“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
Thank you for letting us share more good news with you from Thailand. Sunday night, March 5, was the first service of International Baptist Church of Nong Plap. We have a nice two-story unit in a long row of businesses. We are near the end of the street and across from a HUGE Dole Pineapple plant. Our auditorium is soft yellow, and a red cross is on the wall behind the pulpit—along with our church name in black letters. On the sidewalk in front of our glass doors fly the Christian and Thai flags, with a flower arrangement between them. Our beautiful church sign on the second-floor balcony is compliments of Shari House, our computer wizard. My sermon outline on “The Church” was (1) The Family of God, (2) The Body of Christ, and (3) The Bride of Christ. Aren’t you thrilled that you are a member of “the body”?! Aren’t you glad to be “a hand,” “a foot,” “an eye,” or “an ear” in the body of Christ? Every member is vitally important. We are saved by grace, serve by grace, and joyfully await His coming. Starr translated the service into Karen. The fellowship was great, and Carmen and I sang a special. On Tuesday nights, we have a Thai service, and Adjan Sakrapee preaches.
Last Saturday Starr and I witnessed to a mother and her adult daughter. They live close to our house, and I met them briefly several months ago but had not yet shared the Gospel with them. You may not believe this, but her name is Fish, and her daughter’s name is Fish Oil. (It doesn’t sound so funny when pronounced in the Thai language.) They were both so attentive, said they understood the Gospel, believed in their hearts, and prayed aloud to be saved. It was glorious! I believe they will both be in church next Sunday. Then Starr and I had a good visit with Kuhn Pon-tip. She has been quite ill and was glad for us to anoint her with oil and pray for her healing. Earlier in the week, Kuhn Joom, Kuhn Singat, Carmen, and I saw 8 people saved. Hearts are open and eager to learn of Jesus, forgiveness, and Heaven. Please pray for these new converts. Last Sunday Carmen and I taught on Cain and Able in our Sunday school classes. Genesis 3 promises us the Saviour, and Genesis 4 gives us the way of salvation. The only way to Heaven is by faith in the Lamb of God Who shed His blood on the cross for our sin. Hallelujah!
MagicJack works great for us. We just talked with our dear friend, Caroline Stout, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and our oldest son Mark. You can give us a call (8:00-10:00 a.m. or p.m.) anytime at 865-428-1346. The most important Person in the Bible, in history, in the universe, in eternity, and in our lives is Jesus.
Rejoicing in His goodness,
Randy and Carmen Shook