Each of us has a story that God is crafting into your life. This our journey in following God’s leadership to move our young family from the USA to begin new pioneer work among the unreached peoples in Northern Thailand. My family responded to that commission from God shortly after I took a business trip to Thailand in February of 1996. 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 God is in the business of looking for people like you and me who are willing to join Him in what He wants to do to make sure some of the least reached peoples in our world today have access to the message of our Lord Jesus Christ. My family landed in Bangkok on January 13, 1999. We were blessed to have been originally sent out through the International Mission Board. We have lived the last 22 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. But God is on the move. We personally have seen hundreds of people become the first persons in their entire families to become followers of Jesus. God is truly transforming lives but there is still so much work to be done.
According to Joshua Project today, there are over 113 different people groups with their own distinct language and cultural background. Of those 113 people groups, there are 78 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 68 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% of the population. 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 with us.
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.