November 29, 2018
We want to send you all warm Thanksgiving (a little late) and Christmas greetings - this time from America. We have been in the States since early September and have already been to twelve states. The Lord has given us a wonderful time visiting family and friends spread from Idaho to Ohio, as well as churches in Colorado and Illinois that have helped send us to Thailand as part of their world-wide Great Commission ministry. It has been our privilege to reconnect with these people and report how God has been working at Pinklao Baptist church in Bangkok.
A quick (and cold) visit to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis
As we have visited these churches, we have had the joy of reporting some very recent good news passed on from our co-workers in Thailand. In October almost 30 people from the Pinklao church group went to LIFE camp. Dozens of churches from throughout Thailand join together for this annual evangelistic English camp. Several from our group were not believers. This year four people made professions of faith. Three of those were younger teenagers who have attended our church with their families for some time. At camp they saw their need for personal faith and salvation, realizing that being from a Christian family was not sufficient. The fourth to be saved was a teen boy from a Buddhist family that we have known since nearly the beginning of this church plant. He has studied English with us on Saturdays on and off for many years. The first night of the camp he trusted Christ as his savior. An additional blessing is that it was one of the young adults from our church who had the privilege of leading him to Christ. Since then he has been faithful at Sunday services even though he has to take a bus for more than an hour to get to the church (His family recently moved out of our area.) He has also begun to experience pressure from his family to turn away from his new faith. Please pray that God would strengthen him to endure this test!
One of the other young men who trusted Jesus for salvation at camp was from a Pakistani family that has been a part of our church for about three years. This family came to Thailand seeking refugee status from the United Nations so that they could be resettled in a safer place. In Pakistan they had received a threat on their lives from the imams in a mosque near their home. They spent over four years in Bangkok, appealing and re-appealing their case. Some of you gave to help their children go to school in Bangkok. But finally, they decided that God had closed all the doors for them to remain in Thailand or be resettled to another country. They returned to Pakistan a few weeks ago. It was sad to see them go. Please pray for the Bhatti family – for God’s protection from those who would do them harm and for God’s help as they start life all over in a new town in Pakistan.
For the ministry in Thailand the few weeks before Christmas are the busiest of the year. In the past God has given us many opportunities to share the gospel and make contacts because of the Christmas holiday. This year will be no different for our missionary co-workers and the church in Bangkok. Please pray for their strength and fruitfulness in these busy times.
We will continue our visits to supporting churches for a few more weeks in December and again in January and February after spending Christmas with Duane’s family in Denver. Over these next few months we plan to travel quite a bit as we visit not just churches, but also individual supporters and friends and family. We appreciate your prayers for safety on the road and, if it’s the Lord’s will, good weather too.
We trust you will have a meaningful Christmas season.
Your Partners for the gospel,
Duane and Hannah Scott
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