Ed and Sue Danneker
Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
Six enthusiastic Northeastern Bible School students and their faculty advisor arrived in Mahachai on March 11 to join our church planting team for a week of ministry. Only two of the six students were Thai. The other four came from a neighboring Asian country where there are no Bible Schools. One of the ministry highlights was our youth outreach on that Saturday. Twelve of our young people joined the team for an adventure at the local Mangrove Park. After some worship songs and a devotional, everyone enjoyed a scavenger hunt game. A delicious picnic lunch of grilled chicken, green papaya salad, and sticky rice followed. We were pleased that four "not-yet" Christians joined us for the event. Pray for the Youth Group, that all of these young people will put their faith in Jesus.
Another ministry highlight was with my (Sue's) Sunday English Class. I had two of the men students who were from the neighboring Asian country join us and share how they became Christians. Since these students did not know English, I had my class translate what they said into English. But then one of my long time English students, Non, asked if he could ask the visitors some questions in Thai. I agreed. Non then asked the Bible School students many questions for the next forty minutes: "What made you really decide to become a Christian? How do you know God is real? What changes have you seen in your life since you believed?" Non was especially fascinated that Christians are persecuted in the Bible School student's home country. And yet this student is preparing to go right back to that country and serve the Lord. Please pray for Non, that he will experience the reality of Jesus himself and put his faith in Him.
TEEN MINISTRY IN THE TRANSITION
How to keep an active and fruitful teen ministry up and running in the face of a pastoral change? All of our teenagers were quite close to our former pastor and his wife. They had met the "new guy" when he came down with the NBS team in March. Saturday April 20 was our first attempt at a youth outreach without our former pastor. The first challenge was how to contact all 21 teenagers that have attended at various times. Our former pastor had always done this...via Facebook, phone calls, word of mouth, smoke signal...whatever worked (just kidding on the smoke signals). But contact them we did! Most were still on vacation with their families. We had picked the Saturday right after the big three day Thai New Year's celebration, not really the wisest choice. Praise God for the three teenagers that were able to attend the youth outreach. After the outreach, we began seeing more of the teenagers drop by our ministry center again.
Our next outreach was on May 18 with the theme "What's New?" The Thai school year had just started so the young people were able to easily contact their friends again. Praise God, 13 young people came, including four first time visitors. We hosted the event at our home and following the theme, I made some new foods they had never tried before. We had new games and used I Cor. 5:17 as the base for the devotional. Pastor Sukprasan interviewed two of our Christian teenagers about their new life in Jesus. Please pray for all of our teenagers, both Christians and seekers.
Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
Prayer Requests May 2013
1. The church warmly welcomed Pastor Sukprasan after he moved to Mahachai on April 6. Continue to pray for him as he adjusts and settles in and gets to know the area and the people. He is a gifted preacher and musician with a heart to serve the Lord.
2. Praise God, four new students have joined our English outreach class on Sunday morning. Pray that we will see each student not only improve in their English, but come to faith in Jesus.
3. We are excited about the short term missions teams that will be visiting us in the next several months. Pray that God will use each team to advance His kingdom here in Mahachai.
Updated: May 20, 2013
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