Thailand Day 4
We slept late for a clinic day because the clinic was nearby at a place called Wiang Gaw today.
There is a pastor here named Ajan Lam who was involved in mobile clinics with Dr. Doug a few years ago at a town called Chum Phae--about an hour from where we are today. Forest Park has helped with mobile clinics at Chum Phae in the past. Ajan Lam had a plan to plant a church in the town where we are staying this week--called Phu Wiang. His plan was to do mobile clinics in Phu Wiang until there was a church here. He asked Dr. Doug for his help. So they have had clinics in Phu Wiang the last few years and within the past year they have seen enough growth that a leader was appointed to this town and in April the local believers stopped traveling to Chum Phae for church services and started having them here. They have about 25-30 people meeting together here each Sunday. In August, they will formally become a church. Three of the main families in that church came to faith from mobile clinics.
Today was a clinic in an area called Wiang Gaw, only a few minutes from our hotel. The clinic was in an air-conditioned meeting room at the local school. Having come to Thailand for clinics since 2003, today was the first time I was ever cold here. The air-con worked so well that one of the missionaries turned off the fans! That never happens.
210 people were seen and 70 prayed to receive Christ today. Another 18 were interested. Huge numbers for this country. Praise God.
The kids program was at the same location as the clinic today--a school. They had 70 kids grades 4-9. They played games like sack races and racing games, as well as did crafts, and played bingo. The kids laughed and laughed at the sack races. They heard the gospel from Oy. One class was asked if they had ever heard the gospel before and they had not. But now they have.
After clinics were over we had an hour before dinner and visited the Phu Wiang dinosaur museum. It is a site of excavation, which is a national Park in Thailand and has a visitor center with exhibits that show the excavation and information about dinosaurs etc. A bit unusual place to visit when doing mobile clinics, but I think fun was had by all. I had to get a t-shirt.
Ajan Tdaw is the local pastor and we met with him at the church tonight. Our friend Go played guitar and we all sang a couple of songs--half in Thai some in English. A joyful noise:). Ephesians 4:12-13 is posted at the front of the church. It says "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." Their goal now is to expand into the communities around them.
We ate fried chicken legs, curry soup, duck and rice for dinner at a local place then back to the hotel early enough for a Bible study. We did the end of the 2nd chapter of Jonah. After Jonah repented and came back to God he began to have a heart for other people to know God too--really the heart of missions. It was definitely appropriate for today. We continue to appreciate your prayers.