Ed and Sue Danneker

TEAM FAIRLAWN

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"Why did this group of people just travel 20 or more hours and spend all that money to come and be here today at this school?" Pastor Sukprasan asked the 325 fourth, fifth and sixth graders assembled for the English outreach. "Because they want you to know about the best news in the world. They want you to know about Jesus." Through the songs they presented and the caring way they taught English that morning, these seven visitors from the Fairlawn Community Church, Cogan Station, Pennsylvania paved the way for our Thai pastors to share the Good News with these children and the teachers attending them. Each child was given some follow-up literature along with the small gift of school supplies from the Team.

This Team ministered throughout the ten days to children, teenagers, expatriates, and Thai church members. One day, the men did a small building project while the women visited other church women.

As the Team was prayer walking one afternoon near our mother church, I spied a group of children standing outside of their home trying to see what we were doing. I went back to talk with the children and asked the older one if she could read Thai. "Of course!" ten-year old Naamtan said. "We are from the church about 2 km down the road," I told her. "Here on this pamphlet is the church's name and phone number." I told her. "Is it your number?" she asked. "No, it is Pastor Sukprasan's." "Are your parents at home?" I asked. "My mom's working, but my dad is home. I’ll take you there," she offered. As we walked down the road, Naamtan came along side of us on her bike. Just then, I spied Pastor Sukprasan's team on the other side of the road. "That’s Pastor Sukprasan. It’s his number." Pastor, with his team, agreed to follow the girl to her home to meet the father, and we continued prayer walking on our side.

We heard later during the sharing time that Naamtan led Pastor Sukprasan and two Team members down a very narrow "lane", more like a type of sidewalk, with people living all along the way in simple homes on pillars. You could see water below the homes. "The deeper we went in, I thought, I hope this isn’t going to be some type of ambush," Pastor shared. Finally, they got to Naamtan's home. Her dad wasn't really interested in hearing about the Lord, but the next-door neighbor was very interested. He had some exposure to Christianity and felt he was a sinner with no hope. Pastor shared the Gospel with him, and the team prayed for him.

Later that evening, Pastor got a phone call. It was Naamtan. "I wanted to make sure this was truly your number, Pastor," she said. He spoke to her kindly and then had his wife Eve talk with her. Pastor will be sure to follow up this family. Pray for Naamtan, her dad, the neighbor and all the other contacts we made that day.

Pray for the children that heard the Gospel during the English outreach.

Thank you, Lord, for sending Team Fairlawn to minister alongside us. May many Thai people come into your kingdom as a result.

CHRISTMAS IN THAILAND

How do we spend Christmas Day in Thailand? As my children will tell you, rarely at home opening presents, that’s for sure. December 25 is not a holiday here, since Thailand is a Buddhist country, with over 90 % adhering to that religion. Christians still number less than one percent of the population. The Thai people are fascinated by Christmas. The stores have taken on all the decorations (Santa Claus, reindeer, trees, etc.) … anything for a sale. Many Thai people think Christmas is the foreigner's "New Year's" since they see it has something to do with exchanging presents, which many Thai do at New Year's (Jan 1). Praise God, Thailand has freedom of religion. So usually on Christmas Day we go into a local school and do a Christmas program where we tell the children the real meaning of Christmas.

This year we will do the Christmas Day outreach at the local high school. Manao, one of our teenagers at the church who is now two years old in the Lord, is in eleventh grade at this school. Out of 850 students, she knows of only one other student who may be a Christian. Manao, who is always inviting friends to church, really wanted us to share the Gospel with the entire school. Praise God, the school gave us permission for an hour and a half program on December 25. After games, songs, and a short skit that illustrates how Jesus deals with the problem of sin, Ajarn Sittichai will share the Gospel with the students. We will then give each student a small gift which will include literature that further explains the Good News. Please pray for open hearts. Pray that the program goes well with no "technical difficulties". Pray for fruit that will last.

Prior to "Christmas Day", our church will have a Christmas program on Sunday, December 22, where our members are being encouraged to bring family and friends with them. Many people are willing to go into a church for a Christmas celebration, perhaps because the programs are usually lots of fun, small gifts are often given out and there is a nice meal afterwards. But praise God, we have seen people come to faith at the Christmas outreaches too (like Manao). Pray that that will be the case this year.

Saturday, December 14, we will have an outreach for the children and youth in the area, assisted by the youth from our mother church. Then our youth will join the mother church’s youth for a community outreach near the home of one of the young people on Saturday Dec. 21.

Our personal "family" Christmas is a quiet affair. We pick a day when all the activities of church are over with. We sleep in, have a special breakfast, read the Christmas story from Luke, and exchange presents. Our daughter will be with us this year.

Thank you for your prayers for this Christmas season. May many Thai come to saving faith.

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Updated: December 02, 2019

Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Thailand
Address
28/2 Pradipat Road
Soi 13
Bangkok 10400,
THAILAND

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