April 19, 2010

Dear Friends and Partners,

A few weeks ago I (Don) had the opportunity to take a trip to Thailand and Indonesia. Overall this was a productive trip which renewed vision, renewed old contacts and gave us a fresh look at the ministry the Lord has called us to.

In Thailand I participated in the yearly people group consultation which we helped to start over fifteen years ago. This event is held to allow significant networking and encouragement for the workers on the front line and connect them with those who are supporting and praying for them. There were delegates represented from all over South East Asia. This year we had our largest contingency from the churches of Thailand. This was a significant turning point in seeing the church in Thailand take steps to reach out to the unreached.

It was great to see some of the workers we helped to train such as Bob and Kathy (not their real names) who came from the Philippines to reach the unreached Muslims of South Thailand. They have been faithfully serving their for over ten years and have made a tremendous impact on their area. They are ministering to troubled youth, Muslim leaders and many throughout the town where they live. It was great to connect with them again.

In Indonesia I returned to the Bible School and Church where we lived and served in the early 90’s located in Indonesia. I spent four days teaching the Bible School students (over 150) regarding making disciples, Kingdom of God and the simplicity of planting churches. I then had the opportunity to speak to the 1500 or more leaders of the 2000 cell groups in the local church there. It was exciting to see their enthusiasm and desire to serve the Lord. I also spoke at one of the youth gatherings where twelve young people came to the Lord.  On Sunday before I departed I preached at one of their services. There are over 30 services on Sunday at twelve different locations. What and exciting time to be with them! The leadership has asked me to come back every semester and speak to the students and assist them whenever I can. I would love to be able to do that!

The Results. Although there was much fruit from this trip such as reconnecting and affirmation, the main thing that occurred was that the Lord rekindled the call to missions and to continue focusing on reaching the unreached. The Lord is wanting us to take what we have learned and pass it on to others seeing many devout their lives to serving the Lord. Therefore we are working together with some other folks (including some of our daughters) to establish a ministry that will help believers from around the world partner together to reach the unreached. In a few weeks we will be meeting together with others to pray and seek the Lord regarding how this will be done. I plan to tell you more about this in the future.

Prayer Needs:

  • Pray that we will have God’s plan in our heart and mind regarding our future ministry and plans.
  • Pray that when we meet together regarding our ministry plans, we will have God’s wisdom and well as His plan.
  • Pray that as we step out to do the Lord’s will that we will have the grace and the faith to follow though.
  • Pray that the material needs as well as ministry expenses will be met through those who support us financially.

God Bless & Thank You for your prayers and support,

Don & Jeannie