For The Love of Siam

His Birth = Our New Birth

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Baptism in a large black bucket – Just before being baptised

2016 for us, has been filled with witnessing lots of great and wonderful things! The one we witnessed recently was no exception, it was an absolute privilege, it was the most humbling baptism we have ever seen!

There were no huge crowds of people, no church building, no projector for worship or songs, no drums, no piano, no microphones.  There was no baptism pool, swimming pool or the sea.   It was held in a small back room next to a small kitchen and cooking area with a largish black plastic bucket, the kind you use for carting rubble, holding ice for drinks or in our case washing lots of dishes at a time!

A small crowd of us gathered to witness with 1 person playing an acoustic guitar.

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Baptism in a large black bucket – During the baptism

The young lady getting baptised *Humble, is a lady we are assisting through our anti-trafficking program along with her children.

Whilst in our care, she had been asking lots of questions about Christ, He became real to her and made Himself known to her in her dreams.  We were in the process of assisting to help get her repatriated back to her home country, and she wanted to get baptised before going home (which was due to happen a few days later).  With such a short space of time, there was not enough time to arrange a formal baptismal service.  The quick preparation and thinking – “What can we use to baptise her in?”turned it into the most humbling baptism ever.

She shared her testimony, made her declaration of faith and expressed her great love for Christ.

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Feeling happy and joyful – After the baptism

 As *Humble stepped in to the black bucket, and knelt down.  The water was poured over her head…in name of the Father…. in the name of the Son… in the name of the Holy Spirit.  Tears of joy rolled down everyones cheeks as we rejoiced with her!

As her children looked on – In the small back room next to a small kitchen and cooking area; in that largish black bucket for carting rumble, holding ice for drinks or in our case washing lots of dishes at a time, an amazing ‘New Life’ was born.  Her humble baptism, symbolised her ‘Re-birth’.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. – Luke 2:7

The way this baptism took place, is a great reminder of how Jesus came into this world.  There was no big fanfare, no luxury, no mansion and to parents with very little.  We can only but image what the stable was like, there was probably the smell and noise of the animals, the uncomfortableness of the hay and the trough for feeding animals used as His bed.  With witnesses that were one of the lowest classes in society –  the shepherds.  In all the simplicity and humbleness came our wonderful Saviour, Joy & Hope to us and the world.  His birth, was the humble beginnings of our new life and re-birth.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:12

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ – John 3:5-7   

*Humble and her children’s faces have been blurred and her name has been changed to protect their identity. 

Please pray:

  • For *Humble as we continue to help her get back home. Challenges with corruption, injustice, lack of understanding and sympathy within the system, has made the process very difficult and caused many obstacles that have delayed the process of getting her back home.  Please pray for officials hearts to be softened and for understanding. Please pray urgently for a breakthrough.

  • Hopefully if all goes well *Humble and her children are due to go home shortly after Christmas.

Thank God  & Thank you:

Christmas is not celebrated in the same way in Thailand and this year is even more different since the passing of the King, with a very sombre mood.  The Christmas decorations went up very late this year.  People will still give each other presents, however with no real understanding of what they are celebrating.  

  • Thank God – This a great time for us to share with the Thais. We have had the opportunity to witness to some of the local Thais we know well near our house and have been able to give them a book about the Nativity of Jesus in Thai. 
  • Thank God – For a trafficked woman from Uganda that NightLight assisted, was able to return home last week after many years absence and many health challenges. It was such a victory and joy to send her off at the airport and know that she was reunited with her child finally. 
  • Thank you – For all your support and encouragement throughout the year.  We have received Christmas cards, gifts and messages from many of you.

We hope you all have a blessed Christmas and a peaceful New year!  May you know Christ’s Joy, Hope, love always.

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2 responses

  1. Pam

    Hi Paul and Sarah

    At long last I’ve got around to signing up for your new posts – I feel so bad that it’s taken me this long. I have from time to time checked out your blogs, but now I’ll be more up to date with what’s going on with the incredible work you do through NightLight. It was so encouraging to read of Humble’s baptism and we join in the prayers that she and her children will indeed be able to go home soon.

    At our church prayer meeting on Saturday we prayed for you as our link missionaries and I was reminded of how good it felt when we were on the ship and people from home dropped us an email. So you are part of my New Year goals – to communicate more regularly with those I know who are serving God overseas!

    To my shame, I don’t think I’ve even been in touch since we last met in Bangkok in February 2014, so maybe I should just update you briefly on our news! We left the ship in July 2015, a few months earlier than planned as Steve had a minor heart attack in the Philippines. Fortunately no surgery was needed and he’s been fine since then on medication, low fat diet and daily exercise. We’ve spent the past year and a bit settling back into UK life and getting involved in our church again. Our ship experience taught us so much and we want to try to use that in the best possible way.

    Remembering you in our prayers and looking forward to the next update. Every blessing Pam and Steve

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    10/01/2017 at 4:05 am

    • Hi Pam

      Thank you for your message. It is very good to hear from you!

      Thank you for letting us know about you and Steve. We hope Steve is now doing much better and you are both well and settled back into in the UK.

      We will be praying as you continue to adjust and praying for Steve’s health. Praying also that all the experiences you gained whilst on the ship, God will show you how to use it.

      Love & Blessings
      Paul & Sarah

      13/02/2017 at 4:13 pm

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