Tuesday, January 1, 2019

THE END OF THE YEAR AND NEW HOPE FOR 2019



Shalom All,

Greetings in the name of our gracious Lord!

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come " - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV).

As the clock ticks towards the NEW YEAR, leaving 2018, it is good for us to take a moment to reflect.
     
       Have we walked with faith and steadfastness with our Lord.
       Love Him as much as He loves us.
       In tune and in step with Him,
       Obedient to His Will.
       And so will say to Him,
       A Big "Thank You, Almighty God !"
       And so Goodbye 2018!
       And Welcome 2019, your new year for us!
    
So let us see what God has planned for us in the coming year.

Just as the Lord has faithfully delivered His people out of Egypt into a new promised land, Israel, He will bring to you a New Year, filled with the abundant life to come with the New Year! 

My walk with God the past 5 years … my wife, Jenny, and I have been serving the Vietnamese Christian Refugees ministry for the past 5 years. It is a challenging ministry. We have faced many ups and downs, but in all situations, we give glory to God for giving us strength to continue serving Him, but then I am a person who has the persistence to continue to rebuild. We have witnessed the growth in the faith of the refugees we have served and helped build.

It is time to let them grow in their faith, as we can see their spiritual growth and they are blessed from God. And we will diligently pray for them to be able to resettle in a third country, as the Will of the Lord meets each individual's needs.

Our next mission for 2019 ...

We plan to start a Christian NGO known as Seedlings XXX Foundation in Thailand.

Our main focus is to help  children from poor homes to be given a better education than they are receiving now, to facilitate the schools we serve with better teaching materials and to strengthen their Christian faith. 

It is our long term goal to achieve this end, we have set up an initial committees. To first seek registration with the Ministry of Interior, the Government of Thailand as a NGO, that will be more accountable to the government, the public and your tithes/offerings.

We are in this journey together and with God’s help, we will be prepared for whatever 2019 may bring us together, in His service.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!

Sharing in His goodness,
Steve Peter H S Kok (Rev)

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,
Seedlings Ministries

Mission Contribution
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