First of all, Henry and Peter were unable to get their visas to come to Thailand for preaching and training. I will trust our Lord’s sovereign purposes for this situation and grace for those who put obstacles in our path trusting and knowing our God WILL work it all for good. Therefore, we decided that I should go there since they had completed the pre-work, 63 lessons, and I thought it best to hit the iron while it was hot. So, I am leaving Chiang Mai this Thursday, September 19 for Zambia and will return to Chiang Mai next Friday September 26. I was really not excited about going to Zambia at this late date since I am returning home October 1, but this morning I received the following email from Henry. So, now I am pumped:
“Hello Tim, We have four days more to meet. How we look forward to this blessed time together in the presence of our loving father. I know it is going to be an extraordinary time. This training is indeed very important. Revival is like fire which is spreading to every place we go. Some people are calling it new teaching with wonders and signs. I shall share with you a testimony from Congo. (Highlight Mine) God is going to show us new things to edify us. We are eagerly and praying for this spiritual meeting. At the master's feet, Henry
Another thing that happen, the brother from Pakistan who we trained a couple of months ago sent an urgent email requesting assistant for a young girl, an American missionary and citizen, who had been arrested and not allowed to make phone call or have outside contact. So, with the info he gave me, I was able to contact US Embassy in Pakistan and apparently they got right on it because Paul Chesser verified with the US Secretary of State office in US that they were handling it. So, last report, I believe she is home. Praise the Lord for His Grace and mercy.
Lastly, I have been able to almost complete the Holy Spirit Journal that I have been working on for about 3-4 years. This tool takes every place the Spirit is mentioned in Scripture and creates a daily devotional for 366 days. I have learned myself so much about the Holy Spirit that I did not know and much of what I thought I knew, I could not find in the bible. Lord willing, I hope to have this ready by January 2014. Chris Esterly in Denver is creating some graphics.
I spent a couple of weeks training some unmarried young people and orphans on personal walk with Christ, Marriage, roles of husband and wife. This was crucial since Thailand might become the first Asia country to sanction same sex marriage. Although they had been in church most of their lives, they had experience little teaching concerning a biblical model and view of marriage. I also had opportunity to preach at Eternal Life Church a couple of times and also at a Rawang Church.
Thanks so much for prayers and encouragement as we travel this incredible journey together! I particularly thank the Lord for my wife, Edith, who cooperates 100% on this journey in Christ.