Prayer requests


We’ve had new additions this morning! Thank God, Deaconess Hwee Lee and Auntie Jeannie have arrived safely in Chiang Mai. We had a good time of fellowship over lunch today at Central’s foodcourt.

Thereafter they returned to the hotel while we went off to start tracting the neighbourhood at 3pm. Many were rather receptive of the tracts we gave out today. Perhaps, because of the Christmas season that people are more receptive. We pray that the tracts given out will speak to the hearts of those reading them and perhaps bring them to church. Looks like we need to look into proper signs as some have mistaken our new church with Grace church which is nearby too. We walked into a sort of bakery cafe chain that is from Bang Kok during our prayer walk and the son of the owner of the chain cafe actually treated 5 of us to a meal of hot chocolate, milk and toast with kaya, chocolate and lemon jam! He was so friendly we were at a little lost. It turns out he and Bro Nat had children of the same age too. He even allowed us to give the tracts to his customers! And when Bro Nat mentioned that he was setting up a new church, he actually gave to the church! Praise God! So encouraged!

Please pray for him, he said he believed that there is a God, but his ic says buddhism as his religion. He is very open and I believe the Lord has spent time tilling this ground to be ready to recieve Him into his heart.

In the evening we went out for dinner with Aunt Hwee Lee and Aunt Jeannie with P’ Gade and Ying to black canyon and later we drove to the night bazaar where the vehicle and human traffic was really unlike anything in Singapore.

Continue to pray as the new church service is starting soon. Pray for wisdom and diligence for the people starting the church. And the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the blind and lost to want to seek His light at Lighthouse BP.

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Today, we resumed meeting for the new church. We made up measurements and went out to search for linoleum for the flooring(as we did not want to scratch the parquet flooring) as well as cushions. We found the linoleum, but the cushions were either too expensive or not suitable.

We are still planning the order of worship and much discussions needed even as we have finished stamping the hymnbooks and tracts that we’ve got with our address of the new church. There are plans for illuminated sign posts to direct people into the church from the beginning of the Soi (street). These are just some of the logistics.

The death of Apple’s dad, being the 3rd such death in a year, as really gotten us thinking about our own unsaved parents. Nelson, Koi, Ying and P ‘Gade all have parents who have yet to recieve the Lord. Koi and Ying have started calling their fathers more often due to this incident. Bro Nat talked about how he would desire that reaching out to whole families will be a hallmark or distinctive of the Lighthouse BP, just like Galilee. Here in Thailand whole families are less likely to come to Christ then in Singapore, as those who recieve Christ often are ostracised in the family. How much time do we have to do the Lord’s work? to reach out to our loved ones? to be good stewards of the time God has given us all. Do we live lifes that are effective for the Lord? or do we simply take things as they come and allow the tide of time, season, fashion and fad to blur our ultimate purposes and objectives in life… emerging out of mid-life or in retirement realising we have not been what we could have been for the Lord? This isn’t talk about full-time ministry, for we are all called to be full-time workers for the Lord(no part-time Christians). It’s about prudence in following the will of God, considering every step that we desire to always be in the will of God.

We also heard news that the gay student whom we invited is going back home and so will not be able to make it for the service on the 31st. We’ve invited at least one other student, pray that they will be able to come.

Prayer requests remain pretty much the same with some additions

Prayer Requests:

  1. A late thanks-giving but we thank God for allowing our stomaches to adapt here. No more flatulence. Continue to pray that God will keep us in good health to do His work!
  2. Pray for the safe arrival of Deaconess Hwee Lee and Auntie Jeannie as they are scheduled to arrive at 8am on the 28th.
  3. Pray for the Lord’s guidance as Nelson bids for his modules for next semester(in particular, if the Lord will lead him to take Japanese 4 the next semester or wait a semester due to the heavy workload). For David, please pray for prudence and wisdom as he files for graduation.
  4. Pray for the continual planning of the church. We will meet again tomorrow. Pray that the Satan and his minions will not be able to disrupt the activities. That God’s hand of protection will be upon us, who seek to do His will. Pray that this new church will be a Lighthouse to this area, that it will be pleasing in the sight of the Lord and that He will add to the numbers so that lighthouse BP will continue to expect great things from the Lord attempt great things for Him too.
  5. Pray for the people who will come to this new church that God will free up their schedule and prepare their hearts for His love.
  6. Pray for Brother Nat, as he seeks the Lord with regards to decisions on how to support his family and work in Chiang Mai as well as important decisions to how the Lord leads in his ministry that it may be well-established and fruitful because the Lord will give rise and support to those whose hearts are completely His (2 Chron16:9a).
  7. Pray for Bro Nat as we talk more about how he will fund raise for his ministry’s work here in Chiang Mai.
  8. Thank God that we hear that some of the Church youths are interested in the proposed missions sub committee to look into youth missions in Chiang mai. Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts for young Galileans who are willing to sacrifice their time for the Lord’s work in missions where we have all been called to make disciples of all nations(Matt 28:19). Pray also for wisdom as we continue to discuss and plan for establishing an avenue for youth missions as well as for God to provide the right people to come together to establish God’s work. We cannot do this alone, and God knows who He has purposed to do His work.

We were invited by one of Bro Nat’s student Nee to attend her church’s christmas outreach about 15mins drive out of Chiang Mai city. We went with Koi. There was about 200 people who were there and we met Beer also, Nee’s Thai Chinese friend who isn’t a believer. It turns out that Nee is the student of a missionary couple from Hong Kong that Bro Nat and Sis Pat knows. Praise God they are reaching out to the rural areas out of Chiang Mai city.

The night was really cold and we did not have dinner when we arrived. We left at about 9pm to have Mu Jum(basically it’s like hot pot) and gave Apple a call, she was feeling better. Thank God. Continue to uphold her in prayer.

Yesterday as we went out shopping for chairs, tables and cushions for the new church, Bro Nat recieved a phone call, during lunch-time, from Apple with news that her father had died from a heart attack on thursday night while fetching some students from school.

We immediately left for the temple where the funeral was held to comfort Apple and her family. When we arrived, she was sitting at the roadside pavement sobbing. It has been very difficult for her, as she said her father had not recieved Christ yet. We’re not sure if her father ever recieved Christ, but thank God that Apple has told him the Gospel more then once. It was a sad afternoon. Please pray for Apple and family that the Lord will turn it all to His good and that He will be a Father to Apple to give her the strength and consolation she needs during this time of grief.

So many things have happened in this short span of less then 2 weeks. Testing what we see of our God who is soveriegn over all things. What is His purposes in all these things? To God be the glory, we praise Him for how He worketh all things to the good of those who love Him.

Also, praying for the Puppet Musical this evening. May God bless the people who come and those involve mightily.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for curing David’s flu and his persistent cough is getting better. However, we are now affected by an unknown flatulence(ok, don’t ask us why, because we’re not really sure either!). Dr Michel 😛 has kindly advised us to get some running going to work those bowels. So please pray for us. Continue to pray that God will keep us in good health to do His work!
  2. Pray for the continual planning of the church. We will meet again on tuesday and we’ll go out to shop for some church neccessities. Pray that the Satan and his minions will not be able to disrupt the activities. That God’s hand of protection will be upon us, who seek to do His will.
  3. Thank God for a successful party for the ERC students! we were comfortable with each other soon enough and had a meaningful time of fellowship.
  4. Pray for Brother Nat, as he seeks the Lord with regards to decisions on how to support his family and work in Chiang Mai as well as important decisions to how the Lord leads in his ministry that it may be well-established and fruitful because the Lord will give rise and support to those whose hearts are completely His (2 Chron16:9a).
  5. Pray for Bro Nat as we talk more about how he will fund raise for his ministry’s work here in Chiang Mai.
  6. Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts for young Galileans who are willing to sacrifice their time for the Lord’s work in missions where we have all been called to make disciples of all nations(Matt 28:19). Pray also for wisdom as we continue to discuss and plan for establishing an avenue for youth missions as well as for God to provide the right people to come together to establish God’s work. We cannot do this alone, and God knows who He has purposed to do His work. If you know that God is whispering in your heart that you need to go out to tell people the Gospel, don’t resist it. You won’t regret ever obeying God’s commands. It is a delight to obey God’s commands as the Psalmist says in Psalm 119

Today was pretty much a day of rest for us. After the oral practises and tiring Christmas party, we had some good time to rest as we woke up later this morning before going around the neighbourhood for a a little shopping where we found some really interesting stuff.

Sister Pat’s sister and her two nieces arrived this morning also. Thank God for their safe arrival.

We also headed to the cafe beside powerhouse gym where we heard from the fellow singaporeans in the first day at kopitiam that brighton church started a new church there. Turns out they were having a Christmas carnival and tomorrow it will be Christmas celebrations. It was rather encouraging when we went into the small church to see 17 Singaporean young adults from university and polyclinic who have given their time 2 months before the holidays to prepare for the mission trip to do the Lord’s work of spreading the gospel in Chiang Mai. We met medical students from NUS, potential SMU law student, etc.. from different schools but one single purpose – to win souls of the lost to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ! Perhaps, one day God will also enable Galilee youth to have such a heart for spreading the gospel above and beyond our comfort zones.

We also met Chee today at the carnival. He is thai chinese and speaks mandarin. He told us excitedly how he wanted to come to the church tomorrow to become a Christian! Praise the Lord! I have yet to see such ready acceptance and great anticipation in a thai regarding the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! He emphasised how he wanted to come today to the church without persuasion because he really loved to come. We exchanged emails before he left.

In the night we went for dinner with Brother Nat’s family and Sis Pat’s Sister’s(Auntie Lilian) family. Thank God for a blessed time.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Continue to pray for David’s flu and his persistent cough is further affected by the dry weather. Continue to pray that God will keep us in good health to do His work!
  2. Pray for Brother Nat who will be speaking tomorrow during the Christmas service.
  3. Pray for God’s leading to where and what He would desire of us to do for Him as He has closed the doors on the refugee camp and the english camp. We desire to do His will not ours.

    Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps”

  4. Bro Nat and Sis Pat will be organising a Christmas party for the students on Monday, since there will be no English camp. Pray for Sis Pat and the preparations, it has not been easy for her this festive season.
  5. Pray for Brother Nat, as he seeks the Lord with regards to decisions on how to support his family and work in Chiang Mai as well as important decisions to how the Lord leads in his ministry that it may be well-established and fruitful because the Lord will give rise and support to those whose hearts are completely His (2 Chron16:9a).
  6. Pray for Bro Nat as we talk more about how he will fund raise for his ministry’s work here in Chiang Mai.
  7. Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts for young Galileans who are willing to sacrifice their time for the Lord’s work in missions where we have all been called to make disciples of all nations(Matt 28:19). Pray also for wisdom as we continue to discuss and plan for establishing an avenue for youth missions as well as for God to provide the right people to come together to establish God’s work. We cannot do this alone, and God knows who He wants to do His work. If you know that God is whispering in your heart that you need to go out to tell people the Gospel, don’t resist it. You won’t regret ever obeying God’s commands. It is a delight to obey God’s commands as the Psalmist says in Psalm 119
    Prayer requests:

  • Thank God for the good Christmas dinner, where we had opportunity to interact with Bro Nat’s Neighbours and share the gospel with Ching, Tap and Sarn. Please continue to pray for their salvation, they are just satisfied with their current lifestyle and see no need to change it by recieving Christ. They are also from affluent backgrounds.
  • Continue to pray for David’s flu and his persistent cough is further affected by the dry weather. Continue to pray for good health to do the Lord’s work!
  • Pray, for the english resource camp. Venue is unconfirmed due to renovation works and the registration is also not so clear right now. Talks about having the camp in kuntan(some really cold mountain), but Sister Pat suggests that we should have it somewhere nearer, so she can visit and bring food. Pray for the Lord’s will. It’s going to happen soon and we’re just leaving it to the local thai Christians to organise it.
  • Pray for Brother Nat, as he seeks the Lord with regards to decisions on how to support his family and work in Chiang Mai as well as important decisions to how the Lord leads in his ministry that it may be well-established and fruitful because the Lord will give rise and support to those whose hearts are completely His (2 Chron16:9a).
  • Pray for Bro Nat as we talk more about how he will fund raise for his ministry’s work here in Chiang Mai, tonight.
  • Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts for young Galileans who are willing to sacrifice their time for the Lord’s work in missions where we have all been called to make disciples of all nations(Matt 28:19). Pray also for wisdom as we continue to discuss and plan for establishing an avenue for youth missions as well as for God to provide the right people to come together to establish God’s work. We cannot do this alone, and God knows who He wants to do His work. If you know that God is whispering in your heart that you need to go out to tell people the Gospel, don’t resist it. You won’t regret ever obeying God’s commands. It is a delight to obey God’s commands as the Psalmist says in Psalm 119
  • The proposed refugee trip this weekend has been postponed till next week. It seems we’re going to take the “looong” and exciting backdoor route of trekking 5km in the mountain. Well, we’re exercise deprived, so please pray that God will be our strength and stamina!
  • Christy is sick again. Probably all related to teething problems.

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