This month was one that felt like two. God blessed in many ways, and we thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragements! Prayers were answered regarding our October “Reach Your Jerusalem” month. God delivered in a big way. Sundays one, three, and five, I preached at IBC-Nong Phlap. Sundays two and four, I preached at IBC-Hua Hin. Also in the month of October were two funerals, where the Gospel was given to both sets of attendances. Many have asked about the Burmese orphanage, which is mentioned below. Soul winning continued with strength. The efforts from all of the staff at both churches increased our faith and dependency on God.
Jerusalem Month, IBC-Nong Phlap
Back in September, Pong, Star, and I planned carefully what to do, what to spend, transportation, specials—everything for each of the five Sundays. I want these men to have good planning abilities and to be able to execute church promotions with Godly skill, using reasonable budgets. I also want them to make decisions and have confidence in the directives of the church. A unique factor in any multi-week program is the unknown factors of visitors and corresponding expenditures. Regardless, by faith, we went five Sundays. God kept our church budgets healthy and delivered a great program. October 2 was the first of our five promotional Sundays at IBC-NP. We had extra transportation available. I woke up very early to be early to church. However, I found my morning went like molasses. Coming in, nearly late to church, I felt like I was going to get a call from my former bus director saying, “Where are you?!” We had learned the day before that the power company was going to be working on the electric lines and the church would likely have no power for the day. That morning, we opened up all of the doors to the church, set up tents in the front, and preached louder. The weather was cool and breezy. We had 66 first-time visitors, 23 salvations, and a total attendance of 206. It was all done “old-fashioned style”—no power whatsoever. It was an amazing day because of our amazing God!
Junior Church at IBC-Nong Phlap exceeded 60 on one of the Sundays, with 7 salvations. God gave IBC-Hua Hin church attendances that exceeded 240 and 260 on 2 different Sundays, with multiple salvations. The Hua Hin staff planned and worked with excellence as the Lord brought scores of first-time visitors. Please pray that all visitors for both churches would return and grow greater in the Lord as we round the corner to Christmas.
Kun Korn, a 33-year-old saved man, contracted cancer and passed away. He left behind a Godly wife You You, age 34, and 5 young children, ages 12, 8, 7, 3, and 1. If you would like to give a little towards helping Mom and the kids, it would be a blessing to this young and needy Christian family. You can label it as “Funeral Love Gift.” We had good prayer and counseling time for Mom and the family after the funeral. Our second funeral was the husband of a faithful church member, Kun Pat. Kun Pat started attending the Hua Hin church back in 2014. Her husband passed at age 96, attributable to Kun Pat’s excellent care of him. Kun Pat loves the Lord and can rely on a great church family for support. Salvations totaled 25 at the first funeral and 20 at the second. Please pray for You You and Kun Pat.
In the face of turmoil and political unrest, the orphanage in Burma lives on in a safe, but more temporal location. Food costs have risen, as availability has become more difficult. This past month, the orphans had just enough rice to get by. Our church and individual USA givers contribute, either monthly or through one-time donations. If you would like to give a little to help these fatherless children, you can simply label any love gift as “Orphans,” and all will go to them. Please continue to pray for these children and their caretakers.
Seventeen souls were saved this month out soul winning. Many want to know. Please pray for more future salvations. Thank you again for your love in the Lord. May your Thanksgiving season be safe and joyous.