Newsletter from the Ministry: Good News for the Shan –
Sharing the Good News in Northern Thailand among the Shan people from Myanmar
Here in Northern Thailand, it is the hot season and summer time now and the school holidays should have soon been over, but there is a third wave of Covid-19 here, so the school start has been postponed, and we don’t know how long? This applies to our weekend school as well.
I know most people are tired of hearing about Covid-19, and we all hope that it will soon be over, so we can start planning things again, and living normally. We are also very much looking forward to that, but we are a bit behind Europe and the States when it comes to vaccination, so possible we have to wait longer?
Just before the new Covid-19 wave hit here in Thailand, we were luckily to be able to have a big and successful Easter party at our weekend school, where we experienced a great openness. There was also a woman who recently wanted to receive Jesus who was at this feast.
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Mawkkham talks with woman who wanted to receive Jesus
On Tuesday we had a prayer meeting with our staff, and we were a bit discouraged because we are not able to do so much outreach due to the third wave of Covid-19 here in Thailand.
We are unsure when we can start up the ministry for full again, and we must keep our weekend school closed at least until next month.
We talked together about the children and their parents, about the new Christians and how we could reach out to them when things get reopened, and we prayed for them.
In the evening of the same day, one of the parents of the children from our weekend school, who we have started to reach out to, calls and says that she wanted to receive Jesus. She had her birthday the next day and wanted to do it then.
We can not visit her this time, due to the Covid-19 situation, but we got to talk to her a lot and encouraged her, and we said we would come to visit her when the Covid-19 situation gets better. This was a very concrete encouragement for us.
This woman has come regularly to our monthly Sunday evening meetings, and I noticed that she was particularly interested when we had the Easter party in April.
We had a successful Easter celebration, where we reached out to well over 100 people with the message of Easter.
On Easter Sunday we had a program from early morning to late evening. I the morning we had games, where the children, among other things, were to find Easter eggs we had hidden on our land. This was very popular and the kids were thrilled.
In the evening the parents also came, and the children had prepared two dances and songs which they performed. We also showed 15 minutes of the Jesus movie, and explained why we celebrated Easter.
We are getting more and more in touch with people, and many people in the village, where we have most of our ministry, know us now.
|The third wave of Covid-19 and what that means for us
There have been busy times out here and in the ministry until the third wave of Covid-19 hit us, which has spread rapidly, also in Chiang Mai area.
Since August last year, we have been able to run all the ministry that we have, but then it suddenly came to an abrupt halt last month.
From the beginning of April until now, we have not been able to do much external ministry.
The only thing we do together as a team, of five adults, is that we meet once a week and pray together.
The third wave has been the largest, and there have been more cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of April, than there have been in a total of one year in Thailand (think it has multiplied now).
However, there are only about 2,000 cases daily, because Thailand has been good at keeping it under control. There have also been around 48 people who have received it in the city we live in, so it has come near to us now. (The virus has not been in the city where we live, until now).
Feel free to remember to pray for us in these times! For protection and that none of us should be infected by the virus.
They have also closed down quite a few things, such as: Restaurants, markets, parks and schools.
Now that we have to be at home a lot, we want to work on to get things out online, such as new websites and teaching in Shan, which also reaches many people.
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