Wayne, Tammy, & Rebecca

Brown


Serving in Thailand, Asia Pacific


Account #2939171

PO Box 62
Khlong Chan, Bang Kapi
Bangkok 10240 THAILAND

Reaching – Planting – Training - Serving

Christ said that the opportunities for the harvest would be great, but the workers would be few, and this has never been turer than it is today in Thailand. The harvest is great...but there are so few workers. Lord, send us workers for the harvest.

We see our purpose in Thailand to be facilitators of the Word through an array of programs that reach the never-reached, planting churches where none exist today, training up a new generation of missionary and Thai church planters and disciple makers, and serving compassionately those who are at greatest risk in our community. 

Prayerfully consider joining our team, either as a prayer and financial supporter or as a member of our ministry team in Thailand. A month, a year, or a lifetime, whatever the length of service, your presence with us in Thailand will have an eternal impact on the Thai people you serve.

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The first several months of 2021 are looking a lot like most of 2020; cancellations, restrictions, and lockdowns were the theme for January and February. Thankfully, as we moved into March, the second wave of the Coronavirus slowed, and Bangkok started to reopen. That reopening includes our English outreach at The CORE. The CORE is our community outreach facility here in eastern Bangkok, where we teach English to children and youth who might be struggling due to their economic or social situation.

This week, in the English class Tammy conducts at The CORE, our students read the story about Easter from the Bible. Through Scripture portions designed for children, they learned how Jesus died for all people who put their faith in him. Part of our outreach activities also includes introducing our students to typical western culture. As this is Easter season, Tammy taught them how to dye Easter Eggs. We had to use duck eggs because chicken eggs in Thailand do not dye well. Each student also got their own plastic egg filled with Jelly Beans.

Most of our students are Buddhist; however, all seem willing to learn more about Christianity. Please pray for these children. Ask the Lord to bless them and protect them. Ask for the Holy Spirit's direction and conviction to be with them. Pray that one day, as we continue to teach them about Jesus through our English outreaches, that they will come to know him as their true source for forgiveness of their sins. And pray for Da, our Thai helper. She came to Christ through our university outreach ministry several years ago and is now doing some incredible work as a disciple-maker among Buddhists in eastern Bangkok.


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 Even in a Pandemic – God's Purpose Will Prevail

Shortly after celebrating the arrival of 2020, the first of what was to be several teams from the USA arrived in Thailand. I (Tammy) hosted this small team of two friends from Marion Oaks Assembly of God in Ocala, FL. We had a fantastic multi-week road trip as we visited with pastors and women's ministry leaders from across the Kingdom. We prayed for them and joined them to dream of what God will do in and through their ministry. Within weeks of the team returning to the USA, COVID–19 hit us. The borders of Thailand were closed, and the government ordered everyone to stay home and only go out for essential activities.

The sudden onset of the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in the cancelation of all our scheduled student and church teams for 2020, including the PenFL Women's Ministry team, who were scheduled help me with a November Thailand Assemblies of God Women's Conference. On the surface, all seemed lost; however, even in a pandemic, God is able to move in significant ways.

Fast forward to October. The pandemic is totally under control in Thailand. Our borders are still closed, but we can get together for events. The Thailand Assemblies of God shifted their annual General Council meeting from April to October; therefore, I was able to join the sessions. It was amazing to reconnect with all the ladies our small team had met in January, to hear how God answered our pre-COVID prayers, how He is moving in and through their ministries, and joining them once again to dream of what is yet to come.

Times like these can be very challenging, even discouraging. While we may never understand why this virus so devastated our world; there is one thing we can be assured of; as Paul reminds us in his letter to the church in Rome, "we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." God has not called us to understand the circumstances. Instead, He has called us to trust Him through these circumstances. And so, while I pray daily for our friends and family in the USA, and also for these wonderful ladies in the Thailand Assemblies of God, I rest on the assurance that once life returns to something near normal, God will be glorified and His purpose in this time and place will be fulfilled. Because these women are still asking, "when are the American ladies coming to celebrate with us?" The seeds of expectation planted in January have germinated into a harvest of hope for what is yet to come.


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Rebecca  Has a Word for You 

Every few months, my dad publishes a newsletter to all our friends and family around the world. After 16 years, he is letting me share a story. Thanks Dad!

Every weekend, my dad and I spend hours walking through our community here on the east side of Bangkok. Dad powers my wheelchair while I meet and greet our neighbors. We've lived in this community for 17 months and have met so many people. Our hope and our prayer is that God will use our presence in this community to draw our Buddhist and Muslim neighbors to Him.

While it may not be easy to live abroad, especially when confined to a wheelchair, I know that God has called me here for this time and for His purpose. My ministry may not be typical, but I know that God is working through me to touch the lives of those who live and work around us.

Just as God has called me to serve here in Thailand, I know that He has also called you for His plans and His purpose. Philippians 4:12 reminds us that our social, economic, or physical limitations are not what defines us nor do they limit what God can accomplish through us. "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." So can you!


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Thank You from the Brown Family – We're Here Because of You

Reflections:

  • Today, we received permission from the Kingdom of Thailand to continue living and serving here for another year.
  • A few weeks ago marked 10 years since our first arrival in Thailand as our full-time place of service.
  • Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of our approval as Assemblies of God missionaries.
Each of these milestones are banners of declaration of God's grace and divine provision for our family. But we could not have accomplished any of these milestones alone. They were only possible because of an army of faithful prayer warriors and donors. You are the ones who make this story possible. Without you, we could not be here.

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The Brown Family News & Prayer Update
The Vital Message, Year 16, Number 2
It's hard to imagine something positive coming out of what's now a 9-week Coronavirus lockdown but with God, all things are possible. 

Those who knows me (Tammy) know that I love to bake. Therefore, as Easter Sunday approached, I decided to bake cookies for the people who live on our floor in our apartment building. I included a note that told my neighbors Happy Easter, that we were praying for them during these pandemic times, and that Jesus loves them. As a result, I meet Ann and Christina, two Korean Christian women.
A few weeks later, I made brownies and labeled the plates with Isaiah 41:10. 
Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

When I knocked on Ann’s door she showed me the Easter note that I had given to her. It was taped prominently on her refrigerator door. Ann got very emotional as we talked and told me that she feels depression setting in. She said her husband works in another city Monday thru Friday and she is alone at home with her ten-year-old son. I prayed for her right then and there. She threw her arms around me and hugged me for a very long time while she cried.

At that moment God put it on my heart to commit to her that I would ask one of my Korean missionary friends to help me do a Bible Study on Zoom with her and Christina. Sonny speaks Korean and therefore can help me to bridge any language gaps. Ann said she knew May, another Christian in the building, and she would ask May to join us as well.
Ann asked that we do the Bible Study in English so she can improve on her speaking skills. We had an initial meeting and we are continuing the Bible studies through Zoom. Although we will each be in our own home, I’m baking something special for the ladies before each meeting and dropping it off at their doors before we start.
People from all backgrounds here in Thailand are hungry to know our God more intimately (and also hungry for some homemade baked goods, HaHaHa!). Please pray that more will join us in this Zoom Bible study, that we will all grow closer to the Lord as a result, and that this will become a catalyst for reaching people from all nationalities who live in our apartment building.

While we never dreamed that we'd be living through an extended lockdown where getting together with our neighbors face-to-face could result in an unplanned trip to the district jail😮, God has been faithful, allowing us to continue to minister here in Thailand. With the latest news that the virus is likely to be an issue here in Asia for a year or more to come, I guess this is going to be the new normal. If so, I'll embrace it and continue to push forward with the opportunities God has given me.

Prayer Requests

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much.
- James 5:16(b) MEV
Did you know that everything we do in Thailand is only possible because of you? 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:
1.   Pray for Ann, Christina, and May, that they will grow strong in their faith and bold in sharing their love for Jesus with those around our community who do not know Him.
2.   Pray for our family, that we will continue to make wise choices as we balance our desire to reach the lost in Thailand while staying clear of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.
3.   Pray for government officials here in Thailand as they balance their desires for a robust economy with the need to protect the citizens of the Kingdom from the virus.
4.   Pray for patience for all as we wait out the impact of the virus and adapt to the new normal.

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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 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 never-reached with the good news, bringing light into spiritually dark places, true hope to those who've never heard about Jesus. 
You can make a one-time donation to our ministry as well as set up a recurring monthly donation and faith promise on our donor management page at http://give.thevitalmessage.org/. On the donor website, click on "Give Now" to make a one-time donation or "Set up New Recurring Schedule" to set up a faith promise and an automatic monthly contribution.

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This three-minute video shares many images of life in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, especially focusing on the unreached region of Thailand know as Isaan. The Brown family, through their leadershiip of APSAI, send students throughout Thailand to share the good news and to inspire more to go into the ripe harvest. #Compelled2Go #MissionaryLife #Missionary #Missions #Unreached #LeastReached
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A special Valentine's Day greeting from Wayne and Tammy.
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