Frederick December 2020 Prayer Update

December 2020

Dear praying partners,                             

First of all, Frances and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. It is such a blessing to know that the Lord made way for us to be reconciled to Him.  COVID lockout update: The year is coming to a close, and we are still no closer to returning to Thailand.  The government has opened the country for select visa classes, but our visa category is still not permitted return. We continue to wait. It is easy to complain, but we have seen the Lord work in our delay. We have been able to raise some much-needed support, hopefully, encourage the churches we have visited, and we have had time with our family. We have reported to most of our supporting churches in the last two years but would be happy to visit if y desire. My stateside number is 864-561-5217. Until we are ready to return to Thailand, Mike is also available for pulpit supply if needed.

Ministry in Thailand: The ministry continues in Thailand, thanks to Dtom’swillingness to be used by the Lord. Even with COVID-19 and the many social restrictions in place, the church managed to have our annual family camp in October. The church’s sixteenth anniversary was celebrated in November. There weren’t many visitors, but it was a time of encouragement to see how the Lord has worked in many lives. The membership will celebrate Christmas with our annual Christmas party as well as Christmas caroling on Christmas day. Mike teaches weekly in the church through online video. While not ideal, technology is a real blessing and makes the distance easier to tolerate. Outreach ministry has been severely hampered. Despite this, there have been several visitors.

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Description automatically generatedBible Institute: Mike has recently finished the Bible school term. The next semester begins in January via zoom until we can return. We have partnered with a sister church (30 minutes away) to help train future leaders. Weare blessed to be able to work together for the Lord’s purpose.

Travels: This fall, we have maintained a fairly busy travel schedule. We have had three more churches partner with us in our ministry to Thailand. We are now about 80% supported. Unfortunately, the dollar has dropped another 10% against the Thai Baht. If you have a church that you’d like to suggest we contact, please send the information to us.

Health: Mike had a follow-up with the Heart doctor, and all is well. The doctor wasn’t concerned and gave mike has a clean bill of health. We finally got the bill! $120,000, the majority of which was covered by our military insurance! Almost to the day that we got the bill Crow Baptist Church in Beaver, WV called and asked if we needed any help. They covered a significant part of the expense, with the remainder paid for by Trident Baptist Church in Charleston, SC, and the generous love offerings of the churches we have visited. As of right now, we owe nothing. Praise the Lord.

Prayer Requests.  Salvation: The husband of a member who has been attending for six years. Family and friends of church members. Those contacted in various outreach ministries. Fruit from Christmas outreach activities. Faithfulness: Pray for the Bible students to continue steadfast in their studies. Especially pray for Dtom that the Lord would give him wisdom and perseverance in leading the church. Pray for a new couple in our church for spiritual growth in being newly married but separated as they wait for her visa to the USA to be approved. Please also pray for other Thailand missionary families and us as we wait for Thailand to allow our return.

May the Lord bless you richly as you continue to serve Him,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org  Facebook: thaimissions.org  

mike@thaimissions.org    864-561-5217

October 2020 Update

October 2020

Dear praying partners,                             

Current Situation: Several months have passed, and we are no closer to returning to Thailand than when we arrived. We are patiently (sort of) waiting on the Lord to re-open our country so we can quickly return. Although impatient, the Lord is still in control. Events like this make us keenly aware of His sovereignty and the necessity for us simply to wait on the Lord. We are so thankful for Sumter Baptist Temple, allowing us to stay in their missions home rent-free. This generous assistance has been a tremendous blessing as it removes financial pressures and gives us a bit of normalcy. Although we have recently visited most of our supporting churches, we can report if you desire. My stateside number is 864-561-5217. Mike can also provide an extended pulpit supply if needed.

Ministry in Thailand: Dtom, who has been watching the church since May, has done a great job. He was supposed to start apprenticing at the beginning of 2021, but the Lord has allowed him to begin earlier under “real world” conditions. The church family has responded well to his leadership, and it is a blessing to report that attendance is up, and the faithful are still faithful. It is a shame that he has yet to receive his Bible diploma and participate in our Bible School’s graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are important in Thai culture, so we are still planning a grand ceremony upon our return.

Bible Institute: The Bible Institute continues via online instruction by myself and a fellow missionary in Thailand. We are thankful for technology, which allows us to continue instructing the students. While technology can be a blessing, slow internet and intermittent outages have hampered our classes somewhat. There are currently four students actively pursuing a degree while several others are in the “look and see” stage. Several of the students are from a sister church in a neighboring province. It is great to be able to work together for a common purpose.

Travels: Since our last letter, we have traveled over 7000 miles and have visited several churches, including several new churches that have committed to supporting us!  We are still under-supported, but because of the Lord’s closing Thailand, we have been able to gain slowly. We are currently about 75% of needed support. If you have a church that you’d like to suggest we contact, don’t be shy; please send the information to us.

Health: As you probably know, in August, Mike had a severe heart attack. He was airlifted from Sumter, SC, to a significant heart center in Columbia, SC. Recovery has been swift and the doctor has been pleased with the progress thus far. Please pray for continued healing and progress in adjusting diet and exercise. We haven’t gotten the bill yet, which is worrisome, but the Lord has met all of our needs thus far.

Prayer Requests.  Salvation: The husband of a member who has been attending for five years. Family and friends of church members. Those contacted in various outreach ministries. Faithfulness: Pray for the Bible students to continue steadfast in their studies. Especially pray for Dtom that the Lord would give him wisdom and perseverance in leading the church. Pray for a new couple in our church for spiritual growth in being newly married but separated as they wait for her visa to the USA to be approved. Please also pray for other Thailand missionary families and us as we wait for Thailand to allow our return.

May the Lord bless you richly as you continue to serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org  Facebook: thaimissions.org  

mike@thaimissions.org    864-561-5217

May 2020

Dear praying partners, 

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Description automatically generatedCurrent Situation: Like you, we are being affected by the COVID virus. Thailand has been under curfew and many travel restrictions. Our church has been meeting online for over a month. Fortunately, no one has been affected by the virus, and attendance via online meetings has been well attended, and everyone’s in good spirits.  

Visas  Praise the Lord Mike’s visa was secured with no problems. The Covid-19 situation actually helped expedite the process from 3-4 hours to 15 minutes. 

Ministry in Thailand:  The Lord has blessed by allowing our foundation to finally get approval for the branch offices in three other provinces: Chaiyaphum, Phitsunalok, and Bangkok. The establishment of these branches will help the missionaries at those locations in their church planting ministries. They won’t have to spend large sums to establish another foundation as well as being able to acquire visas and work permits for the missionaries as well as those coming to assist the ministry. The brother I mentioned in our last letter got saved three weeks ago!  Even while having to do services online, he faithfully attended and finally came to the point of readiness to accept the Lord. Seeing a Thai get saved is a rare occurrence and always an exciting time. Dtom, the senior Bible student, has started to teach him a creation to Christ class as the first step in his discipleship. Additionally, the teen sister of one of our members has also been recently saved. It is a blessing to see our members faithfully communicating the glorious gospel to friends and relatives.  

Bible Institute: The online Bible school has six people registered for New Testament Survey. It is an exciting time in the expansion of the Bible School. It is especially encouraging to have the advanced Bible students proctor the online students. In addition to the online students, the classes continue via Google Meet. Christian Leadership and the Christian Family are the two current classes being taught. Additionally, Mike is teaching Biblical greek to four students from a sister church.  

Prayer Requests.  Salvation: The husband of a member who has been attending for five years. Two members who have not been faithful to church for several months that they would return or find another good church. Continue to pray for Mike’s students and fellow teachers at University. Faithfulness: Pray for the Bible students to continue steadfast in their studies. Pray for a new couple in our church for spiritual growth in being newly married as well as her visa application to the USA. Pray for the new Christians to grow in the Lord and to follow the Lord in baptism after the COVID restrictions are lifted. Please also pray for wisdom and faithfulness while we continue to serve the Lord in Thailand. The longer we serve the Lord, the more we understand how weak we are.  

May the Lord bless you richly as you continue to serve Him. 

For Christ in Thailand, 

Mike & Francis Frederick 

www.thaimissions.org  Facebook: thaimissions.org    

mike@thaimissions.org   

(Skype Phone) 864-640-4654 

Feb 2020

Frederick February 2020 Ministry Update

Dear praying partners,                                                                                                     

Visas  It is that time of year again, and we are starting the process of renewing our visas and Mike’s work permit for another year. We don’t have an avenue for a long term visa, so we must renew every year.  The process is lengthy and getting more complicated every year. We don’t anticipate any problems but appreciate your prayer for a smooth renewal.

Ministry in Thailand:  Mike is working with a Filipino missionary in Thailand to recruit Filipino’s for Thai church planting. We will be using our non-profit to facilitate their visas and work permits, enabling them to minister in the country without substantial startup costs. This endeavor is an exciting opportunity as there are many Filipino’s that are interested in going abroad to start churches. Filipino churches support all of these missionaries with no outside funds. Please pray about this endeavor, especially for Bor. Angeles who is currently in the Philippines on furlough and recruiting new workers. To help relate how difficult witnessing can be in Thailand, I would like to describe a recent answer to prayer. Last week, after more than six years of witnessing, the adult brother of one of our members told her that he realizes that there must be a creator, and he wants to come to church to learn more. He attended for the first time and was surprised at how easy it was to understand. He still isn’t saved, but Lord willing, it won’t be long. This situation is typical of ministry here. We witness and witness with nothing, and then after years of waiting, a light is sparked. Of all the attributes necessary for ministry in Thailand, patience ranks as the most important.

Bible Institute: Last month, we did a nation-wide facebook advertisement about the online Bible School. The responses were encouraging. There were hundreds that engaged with the School’s Facebook page, resulting in five students from around the country registering to study via video correspondence. These results were much higher than we expected. The advanced Bible students are acting as proctors for the online students, which encourages a Thai-Thai interaction. Once these students are firmly in the program, we will do another round of advertising and continue to expand until we reach a capacity of about twenty students. In residence, we have five students in total, three of which attend from a sister church. We are still on track to have our next graduation later in the year and hopefully, another graduation in 2021 and 2022 as well.

Prayer Requests.  Salvation: The husband of a member who has been attending for five years. The brother of another church member who attended last week. Two members who have not been faithful to church for several months. Continue to pray for Mike’s students and fellow teachers at University. Faithfulness: Pray for the Bible students to continue steadfast in their studies. Pray for a new couple in our church for spiritual growth in being newly married as well as her visa application to the USA. Please also pray for wisdom and faithfulness while we serve the Lord. The longer we serve the Lord, the more we understand how weak we are.

May the Lord bless you richly as you continue to serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org  Facebook: thaimissions.org