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Page 2 SOUTHEAST ASIA Soundings of Travel By Steven Maldoff “You're in Good Hands.” This may be the slogan of a nationally recognized insurance company, but it also could be said of the mission works that are occurring in the north Thailand region of Chiang Mai where I recently visited. Nestled an hour away from this bustling city is the Nongloam Baptist Church Children's Home. This ministry has been sharing the Gospel and impacting upon the lives of young people for the past 22 years under the leadership of independent missionaries Rick and Srichand Horn. Brother Horn recently passed away. The work of Nongloam Baptist impacts approximately 100 children daily with the Gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ (in contrast to the heavy Buddhist influence that is predominant in Thailand) and has a hand in the teaching and training of Thai pastors from the remote mountain areas. The work is extensive. Jonathan and Lisa Ballou (BIMI) have been assisting at Nongloam Baptist Church since their arrival in Thailand in February 2013. The Ballous are currently attending language school and then putting what they learn into practice by helping out at the church. The ministry is looking at expanding even more with more churches being started in the coming months. These are good people who are doing a great work as they oversee and grow this lighthouse of the Gospel in northern Thailand. It truly is in good hands. Soundings of Deputation By Amie Richard As a young Bible college student who knew God wanted me on the mission field, it was difficult to know in what country God wanted me to serve. For two and a half years I prayed that the Lord would make it clear. During my junior year of college, I took a missions trip to Thailand where we helped a national church with a teen camp. It was an eye opening experience. At the time I only knew of two missionaries in the country of Thailand. The longer we were there the more my heart became burdened. It was impossible to understand that we were surrounded by millions of people who had never even heard Christ's name. Thailand has almost 70 million people, not including refugees from the surrounding communist countries. As a young adult training to share the Gospel, it broke my heart to be in a country that was open, yet had not seen a major missions influence. It is a great open door. One habit my grandad had on missions trips to Thailand was to ask every taxi driver if they had heard or knew of Jesus Christ. Every taxi driver for two weeks said they had never heard of Jesus Christ! One driver even asked if Christ was a movie star in America. This is one of many instances that God used to open my eyes and heart to Thailand. Though deputation is not over, it is exciting to plan for ministry opportunities available in the country of Thailand. The people are open to education and teaching English is a growing business, making it a great outreach. From small children to adults with careers, the Thai people have a desire to learn English from anyone and any book. I have met several Thai people that were reached with the Gospel in a Bible study or English class. The younger generation of Thailand is seeking Truth and is open to hearing the Gospel. It is simply a matter of getting the Truth to them in time because “the Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.” Spring 2014 Soundings of Change By Brian Cone Our location has changed. After serving for several years at Joshua Baptist Church and finishing deputation, we have made the long move from Joshua, Texas, to Bangkok,Thailand. Things have certainly changed. We left in January wearing sweatshirts, and now we are just wearing sweat. In the States we had to wait for the next “dinner on the grounds” to eat fried chicken, but now we can walk out on any street corner starting at breakfast time and pickup some yard bird. Time has changed. When we arrived in Thailand, we had some amazing friends pick us up and promised to help us get set up, but the first thing they advised was “Thai Time.” We had a list of things we needed to get done immediately. We had to maneuver around 11 million other people trying to do similar things. A simple thing like picking up food for dinner could take over an hour when you consider travel time, parking, and trying to explain what you want when you don't know the language. The first weekend we were anxious to get started. It just so happened to be Chinese New Year and election weekend, which included violent protests! So, although things took longer than we wanted, our list is slowly shrinking. The culture has changed. We are steadily learning the Thailand way of life, although we have so much to learn. The first night we left our shoes outside the front door all night long. Our son could not wait until the next morning to run and look to see if our shoes were still there. It seems to me the Thai people appreciate that we are trying to adapt to their culture and encourage us along the way. Our ministry has changed. On any given day we could share the Gospel in English and our listener could understand. It's not so anymore. We can barely give good enough directions to get us back home. The church services are all in Thai and we have to focus on the Scripture and worship the Lord even though it's difficult to understand. The fellowship we enjoy with the people is sweet. The food is always a surprising adventure and the kindness of the congregation is so inviting. Brother Choo, a man in the church, asked if I would teach his sons English and help him raise his boys to be Godly men. What an amazing ministry opportunity we have in front of us! T he re h ave b e e n m a ny transitions and many blessings. We are e xc it e d to learn and teach or train others for the cause of Christ.