Mark and Kit Murphy

March 2019 Ministry Update

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We thank God for giving us great joy in serving Him as a family. Recently, we have traveled to several different churches to visit CLD centers. Ephraim does a very good job of traveling and enjoys making new friends in different places. Mark met a new CLD group at the Water of Life Church in Mahasarakam Province for the first time. He was surprised to learn that two of the students are the father and the younger brother of Pastor U-tain, the CLD leader in Roi-et (we've shared about him before). Mark found out that the CLD leader in Mahasarakam wasn't leading in a good way and it was making the students want to stop studying. We thank God that we could visit at this time so the group could get the group back on track. The leader and students were encouraged and motivated to change and keep going. Please pray for Mrs. Ba-ree-chut, the CLD leader, and this group of 5 students that they will be blessed and filled with joy to study and grow in the knowledge of God.

We went to visit the CLD Group at the Morning Light Church led by Pastor U-tain. There are 4 students. One student is his wife from his church and other three students are from another church plant. Normally Pastor U-tain drives about 30 minutes to lead this group at the location of the other church. Pastor U-tain shared with us that the travel expenses are sometimes a big financial burden for him. Mark encouraged the group to rotate the meeting place between the current place and Pastor Utain's church (Galatians 6:6). Please pray for God's leading and help on this matter. Please also pray for Mr. Charin, one of the students as he has just started to plant a new church in Galasin Province (a neighboring province).

We also recently went to visit the second CLD group at the Wataback Mahapawn (Great Blessing) Alliance Church. We thank God for Pastor Lo. He leads the two CLD groups and he does a very good job. Please pray for God to bless these two CLD groups and for this church to grow both spiritually and numerically.

Pastor Lo and his wife, Piano, just had a baby girl. Please pray for God to continue to bless Pastor Lo and Piano and use them for His glory.

Last month we shared about the death of Joe, Gate's husband and our dear brother in Christ. Joe was a Gideon and he had a deep passion to distribute Bibles so others could learn about the God that transformed he and his family. He had plans to distribute Bibles to thousands upon thousands of people in schools, hospitals, police stations, prisons, and wherever God opened the door. We are trying to help Gate finish distributing the 8,000 Bibles left over from the 80,000 Bible distribution last year.

Please pray for Gate and her family. Gate has 4 children ages 5 to 11 years old. Her adopted son went to live with his grandmother in another district. Gate still struggles with not being able to sleep well at night since Joe's death. Gate's mother, Mrs. Jan, continues to walk and sell vegetables to support the family. They are starting to feel the financial struggle of trying to support the family without Joe. They have a monthly rent of about $85 plus a motorcycle payment. We have talked to Gate about coming to do some work with the Moringa business, but we still need to find some consistent markets to make employing her feasible for the long term. She doesn't want to leave her kids and work overseas, so please pray that God will provide for all their needs. Please pray for Dow, Gate's youngest daughter, she is in the hospital with an unknown rash and high fever.

The Udon Thani City Church has decided to open a benevolent fund to help support Gate and her family. We are confident that God will care for Gate and her family through a variety of means. We know that God teaches us to be involved in caring for widows (1 Timothy 5:3-15). Please pray for God's provision for Gate that she wouldn't have to leave her kids and work overseas. If the Lord would lead you to give a gift to Gate, you can email us and we will let you know how that can be done.

The last Sunday of February, there was an election in our church. Unfortunately, the bylaws of our church were not followed and so situations arose that were unjust and not glorifying to God. Both of us addressed the injustice during the meeting. We spoke up because we wanted the church to follow God's Word and the bylaws. “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth” (1 Cor. 13:6). One couple became very upset and spoke very badly towards us. This couple has moved from church to church throughout Udon. They have caused division in churches and are very hurtful in the things they say and do. This is the 2nd time they have attended our church, but just returned 2 months ago. At their request, we met with them this past Wednesday, but it was more of the same anger, pride, and lashing out at us and others. They left by threatening to write letters of complaint against us.

We know that God is jealous for His Church and that He has called us to stand with Him in defending and protecting it. Isaiah 62:1-6 says, “because I love Zion, I will not keep still...I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch...I have posted watchmen on your walls, they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.” We count it a privilege to be watchmen on the walls for His Church. We thank God for His peace during this situation. We are also thankful that others in the church are standing firmly on His Word. Please join us in praying for God's will to be accomplished in the Udon Thani City Church and that His justice and righteousness would be known and seen.

March 24th is election day in Thailand, please pray!

April 3rd is our interview for Ephraim's tourist visa. Please pray that his visa will be granted! Thank you very much for your faithful prayers and support by giving to the Great Commission Fund which enables us to be here and serve our great God.

Jesus is our Rock,
Mark & Kit and Ephraim
“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!” Psalm 18:46

Prayer Requests

1. Please pray for Gate and her family as they adjust to not having Joe around. Please pray that God will provide for all their needs. Please pray for Dow, Gate's youngest daughter, she is in the hospital with an unknown rash and high fever.
2. Please join us in praying for God's will to be accomplished in the Udon Thani City Church and that His justice and righteousness would be known and seen.
3. March 24th is election day in Thailand, please pray!
4. April 3rd is our interview for Ephraim's tourist visa to the US. Please pray that his visa will be granted!

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Updated: March 16, 2019

Children's Names
Ephraim
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Thailand
Address
PO Box 379
T. Mak-khaeng
A. Mueang
Udon Thani 41000,
THAILAND

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