We hope the year has started off well for you. For us it has started off well and it feels like we have done so much already. We have made some major decisions, travelled to north Thailand to begin acting on the decisions, travelled to Malaysia to arrange another visa and honoured to witness the beautiful miracle of nearly 2,000 people (mostly Thais), walk in freedom and accept Christ for the first time!
After accepting God’s call to set up a Business as Mission, we began to pray about the location. We had 3 locations in mind; to remain in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Phuket. We had the opportunity to research all locations and meet with other organisations that we could partner with in the future. After lots of prayer and careful consideration, we have now made the decision to leave Bangkok and move to Chiang Mai (North Thailand).
The first week of January we went to Chiang Mai, to begin the process of looking for a new home. Thank God, within a few days of being there, we found a home that we fell in love with. We also had meetings with some lawyers and looked at commercial properties for the business, which at this stage was purely for research, as we look into the task of financing the business.
We have started to pack and just realising how much we have accumulated in almost 7 years of living in Bangkok. We will be move to Chiang Mai on the 28th February. It will be a 9-hour drive from Bangkok to Chiang Mai for the removal service we will be using.
Moving is very daunting, especially to a new location (Bangkok is very different from Chiang Mai), added with the many unknowns as we plan and move through the process of setting up a BAM. We are trusting God and know we cannot do it in our own strength.
Paul attended evangelism and discipleship training in November 2018 to be a counsellor, for the ‘Amazing Love Festival’ a gospel and evangelism event led by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The event has been years in the making. Over the past several decades, 3 church denominations in Bangkok struggled to partner together for the sake of the gospel. These churches eventually saw the impact that other festivals held in Chiang Mai and Phuket had, and they realised they could trust the Lord.
The unity from International and Thai churches across Bangkok, over the last year has been so strong. Seeing them come together in prayer, training and preparation in the run up to this event – an amazing miracle. The Amazing Love Festival took place over two days on the 19th – 20th January at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), it was a completely free event for everyone.
Our hearts were overjoyed as we worshipped with the Thais and others. Many Thais hearing the gospel for the first time. Over the two days, 40,000+ people attended the festival. It was streamed live, 79,000+ viewers watched from 60+ countries. Most viewers were from SE Asia. 1,000+ online viewers replied that they accepted Christ. God used Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son) to give a message of God’s truth, hope and peace in Christ. Paul being a counsellor, prayed with those that came to Christ. His heart was touched, as he listened and prayed with a 10-year-old boy that accepted Christ.
Live Stream: Amazing Love Festival – Saturday 19th January 2019
Live Stream: Amazing Love Festival – Sunday 20th January 2019
It was amazing to witness the huge crowds go up to accept Christ. It was like a peaceful flowing river, wave after wave of people. It brought tears of joy to my (Sarah) eyes. Nearly 2,000 accepted Christ for the first time and 600+ recommitments over the two days! Thailand has never seen anything like this before. God has opened the doors, we pray we will see many more Thais (and others) come to freedom in the saving grace of Christ. Keep praying for the follow up and discipleship of our dear new believers.
Prayer & Praise
Thank God for us finding a new home in Chiang Mai.
Thank God for the many lives that accepted Christ at the Amazing Love Festival.
Pray that all new believers are discipled well and continue to grow.
Pray that our move to Chiang Mai will go smoothly.
Pray we will find a good lawyer in Chiang Mai.
Pray for finances to get the business registered and set up.