“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (I Corinthians 1:18) Carmen and I love “preaching the Cross” here in Thailand. Of course, we loved preaching the Cross and seeing people saved in South Carolina, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Tennessee—and now, we are so privileged to do the same in a foreign country! Every country with religious freedom is greatly blessed! Much of our world lies in the darkness of Communism and/or false religion, where the Gospel cannot be preached openly. We have been in the country of Laos with a missionary our church helps support. The Communist flag flies side by side with every Laos flag, but people are being saved there, and the ministry is growing.
We are privileged to have Sunday night services with our Karen (Burma) people at the satellite church 40 minutes from Hua Hin. They love singing and preaching! Two weeks ago our translator Star asked if we could have a special Monday night “Thanksgiving” service, an annual Karen tradition. It sounded like a great idea to me. We normally have 20-30 attending on Sunday night, but our dear people went to work, and we had somewhere between 70-80! It was a full house for us, and folks were sitting on the stairs going up to the second floor. Singing, specials (four), preaching, food, and fellowship made it a great evening! We appreciate your prayers for our Monday and Friday Bible studies.
(1) Thailand Team: Tim and Missy Shook family (in the USA, September-November), Shari House, Scott and Kristi Mercer family, Randy and Carmen Shook, Pong and Da, Joom and Singat, Ajan Sakrapee and Lak, and Star and Rain; (2) land and buildings; (3) souls; (4) families; (5) discipleship; (6) Bible/English Camp, October 10-12; and (7) our Christmas programs in public schools in December.
Carmen and I are tentatively planning to be in America in the spring of next year. Also, Carmen’s left arm/shoulder has not healed from a fall two months ago. The x-ray showed that there was not a break, but there is an ongoing problem that limits free movement without pain. Thank you for loving, supporting, praying, serving, and standing for the cause of Christ. Your friendship is cherished.
‘Til He comes,
Randy and Carmen Shook