Praise that Alyssa has completed her employment and is now fully engaged in training and final preparations before leaving for Thailand. She writes, “As I get closer to my departure date, God is giving me an excitement about the impact Sports Friends can have on the youth of Bangkok.” Pray for her during this busy summer of various types of training, plus raising prayer and financial support. Pray for strength and endurance as she continues to prepare well here before going to serve in a city where ministry can be challenging.
Pray for the ministry of Sports Friends in Bankok, Thailand, where, in a city of millions with so many readily available distractions, there is still room for isolation and loneliness. Pray for the Thai coach as he seeks to develop a sports ministry. He writes, “When I see kids even just show up, that’s encouraging to me. When I see the kids enjoying themselves it helps me want to stick with it – I thank God that I can work with them and serve them.” Pray that many will find Christ and become a part of a church in the city.
Praise that Wendy has purchased her tickets and is scheduled to return to Thailand on June 24. Pray that she will be able to raise the 15% of support she still lacks while visiting churches and friends in the five weeks before she is scheduled to depart. Pray that the Lord will continue to give her excitement and eagerness to return to her home, friends and ministry there. Pray for her in the difficult process of saying goodbyes.
Prang and her family had a history with oppressive evil spirits. When Prang began knowing Christ, she finally felt peace and freedom from the spirits that used to plague her. “She’s experienced many struggles in her life and has been really open about it,” says SIM cross-cultural worker Genine Thomas, who has developed a strong friendship with Prang, who is her family’s house helper in Thailand. “I see her more as a friend than my house helper. I’m thankful she can be open with us in sharing what she’s feeling, asking for advice, and reading the Bible. She’s growing more as a Christian.” I began wanting to know more about God because I was having a lot of terrible problems with evil spirits that were bothering my family. My mother was a medium and she communicated for an evil spirit. When my mother was possessed by the spirit, she would … Read More
Praise for God’s provision of land for Grace International School, and pray He will provide the money needed for the school buildings. Pray for missionaries needed to fill leadership and management roles, as well as others willing to work among the Thai to build relationships, share the gospel and plant churches. Pray for safety in travel as the Hannahs attend the International Leadership Development Program in Malta April 29-May 11. Pray also that they will find grace and strength for their busy schedules and balance responsibilities well.
Praise for God’s direction in Alyssa’s life to use her athletic ability by joining Sports Friends, which equips local churches to reach youth through sports. Pray for focus and discipline as she works through many helpful and required trainings, including cross-cultural living, language acquisition, doctrine, etc., and that she would wrap up her current job successfully. Pray that God will bless the team in Thailand and provide a smooth transition for her as she becomes a part of it. Pray also for prayer and financial supporters to join her ministry.
Praise for the Starks’ work this past year with a church experiencing great difficulty and close to closing that, by joining with Grace City Church in Bangkok, found encouragement, training and grace. Pray now for the Starks as they help lead a new church plant with many of the former church members as a core group. Pray that it will draw many Thai people to Jesus. Pray for Chris who is seeking to encourage young pastors at a training conference in Chiang Mai this week, and then as he travels to Taiwan in May for a two-week intensive seminar with an international church planting organization.
Praise for Ryan’s opportunity to travel to a neighboring country to see SIM’s work there and to minister in several venues. Pray for him as he goes to Laos for ministry investigation the end of this month. Pray for Heidi as she accepts the invitation to become a board member of Grace International School – a heavy commitment of time as the school seeks funding to erect its own building. Pray also for wisdom for the Missions Committee members as they discuss the application process of the first Thai couple to be sent as missionaries through SIM Thailand.
Praise that a number of new people have joined Grace City Church recently. Pray that a newly-converted young couple in a dating relationship would glorify God in their lives and relationship. Praise for the way Business as Mission serves people and opens opportunities to share the gospel, and for the new company from the US that will open a branch to do mission alongside Grace City Bangkok. Pray for church members working as employed counselors as they serve and advise upper-class Thai families with children preparing for school in the US. Praise for enough funds for the Starks to buy a suitable used minivan — rare in Thailand.