphic arts. He is doing well at college and really enjoying the various aspects of college life. It was great to see how he has grown spiritually while away. Matthew will graduate in March 2011 from the local International University with a bachelor’s degree in English Communication. He has already started a job (part time until graduation) as a teacher at a bi-lingual school. He will continue to study at the Bible Institute during the evenings as God has called him into the ministry. Matthew helps with the music ministry and preaches occasionally as the Lord opens opportunities. He also co-teaches the English language Sunday school class. Hannah just celebrated her sixteenth birthday and is finishing her sophomore year of high school (home school). She is active in the church by helping to clean and most importantly, playing the piano and helping in the nursery. She is a fine young lady who loves the Lord and is helpful beyond measure. Our oldest daughter is in Okinawa with her husband who is in the US Air Force. It is great that they are active in a good church on Okinawa and are actively serving the Lord. We are proud parents and happy that everyone is active serving the Lord (albeit we are starting to get a little too spread out). College Ministry: The English classes have slowed down considerably at the university and will be shut down for the summer. We are praying for guidance concerning this ministry. The student center didn’t go very well, and we are in the process of re-evaluation. Lord willing, we will be able to tweak some things and continue our ministry at the North Chiang Mai University. The two missionary families, the Sullivants and the Angeles, have been an encouragement and blessing beyond description. My classes have ended, and I am happy to report that they went fairly well. I have had the opportunity to make some inroads with several students and the “ice” has been broken. Village Ministry: I hate to be the one to report bad news, but this ministry is just not going anywhere right now. We were initially encouraged when the lady under church discipline started attending services again with the understanding that she needed to confess before the church. Yet she has still not agreed to confess and has since stopped coming faithfully again. Most of the young people (16+) continue to leave this village for work in the city and the older people (40+) are becoming harder towards the gospel. Pray with us as we try to determine what is best to do about this work. Sakhorn is very discouraged, as am I, concerning this work; but no one can say that it is through a lack of trying or dedication. Prayer requests: Please pray for Ahm, Mae, Bhun, Ayima, Ann who are backslidden. Also pray for the newsletter distribution. Pray for Wi, Maem (recently saved single mother) for spiritual growth. Pray for the Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Tiang, Dtom, Katae, Somsri, and Liw. May God continue to bless you as you serve Him! For Christ in Thailand, Mike & Francis Frederick BWMOM, Thailand

May 2011 Prayer Letter

May 2011 Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. This is a passage that encourages me because often serving the Lord involves waiting on the Lord which doesn’t come naturally to most of us. Yet it is a joy to see the Lord break through and work in people’s hearts. Does this mean I have some spectacular news to report? No. It just means I am waiting patiently on the Lord and based on what He has done, I know that He is and will continue to work. New Life Baptist, Chiang Mai. We were able to celebrate Resurrection Sunday with a sunrise service at a local river. After singing, praying, some preaching, and taking communion together, we returned to church to eat breakfast, fellowship and celebrate the Lord’s resurrection with our regularly scheduled services. We were pushing for a big weekend and had one new unsaved adult visitor! We were also pleasantly surprised at the efforts of one of our ladies to bring several children to church. Unbeknownst to us, she had been doing a Bible club at her home with several neighborhood children, and their parents finally consented to allow them to come to church (mostly 10-12 year olds). This is exactly the kind of effort a church planter wants to see. Often everything rides on the back of the church planter and his programs and efforts. It is therefore a great joy to see the church members taking the initiative in serving the Lord. Newsletter Ministry: We have been humbled by the many gifts for the newsletter printing that we have received. As a result, almost all of our planned newsletters have been paid for. We are currently editing our final edition; we plan to print 12,000 copies which is twice as many as normal (6000 copies). It will be a special edition containing the testimonies and pictures of many of our members. We are hoping to have a few testimonies in the Northern Thai dialect as well. We trust this will prove to be a good capstone to the foundation laid in the previous newsletters. Please pray that the Lord will use this ministry to penetrate the Thai heart. Family News: I am happy to say that Matthew (our second oldest) has become engaged to a lovely young French lady who attends university in Chiang Mai. They will be getting married on January 7th, 2012 in Chiang Mai. Please pray for them as they make preparations to embark on a life of service together for the Lord. Prayer requests: Please pray for the professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, and Ann for salvation. Also, pray for Mike’s new students this term (names unknown as of yet). Also continue to pray for the many backsliden: Ahm, Mae, Bhun, Ayima, Maem, and Ann. Pray for the Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Tiang, Dtom, Katae, and Somsri. Pray for the Sullivant family as they seek the Lord’s direction for their future ministry. They have been such a blessing to our church in the two years they have attended language school, and we will be sorry to see them leave but excited about their future ministry. We pray God’s blessing on you as you continue to faithfully serve the Lord!

For Christ in Thailand, Mike & Francis Frederick BWMOM, Thailand www.thaimissions.org

July 2011 Revival Meeting

Greetings, Please be in prayer for our annual revival meetings this weekend. We will begin on Saturday the 23rd at 7 PM (8AM EST Saturday morning). We will have five meetings total on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We have passed out many fliers and invited many friends and co-workers. We are praying for many to be saved and hearts to be stirred. I will update you when the meetings are over. For the Lord in Thailand Mike Frederick