Ed and Sue Danneker

And God stopped the rain

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Manao was eager to make the annual trip to the family village in Northeast Thailand over the Thai New Year holidays in April. She especially wanted to see her ailing grandmother. Belle, another young person in our church, was reluctant since she is from Baan Paeo and wanted to keep her hair salon open. She decided to go along to honor her husband and his family who are from the same village as Manao. I told her, perhaps God will use her and Manao in a special way this year.

The first night they arrived, Belle and Manao shared the Gospel with Manao's grandmother. Her grandmother had seen Manao's life change and she opened her heart to Jesus. On Sunday, Belle and Manao worshiped at the C&MA church closest to their village. They asked the pastor if a cell group could be arranged at their village to share the gospel and to follow up Manao's grandmother. We got word that the date was set for that Thursday. We prayed. And the battle began.

It rained hard on Thursday. Belle decided to postpone the cell group since some of the village roads are just dirt and the pastor would be bringing the church members in his pick-up truck with some elderly ones needing assistance to walk. They rescheduled for Saturday.

On Friday, Belle's husband's uncle suddenly got deathly sick. He was rushed to the hospital and put into ICU. Belle felt the cell group had to be postponed again. Also, more rain was in the forecast. Belle called me and asked me to pray. She was most upset as plans were being made to do demonic ceremonies at the direction of the local witch doctor. She knew these ceremonies would only kill the uncle and only Jesus could heal him. We prayed that Jesus alone would get the glory.

Belle went to the hospital with the rest of the family that night. She shared the good news about Jesus with the uncle's wife and prayed for the uncle in the ICU unit. His condition improved after she prayed, and he made it through the night. Belle was really saddened to see the demonic ceremonies begin on Saturday. The uncle's condition worsened.

Sunday, Belle and Manao attended the C&MA church again and arranged for the cell group for Sunday evening. Late Sunday afternoon, Belle called again. "What should I do? This is the last chance for the cell group. But it is raining again!" (She and Manao would be returning to Baan Paeo soon). I told her we would pray that the rain stops. After hanging up, Belle prayed, "Lord make it stop". And it did. Miraculously, suddenly, with a loud thunderclap, it stopped.

The cell group went well. The testimonies of the church members were all about how Jesus delivered them from the evil spirits. Now this church can follow-up Manao's grandmother and others who showed an interest in the Lord.

Sadly, the ceremonies with the evil spirits continued. The uncle's condition deteriorated, and he died on Tuesday.

Pray that the Lord continues to use Belle and Manao's testimony to bring others to saving faith in Christ and that more people in the village will come out of spiritual darkness into the kingdom of light.

Praise and Prayer requests - May 2021

1. The Mahapawn Baan Paeo Church is back on-line for Sunday services due to the third wave of COVID after just 5-weeks of meeting in-person. Please pray that we can creatively continue to care for the church members and reach out to the community.

2. The current COVID wave is more severe and widespread than the previous two waves. Pray for God's mercy and protection.

3. The planned outreaches at Mahapawn Baan Suan and Baan Bo are on hold due to the current COVID restrictions. Praise God, the Lord is not restricted in any way. Please pray with us that God will prepare the hearts of those who live in these two areas and that He will draw Thai people to Himself.

4. Praise God for Belle and Manao's opportunity to witness to relatives in Northeast Thailand during the April Thai New Year's holiday. Pray that Manao's grandmother grows in her new faith and becomes the door for the Gospel to penetrate that entire village.

5. The Mahapawn Living Water Church, our mother church, will be closing on their new building on May 27. It is only 200 meters further in the lane where their current rental is located, and twice the size. Praise God for His provision. Pray that God will lead them in doing the renovations. Pray that God will bless this new ministry center as they continue reaching out into the community around them.

Thank you for your partnership with us as we share God’s amazing love with the people of Thailand. Sadly, still less than 1% of the population has put their faith in our Lord. The task remains unfinished. Thank you for your faithful prayers for us. And thank you for sending and keeping us here by your generous gifts for our support and ministry costs. As you give to The Great Commission Fund (GCF) of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, we and 700 other international workers of the C&MA benefit. You may also give directly to our support and ministry costs under the GIVE tab on this website. Select the section "a worker you love" and type in "Danneker, Ed & Sue." Thank you so much.
In Christ's love,
Ed and Sue Danneker
C&MA International Workers in Thailand

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Updated: May 02, 2021

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Field Assignment
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Thailand
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28/2 Pradipat Road
Soi 13
Bangkok 10400,
THAILAND

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