Please Join Us and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS to join us in this season of prayer.
GOD'S HEART FOR THE NATIONS
DAY 1 of 30 - Nov 24, 2018
"Ask of Me, and I Will Surely Give You the Nations." Psalm 2:8
This past Thursday was Thanksgiving in my home country of the United States and we too, living in Northern Thailand, celebrated God's goodness as a church family. This church began in our home in Chiangrai a little over 17 years ago shortly after we moved from Bangkok to Chaingrai. Our vision was to create an English language platform that could be used of God to reach hundreds and thousands of some of the least reached peoples in our world today and to use that platform to gather the fruit of evangelism into a purpose driven type church that would be a blending of the various Thai people groups and a blending of internationals all working together to glorify God and advance His Kingdom in Southeast Asia. God has blessed this work greatly and love worshiping around the throng of grace with dozens of 1st generation believers from some of the least reached people groups in our world today. Well this past Thursday about 50 to 60 people gathered together as a part of Baan Athitaan Community Church and had a warm celebration of our Great God thanking Him for His goodness. Here is a video clip that Pii Gahn put together of our time.
|Baan Athitaan Church THANKSGIVING 2018
Today, as I write this first prayer update for this Season of Prayer, we want to ask you to join us in a Season Of Prayer for God's Work here. We are asking that you would join us each day and read our updates and join us in seeking the throne of God on our behalf. In each of these updates we will share with you some aspect of how God is using Northern Thailand Impact Ministry (NTIM) and its partners to engage some of the least reached people groups in and around Northern Thailand.
We invite you to ask your friends and any small group you are a part of to join us for this great time of seeking the face of God on behalf of the millions and millions of people who have never heard the message of Jesus. In this first prayer update, we want to begin with GOD and with God's heart for the nations.
"It all Begins With God and With God's Heart For The Nations." Day 1 - November 24, 2018
IT ALL BEGINS WITH GOD .....
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we find a consistent thought pattern that communicates the message that God loves all of the peoples in every part of God's world. We also find passages like Eccl 3:11 that says, "He (God) has set eternity in their hearts (hearts of humans everywhere)..." God truly has placed in the heart of every man, woman, and child, in every place on the earth a desire to know the true and living God. But not everyone in God's world has heard this great message.
When we look very clearly in the original Greek at the great commission as seen in Matthew 28:19 we find that the great commission has a specific target audience that is on God's heart and mind that need to be engaged, and specifically that is the "unreached people groups" of the world. Jesus said to go and make disciples of "all the nations." All the nations is from the Greek "Panta Ta Ethne" and "ethne" is the Greek Word where we get our English word "ethnic" and for all practical purpose, what our Lord Jesus was saying was "Go and make disciples of all the unreached people groups (UPGs) of the world." Jesus wasn't thinking in terms of geo-political countries, no, He was thinking in terms of ethnic and linguistic people groups. You see, the great commission is all about God and His heart for the unreached peoples of the world.
My family responded to that commission 21 years ago after I took a business trip to Thailand. I will share a little of our story as we go through these prayer updates but what we want you to know today is that we have lived the last 19 years in the heart of Southeast Asia where millions of people have never heard the message of Jesus and have been trapped in thought patterns and ancient traditions that have kept them from the light of the gospel for thousands of years.
This breaks God's Heart and it breaks our hearts even today.
According to Joshua Project today there are over 114 different people groups with their own disctinct language and cultural background. Of those 114 people groups, there are 80 groups that are classified as unreached people groups meaning that less than 2 percent of their people group population are evangelical Christians. The whole country of Thailand has about 69 million people and 99 out of every 100 Thai people are lost with no personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Lost... you just can't get more lost than 99%. That is where you and I come in. God has commissioned us to reach and make disciples from all of these unreached peoples.
Your heart and your prayers are needed. Your donations and your coming to work with us are needed. But for now, we are asking you to join us in seeking the mercy and grace of God to penetrate this darkness with the light and love of Jesus through ordinary people like you and me.
This SEASON OF PRAYER is really a 30+ day spiritual adventure of learning about and battling the forces of darkness - through informed and fervent praying - on behalf of all the peoples living in and around Northern Thailand including all the unreached people groups in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, and China. This SEASON OF PRAYER is a significant adventure we are asking you to go on.
As we begin this 30 Day SEASON OF PRAYER for N.T.I.M (Northern Thailand Impact Ministry) and all of the peoples in and around Northern Thailand, we want to begin this spiritual journey by seeking the face of the Almighty God and asking Him to give us the Nations that are in and around Northern Thailand. The Psalmist wrote this, "Ask of Me, and I Will Surely Give You the Nations...." Psalm 2:8.
Oh, Heavenly Father. We know that You have set eternity in the hearts of the millions of people including hundreds of unreached people groups living in and around Northern Thailand. We see on the map how Northern Thailand is strategically located to reach many other nations and people groups in that part of Your World. We pray and ask that You might be pleased to use NTIM and those who partner with NTIM to take the gospel and message of Jesus to the hundreds of Unreached People Groups living among them especially in this upcoming Christmas season. Help them to be your salt and your light and to continue breaking down the barriers of resistance that have kept them for over 2,000 years from opening their heart to our great Savior Jesus. We pray this in Jesus name and for the expansion of His Kingdom. Amen."