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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

October 2012 Prayer Letter

October 2012

Serving the Lord is certainly not a boring ordeal.  God is doing many wonderful things in Thailand.

Bible Institute.  We have been able to expand the Bible institute recently to include two missionary instructors (including myself) and two Thai pastors. We are able to do this because of the suggestion and encouragement of Ed Habal.  He and his family came on a mission’s trip several years ago and he saw the potential for bridging the gap between our geographically separated churches.  It took several years to implement his ideas but it is becoming a reality. Not only do we have an expanded instructor base but there are several students who have joined form a church in Khorat as well. 

New Life Baptist Church.  Several of our church members joined us on a second mission’s trip to Phitsunalok province to help a church plant in that city.  We spent three days and helped the missionary pass out more than 10,000 John/Romans introducing his new church plant.  It is great to see Thai people who once lived apart from the grace of God have a burden to share the Gospel with their fellow countrymen.  We also had our first faith promise mission’s conference in September.  Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting much since our church is mostly composed of working class people who don’t make much.  Imagine my shock when our faith promise commitment amounted to about $260 a month.  This is half again our churches monthly budget!  Praise the Lord.  In September, during the mission’s conference a lady (an adult daughter of a member) came and was saved!  Three weeks later one of our newer members starting bringing his neighbor to church and he was saved as well.  God is working in Hang Dong!     

University Ministry.  The first term is finished.  It has been a long semester with many students and many opportunities to share the gospel and encourage Christian students.  I would appreciate your continued prayers for this ministry.

New Team Member.  Atalie Habal finally arrived in Thailand on September 7th after many delays.  She ahs started language school and has pretty much gotten all settled in.  She will start teaching at a local elementary school in November with the start of the new school term.  We are excited about having this energetic young lady as part of our church planting team. 

 

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!  We will are planning to return to the states in the summer of 2013-2014.  If you would like us to come and report to your church please contact me via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

August 2012 Prayer Letter

August 2012

God is good!  It is a pleasure to serve the Lord in Thailand for the past 9 ½ years.  It is a privilege to be associated with so many missions minded churches as well.  Without all of your faithful support we couldn’t be here preaching the saving message to the Thai people.

Bible Institute.  We still have one Thai student enrolled but we have been able to start an online element to the Bible Institute.  This term three missionaries (including myself) taught courses via the internet.  Next term we should be able to offer four classes.  This is a very efficient way to teach and hopefully in the near future we will have students from around Thailand.  Next year we should have our second graduation when our two English speaking students graduate.  Teaching in Bible Institute is a big part of our ministry as we desire to train future leaders.

New Life Baptist Church.  Another long time member left the church recently to go live in another province without a church.  It breaks our hearts to see people stray far from the Lord. On a positive note we have had several visitors from Mike’s university ministry and several neighborhood visitors attend regularly as well.  The church is stable and is growing stronger but it is a long difficult road.  Our church took a missions trip to a province about 10 hours away to help distribute literature.  What a blessing that four of our members sacrificially gave to be able to help this church plant in Chaiyaphum.

University Ministry.  This term, Mike has 70 students in three classes.  It is tiring but has been a great witnessing opportunity.  Additionally Mike had the opportunity to teach English to the Thai Olympic weightlifting team.  As of this writing, no medals yet! 

Missions Conference.  Please be in prayer for our church and our special speaker this September.  We will have our churches first faith promise missions’ conference.  Our church has supported one national missionary from our general budget for 3 years but we desire to be able to do more.  A veteran missionary from Bangkok will  preach the conference for us.  We are praying that our members will be stirred into action and giving for the cause of missions.

New Team Member.  September 6th, Atalie Habal will join us in our ministry.  She is a single lady who has followed the Lord’s call to help teach English and minister to children in Chiang Mai.  We are excited about how she will help to expand our ministry outreach.  Please pray for her as she makes the transition to Thailand. 

 

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.  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 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

September 2011 Prayer Letter

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and enabling. After 8 ½ years in Thailand I am slowing starting to realize how big and difficult the task is that is before us. Yet in it all, we can see the hand of the Lord working in Thailand. New Life Baptist, Chiang Mai. The rainy season has been dry concerning new visitors and people being saved. We had one young man (about 24) who was saved and baptized and has been faithful to services since. We have also had a young man (about 23) who has left the church in order to marry an unsaved woman. It is always difficult to see people fall out of fellowship with the Lord, but we thank God for the way He continues to work in many lives. Sakhorn (Bible school graduate last year) has started taking on more responsibilities in the church and now leads a weekly discipleship class as well as a new teen Sunday school class. Next month he will also teach his first class in the Bible institute. It is encouraging to see him continue to grow and serve the Lord. The Bible institute has grown and now includes five men. Three Thai men have enrolled and have all expressed an interest in serving the Lord in some capacity in the future. We now have Bible Institute classes four times a week (two in English and two in Thai). We continue to teach English at the North Chiang Mai University and are trying to make an impact with both the students and professors. Additionally, another opportunity has presented itself to help Thai High School teachers in Northern Thailand with their English skills. Although teaching English is not my priority, this is a very effective way to meet and develop relationships with other Thai professionals. Thailand is a relationship based society, so sharing the gospel is much less confrontational when presented amongst those with whom a relationship has been established. Newsletter Ministry: The newsletter ministry is finished with mixed results. We were proud of how the members of New Life Baptist church responded by faithfully distributing the newsletters each month. Unfortunately, the responses have been almost non-existent. We can rest in the fact that God’s Word has been spread and perhaps seed has been planted for later harvest. Family News: In addition to the excitement of our son getting married in January, we just found out that our oldest daughter will be having our first grandchild in April 2012. Prayer requests: Please pray for the professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, and Ann for salvation. Also, continue to pray for the many backsliden: Ahm, Mae, Bhun, Ayima, Maem, Tom and Ann. Pray for the Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Tiang, Dtom, and Sombhun,. Pray for the Sullivant family (presently helping in Chiang Mai) 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

March 2012

March 2012

 

Greetings from Thailand once again.  Praise the Lord for His faithfulness, especially in difficult situations.  2012 has started off on a bad note, but we are confident in God’s provision and care.  As is typical, we have both good news and bad news to report. 

The bad news

One of the men that started studying in Bible Institute with us and his wife (she was saved at our church seven years ago) allowed someone (from another church) to start a Bible study at their home.  After only a few days, they decided that I was a false teacher and confronted me about my false teaching.  They claimed the Holy Spirit told them that they no longer could sin.  They immediately left the church on the eve of their sons baptism and tried to lure everyone away with them.  Fortunately, no one, except them, left.  It is sad to see one of your most faithful couples fall into false teaching and stray from the Lord.  It just confirms even more that our hope is not in men.  In all bad there is good.   

The good news

The college students that I referenced in our last letter have been very faithful to attend church and have been a real blessing and encouragement.  God is really doing a work at North-Chiang Mai University.  The daughter of one of our members accepted the 

Lord last year and followed the Lord in baptism at the end of January.  It is such a blessing to have baptized his mom and dad 7 years ago and now baptize their daughter too!  Our Christmas activities went well.  The church-wide Christmas party was attended by about 60 people, many of whom were visitors.  None have visited the church yet, but contacts were made.    Lastly we praise the Lord for the marriage of my son Matthew to Pauline in January.  They will continue to live in Thailand while Matt finishes Bible institute then begins other preparations for missionary service in Europe.   

  Prayer Requests:  Thanks for your faithful prayers for this ministry.  Please pray for the professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, and Ann for salvation. Also pray for Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth.  Pray for the Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Dtom.  Continue to pray for the Sullivant family as they begin the difficult work of planting a church in Phitsunalok.  Pray for our special summer activities with the college students (summer is March-May).  You can view pictures of our various ministry activities as well as sign-up for updates at our web site  www.thaimissions.org.  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

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