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This is news from the ministry: Good News for the Shan

We recently had a baptism, we have started up Sunday meetings again and at the end of August we saw a couple receive Jesus.
The new Christians have also experienced some opposition because of their new faith. We have seen a total of seven people receive Jesus during July and August.

They Will Crucify You

One of those who became a Christian recently comes almost every Sunday. She lives near our weekend school.
One Sunday she did not come, and Mawkkham went and visited her, while I taught English in the afternoon. After one hour, they returned together. Mawkkham told me: When it was a Buddhist holiday a couple of days ago, their boss had asked why they did not go to the Buddhist temple in the village. She said they had become Christians now, so they did not go to the temple. The boss had then said contemptuously: If you have become Christians, then they (i.e. us) will soon do with you as they did with Jesus, crucify you.

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Here are some news from our ministry: Good News for the Shan.

We are already in month 3 of this year and many things have happened since last news updates.
We want to share some highlights.

For a about two week ago we had some good conversation with several Shan people in the orange farms around in the aria. Mawkkham shared the Good News in a clear and good way, and Mawkkham and her husband Tore have more time now since their young daughter is growing.


Since Christmas it have taken some time to follow up some of the people that came to our big Christmas party where we gathered around 150-200 Shan people, so it was grate to see that many had become even more interested in the Good News.

We also do a lot of following up ministry with the new Christians and, we are going every week to visit them.

Our weekend school.
We have had a great start after new year with our weekend school. We gathered over 20 children the first weekend.



All the children have got a New Testament now, and we read a chapter together every Saturday and Sunday.
For the last two months our school have been a bit on and of, because we still only have one car to use for our ministry. Tore had to go two weeks to Chiang Mai and for the last two weeks it has been at the garage to fix the painting and front of the car after an accident before Christmas. 
Please still pray with us for a ministry car. 



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Over the past two weeks, a lot has happened here in our ministry Good News for the Shan, including around 13-14 people who have received Jesus, and we are busy following them up. Several of them we have known for a time already, but suddenly there were several who wanted to take the full step out and become Christians.

It started with four people that surprisingly came at a house meeting we had on a Monday night.

We had actually gone to this house meeting to encourage a Christian couple who had just moved to a new place where they had no electricity, far out on the rice field.

When we arrived another family we also know called and said they would like to come to this house meeting too because they wanted to receive Jesus.
After 5-10 minutes they arrived, and one middle-aged man said eagerly that he was very ready to receive Jesus. He had been thinking and waiting for a long time to do so, because he wanted a change in his life.

This is also the father of a 14 year old girl who attends our Saturday and Sunday school, and we have known her for about 3 years.

At the same time she also wanted to receive, plus two other young men, one we have known for over 12 years (but we have not seen him for a while).
So the evening was a bit different than we had expected.

We finally got to pray for and encourage the couple we came to visit as well, when it got dark and from a light of a flashlight.

Baptism

We have baptism on Sunday, the 20th of October, we have potentially 13 people that want to be baptized, but sometimes there are some who withdraw, or there may also be others who say they want to be baptized.

There is a girl of about 15-16 years, whom we have known for about three years now who is also thinking about being baptized, if her parents allows it.

Pray for those who have received Jesus and want to be baptized!

What excites me (and we) the most are not always those who say they want to be Christian (because we have  experienced many people who have said they will, but did not really mean it), but those who really mean it and want to take the full step by being baptized.

We have also started gatherings on Sunday mornings. One of the reasons is that we need to follow up and teach more those who are new Christians.

Sunday Gatherings

At our Sunday gatherings we begun with only 4-5 people who met togather, but the last two Sundays there have been over 10 who have come, also new Christians and some youth.

A 15 year old girl who baptized a year ago is very eager to come and wants to grow as a Christian. She also wants to attend a Bible school when the time comes.

Please remember to pray for this:

  • Those who have become Christians
  • Our Sunday morning gatherings, that more of the new Christians will come to these gatherings. We also follow them up in the evening in our home Churches.
  • For our economy.

 

In our ministry, we are still in grate need of monthly sponsors and partners.

  • We are in great need of a ministry car as we have now also started with Sunday meetings.
  • We also need a rice cooker (about 150USD) for our Sunday meetings and other gatherings.
  • We are also in need of funds for Christmas and Christmas parties we will have.

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At our monthly meeting we have on our rented land we gathered almost 60 people all together including children. There are actually more and more people coming to these gatherings and we ran out of food this time.
This evening we taught from the Bible and also explained the gospel and had worship.

An entire family of six received Jesus this evening.
I saw a father bring his kids along with him when we asked if anyone would like that Jesus should come into their hearts.
They have one child that is only five months old as well, which we have prayd for several times. This is a family we have known for over a year now, and they have been very interested in Jesus for the past six months.


There were also other young families, some of whom had recently come from Myanmar, who we prayed for and with.

 Remember: Like our Facebook page: Good News For the Shan - Ministry, to see more pictures, videos and updates.

We had a successful Christmas celebration here in Northern Thailand, and we reached out to between 200-250 Shan people all together.
We had four parties at four different locations from the 14th to the 22end of December, most people had never heard about the Christmas message before, and many were encouraged.

Watch a video from the Chrismas parties under!

About 150 people came to our Christmas party on December 22end that we had on the land that we rent.
We had programs in the morning for the children and youth and food and program for adults in the evening.
Many prayed the salvation prayer in the end of our big Christmas party.

Our Sunday and Saturday school kids performed a Christmas tradition Shan dance (with the Christmas message) in all the places we were, plus in a Shan church we visited in another city.

Now we have started the New Year with about 10-15 children.

Children's Day
This last Sunday we had Children's Day at our Sunday school. Around 40 children, plus some adults came. It was a fun time with lot of games and we ate lunch together.

Arrangements and special days are always a good opportunity for us to share the Good News.


Please still pray for sponsors/donors to our ministry: Good News for the Shan. We are in need of more funds in this year too, we are especially in need for a car.


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