The last months have been really busy with several different projects going on! Here is a little about some of it.
The church put a lot of work into Christmas this year! They wrote a kids play telling the story of Christmas from all through the Bible, prepared all kinds of games for an activity after church, and worked to gather tons of gifts to give out! I love seeing their passion for ministry.
The Lord sent over 100 people come from all around the church to hear the story of Christmas! Some understanding for the first time that its not Santa‘s birthday.
Visitors and new believers
The Lord has continued to bless His church. We have now finished the Life of Jesus and are into the book of Acts, which I think is really good for our church as we start to see what the mission of the church looks like in the life of a church. We also finished Hebrews in our daily discipleship time.
Starting English again after a hiatus
I don’t really like teaching English. I’m just not all that passionate about spending a bunch of time teaching something other than the Bible. But, it sure makes for a good way to get to know people, and getting to know new people is hard!
English is a tool that allows you to just put up a sign and strangers show up to talk to you! So, even though its not my favorite subject, it is a great way for new people to get to know Christians, our church location, me as the pastor, church members, and for church members to have a chance to witness, invite people, and help the community at the same time.
I haven’t had time over the past 6 months or so to do it, but we are starting again here in a couple of weeks, and plan to do a couple more stints this year. If you want to come over and help in this ministry, that could be a huge help! Pray we see fruit from it.
Continue to pray for the establishment of our foundation. It has been much slower than I anticipated, but we are still making progress. Just did another revision with the lawyer this past week. I would like to give you a timeframe for completion, but I have learned that I have no idea! Pray its soon!
Yours for the Gospel in Thailand,
Philip & Lori Bassham
(Claire, Grace, and Emma)