January Prayer Letter
“This is spiritual food like we have never had before,” one of the Lahu preachers said.
We just finished a week of intense teaching. We began early in the cold mornings with the men in coats and stocking caps. We ended in the hot afternoons with some of them wearing shorts and t-shirts. There were 34 of us gathered at our preachers’ training from four countries (Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and America) to open the Word of God together. And what portion was that “spiritual food” which thrilled the heart of that preacher? We began a study of God’s marvelous, sovereign grace. What a theme! Several commented on how very clear the teaching was. I thank God for answering prayers for clarity. I’m also thankful for my faithful interpreter, Lek, who works hard to get my meaning across!
Continue to pray for these men as they go back into the mountains to preach. Eighteen of them are pastors. Some are serving as evangelists carrying the Gospel into mountain regions where the people have never heard the Gospel.
The Lord has used Moses, Lek’s father and a co-laborer, to expand my work. He has many contacts in Myanmar, Laos and China. He also has gone for me to preach where I cannot yet go and stay because of the restrictions of the communist governments. This year we do hope to go back to Myanmar, Laos, and then on to China, if the Lord permits. Thank you for your prayers and continued support that allow the ministry to go forward. Next month we will most likely have even more men. Many of the men from communist Laos could not get visas this month.
We continue to visit the mountain village churches and preach, followed by “doing medicine.” Do pray for them.
Our children are doing well. Susan is teaching them English in the evenings. They speak English more fluently now and are beginning to read in English. What a blessing for their future! Thank you for your support that allows us to love and minister to these precious kids.
But they aren’t the only ones. The churches are continually begging us to help their teenagers as from about 14 years old, they are without educational opportunities and have to work in the fields, get married, etc. It is such a burden of ours for Susan to be able to expand this aspect of ministry to other mountain children in the future. But again, we need property for that – a place where I could train the preachers and she and others could give the children a Christian education. Right now there is a wide open door with the Thai government for us to do this.
Please pray for more laborers!
We have had several substantial offerings given toward property, but we still have a long way to go. Property here is as expensive as it is in the U.S., or even more so. It’s a comfort to know that where God leads, He always provides. We thank Him for using you. Thank you again!
For Christ count everything but loss… Bro. paul