I invite you to sit down and enjoy the six verses of Psalm 126. Many of you can quote the last two verses, as they are among the greatest soul-winning passages in Scripture. Carmen and I cherish your loving friendship, prayers, encouragement, and support as we sow the precious seed here in Thailand. On a recent Sunday morning, we had the joy of baptizing two ladies and one young man. One of the ladies was a cripple. She was carried down the aisle and up the stairs, where she was given the Gospel. She trusted Christ; and then she was carried back down the stairs, out to the baptistery, and lowered into the water. I wish you could have seen her! It put a special joy deep into our souls. She is precious, and she knows that one day she will have a perfect body while serving Jesus forever.
You will remember that Carmen and I have a Sunday evening service in a neighboring city. It is a beautiful, 45-minute drive, with striking landscape and mountains in the near distance of the entire horizon. We had 44 in church last Sunday evening and picked up 14 of those in our truck. These dear Karen people are from Burma. They are kind, tenderhearted, and love church and preaching; and, oh, how they can sing! Most, if not all, of them had a Baptist church in their native village. God gloriously used Adoniram Judson to reach the Karen people with the Gospel and to translate the Bible into their language about 200 years ago.
Our team had a great Thanksgiving meal, with turkey and all the trimmings and heavenly sweets galore! Now Christmas is just around the corner. May your holidays be filled with the joy of the LORD and “the peace of God which passeth all understanding.”
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Wishing you a happy Christmas and a blessed New Year,
Randy and Carmen Shook