Brian and Abigail Lindsay

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In June of 2017 we shared Newt’s story with you, how she was a well-known drug addict who decided to become a child of God. It was hard to tell if Newt’s faith was genuine or not as drugs continued to have a hold on her, and she only attended church and Wednesday night Bible study sporadically.

In the next two years when I would bump into Newt on the streets, many times she would be high, but I would pray with her and encourage her about God’s love for her and how her life had value in His eyes. I am a bit ashamed to admit that at times I wondered if Newt was a lost cause, if my time would be better spent trying to reach someone who wasn’t one of the towns most notorious drug addicts. But the Holy Spirit would remind me that Newt truly had value in God’s eyes, that she’s made in His image, that He loved her and I needed to love her too. And we continued to ask for prayer for Newt in our prayer letters.

Well we want to encourage you with some precious news we received recently about Newt from Ed and Sue Danneker, back in Thailand. Sue shared that one of the church members, Nun, found out that Newt had been in the hospital in a coma for 20 days. Newt’s family decided to take her off life support and everyone expected her to pass away quickly, but instead, she started breathing on her own. After several days everyone began saying that she must be waiting for something. Her friends came and spoke to one of our church members because they knew about Newt's fledgling faith and asked our church to come visit her. Newt had seemed unresponsive but when the group from church spoke of Jesus a tear rolled down her cheek. When Sue reminded her to repent and that forgiveness could be hers and that she could be welcomed into Heaven, they saw some response in her eyes. Then the group prayed together and left. Two days later Newt passed away peacefully in her sleep. Her Buddhist family allowed for a Christian funeral where her unsaved family and friends were able to hear the Gospel preached. Would you join in praying that the seeds of the Gospel planted that day would grow into saving faith in the hearts of all those who heard? Like Sue said about Newt “Praise God, it’s never too late.”

Once again, thank you for giving to the Great Commission Fund so that we can serve as missionaries in Thailand. We are filled with gratitude when we hear about people’s desire to advance the Gospel through their giving. For example, the $500,000 matching grant we mentioned back in our April letter was met and more than a million dollars was given on Great Commission Day. 60 new missionaries were commissioned this last summer and sent to places that lack access to the Gospel because of your giving!

Praise and Prayer

We are thankful to be here in Georgia, and feel very blessed to spend this time with family in Toccoa and connecting with our Alliance family too.
Praise God Brian’s knee is nearly back to normal after getting surgery in May, so thanks again to everyone who prayed.
We just had Sukprasan and his family, who pastor the Mahachai church, here for a 3 week visit at the invitation of one of our field’s partner churches. Praise God for a wonderful time together sharing how God is at work in Thailand.
Please pray that the Ban Paeo Church will be able to find a pastor. Currently half of the CMA churches in Thailand do not have trained pastors. Recently our field set up a scholarship fund to help with tuition for Thai seminary students who desire to pastor in CMA churches. This scholarship is one of the ways we are trying to address this shortage. If you would like to help meet this need please give on the CMA website choosing the project “Thailand Bible School Scholarships/Thai Workers” or write a check to the CMA with this project written in the memo line.
Please pray for us and our leadership as we try to discern what ministry God would like us to be a part of when we return to Thailand in June.

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Updated: October 29, 2019

Children's Names
James
Benjamin
Anna
Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Thailand
Address
856 E Tugalo St
Toccoa, GA 30577

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