Tuesday, August 29, 2017

MISSION REPORT FOR AUGUST 2017 AND 10TH MISSION FIELD

Shalom all,

Greetings in the name of the Lord!

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and Yes, establish the work of our hands - Psalm 90 verse 17.

I would like to thank all for your contribution and prayer support, as we continue to serve the Lord with great passion and love. 

This is the 10th Year of our Mission Field work.


We have gone through many challenges and obstacles. But our Lord is faithful. He strengthens and guards us all the time. We have travelled far and wide seeking to serve Him in different places in Thailand, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Macau, China, Turkey and England to share the Good News, with people who need to receive Him. The task is daunting, but we persevere, because we believe in Him and will continue to serve Him faithfully.

For some time now, I have not updated my mission report on the Vietnamese Christian Refugees we tried to reach out in 2015, due to safety and security reasons. Thank God that some of them have by now received the necessary "Refugee Status” and are waiting for a third country government to accept them. Two families have already left for the US and New Zealand for the resettlement programme under UNHCR.



I am also thankful and appreciative of your prayer support for my wife, Jenny Ruth Kok. She has just completed her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) at the Ramkhamhaeng University in March 2017, with a 3.59 GPA (highest score in the Early Childhood Department, and equivalent to First Class Honours). 

In June 2017, the oncologist informed my wife she is free from cancer after her 4 years follow-up medical treatment. It has not been easy for her undergoing so many stresses these past years serving the Lord, doing her degree program and receiving  medical treatment  at the same time, but at last, she managed through it all. Thank God for giving her strength and pulling her through!

She has the intention to further her studies to the next higher level, Master of Early Childhood Education.

We are seeking friends and family to support her education. With her Master’s degree, she can become an university lecturer and train local Church leaders in their children's ministry.

Early this year, we have started a ministry in the Condo Lumpini Township, Pathum Thani, Thailand.

I am teaching English in the community centre and have also tarted a Life Christian Group there .

The beginning effort is not always easy, but we continue to press on till we make a break through.

I will also be conducting English classes for nearby local Churches as part of our extension work. We want to see more souls saved.

Here the ground is hard but we are praying that the ground will soften, with merciful rain from the Lord, so that the harvests in this land of the free will be plentiful. 

Our funding is limited and very low, we will  update our financial report shortly. Based on the current balance, it is about THB 40,000 (RM 5,100/USD 1,203).

In obedience to the GREAT COMMISSION, we would like to update you with our renewed outreach ministry-mission-church planting, which we will feature in our new setup page "http://www.facebook.com/seedlingsministries", where we will also brief you with our mission report.

This is our effort to revamp and to re-energise our old ministry, known as Faith-With-You Christian Ministries, which has been passive for a few years. 

But we will boldly and steadfastly continue to press on to fulfil the Great Commission.

Please keep us in your prayer.

Blessings,
Rev. Steve Peter H S Kok

Mission Contribution
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Thai Version : http://faithwithyou-thai-blogspot.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

GOD'S MISSION IS AMAZING 2014

Shalom All,

Greetings in the name of the Lord!

Let me quote from Paul;-

"But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” - Acts 20 verse 24.

Most of us fall short of this calling, don't we? 

We often feel the other way round ... life is a failure, unless we get a lot out of it, such as recognition, money and earthly success! 

Reflect.

Is that truly the mark of success and happiness? 

No, dear brethren, but reflect again what Paul has said for himself and for you, as quoted in Acts 20 verse 24.

For truly our life is worth nothing unless it is used for the glory of God. Indeed, our most important goal in life is to tell others about Jesus Christ. 

This should be a man's greatest mission in his entire life.

God is looking for more people who will focus on that one great task given by God . 

Will you respond to that call? 


Yes,  I would like now to share with you some very happy news. 

My wife, Jenny Ruth is fully free from cancer after her last treatment on August 19, 2014. However, she still feels weak because her body is adjusting to the hormone treatment given her. Almost every day, she needs to take the hormone medication after her parathyroid was removed. Thank you everyone for covering her in your prayers and supporting her medical bills. 


She continues to pursue her Early Childhood Education degree with Ramkhamhaeng University begun since 2013. She expects to complete it by the end 2015. After that, she needs to complete one year practical training before getting her bachelor’s degree. 
We praise God for helping Jenny pass her examinations. She did very well in her examinations with many “A" grades.  Here is an encouraging quote for all of us sitting for exams.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him” - James 1 verse 5. Thank God for that blessing!

Recently, both of us were admitted to hospital with high fever. Jenny was admitted first, towards the end of July 2014 and then I was admitted early November 2014. The doctors were unable to find the cause of our fever but they suspected it is a bacteria infection. Praise God for His healing, as both of us became well and were discharged.

Of late, we are thinking and considering whether we should aim to establish a "foundation" (for religious and charity causes) where donors will be enabled to get tax exemptions for their donations from the foundation. Such a foundation will have to be  strictly in compliance with local laws for transparency and accountability. This type of set up will also make it easier for foreign Christian volunteers of the foundation to get their social work visas. However, we need to raise a minimum of THB 250,000 (RM 27,000/USD 7,600) to satisfy the Ministry of Interior that our operating expenses are adequate, in support of our application. Do pray with us for this plan to be realized.

The final report for the year 2014.


In the middle of July 2014, our Church Committee decided to cease operating the Basketball Mission. 

During the past 6 months, we have been very busy with other Church activities, particularly giving assistance and praying for the asylum seekers worshipping with us and also participating in an extension activity with 'cycling' evangelism.

Our Sunday Church Service in the early October 2014 has rapidly grown since we begin this church in 2013. We started having only 3 attendees in June 2013 and now we have 64+ attendees up to December 2014. At times, the Church was somewhat packed given the limited space we have in our shop lot. As such, we have downsized the Church stage so that we can accommodate more people during our Sunday Church Service. 

Last year, our Church became known as an AEC Church (ASEAN Economic Community-AEC) because we have worshippers from diverse nationalities attending our Church Service such as from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and United Kingdom. The majority of our regular worshippers are refugees or asylum seekers.

You can read more about our Church activities from the many pictures and videos we post from time to time.

May you pray with us for a fuller harvest in 2015. And may God's abundant blessings be upon you and your loved ones.

In Him,
Rev. Steve Peter H S Kok








Friday, June 13, 2014

1ST YEAR SPRING VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH

Shalom all,

Greetings in the name of our Lord!

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! - Psalms 150 verses 1 - 6.

It is our first anniversary of the Spring Valley Community Church since we started on 2 June 2013 in Saphan Mai, Bangkok. God has worked amazingly in our Church, as it is a blessing Church, equipping Church and community Church. Our Church started with 3 worshippers and now we have more than 60 congregation members. 

For the past few months, we were extremely busy with visitors (local and abroad) visiting our Church.

Many of them expressed “thanks to the Lord” for the work we are doing, knowing it is not an easy task. When they saw the Christian refugees, they were moved and even shed tears seeing their impoverished condition and their children obedient and cheerful despite religious prosecution and poverty. The visitors so touched often will share their story with their friends, finding ways to help them.

On 22 May 2014, the Thai military declared martial law and imposed curfew in the whole Thailand, following the political deadlock over the past 7 months. There are many restrictions such as the media, internet and communication access. Since then, the situation in Bangkok looks better and the people feel safer moving around than before. Do continue to pray for peace and stability to return to Thailand and for a peaceful resolution to the political situation. 

Next week, Jenny will be going to the Chulabhorn Hospital to do a bone scan (finding cancer cells) after 7 months respite from radiotherapy. The following week, she also needs to go to the Thammasat University Hospital to follow up with doctors after 9 months' thyroid surgery. Do continue to pray for her full recovery.

The report.


Our Church Schedule of Services and activities have been changed starting 1 June 2014. 

Tuesday       (5.30pm - 7.30pm)     - Teaching Thai Bible for Children
Wednesday  (5.30pm - 6.30pm)     - Teaching English Class
Thursday     (7.30pm - 9.30pm)     - Teaching Diploma in Theological Studies
Saturday      (7.30pm - 8.30pm)     - Prayer Meeting
Sunday        (9.30am - 11.30am)    - First Church Service (Thai)
Sunday        (2.30pm - 4.30pm)     - Second Church Service (Refugees)

The latest update, The Basketball Mission Church’s activities will cease and will instead be integrated with the  general activities of the Spring Valley Community Church, starting 1 June 2014. They will no longer use another house for worship but move to our premises for worship from 9.30am - 11.30am every Sunday. The Basketball Mission’s activity is a sports evangelism outreach but it will now come directly under Spring Valley Community Church. 

Originally, we planned to hold a Church Camp from 24 - 25 May 2014 in Pattaya and to conduct water baptism for teenagers and adults, there as well. However, we have decided to postpone the Church Camp date, due to the present political situation. The new date will be 11 - 12 July 2014.

On 18 April 2014 we started a Refugee Fund to help meet some of the needs of Christian refugees, with the help of Sister Kathleen Mak and others. The Fund helps supply food (5 - 10 kg rice, cooking oil, eggs), hygiene needs (toothpaste, body soap, shampoo, powder) to those who attend our Church regularly. We also help with their basic medical needs(less than THB 500) and materials for Children’s Education (books, transportation allowance, uniform, and stationery).

We have earlier proposed to start a mini “handicrafts training project”. However due to poor response from sponsors for the project, we have to delay this project for the time being. Meantime, most of the refugees are able to secure some temporary jobs in car wash, sewing shop and construction site since last April 2014. 

We welcome all visitors to our place. There is a lot that can be explored and done together for the Lord.

With love and thanks, for your wonderful partnership in Christ Jesus!

Blessings,
Rev. Steve Peter H S Kok