It has been about a month since John went back to the States with the Voorhees and about a month also since the Myanmar students went back to their homes and ministries. John is enjoying the American experience and meeting new friends. As for the Myanmar students, they have returned to their churches, ministries, and families. They stated how blessed they were to be a part of the Seminary and blessed to have the opportunity to learn the Bible with Stephen, Dr. Derek, Isaiah and others who taught at the Seminary.
|John with the Voorhees in America|
The Wongratanamajchas are slowly adjusting to the different shift in the ministry. Stephen is working on turning his lecture on the book of Hebrews into a commentary and then he will have to translate that into the Lisu language. After this is finished, he will need to raise money in order to publish the book of Hebrews in Myanmar. Praise the Lord! Finally, the process of printing Stephen’s Lisu commentary on the book of Revelation has been completed. Now it is on the stage of delivery those books to churches throughout Myanmar and Thailand. This Revelation commentary is also being requested to be published in China by some Christian leaders, please pray that God will move this to happen. The Lahu people have already made a request to translate Stephen’s commentary on Revelation into their language. To clarify to everyone, the commentaries that are being printed or will be printed will be handed out to churches and to people interested in studying the Bible at an extremely low cost (or even free) rather than being a means to acquire money because the Lisu Christians in Myanmar and China are mostly, what the world would say, poor. Before the people had even received these commentaries, many are already requesting Stephen to go into Myanmar and offering a conference or seminar in order to further learn about the book of Revelation.
|Revelation Commentary in Lisu|
Mary is getting better from her health problems after getting some medication. Please pray for her as she is still a little weak. Becky is doing really well, she is actually teaching herself how to cook by watching videos on YouTube. Nick is doing many things including helping an international church with their youth program. Nick was also asked to be a guest host a Thai radio station. Recently, Nick was asked by several friends to go to the town called Mae Sot, 6 hours, to visit a friend named Thi that was going through depression; on that trip, he was able to encourage and share the gospel with the 3 guys there. Thi even began praying before his meals. Through friendship and constant talks of the bible, one of Nick’s Thai friends named Kojii was baptized last month as well. God is good! On top of all this, Isaac has been very enthusiastic in sharing the gospel with his classmates in 4th grade. He even took the Bible and the Bible stories with him to school so at their free time, he reads those books to his friends. Now all of Isaac’s friends want a cross necklace even though their families are all Buddhist. Culturally, all Buddhists have their little Buddha’s images as necklace since they were young. To take those images out is very offensive according to their faith. Because of the kids’ requests, Mary and Stephen had to meet each individual parent in order to ask their permission. Praise the Lord! Every parents gave permission to do so.
|The annual routine of planting rice before the Rainy Season|
|Isaac with his Bible stories|
Stephen and Nick are also in the process of helping the Lisu people in Myanmar to overcome their poverty and drug involvement. For example, due to the poverty and drug problems among Lisu people of Thailand, many of the young generations both Christians and non-Christians have been involved in drug and human trafficking. In order to avoid the problems like such in Thailand, we have seen that providing new alternative crops and teaching a new agricultural system with an environmental sensitivity in replacing the old system of slash-burn will help churches become self-supporters, preventing the young generations from drug and human trafficking businesses. There was a call from a Korean company that wanted to enter into Myanmar in order to start a coffee business. Stephen believes that if this works, the Lisu people will be able to have legal jobs and the churches be able to become healthy churches. Stephen and Nick and some of the other Lisu are representing the consultant team for both the Korean and the Lisu people. We are keeping both sides in check. This way both sides will be fair. Frankly speaking, we are helping the Lisu people from being cheated. Also, a corn company from Thailand wants to invest the corn business with the Lisu people in Myanmar. Please pray for this ministry that Stephen and Nick are requested to help, even though they are not being paid to do this task. Because of our lack of agricultural knowledge, we do really need someone who has an agricultural background to carry out this ministry. Please pray for the need of this ministry!
May our Living God bless you all!
In Christ Alone,