Thailand Newsletter #4
Don; Praises to our Lord, the conference is over with 33 people Faith Trained and a factory sweatshop workers community has 34 new believers in Christ. Doing street Evangelism in a community where the people only get Sunday off and one week a year vacation has many challenges. Their days are long and hard as you can imagine, and not all are interested to hear what you have to say. But we thank God for the 113 that stood still and allowed us to share the Gospel.
A couple special moments to share- Tracey Marshall was one of our students. She tells a story of getting into a house/shack, sharing Christ and leading 2 people to the Lord. I think she was more excited then they were. Going back the next day for follow-up she found 3 more family members and lead them to the Lord. 5 salvations in 2 days is awesome.
Next, I went with Priscilla and Leigh Anne to follow-up visit. A husband and wife had accepted Christ the day before. The husband tells a story of a dream he had during the Night. His great grandfather came down to him from heaven, white hair, white beard and spoke with him. We stayed visiting with them longer than I normally do and started feeling a little un-eased that it was taking so long. Within 40 feet of leaving this couple we found a couple factory working young men relaxing. We stopped and started talking with them within minutes three more workers came down the path a stopped a moment later another one came. When it was over 7 men heard the plan of salvation and 6 prayed to accept Christ. Leaving these young men it occurred to me, that we had left the husband and wife when I first wanted to we would have missed the 7 men. Thank you Lord for your perfect timing.
Our translator, “Stephen” proved to be a special man after God’s heart, we were fortunate to have him for this conference. Our missionary host coordinated with Pastor “Siya A Thee” for the conference. Pastor
Thee told a friend from the backcountry of Myanmar. That friend asks his friend to come translate for us. I love how the body of Christ works together. Anyway, Stephen has a passion to help the Makua Naga people group from Myanmar. This people group doesn’t have a Bible, so he has written a dictionary, translated the Old Testament and is working on the New Testament. He had a North Carolina sponsor that founded this effort until recently when he got involved in a different project. So if anyone would like to help Stephen finish the translations for this people group please contact me and I’ll get you in touch with him.
Overwhelmed with praise as we see God’s hand at work in Thailand. Thank you for your prayers.
Rusty, Chandler, Leigh Anne, Rhonda, Cindy, Priscilla, Tracey & don