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We potentially have around 13 people who could have been baptized on Sunday, but some didn't have the opportunity to come, while others would think more about it. A family also had to go to work in another city for a period of time.
But five of them decide to do it, and we baptized them on Sunday after our Sunday meeting. Those who we baptized were three of those who received Jesus the night I talked about earlier (see this page), including the father and the girl. Plus a friend of one of those who received this evening, who became a Christian a week after. We also had Sei Mong as I will soon tell about.
Pray for those who have received Jesus in the last two month, and especially those five who wanted to be baptized!
What makes me most happy is not always those who say they want to be Christians, because I have experienced many who have said it but did not really mean it. What really makes me glad are the ones who believe it, and want to take the full step out as by being baptized.
But this is also just the beginning, for disciple-making and follow-up work is the most challenging part. After 25 years in full-time ministry, and 15 years on the mission field, I can really say that.
In the last month I have also heard of several Shan who once made a choice to become a Christian and even were baptized, and were Christians for several years, but who today have made a choice to return to Buddhism again. This makes me sad. That is why follow-up work is so important, and really pray with us that we must have the resources and wisdom in this! We really want to see fruit that last.
See the video of baptism
The Man With Broken Legs
This summer we came in contact with a man who had been involved in two motorcycle accidents, and had broken both of his legs. His name is Sei Mong.
He was very depressed and didn't look bright on the future when we visited him in June.
A mission that helps us in our Ministry from Switzerland also helped this man with a hospital bill in connection with his accident in May.
In September, he had become much better, and he wanted to receive Jesus.
On Sunday we had baptism and he was one of the people that got baptized.
He said he had been reading a lot in the Bible, and he had a strong testimony on Sunday before his baptism (see image) on how God had helped him through a difficult time.
We have also started gatherings on Sunday mornings now, and one of the reasons is that we need to followed up and teach those who are new Christians. We also have a home gatherings in the evening every week where we also teach.
In the beginning we were only 4-5 who met at the Sunday meetings, but the last few Sundays there have been 10-20 people who have come, including new Christians and some young people.
At baptism we were over 40 include children
A 15-year-old girl called Nong Mong, who got baptized a year ago, is very eager to come to our gatherings and wants to grow as a Christian. She wants to attend a Bible school when the time comes. She also came with us to a Shan conference we attended last week.
The Pregnant Women in the Shed
Some of those who recently became Christians was a poor family, they are from a people group called Ba O, but they speak Shan.
We picked up the pregnant woman in the family and her stepdaughter last Sunday and were sad to see how they lived.
Their house was just a roof of a shed, with some plastic bags and sacks as walls (see photo). The wife was also pregnant and she will give birth very soon. We prayed for them and we want to be able to help them.
It is soon the cold season here now, and with a newborn baby it is not good to live like that.
About the Ministry and Support
I just want to say a some about the economy of our Ministry: Good News for the Shan.
I plan to write a separate email about this in a week's time too.
First: The money you will give to this Ministry goes directly to the Ministry, not to us as a family.
So when you donate to the Ministry: Good News for the Shan, you directly support the following: Evangelism, run Sunday and Saturday school, help poor families, transportation to meetings and events, food Sunday meetings, Christmas and other events, etc.
Specifically, we need this. (and we don't have the money for this yet, except some for the car):
1. A car for the Ministry that our local co-worker will predispose.
This will relieve me and our private car a lot. Last Sunday when we had baptisms, I spent about 5 hours all together only on transporting people back and forth, plus that our one year old daughter got sick and I had to hurry to send everyone home before we rushed to the clinic with her.
We need at least $ 5,000 USD for this. Plus about $150 in regular support for maintenance and diesel.
(If someone gives a fixed amount monthly we can also buy it on installment)
2. Christmas party.
Every year we organize Christmas parties for the Shan people and usually reach out to 200-300 people. We will also be giving Christmas presents to the kids at our Saturday and Sunday school and have a big Christmas party at our rented land. We also will have other smaller parties on the rice fields.
We need about $1,200 for this.
3. We also want to support local evangelists.
We need about $700 USD a month for this.
In our ministry, we are in dire need of monthly sponsors and support partners right now, so pleas pray with us!
Not everyone can give
I know that not everyone can give, and maybe not so much, but I would also encourage you to share about our Ministry on social media or if you would like to promote us in some other way, like in Churches.
We are also open to other ideas on fundraising, such as on the web. I have a video I can share (see the video below)
Here are the social links you can share:
If you wish to donate and support us follow this link!
(this link is to our ministries website and the money will go directly to Good News for the Shan)
About the ministry
Partner with us!
We are increasingly in need of financial support for the ministry. Please feel free to support or donate.
We have financial needs like:
- Rent of land where we have our Saturday and Sunday school.
- Transport expenses
- Expenses related to events such as parties (Christmas, Easter etc.) and gatherings we have
- Some mercy ministry
- Purchase of a car for the ministry
If you want to donate we both have a Thai bank account you can transfer too, or you can use PayPal (please feel free to contact us if you want to give)
Feel free to contact us if want to help us, or you have any other questions.