Mission Field: Thailand
Home Church: Lancaster Baptist Church
Our Missionary for 2 years
Dear Friends & Prayer Partners,
As I begin our final update for 2017, I am amazed at all the Lord has allowed us to be a part of this past year. Arriving here in Lamphun, Thailand, starting language school, purchasing a vehicle, and having the opportunity to teach and preach through an interpreter, have all been a amazing blessings. Moving to a different country can be very challenging; especially when you are not able to speak the local language. Things as simple as getting fuel for your vehicle or ordering food at the restaurant can be very stressful. We are grateful for the Lord’s faithfulness and how He has provided us with the help we needed. Thank you for your prayers and financial support so we could live and preach the gospel in Thailand.
While we prepared to celebrate Christmas, I was not sure how it would be received here. As a predominantly Buddhist country, Thailand does not celebrate Christmas on a national level. However, I was surprised how many businesses decorated for the season and wished us a merry Christmas. I was even surprised at the many Christmas songs that would play in English in the malls. It amazed me that the songs with a clear gospel message would be playing, and people would even be repeating the words. It was sad to think how many people had no understanding of what the song was saying. Seeing that has given me even more of a burden to learn the language in order to explain the gospel message.
During our Christmas service, we were excited to see fifty-two guests in our service. We enjoyed a great time of preaching, lunch, and playing soccer. Six people made a profession of faith in Jesus that morning, for which we are praising the Lord. Please pray for us as we begin to follow-up with each visitor. Also, in our satellite church plants, we had many more guests and professions of salvation. We will be conducting baptism services over the next couple weeks for those who are following the Lord in believer’s baptism. Pray for these local pastors as they help the new believers grow in the Lord. We realize that the Christmas season presents a great opportunity here in Thailand to share the gospel.
We will be emailing a end of the year update video as well. I hope seeing the many faces of the people we minister to, will be an encouragement. We continue to pray that the Lord will bless your ministry for His glory.
Chris, Becca, Ethan, Selah, & Ryder Reed
Dear Friends, and Prayer Partners,
It is rice harvest time here in Thailand. Growing up in a city, I had never experienced harvesting crops, and the work involved. However, over the past couple of days, I have been able to be a part of harvesting the rice crop that we planted in July. It has been quite the experience learning what it takes to harvest and process the rice for consumption. Next time you eat rice imported from Thailand, just know that there was a lot of work involved in getting that rice to your plate. This harvest time has reminded me once again how the Lord used the analogy of harvesting crops to portray seeing people saved. When a farmer plants his crop he doesn’t wonder if he will have a harvest; no, he prepares by faith for the harvest. When it’s time to return to the field to harvest the crop, there is excitement and anticipation. A farmer will recruit friends, family, and whomever else he can find to help. Then he works until the job is complete so that none of the crop will be lost. Jesus said in John 4:35, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” The Word of God has been sown here in Thailand and we are anticipating a great harvest. Thailand is in need of laborers to work in the Lord’s harvest.
Thank you for helping us here, and entering into the harvest through your prayers and support. This fall season has been a very busy time for us. We are thankful the Lord has allowed us to see souls saved and believers strengthened in their walk with the Lord. The hill tribe churches that we work with in northern Thailand celebrate Thanksgiving this time of the year as well. We have had the privilege of being a part of a Thanksgiving service in three of these churches so far. It is a great time of worship and praise to the Lord. The church members will bring in a special offering for the pastor and the church. Their offerings consist of vegetables, fruit, live chickens, or even pigs. It’s an interesting experience to preach with live animals making noise inside the church; or to be handed a live chicken as a thank you. Definitely experiences I won’t soon forget. This month, we also had the opportunity to attend a conference at Nakhon Sawan Baptist Church. It was encouraging to see Christians from all parts of Thailand come to encourage each other and hear great messages preached from God’s Word.
Please pray for our church here in Nonglom. We have seen many visitors and people make decisions over the past months. Pray that we will have opportunities to follow up with each one. Also, pray for a lady named Dtom. Two weeks ago, she accepted Jesus as her Saviour. She is planning on being baptized next week. Her husband has been a Christian for many years and has been praying for his wife to be saved. Pray that this couple will now be able to grow together in Lord and raise a Christian family here in Thailand. As my family prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, each of you are on our list of the many blessing we are thankful for. We are unable to adequately express our gratitude for each of you that spend time in prayer for our family and the work here in Thailand. We pray the Lord will bless your ministry wherever you are serving.
We wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
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