The Brown Family
The Vital Message, Year 13, Number 4
Dr. George O. Wood, our former Assemblies of God General Superintendent, who always seems to have an encouraging word, said at this year's General Council meeting, "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape." For the Brown family, this summer has been one that has required the greatest quantity of flexibility that we've ever had to muster, and God has been with us every step of the way, pouring out blessing after blessing.
This summer season, which began with an unexpected opportunity to complete the spring APSAI semester as the new directors had to return home to the USA due to a family emergency, has ended with us launching the fall APSAI semester as directors of this amazing ministry. In between those two milestones, we were blessed to host the first ever APSAI Summer of Service with ten students and two leaders from Evangel University. We've welcomed our first ever Give a Year intern who is currently working with university students among Thailand's largest minority religious group. We hosted our first church team, New Life Assembly of God from Lakeland, Florida, for a two-week time of serving the children, youth, and families of our community. We hosted three Chi Alpha students from Purdue University who came to run the Missionary Kid's program at our annual Field Retreat and to help us to relaunch our Soi 42 ministries. And, finally, we welcomed two amazing students from Southeastern University into our fall APSAI program.
With the help of all those who joined us this summer, we were able to conduct our first ever block party for our Soi 42 neighbors, we launched a new outreach into Chachoengsao Province, about an hour's drive east of us, we participated in multiple English camps in Bangkok and Chachoengsao, including the first ever church service in a public school. All this was possible because of the help we had from more than two dozen guests who joined us from April through August. And now, as we look toward the fall, God has opened the door for us to add a new ministry opportunity in an unchurched neighborhood. Our short-term goal in this new community is to build quality relationships with the children and their families. Our hope and prayer for the long term is that God will raise up disciples through this work that ultimately leads to a body of believers, worshiping the Lord in this neighborhood, and reaching out to their neighbors with hope that only comes from following Jesus.
Our decision to stay in Bangkok was not an easy one, but as you can see, God has truly blessed our willingness to be flexible. We are now relaunching APSAI by renewing our contacts at our partner AG USA schools, expanding into new schools and reactivating relationships with former partners. We have capacity to host more than a dozen students in the upcoming spring semester and we are asking God to fill us to capacity. I guess that quote from Dr. Wood is truer today than we ever could have expected or imagined, as God has truly blessed us as we've stayed flexible and willing to set aside our plans to help meet the needs of our field. We are truly grateful to God for His faithfulness to us, our family, and our ministry here in Thailand.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
As missionaries serving among the least reached peoples of the Buddhist and Muslim world, we depend on your daily prayers and monthly financial support. Both are critical to our ability to continue in our ministry. Please join with us in prayer over the following critical areas:
Pray for our fall semester APSAI students, Allison and Katie, as they settle into life, school, and ministry here in Bangkok. Ask God to work in and through them to have a spiritually transforming impact on the children and youth they work with here in Thailand.
Pray for Wayne and our area director, Mark Durene, as they work together with our fellow Bangkok-based missionaries to assemble a long-term leadership structure that will ensure a long and effective future for APSAI.
Pray for the upcoming study abroad recruiting season at our half-dozen AG university partners in the USA. We are asking the Lord to send us a dozen students for the spring semester. Join us in praying for each individual whom the Lord is calling to study with us, that they will have the courage to answer the call, and the resources to come.
In early September, we will begin working with a Christian Thai couple to reach out with English language programs in a public housing community on the far east side of Bangkok. Our goal is to serve this community alongside of our Thai friends, with the long-term goal of seeing a body of believers worshiping our Lord in this neighborhood. Please pray for wisdom, direction, and favor for us as we begin this new work.
As Assemblies of God missionaries, we are dependent on prayer and financial support from individuals, families, businesses, and churches. We work in partnership with our donors back in the USA and the family of believers here in Thailand to spread the gospel throughout this country. When you support our work with a financial gift, you become part of our ministry team, reaching the unreached with the good news, bringing light into spiritually dark places, true hope to those who've never heard about Jesus.
You can make a donation to our ministry as well as setup a recurring monthly donation and faith promise on our donor management page at http://give.thevitalmessage.org
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