Monday, May 23, 2011

And So Summer Begins...

Team Update & Prayer Requests
- Yesterday our team met and it was nice to have everyone together again to pray and plan. We shared our testimonies and gave each other feedback on how to improve. It was a good time of practice and sharing! Next week we're focusing on classroom management and teaching strategies.
- Thai summer break is over, so planning can continue with the school/Lillian & Peter-- hooray! Keep the school in prayer... because it is our first time teaching there, pray that the administration would be open to our programs
- Much of our team is still busy with finishing school/finals and figuring out their summer plans (working, serving in camp, etc.)

Operation World Prayer Topic: The Extensive Sex Trade, focused in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and HatYai
a. The girls involved (typically from poor, rural families, from the NE, from ethnic minorities, from Myanmar)—trapped in the business, at high risk for mistreatment and disease
b. Those who are profiting (corrupt police/officials, traffickers, mafia, relatives)—pray for moral conviction and an end to this trade
c. The users (“sex tourists” typically from the West and East Asia, Thai men)
d. The government—officially oppose the sex trade, but little is done to discourage it.
e. Agencies seeking to minister to those in the trade—very difficult work to save individual girls and close individual brothels, but much bigger change is needed

Missions Monday
Navajo Ministry Ministry Trip (Memorial Day weekend): the team would be effective in the three major ministry projects planned which include building projects, medical/health education clinics, and discipleship for teens. Also pray for travel safety.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Slow Week

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”-Matthew 11:28-30

The last few weeks have been busy for much of our team (Easter, Mother's Day, midterms, Big Sunday, etc.) and many seem tired and even burnt out. For our collegians, final exams and the end of the school year are coming up too. Pray that our team will find rest, assurance, and rejuvenation in their quiet times with God.

Also, please pray for the leaders as they begin talking to the Thai school administrators again. Thai schools are coming back from their summer vacation this month, so we can continue working out the logistics of the trip.


Missions Monday
Pray for the people of Japan: God's mercy & grace to abound as they continue to recover; many would turn to Him in this time of great difficulty.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Sunday Special

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! Hopefully everyone had a relaxed day with their families.

Thailand Team did not meet today, but continue to keep us in prayer.
1. We are still looking for plane tickets. We found some good prices this past week and are hoping to finalize ASAP!
2. Last week our team was challenged to rethink the way we think about evangelism (the language, context, and attitude we approach it with). Pray that we would learn how to be sensitive and effective, against cultural and language barriers.
3. Many of our team members are participating in Big Sunday on May 15. Pray that this service will be a warm-up for our trip!

Missions Monday
Pray for various summer short-term missions: preparation would enable them to be ready both in the knowledge and skills they will need but also that God would enable them to have a life-changing experience.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

bonus prayer requests~

Here is the Operation World prayer requests from the last meeting:

Pray for the development of a truly indigenous expression of Christianity

Christianity is still seen as Western, a huge problem in Thai Buddhist culture and its deeply divergent world views. Pray for development of: Thai music, hymns, art forms, worship patterns, architecture, and styles of leadership. Pray that Bible study and witnessing will be more encouraged and developed, making the church more relevant to non-Christians, and giving believers new spiritual insight and grounding.

Monday, May 2, 2011

WE are Thailand Team

Hello to our lovely support team! As Uncle Chris reminded us in service yesterday, the whole body of FCBC is Thailand Team. What an incredible encouragement for our team, and already we feel and appreciate everyone's support. Thank you again!

Missions Monday:
Pray for those participating in short-term mission trips both as a part of FCBC-sponsored teams and other organizations. Pray that others would be willing to financially support and pray for those who go out from among us.

Team Update:
During the past two meetings, our team has been learning about Thai culture. Our hope is that a deeper understanding of cultural barriers would make it easier when engaging students, or any others we meet, in conversation. We challenged our team to participate in Big Sunday or simply engage their friends in spiritual conversation. It is a challenge to be deliberate and concise, but pray for boldness!

Also, continue to pray for our team to find airline tickets quickly so we can continue planning.

Lastly, prayer letters should be going out soon. If you would like one, leave your info in the comments, or ask anyone on the team to send you their's! :)