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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

YA Running Club

Hi everyone!!

Devi is thinking of starting a running club! It would be a good time for YA brothers and sisters to gather for a jog or walk at MacRitchie reservoir 3.2 km.


1st run is this Saturday @9am. After exercise and we’ll do lunch together. Please let Devi know @ 93373967.

Shaun

Monday, July 19, 2010

18 Jul Sunday Outing at Palawan Beach Sentosa


It was indeed an enjoyable outing for the 45 young adults who went despite the rain. There were plenty of food for the picnic….yummy bread pudding, fried rice, fruit salad, sandwiches of varies kind and lot of potatoes crisps to nibble on. And of course the fellowship was really awesome!!!

Choir practice, wow! And here we can see Shaun teaching all of us to sing in parts...


Video of frisbee by the beach. Look at the pics of the sand...the water (plus the rain drops).... Don’t you just love the sea.


La...la...la....Friendship Dance.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

TMT 10 Day 8

Hello for the last time from Thailand,

Right now, we feel very conflicted, so if our posts are not really up to par, please overlook it. Why conflicted? Because we are really looking forward to the comfort of our beds and showers, but also, we kinda know that there is so much more we want to do and learn here and that all the friendships forged here will now be made so much more difficult to upkeep.

However, it is our prayer (okay, actually Uncle Henry said this, but whatever is his is ours too heh) that this is not the end but the beginning. And that even though we seemed to have done so much during the trip, it doesn’t prove that we are elite or up, but it just shows how the grace of God can really utilize all kinds of people who are experiencing all kinds of stuff in their life (some good, some bad) to do His work. And no one is excluded from during the supernatural, in fact, the supernatural has gotta be natural for us first. That’s why it is called superNATURAL right? Hmm, guess we should return home with a thankful heart, and a heart filled with righteous passion that there is so much more that we need to know about the reality of God. So expect cool stuff to happen at home, cool stuff is not confined to hot Thailand haha (okay lame sorry).

Okay after that long ramble, which was inspired by UH’s reflections, we would introduce a new way of writing today haha. As it is the last day, we would be giving you the reflections of all the trippers.

Neo: TMT 09 was about discovering my personal identity as someone who can move in the supernatural. The previous trip gave me a holy dissatisfaction about my current knowledge of God and encouraged me to learn more. TMT 10 was more about discovering my identity as a leader, and how it is such a joy to see other people stepping up into their true identities.

Daniel: TMT has put me in complete awe of God and all the events have proven to be a revelation of God’s glory.

Ben Chan: Felt that I made up for the lack of depth to the friendships that I made during TMT 09 with this trip. This trip, he spent more time with the Thai youths and got to know their life stories and backgrounds. I was also very encouraged when I heard their testimonies.

Emelyne: There has been more 1 to 1; or quality time during this trip as we were focused on blessing as many schools and children as possible during the previous youth trip. Therefore, this trip has been more encouraging as I got to interact more with the locals and learn of their stories.

Eunice: I was reminded that I am most alive when I am doing God’s work. During the trip, I felt a holy dissatisfaction as I felt that I wanted so much more. I am very hungry to find out more about this, I know what I have is not enough.

Peilin: I discovered that God can use her and work through her to bless others, especially through the prophetic art ministry. I was initially skeptical on the ability of prophetic art to impact the lives of the people, but soon realized that a simple piece of art or sketch can be so powerful in ministering to people. God also told me how to take things slow sometimes, and that sometimes, healings do not happen in a snap.

Shaun: I was greatly reminded how much I love to be in the mission field. I love the intensity and the excitement of mission work, and found the church staff workers’ testimony very encouraging.

Kusha: I am very grateful for the experience. As I was just baptized, I have only known of the theoretical aspect of God. Now, I realise that Christianity and God is practical. I saw the works and was greatly inspired, especially by the uncle with leprosy. I felt really happy after seeing him healed.

Charissa: In TMT 09, I shied away from all deliverance cases, because I felt discomforted by them. I was disturbed by the trip and had many sleepless nights. I realized that I did not know my identity then, as I was ruled by fear; but TMT 10 really affirmed that I need not be scared. I have now conquered my fears, and my identity in Christ is now more solidified.

Louisa: TMT has shown me how God can empower ordinary people like me to do His work. Usually when praying for healing, I have no idea what to pray for the people, hence, I always end up praying random things; however, I realized that God still heals the people anyway because He is filled with mercy and grace. Also, it is very heartening and encouraging to see the TMT members stepping up into their identities, this really spurs me on to find and work in my identity in Christ.

Daryl: The supernatural encounters on this trip was eye-opening, not in the sense that they are new, but in the sense that I have never seen them so powerfully before. This encourages me to craft new goals to aim for in the future.

Keith: I did not come with super high expectations, and would have rated it an 8/10 trip. I think the whole group did well overall, but it seemed like we should be able to do more. Good thing was that I came expecting miracles, but instead, I saw a lot of compassion. I was especially impressed by Ben Chan. In this trip, I really realized that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and that there are no hierarchies in church.

Janelle: I was encouraged to step out and speak up. I used to be afraid of embracing the authority that God has given to us, but now, I am more confident to share about the love of God; as I myself have experienced it. I am also thankful that I have gotten to know more new friends.

Vanessa: I started off very excited for the trip. I also felt that it was a good start for the children’s programme, when we started with the story of David and Goliath. This highlighted to me that we all possess the armor of God and reminded me how to put the armour on. I therefore became gung ho in the group and also decided to put aside my own pride. I feel inspired to sharpen my sword and jump into battle now.

Enting: Firstly, I am amazed at what God had done on this trip. It is amazing to see myself and others rise up together to serve the Lord. Secondly, I was impressed by the faith of the Thais. They are so willing to share everything with no pretentiousness, and I know that the healings that took place is due to their faith.
Thirdly, I realized that I always worked to busy herself, but in this trip. I felt that I need to learn how to slow down so that I can feed His sheep.
Lastly, I feel that when we empower of the Thais, we ourselves are empowered.

Andrew: I remembered that I was angry when I found out that the lady in Saweangha did not throw away her idols even though we had delivered her in TMT 09, hence, the spirits once again entered her. On hindsight, this served as a useful reminder to I should not be like her and hesitate to throw away the idols in my life.
I am thankful that I was able to make the trip after walking home after a bust up with his friend. I felt like I was in no shape to lead the trip, however, I was encouraged by the healing of the deaf man on Sunday, and this gave me the strength to lead the trip.

Bella: I realized that I have received more in return despite it seeming like I have given a lot through all the praying we did. I also have gained a lot in experience during the course of this trip. I feel blessed by the many testimonies and the smiles of the Thais when God works in them.

Enxuan: I have received more than what I have given during this trip. I also learnt a lot more about the supernatural. I learnt more about how to hear from God and this trip has built up my confidence level.

Devi: TMT was an exciting and adventurous journey where I was led by the Lord to do many miracles. Despite going the trip with no expectations, as I was not familiar with the supernatural and also was new to the church, I have realised that He is an awesome God who reigns on heaven and earth. I could really see His favour poured out onto us as we prayed. Also, I found that the outdoor evangelistic concert was a really cool concept that we have never seen in Singapore. I have enjoyed learning from and about everyone, and learning about the supernatural. In addition, the faith of the Thai people has really encouraged me, and I would like to share a short testimony which happened today that illustrates this.

Today, during the evangelistic concert, I was asking the Lord what I should share with the children. I decided to share about the story of Grace who was stuck in a vicious cycle of addiction and violence, however, on becoming a Christian; she forgave her family and broke out of the cycle of addiction and violence. This testimony of this girl named Grace was actually my own testimony.

After the sharing, a 9 year old girl came up to me and started asking me questions about my family; whether I have forgiven my family and stuff like that. In addition, before she left, she said that she would pray for me. I was very moved and started tearing as despite her young age, her faith is so pure and so strong. Her faith has really encouraged me, and I hope that this testimony inspires you too!

Nice end to the reflections of the trippers, but we definitely cannot leave out a short sharing by Pastor Eng Kiat himself! After all, he gives us what the local perspective is and probably is the best barometer of what God has accomplished during our short stay in Thailand. One of the days, we had Holy Communion and he conducted it for us. And he shared: There is a refreshment when the team comes, even if it’s for a short 9 days. It is as if a wind has blown through the province. We do not know where wind comes from or what the wind of God wants to do, but God is using us to clear up some debris, refreshing some lives and in the process our lives are touched eternally.

That is good! Haha, we would comment on it if it was way earlier, but brain has stopped functioning so shall just accept it as a good word (: Good night and see you in Singapore!

TMT 10

Friday, July 9, 2010

TMT 10 Day 7

Hello again.





We started our day with a visit to the house of Auntie Ling and Uncle Bpong. It was an interesting visit considering that this couple were new believers, and we did NOT have any interpreters with us. It was just God, Saa Yan (who hardly speaks English) and the group, with our rudimentary thai. Thank God that we managed to pull through the communication barrier. We sang songs to lighten up the mood, prayed for the Uncle’s hurting knees and the Auntie’s Gastro-intestinal problems. Uncle played the Er-Hu for us pretty amazing stuff!









At the premises, we also prayed for a lady that we presumed to be hearing impaired and thus had accompanying speech impairments, as if the difficulty of not being able to speak thai was not enough. Either way, God shone through and we managed to lift her mood with song and dance, big actions and smiles. Eventually we managed to pray for her, although she must not have heard a word we said, or understood them. We used the art drawn by Enting and Peilin to minister to her. i really felt that we lifted her moods and gave her a hope, it seemed as though we were showering a lot of love and affection on her, something she does not get, or hardly even gets.





In the afternoon, we split up to two groups. One stayed back at Thanpraporn to decorate and prepare for the English camp, whereas the other went to conduct cell group at another place in Thanpraporn. The former did not have much to share, except that they had an ambulance break down in front of the church haha.

So, as we mentioned earlier, a group comprising of Neo, Kusha, Dan, Eunice, Keith, Louisa and Peilin and of course, Uncle Henry helped out with the cell group. Dan led the bible study and Kusha shared his testimony. After that, as usual, there was a call for ministry time. This is where the fun starts haha. Not saying that bible study isn’t fun, but it doesn’t make compelling reporting haha.

Neo, Eunice and Uncle Henry ministered to a 56 year old lady whom UH had a burden for since Sunday. Although she is 56, she looks way older than that. With hair that has turned mostly white, she looked older than her mother who was standing next to her. After talking to her, they realized that she suffered from a nervous breakdown and henceforth stopped talking to people. Strangely enough, the doctors attributed this to her eating too much coffee powder and sugar. Well, the explanation sounded weird (am sure many readers would agree), so they continued praying for the breaking of the spirit of mute and many others. After prayer, although she did not start on a long verbose ramble, she responded to the team’s greeting of “Pra Jao uay pon” with the same. And she also praised the Lord. This is really cool. (Sorry we don’t sound very excited but vocab tends to die late at night). Realised the importance and power of all these simple sayings like God bless you and God is good, because the confession of God’s goodness can break strongholds.

Dan, Keith, Kusha, Louisa and Peilin ministered to this old grandma who had a headache from neck up+ giddiness+ high B.P. Something about the Thai diet doesn’t seem that right, lots of old people seem to have rather high B.P. Okay anyways, continuing with the testimony, this woman was described by Pastor Eng Kiat to be a woman with simple faith. This was really apparent when she said that she believed that she will be healed. The first time we prayed had a 30% healing, but as our glorious leader (Neo) said, must persevere and pray for complete healing otherwise we are kinda leaving stuff half done. And God is good, why would He only want to heal someone like 10% right?

So we continued and at the 2nd time, she said it was about 90% better. In addition, when we measured her B.P. again, it had dropped from 179 to 165. Which is still high, but haha it dropped right? She was really happy though, as her headache was gone and she walked around with a great big smile on her face. We prayed one more time, but were afraid to face up to our results (okay, not true, we had to go) so didn’t measure her B.P. Anyway, we have faith that she will be healed, as those with faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, and I am pretty sure hers surpasses that. This is the greatest gift of the Thai people, they are really very simple people with humongous faith in God. And we believe that they will be great great people for God, because their level of faith is just amazing.

After that, we had English camp. Thank God that the people who were doing visiting came back on time, so we had translators for the camp. Even though it is an English camp lol. After that, we had time to minister to Uncle Leeyang, who had leprosy hence he doesn’t have fingers nor toes. Shall let Vanessa and Daniel continue as Louisa is sleepy.

Van: This Louisa, seriously, the younger generation nowadays is sorely lacking in dedication to see any task through.

Dan: Don’t you think you’re being a little harsh?

V: No. I am ice queen. Hear me roar. *Zaps Louisa and she freezes in the corner*

D: Right… *Cringes in fear* Ok then let’s try not to digress too far. So what happened was that during the bible study, I was falling asleep and in an attempt to stay awake I asked God for a word of knowledge for something to pray for, and I got ‘breathing difficulties’ (I mean, the phrase, not the physical condition.)

V: Go on…

D: Yeah so the thing is we asked around the ladies and none of them had breathing difficulties. But we neglected to ask Uncle Leeyang as he had not requested for prayer.

V: So flash forward to post English camp! I saw Uncle LY sitting by the side alone and I asked Neo to join me in talking to him. We didn’t know what to say besides ‘Sawadee-ka/kap’ so we took out our notes. Then Aunty Anong came along and told us he needed prayer for his heart and knees (because he has no toes, there’s a lot of pressure on his knees.)

L: And also cos he’s fat.

V: You’re mean! *Zaps Louisa and freezes her mouth*

D: No la, to be fair that was Aunty Anong’s description. I think you should melt her!

V: Don’t make me freeze you too.

D: *Gasps* At this point Neo called me over because of the word of knowledge that I had in the afternoon. So I asked him if he had breathing difficulties and coincidentally, he had a near-death experience sometime this week because he choked on phlegm. So I affirmed him and told him that God wanted to heal him that’s why he gave me the word, and we prayed for him.

V: The first round we had a small improvement; he said he felt a strange sensation in his chest / heart area, and we told him it’s because we asked God for a new heart. In reply, he said he was happy that he a new heart and he laughed! But I sensed that there was a spirit of condemnation and that he was believing in the lies that his condition was a punishment from God.

D: So I asked him if he had any disappointments with God. Louisa, you seem like you have a lot to add?

V: *Grudgingly unzaps Louisa*

L: *relishing her new-found freedom of speech* Phew! I have tons to say about this… He said yes but that was long ago and he got over it because God had a better plan in store and he understood why God didn’t grant him his request. He then went on to share about his journey with God, which spans 67 years! During which there were times when he ran out of strength because of his weak state, but he would still persevere in serving God. (Pastor Eng Kiat affirmed this later on) He also said that he felt like a soldier, always obeying God’s commands, and Ice Queen over here affirmed him as she saw him as a warrior.

V: And after that he shared his vision for his life, that he would live long enough to see the 3 churches of Singburi – Singburi City Church, Thachang Church and Thapraporn Church – be established.

L: My brother sensed that this was not his own personal vision, but God’s vision for His life, and so we affirmed him and told him that it would come to pass.

D: So we went on to pray for him again, for both his physical and spiritual needs. I remember praying that God would anoint his hands and feet (though he doesn’t have proper hands or feet).

L: I remember praying that he would get a new body.

V: The astounding thing was that after we were done, not only was the chest discomfort gone, he said he felt a tingling sensation on his legs! So we got him to stand up, and he got up and walked. He walked! This was a man who previously wasn’t able to fully extend his legs, needed 2 minutes to compose himself before he could start walking… He just got up and walked like he had discovered new feet!

L: I remember Aunty Anong’s reaction so clearly too! Her eyes were wide open and she excitedly tried to get Pastor EK’s attention. I think at this point we were all very elated, like really happy to see such joy in both Uncle LY’s and Pastor EK’s & Anong :)

V: Do you remember when we first saw him on Sunday, every step he took looked excruciatingly painful, but there we was, walking!

D: Then after walking a few rounds he said he felt some tightness, which I thought was normal since he’s essentially got new muscles in his legs that he needs to stretch out. But we prayed for him anyway (3rd round), for complete healing in his entire body.

L: I was praying that his fingers and toes would grow out too!

V: Can you imagine if that happened, we would’ve been so freaked out!

D: Yeah, secretly we all didn’t want to see it happen I think… But after we prayed the 3rd time, and Aunty Anong closed, he just spontaneously jumped up to his feet and walked around at like twice the pace that he was before! It was… Amazing!

V: We were just really too stunned to react!

L: I just felt very stoned.

D: Whatever. Anyway I thought that after witnessing this great miracle, we should all gather and offer praise and thanksgiving to God, so we rounded up all the various groups that were dispersed in the church, and got Uncle LY to share his testimony. AND THIS WAS THE BEST PART, after sharing, he burst into song, thanking God and praising Him for the miracle; even the Thais were amazed. And it really struck me how similar this was to Zechariah’s spontaneous worship after he named his son “John” in Luke 1. I then asked him to share his vision for the 3 churches, and I noticed that Pastor EK had tears in his eyes when he was done. Coolio Julio.

L: So after this, we sang praises of thanksgiving, both in Thai and English. IT was just such a memorable night. Many of those gathered were very touched by the whole episode.

V: And Daniel says that if tomorrow morning, Uncle LY wakes up with fully formed hands and feet, he will dance around naked.

D: Eh. This is a family programme, no such inappropriate content, MDA filter.

L: Ok la, that’s the end of the Uncle LY story. All glory to God. It’s really just so amazing, astounding, incredible, coolio Julio. Frankly, I didn’t know what I was praying for half the time, but God knew what Uncle LY needed and that was the important bit. God is so good!

V: Goodnight everyone! *Zaps Louisa one last time for good measure.*

Okay prayer requests:

  1. English camp day two: That the turnout would be good and that God will grant us with ideas and energy to carry out everything well. And that the response is good!
  2. Good health as we return and a good return trip.

Yours truly,

Daryl and Louisa with Ice Queen Van and Dan



Thursday, July 8, 2010

TMT 10 Day 6

Saawadeeka/krup!



Oh, we realized we made a mistake yesterday, and that we went to Singburi Church and not Inburi. Blame it on the lack of knowledge of geography haha.



We started our day with a visit to the Inburi church, there we prayed for the loyal and faithful coffee lady that has been living in the church. She was suffering from a tumor in her uterus that had not been diagnosed. We prayed for healing. Some words of knowledge were given, that revealed her frustration with her health and her inability to serve God.



In the process of praying for the old lady, another Thai lady that was present and observing suddenly felt the presence of God. In tears, she was further ministered to with words of encouragement from the team. Upon further probing, she had worries about her job security and was convicted that God had forgiven her of her sins





We also learnt that the church was a place of refuge for the nearby villagers when seasonal flooding of the Chao Phraya occurs. It’s really a fantastic testimony for a church building in its service to the community. In addition, we learnt that the building of the church was an anomaly in church planting in Thailand. However, its strategic location along the high banks of the river made it imperative that the building project was completed.







In the afternoon, we went to Saweangha to hold an evangelistic concert, which essentially became another session of children’s club as all the attendees were children. We were exceptionally thankful for Choo, a local church worker, who really jazzed up all our games and helped “tame” the children (who seemed to have too much sugar coursing through their bloodstream). Haha, okay not all the blame should go to the children, we had troubles adapting to the different characteristics of the children that we saw. But anyways, it was a blessing in disguise as we realized the importance of including the local church leaders into our plans and not overshadowing them. After all, we are just reaping what they have been diligently sowing, and they really have some incredible testimonies. Comparable to ours heh. (Okay ego trip there haha)

Whilst this was going on, another group comprising of Neo, Eunice, Janelle, Daniel and Devi went house visiting. That actually is a misnomer, they actually went around giving hope. The first house was Nong’s house, a 68 year old woman who was suffering from collapsed lungs and a not too good windpipe. She experiences difficulty breathing and is constantly hooked up to the oxygen tank. Her elder brother passed away recently, thus, many people have been telling her that she would soon die just as her brother did. These are of course lies planted by the enemy, sadly, she believed them (Really cannot imagine how to withstand such condemnation from so many seriously), hence, she gave up on life. This was confirmed by images revealed to Dan and Jan, the mighty Tan siblings haha. Hence, the team affirmed and encouraged her, and she seemed to have newfound hope after the encouragements given by the team. The most miraculous thing was that she said that she would change her normal farewell greeting of “Pra Jao uay pon” (God bless you) to “Pra Jao jia rak sa” (God heals)! This really shows the hope she now possesses.

The second house they went to had a cute lady whose husband passed away recently, who is diabetic and has high blood pressure. They sensed that she seemed in denial over her husband’s passing, and Pastor Eng Kiat had to explain that the husband has gone to heaven, and that his spirit isn’t lingering around as per Buddhist teachings. She seemed much happier after she acknowledged that her husband has really left this earth. Haha, why did they said she was cute? Because she laughed and tried grabbing Dan’s hand when he was trying to bless her from head to toe! Haha, giving hope can be entertaining yea? We should do it more often and add some spice to our lives. After all, the Thai life is very spicy… okay, shall not scare people off reading the rest of our awesome blog with lameness.



Whilst the visiting and the club/concert was going on, a deliverance also happened. This is truly fen1gong1he2zuo4! This involved the woman who was delivered last year, however, as she seemed unwilling to give up some of her old beliefs, so the spirits came back to disturb her. Again, Vanessa, Peilin and Cass really stepped up to the task and stood brave and strong even though they were doing it for the first time. Of course, it helped that Uncle Henry was so chiong about it haha. Thank God for giving those involved the bravery and anointing them with power to carry out his work.

At night, we had cell group (which was interspersed with lots of bug killings), followed by ministry time. The cell group lesson was about the prodigal son, but shall not elaborate so much on it. Instead, we would like to thank God for helping us encourage the people during ministry time, as we called forth the identity of the Thai people by affirming their places as princes/princesses in the kingdom of God and that whatever healing power we have, they have it too! Really, this trip is not about us going there to show off what we can do, instead, we go there to encourage and affirm the Thai people about their identities and tell them that whatever we do, they can do it as well or even better.

Anyways, to flesh out the earlier part about the ministry time with details, En Ting prayed for a lady with backache. The lady’s name is Nan and she contributed money to build the centre at Saweangha. En Ting felt a sensation of heat in her hands whilst praying; and Nan felt a tingling moving up and down her hands during the prayer. Janelle, Neo and Peilin prayed for Songsee, who also had back pain. The first round of prayer Songsee said she felt better, but on further probing, she had still a little pain left. They persevered and prayed again, and had a 90% healing. But luckily, they didn’t give up, so Peilin and Jan continued as Neo wanted them to do it by themselves, and praise the Lord that they got complete healing.

All the healing testimonies that we share here, we really hope that the Thai people have even more amongst themselves. And from the look of things, we think they will. They have so much faith, it is cool that they turn to God as their first option when they are unwell or facing troubles, instead of man.

Here are some prayer requests:

    1. English camp: That there will be good attendance from community youth, and that many new potential leaders for the church will be raised up from the youths that attend.
    2. House visiting will continue being fruitful and that we would be a good testimony as well as be encouraged from the visits.
    3. Continue to be totally reliant and totally led by the Holy Spirit.


Louisa and Daryl



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

TMT 10 Day 5













Good morning from Thailand!

We are assuming that you are reading this in the morning because we’re sure everyone is an early riser haha. Okay, assuming too much are we not? Just to make something clear; because we think that we may not have set this right on the first day.



Daryl and Louisa function just as the official reporters, and the testimonies reported are a compilation from all the trippers.



Today, we visited Inburi Church, which was the pioneer church of the province of Inburi (is Inburi even the province name…) and the church that Pastor Eng Kiat first went to, to assimilate into the Thai culture. This church has grown very much, it kinda looks like a Singaporean church now heh. Lately, this church experienced a split due to differences in ideologies, and the church lost many good talents due to the split. From this, I realized the importance of unity in the church, as without which, it brings about much difficulty for the further growth of the church and also brings much awkwardness to the leaders and many others. (That was just a random thought from Louisa by the way)

There, we also ministered to Gaew, the church caretaker. Due to the heavy responsibilities born by her, she experienced a breakdown and has been on meds to control her problem. We prayed for her, and she was ministered to by many people. En Ting also shared her very touching and relevant testimony with her, and frankly, she touched many of us with her testimony too.

From Bella with additional randomness from Louisa:



Later, we went for tracting at Thanpraporn. We ended up chasing after the van as we arrived just as the kids were released after school. Literally running after the song tiow.

It was really a sight that you would not see us do in Singapore, because we always have to look cool in front of others right. As young adults, we never ever rush for ANYTHING. We ended up stunning a lot of kids, but at least they seemed quite accepting of our aggressiveness. Haha you should have heard the boys, they were quite ridiculous, with shouts of and “GET THEM GET THEM!” and “RUN RUN!” It was good though, seeing the passion and intenseness the trippers displayed.



As we were tracting, we also tried to strike up conversations with the locals, despite our lack of vocabulary. This is when we really thank God for Arunee and Supanee. There was a lady who had a son working in Singapore (who apparently looks like Daryl hehe) and she was very welcoming and curious of our English club. In fact, she wanted more flyers so that she could help us advertise. This is called viral advertisement! Haha, or is just Daryl’s auntie-killer looks.



Before we end, we must end with a bang! So we shall end with a testimony from Kusha: Before I came here and while applying for visa (which I had lots of difficulties for), I trusted in God and prayed for God’s help. He responded and helped me get the visa. I thank Ps Shani for also encouraging me. Before coming to TMT, I got to know God’s calling. After I came here, when I spend time with God and the trippers, as well as while I was involved in the activities; I got to know a lot of things and Jesus touched me. Jesus has used me a lot here, especially when we have ministry time. Yesterday, as we were praying for an uncle with back pain, we felt him getting hot, and this was a sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence coming upon him and healing him. I definitely have grown a lot from these supernatural experiences!



In addition, a follow up update by Auntie Anong from yesterday's post: Miew the lady we all prayed for, woke up in the middle of the night with a new song of praise. just as Neo had prophesied over her the day before, that the Lord will give her a new song.



That was good, wasn’t it? Some prayer requests:

  1. We would be having an evangelistic concert, please pray for the Spirit to move powerfully.
  2. We would be having visitation at Saewangha, Inburi and Thong-en. Thong-en is a new place, so pray for God move powerfully and prepare the way.



Out,

Your reporters, Daryl and Louisa and contributors Bella and Kushasta

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

TMT 10 Day 4

Greetings from Thailand again!

We ended a little late today, so please forgive any mistakes we made in this report. And we will have a few guest writers, so please have a mood of eager anticipation…

Today we did visitations followed by children’s club and lastly the cell group. Visitation was good; we went to believers’ houses that did not turn up in church the week before.

Morning Visitation

If you recall, Miew is a pig farmer supported by our Green Store (See last year’s report for details). We visited her pig farm today and her new house is up – albeit short of windows and doors – and the Fishery Department has dug a pond for her as well. Unfortunately, a large number of her pigs died due to the heat wave that has swept through the area recently. The damaging effects of the heat wave were apparent to us today – the ground was parched, the pond had almost dried up save for two small pools of water, and one of the ducks literally dried up and died.

We prayed and prophesied over her. Her main concern is her debt to construction workers. She mentioned that previously they beat her up because she was unable to pay! We also did a prophetic act, pouring some water on the parched ground and praying for God to restore her land to its original lush state.

However, our ministry to Miew did not merely end there. Tonight after the bible study Neo, Peilin and I prayed for her. At the farm, Neo sensed a spirit of death over the place, and this corresponded with various events that had happened in recent times, e.g. her suicide attempt, the death of the pigs, and some people broke in and actually dumped a dead body in her field! I sensed a spirit of oppression over the place. Peilin saw an image of an angry insect-devouring plant that looked menacing which wanted to devour something. Collectively we decided that there was a need to break this spiritual stronghold. She mentioned that she feels that she is suffering because God is punishing her for something she’s done, or some sin she’s committed. Thus we led her in a prayer to renounce that thinking before she could be delivered from the spiritual oppression. After this was done she said that she felt uplifted, and we continued in a prayer for deliverance from the spirit of death and oppression.

Miew said she felt a huge burden lifted from her. She saw a vision of knights in armor riding to her rescue on horses and a golden sunrise. I thought that was pretty awesome. I commented that her life was very dramatic to Aunty Anong (our lovely translator) and Miew shared some stories of how God has really rescued her from out of the dumps, time and time again. For the sake of brevity I will only share one of them in brief. Miew’s ex-husband tried to kill her some time back, and she locked herself in her room. This crazy fella then proceeded to use a chain saw to saw through the door and get in! (Channel 8 dramas cannot compare to this man!) She was terrified and her children were shouting for Jesus to help. One of them called a friend, and thank God, when he ran out of the house zhun zhun there were 2 policemen at hand, and within one minute they arrived at her rescue! Praise God! Yeah, it’s really awesome. Though we were technically supposed to minister to her, I felt like she ministered to us through her testimonies, more so than we did her.

Afternoon Visitation

Neo, Keith, En Ting and Eunice visited a man whose leg muscles were degenerating. As a result, he had difficulty walking and has not been attending church for a while. Seeing him lie on a mattress, we were reminded of the paralytic to whom Jesus told to take up his mat and walk, but not before He forgave his sins. Sensing that the illness was similarly more than physical, we probed and found out that he had some spiritual ties – such as worshipping the spirit of a deceased monk and consulting a witch doctor for his condition. We led him to renounce the spiritual ties first, then we prayed for healing of his legs. His walking improved considerably after prayer – the pain in his pack completely lifted and he could lift up both legs to walk. As we left, he told us that he would be coming to church again soon.

Children Club

Children’s club at Wat Ya Soi was good, we really kept the energy up despite the energy-sapping heat and trips that we encountered today. Today, we again saw the trippers work together to pull off an impromptu skit of David and the lion’s den. The children seemed to enjoy it very much, and we had a very good trio of lions comprised of Neo, Daniel and Daryl. Shaun was also perfectly in character acting as King Darius, even though he had a Frisbee as his crown.

Cell Group

The cell group led by Daniel was good too. He taught a simple but profound lesson on the life of Peter with the central theme being Peter’s identity in Christ. A lady also prayed to receive Christ. Ministry time was another good time, but rather tired to tell, so shall save the story for later! Our fried rice is calling to me, so we shall end now.

We had the usual healings during the time of ministry – the supernatural has become natural! However, what was unusual about this time of ministry was that the Thai church workers themselves were activated to move in the Spirit. Songsee and Dawrung, two church workers, were encouraged to pray for another church worker, who had pain in his ankle due to an operation. His ankle was healed, and the church workers were amazed to realize that they themselves had the same power to heal, because the same God who works in us, works in them. We hope that the good work will continue even after we leave.

Prayer requests:

  1. Tomorrow’s tracting would be fruitful, as we really need to attract the youths for Thanpraporn Church.
  2. Energy levels will remain high, as we would have a long day tomorrow.
  3. Of course, the presence of God will remain with us always and that we can be mighty warriors for God. And that we will be refreshed spiritually everyday.

Louisa & Daryl with guest writers Eunice & Daniel

Monday, July 5, 2010

TMT 10 Day 3

Greetings from Thailand again!

We have much to thank God for today, without Him our plans would be pretty much ruined. When we were going to start the evangelistic concert at the Inburi Rice Mill today, the sky was pretty much overcast and grey. We definitely thought that it was going to rain. Okay, that’s exaggerating it abit.

Photo : Children's English Club

As a city kids we are pretty sure some were totally oblivious, but the aunties there were commenting that it would rain. And they are usually correct. So we had to pray against rain.

Photo : Open heavens at Inburi


After all, God ever stopped the sun in the sky, so why not the rain right?

The rain actually did not start until, as Shaun would emphasize, when he packed up the last mat on the ground. It was pretty cool considering when we turned to our left, we could see lightning bolts streaking across the sky and when we turned to our right, we could also see flashes of lightning. But our area was totally protected. Cool huh.


Photos: Scenes from the concert


In addition, the distractions that happened during our evangelistic concert did not affect the response to our concert much. There were cars driving through our “stage” and two kids on bikes who, in my opinion, should never ever be let within touching distance of anything that can move faster than 1 km/h. It was almost as if we were filming the “Stop and Stare” MV. We are thankful that many responded during our call for ministry.

We also are very thankful for the ministry time. We went there as ministers, but ended up as the ministered. A grandmother shared that her kidney was miraculously healed after the doctor told her that she has no chance of living, and that her wayward daughter appeared the morning after the remaining family were painfully crying out to God the night before; their faithfulness of the Thai people really blew us away and definitely humbled us. We seem to be reaping the harvest where others already seeded. Hmm this sounds strange, we’re definitely not any good with agricultural metaphors considering that we have never ever done anything like that before, but we really hope you get what we are saying. This is when we are again reminded that this is not accomplished by our own power, but by God’s grace. And that we definitely should not boast in our own works, but if we should boast, we should boast of the salvation of God. Haha, don’t have bible now, so quoting it from memory. Please forgive if it’s not word for word.

We met Air, a middle-aged man who is a faithful member of the church. Air had suffered an accident 20 years ago, resulting in back pain. The pain recurred recently when he exerted his back while working. Daryl, Vanessa, Keith, Peilin and Eunice prayed for him, twice because the pain lifted the first time but did not completely dissipate. During the second round of prayer, the team members felt various manifestations of the Spirit - heat, warmness, a breeze - but we were all sure that the Spirit's presence was strong. Later, Air himself told us that he felt a heat on his back, and he knew that the Spirit was filling him. However, there was still residual pain. Eunice felt the Lord say that He wanted to heal him completely there and then, so we continued to pray for the residual pain when the opportunity arose. After one simple prayer, his back was completely healed and the pain totally gone. We were very encouraged, not just by the healing, but by the knowledge that the Spirit was so tangible and present, aiding us in ministry. Yet we were reminded that it was not by our strength that Air was healed; he himself had rock-solid faith that God was going to heal him and had been praying and requesting prayer for healing. God has brought us the harvest and we are merely his workers who reap in joy.

Lastly, we are thankful for the unity that God has granted us. We have been working really well in different capacities to bring about a single goal, as we have mentioned earlier. Again it was demonstrated at the children’s club at Inburi Rice Mill, where we had the main session,

Photo: Football ministry

a side football session for the older teenage boys, and a … running about session for the very young. This is where we see the flexibility of trippers to take on initiatives they were not briefed about, and also, that football is a universal language. Not maths nor music.

Oh yea, not forgetting, “Aachan” Henry is way better! Yay! Please continue praying for complete recovery. And we are also thankful for the wonderful beef ball noodles we had today! And chendol! And big bags of coke that appear whenever we feel exceptionally hot and thirsty. And the mosquitoes have been quite unsuccessful so far J

Okay, prayer requests:

  1. Energy and recovery for the next day. It may seem we are eating loads to keep our energy up, but honestly speaking, many seem to be pretty fatigued physically.
  2. God to work mightily, and that we would be humble yet powerful servants for him
  3. Whatever you have been praying, it is working haha, so continue please =)

Louisa, Daryl n Eunice(guest reporter)