Newsletter the Ministry: Good News for the Shan –
Sharing the Good News in Northern Thailand among the Shan people and other people groups from Myanmar
About a year ago we had to shut down the weekend school and much of our
ministry because of Covid-19. Within a few months, a couple who worked
with us for almost three years also left.
We did not know how things would be when we partially started up our
ministry again in August 2020, but most of the children still came to
our weekend school even though we had closed it down for over five
months, and we had between 15-25 children until Christmas time. This newsletter will be about growth and progress in our ministry, and about and the situation in Myanmar. Feel free to read to the end.
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The picture above shows some of the children at our weekend-school
in front of our recently purchased ministry car
About a year ago we had to shut down the weekend school and much of our ministry because of Covid-19. Within a few months, a couple who worked with us for almost three years also left.
We did not know how things would be when we partially started up our ministry again in August 2020, but most of the children still came to our weekend school even though we had closed it down for over five months, and we had between 15-25 children until Christmas time.
After New Year, we had to shut the ministry down again due to a new wave of Covid-19, but here in the north it was under control in early February.
In February we got in touch with several new Shan, Karen and a people group called Ba Long people, they all speak Shan and are also from Myanmar.
We were finally able to buy a ministry car, and we have received good help from the new couple who started working with us after the New Year.
During February and March, the number of children coming to our weekend school has increased from 15-25 to over 40 (if everyone comes).
We also have many people to follow up, both Christians and non-Christians, and we are constantly being asked if we can come home to people to pray for them, and we do not have time to visit them all in one week (so it takes two-three weeks to be able to visit all).
Many came to our monthly evening meetings
The last Sunday in February we had a evening meeting that we usually have every month (we did not have it in January because of Covid-19), and we have never had so many people come to these meetings before, I do not think since I came out here as a missionary, almost 17 years ago. (I do not count Christmas parties, because it is a special occasion once a year, and there we have had more that this.)
This was a regular evening meeting were we served food, and there were around 100 people including children that came. We prayed for over 30 people, with everything from illness to marital problems.
Most were from the village we have our ministry, but there were also people from other villages.
We are not only two married couples in the team, but we also have volunteers who comes with us when we visit Shan people (and other peoples from Myanmar), and are teaching. We even have one non Christian who volunteer to teach Thai every Tuesday, for free.
Wednesday last week we were three places and seven people who went together.
We also have a young girl who helps us some evenings and on the weekends.
We have really seen a lot of growth over the last six months, I could have told you many stories and if you read these newsletters or follow us on our ministry’s Facebook page you will have read some of them.
New Ministry Car – An Answer to Prayer.
For almost three years we have been praying for a ministry car. In February we finally were able to buy one.
It is a Toyota that is around 20 years old, but good for our use.
At the same time as we bought it, we have also had many new children, and we have really needed it.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to it, and prayed with us for it!
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