We are still praying and asking God for the remaining cost to print Lahu Christian Correspondence Course No.6-10 for Lashio, Myamar. Which is around $1200.
Htay Aung, a full-time staff worker, reports: “I would like to share the Lahu Christian Correspondence Course in Lashio or Northern Shan State region.” On January 2013 we had 383 people taking the course. From January-February there were 18 new people signed up. Now, we have 401 people who are currently taking the course on a different schedule. There are 30 people who finished the course and we will have graduation in December. We hope to have more people finished by that time. Thank you for your prayer and support. Please see the testimony of Daw Hken Ji, one of the LCCC students. She said, “When I take the lessons it requires me to read more of the Bible and it helps me understand more. The Bible showed me who I am and what must I do to be saved. Now I dare to share what I have learned. When started the first lesson I saw myself as a sinner and I needed to be clean. Now, I am studying No. 1-5 and when I have finished them I will continue to No.6-10”
Thailand: Mr. Lihkai and Caui spent time in visiting, distributing and answering questions from LCCC. There are 4 new students signed up from 2 villages. The total number of villages touched by LCCC is 116 villages, with 461 people currently taking the course. It is too much for Lihkai and Caui can take care of 461 students. We are praying for new staff who is waiting to enroll but, we need to cover his living expense which is $250/month. Please do pray with us that God provides this need.
Testimony by Ca ha, who shared, “Before I took the correspondence course I did not understand about the Bible. I did not understand pastor preaching on Sunday. And also I did not know how to encourage others who are in need. But, after going through the 66 books of the Bible survey, I have learned the solid lesson that Jesus has been born in a human body to be my savior and I took Him to be my Lord and Savior. Now I have a burden to share Jesus to those who have not known as I did before. The lessons really meant a lot for my life. Praise God!”
I will spend most of my time both for editing Burmese translation and revising the Lahu version. Please do pray for funding to pay for editing and proof reading. I hope this will be done early 2014.
Please pray for wisdom and strength as I am praying and planning for 2014. So that what we do, what we plan will be a blessings to all people.
A Psalmist brings conclusion to the long list of psalms, “Praise him in many ways for his mighty acts: praise him loudly according to his excellent greatness” Psalm 150
The third batch of The Biblical Leadership Training Graduation:
Praise to our living God who is beginner and finisher of our third Biblical Leadership Training. He has led through all three years of the process step by step. There are happy times, times of trouble, and times of lacking, but he is the answer of all for the Biblical Leadership Training.
We are able to celebrate his faithfulness and congratulate the third batch of Biblical Leadership Training graduates on September 27, 2013. Out of 17 total candidates; 16 completed the course and one partially completed. Praise and thank God for all who have played a part in the Biblical Leadership Training by supporting, praying, and teaching. Without your partnership it could not have happened.
The participants have been spending time in the last three years studying, meditating, practicing, and in fellowship to gain more knowledge and equipping themselves for ministry in their Church or town.
Special thanks to Cascade Community Church and Elder Bill who have been faithful in praying and their financial support.
We are praying and planning for the fourth Biblical Leadership Training in 2014-2016 and gathering students from Thailand, Myanmar and China. Please do pray with us. Without your prayers and giving the Biblical Leadership Training #4 might not happen, because we are financially underfunded for Lahu Living Word. The one and only goal is to make disciples among Lahu people in Thailand, Myanmar and China.
The apostle Paul explained how he understood himself to be under the sovereign God who called him and put him into ministry. He knew that the sovereign God who put him in all those situations could also provide him with means in those situations! “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty” Philippians 4:11-14 (NLT)
A testimony from Joshua of The Lahu Living Word:
Let me give a testimony of how the sovereign God has provided what I need through his loving people! We have had real financial difficulties for David and Mark’s tuition fees. We had tried our best in prayer to find ways to make it. Finally, I saw no way to get that help! Since we had tried everything, we believed that it was simply God’s will, even though we try our best to prioritize family as our first ministry. So we eventually decided to withdrawal Mark from school. The Lord helped us feel as parents that we were content with the situation! But, what a surprise to see how God then opened the door of blessing through a family who loves and obeys God! They were willing to fully pay the remaining tuition fees for both David and Mark. It was unbelievable but it was true! They were willing to “share with me in my present difficulty.” Praise God and please continue to pray with me as we are doing God’s ministry.
Lahu Christian Correspondence Course
In the Lahu Christian Correspondence Course (LCCC) monthly meeting I could see how God has blessed the LCCC ministry in the report from Mr. Lihkai and Ca Ui the full-time staff in Thailand.
The LCCC graduation will be on December 13, 2013 at Balan Church. About 60 candidates will receive the certificate. Many of the 60 candidates have significantly changed their lives and some have dedicated themselves to ministry in their church. Some of them are looking to attend the Biblical Leadership Training in 2014.
This is the testimony of Mr. Lisha from Maetamnoi Church while taking the correspondence course. He said, “I would like to thank God and thank my teacher who introduced me to this correspondence course which I could study by myself. Before I took this course I could not share Christ to other people or share the word of God. But, after I spent my time in learning through the course, now I am able to share God’s word to my people. I will try to learn more and serve God more in the future. Thank you so much for bringing this lessons”
This is a testimony from Mrs. Nayaw; a member of the Panghok Church: “After I finished no.6,8 I had a burden to serve God with my people. I would like to share God’s word to them. I also learned the faithfulness which I never had before. If I am not serving God, there is no meaningful life in this world. What I learned in the lessons were meaningful and changed my life in many areas. God has blessed my family in farming and plantations”
New Biblical Leadership Training
The Biblical Leadership Training has started to respond to the cry of those who finished the Lahu Christian Correspondence Course since year 2000. It is a deeper training in the word of God to be more thoroughly equipped for better ministry to those who are in ministry but have no chance to get Bible School training. It is by God’s grace and his provision that the Lahu Living Word has been able to conduct three batches in a decade. Each batch has been around 15-20 local Christian leaders and laymen.
Many of the leaders who studied in Biblical Leadership Training have started a variety of Bible studies in their churches. They have been able to develop themselves as teachers at the Biblical Leadership Training. Mr. LIhkai is one of them! He started by taking the Lahu Christian Correspondence and continued on to take Biblical Leadership Training. He has been faithful to obey God’s word and he has become both full-time staff of Lahu Christian Correspondence Course and a teacher at Biblical Leadership Training.
Now I am praying and working through the #4 Biblical Leadership Training from 2014-2016. We would like to invite 6 students from Thailand and Maynmar and also invite 4 students from China. We are praying to find donors for this project. It is only $20 per day for one student, including all travel, food, and accommodations. We are planning for not more than 20 students. It will be $400 per day or $8,000 in 20 days. If there are 400 donors who donate $20 the whole project will be covered. Or if 200 donors donate $40. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity of blessings to us.
Now the villagers have begun to harvest corn. This year the market for Corn is not very good. Many of the villagers are stressed due to the low demand in the market for corn. The problem is that no matter what the price for corn is the villagers must sell corn. This is one of the biggest issues for mono-cropping corn. For those farmers who have lumyay, another fruit here in Thailand, in their orchards must hurry to finished trimming the trees this month, because this is the last month to do so. Because this is the last month of the rainy season, weeds still grow at a quick pace. Much of the villagers and my time have been spent cutting the grass. Some farmers have 50-90 acre’s of land to care for, so this can be a daunting task. Our real hope is that through these hard times villagers can begin to see the real value in diversifying their crops. Thank God that by God’s grace the villagers were able to sell over 800 banana bunches in Chiang Mai city this month. We sold bananas at 7 baht per bunch making a total of about $180 in income for our group. This is not a huge income, but it is encouragement for the farmers to invest in more than one crop. Please remember our family in your prayers as we press forward to provide our people the opportunity to have options in their own fields. We hope that in proper stewardship of the land we can bring honor to our Lord.
This month Jonathan and I had the opportunity to meet with the parents of the children who studied at the village school. The point of the meeting was to discuss the problem of funding. Unfortunately we were not able to raise enough funding for the program and at the end of the year children will return either to hostels in the city or their parents will send them back and forth to the local government school themselves in Mae Dtam town. The school succeeded for 3 years and we will end the program in April. Basically, we tried to start our own village school, unfortunately inter-village conflict prevented this from happening. Our hope is that once the villagers can make an income they can determine themselves how to give further opportunities for their children to stay at home.
In regards to our sustainable agriculture program, things are going well. At this time we would ask that you pray for Jonathan as he contacts international markets that may be interested in possibly purchasing coffee from our coffee group. We thank God for everything, and everyone who has supported us by prayer. Whether you have been involved with the school program or the agriculture program we thank you for the great encouragement that you have given us. We pray for your health and for peace in your households!