Ministry in Thailand
“I can hear!” the man said. He had been deaf in one ear and after a team and I prayed for him he claimed to be completely healed. On Feb 9 and 10, Pastor Gampon and I took an outreach team to Ahka villages named Ban Mai Sii Lang and then on to Bethlehem village.
Since YWAM Charlotte joined us in Northern Thailand we have seen some amazing miracles. We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting this great team.
My parents taking the YWAM team on an adventure.
While ministering in those two villages, a lot of people came forward after the service for prayer. Many people said that they were healed of a variety of ailments but it was hard to know the details. I am hoping the pastor will later inform us how his people are doing.
Let me back up. You may be wondering how it is that I (Sean) am back in Thailand. A few months ago my parents taught at YWAM Charlotte and they asked if we could take them on outreach in Northern Thailand. Then we were invited to speak at the first Discipleship Training School at YWAM Phitsanulok. It is the DTS that we always imagined that we would be helping Taa to run. If you are interested in supporting a church planter, I would like to highly recommend Taa to you. Their school is currently in desperate need. Please contact me for further details.
Fun trip to Burma/Myanmar
I hadn’t been back to Thailand in three years so this seemed like a good time. Our kids miss Thailand a lot and wanted to visit, but Samantha’s schooling and tight finances meant that this wasn’t the right time for that visit.
On January 24th I had an endoscopy in Bangkok and the results were that a healthy diet has improved my oesophagus. $700 was cheaper than USA prices but more than I was expecting.
On Jan 26 I taught on romantic relationships at the DTS.
Praying over the students.
The rest of the week, my parents taught while I went through all our old belongings. My mom and dad would then come and help me in the afternoons. It was daunting, as there was a lot to sort through after 12 years of accumulation. We threw away 6 large trash bags of useless paperwork and other junk.
Boxes that await our return.
In the end, I got down to 9 boxes that would be useful to us if we could ever raise enough support to return. The rest of our possessions I gave away to Taa so that he could run his schools. He was very grateful for all of the kitchen, household and office supplies, most of which he has been using since we left.
Dinner with Taa and friends in P'Lok
Looking back over the painful time that forced us to leave I am so grateful that we did. It wasn’t only our income that was dwindling but our health as well. After three years, Anne health, as well as my own has dramatically improved, which wouldn’t have happened had we stayed.
Helping a wonderful outreach team
Next, we came to ChiangMai to help lead the YWAM Charlotte team.
From Feb 1-3 my parents and I gave the team a fun orientation teaching them about culture, religion and preparing them with some skits and puppet shows. They had already choreographed two fantastic dances.
On Feb 5th the team headed out to Chiangdao to minister at HuayBpong. They taught English, did evangelism and had a fantastic time.
On Feb 6th, in Tung Daeng Prao, two families accepted Jesus into their hearts after witnessing 2 people miraculously healed from debilitating pain. There are now 80 Christians in this small village.
This is the village where the woman who never had an opportunity to learn to read would spend each day looking at her Bible until miraculously she was able to read it and now reads to the village every morning at 5am. The people of this village went from abject poverty in 2008 until now when they have an overabundance of produce which they use to bless their neighbors.
On Feb 8th, I took half the team with me to Tonkham’s Karen church where I preached on the armor of God. The people expressed a lot of appreciation.
Sean preaching at Tonkham's Karen church
On Feb 11 the team headed off to work in Musagee near Pai with Siami. I wish I were able to join them but I still have a lot of business yet to deal with here in Chiangmai. They have expressed that it is such a wonderful place that they wish they could stay longer.
I am very much looking forward to my departure on February 15th to see my family. Skype is nice, but hugs are better. On the other hand I will miss this land that I have called home for half of my life.
Discipleship Training Course
From November 16th until December 8th we helped to lead YWAM Tampa Bay’s Discipleship Training Course at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The students enjoyed it so much that we will continue this course during the month of March.
Here are the topics we will cover. Nature & Character of God, Guidance, the Ways God Speaks, Inductive Bible Study, Cross Cultural Evangelism, World Religions, Keys to Reaching the Nations with the Gospel, Sin and the Cross, Forgiveness, Laying Down Rights, and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit For more information visit http://ywamtampa.com/wordpress/discipleship-training-course/
I’ve been designing some church websites and I’ll post a link when they are done. If you know a church that wants a more modern website please have them contact me.
Samantha and Timothy love to sing, especially with their new karaoke machine that they got for Christmas. Timothy is excelling at math and Samantha loves to read. They are both avid tree climbers, mud boggers* and adventurers. Samantha is in a local school where she has lots of friends and great teachers. Timothy is homeschooling his Kindergarten year, and will start 1st grade in August. (I said Mud Boggers, because they prefer to jump into the mud than jump over the puddles ;-) )
Therapeutic Grade Oils
As many of you know, part of the reason we returned to the US was lack of financial support. We have been looking for creative ways, not only to have an income for Today, but also to be self-sufficient Tomorrow - On the Mission Field. AND to be able to give to others. Traditional methods of support for long-term missionaries are failing as churches focus more on Short Term and 'Home Missions'. We have seen many other families leave the mission field for this reason.
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