We have a wide range of students aged from 15 years through to 53. On current count we have 10 attending BEC classes. This has dropped from 14 as 4 young people have now found work. English through the Bible classes continue on Saturday evening (2 classes averaging about 15 in total). This will continue as one class conducted by Stephen Malcolmson.
The pastor, Joseph, continues at the BEC 3 times a week, working on extending vocabulary, and reading from the Bible (Proverbs), and discussing the book also. Joseph has asked that Stephen takes him through the ‘God’s Master Plan’ course as he was so busy translating for us when presenting in the church that he was not able to follow the teaching.
Sources of students.
Newspaper advert in English – 2
Word of mouth – 4
Night market invitations – 3
We did have one very hopeful break where a ‘Karen’ stall holder invited with us 14 other stall holders who said they would attend a study Sunday afternoon, but although they each had our card, none phoned or came. (Some were drawn ‘mud maps’). It is considered that they all attended a ‘Grace’ church and were warned off!
Don with student Ebenezer
The purchase of the filing cabinet has enabled alphabetically organised printed Bible notes in one drawer, and English Second Language teaching resources in another. The major course teaching lessons are accessed from the computer. Another drawer keeps all the BEC organisation files, and the bottom drawer has duplicate keys, computer cords, and other needed equipment.
This has continued to be generally fine, with Una unwell today but able to continue her class.
We had visits from Sister Saroum (Loy) and our friend Minea ( from Cambodia). After visiting Brother Adrian in Pattaya they are arriving in Chiang Mai on Sunday. Their earlier plan was to be here over the weekend as Steve is travelling all day Monday to renew his visa at the border. But they will be very welcome, and we will enjoy their visit!
We are deeply appreciative of all the effort and finance to establish the BEC here.
Brother Terry has produced a great “Fieldworkers’ Welcome Pack” for new fieldworkers.
Brother Steve Malcolmson will continue on here and will welcome Brother Ron and Sister Chris Hill on April 18th. Steve will continue the classes when we leave, and will be so happy to see the Hills bringing assistance and companionship.
We greatly appreciate all the help, organisation, and planning Brother Terry and Sister Karen have put in to the BEC project and their companionship along the way. We appreciate the way Brother Steve Malcolmson surmounts difficulties, and is so enthusiastic with all our contacts,
We are grateful for the support of all involved in getting us here! It is certainly a challenge and a delight to be able to be involved in such a fine outreaching project. It does look that there can be great successes in the villages visited by Brother Terry and Brother Steve.
Perhaps big ecclesias can develop in country Thailand!
May God bless the efforts of all involved.
Don and Una Strempel