Ministry Update October 2023Image of Thailand Flag

BY Joseph Lee | October 24, 2023 | min read

BY Joseph Lee|October 24, 2023

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As we step into the harvest season, we also embrace a time of gratitude and celebration. May the grace of our Lord be upon you, filling your heart with joy. I extend my heartfelt appreciation for your unwavering attention and prayers for our mission in the Golden Triangle Region. Indeed, the path of mission requires our commitment to walk closely in the footsteps of Jesus. Simultaneously, your prayers are the source of encouragement for us as we press onward.

Ministry/Project Update

We are currently overseeing five projects in both Thailand and Myanmar, covering a wide range of initiatives including support for children at risk, community development efforts, theological education programs, support for local churches, and sharing the Gospel with people in the region. Here are some highlights I would like to share with you:

One of our projects focuses on providing support to underprivileged children in the Golden Triangle region, who are facing significant challenges. These challenges stem from factors such as ongoing conflicts in the country, poverty, broken marriages, and drug addiction prevalent in the region. As a result, these children often grapple with issues related to safety, overall well-being, and access to proper education. In collaboration with two local children’s centers, we are dedicated to giving these children the opportunity to access safety and improved living conditions in order to offer them a chance for a brighter and more secure future.

In addition to our other projects, we collaborate with Thailand Operation Dawn to provide support for a drug rehabilitation ministry. Within this initiative, we focus on bolstering the teaching aspect of the discipleship training program. Our goal is to equip individuals who have successfully recovered from drug addiction with essential Bible knowledge, helping them strengthen their faith, and preparing them for their eventual reintegration into society. This program plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation and spiritual growth of these individuals, enabling them to rebuild their lives within their communities.

The “Thread of Hope” project in Myanmar focuses on empowering women by providing them with sewing training. The ongoing unrest in the region and a lack of employable skills have left many women unemployed. This project, now in its second year, has already made significant strides in training these women, helping them develop valuable sewing skills. This year, we’ve taken a step further by incorporating a business program into the project, allowing these women to not only acquire sewing skills but also learn about entrepreneurship. As a result, we’ve begun receiving orders, which has brought happiness and increased job opportunities to the women involved in the project. This dual approach of skill development and business training is making a positive impact on the lives of these women and their communities.

Family Update

Although there are no more COVID restrictions in Thailand, the number of cases continues to rise this year. In July, our entire family tested positive with COVID, despite being fully vaccinated. Thankfully, we have all since recovered after a period of illness. Now, my 14-year-old daughter has completed her first semester and is enjoying her holiday break. She has plans to learn some new skills during this vacation. Meanwhile, my wife and I are keeping busy with our studies and the project plans for the upcoming year. We’ve been visiting and holding meetings with our partners, assisting them in brainstorming ideas and guiding them through the process of writing project proposals.

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for the safe trip of the three SENT teams from Canada who will be visiting the Golden Triangle region from October to December. Please pray for God’s protection and guidance upon them. May their mission be filled with positivity, and may they bring blessings and hope to the people they encounter during their visit.
  • Please pray for the wisdom and guidance needed as we plan for the seven projects to be carried out in Thailand and Myanmar for the upcoming year. May our discussions, planning, and monitoring of these ministries be led by God. May God bless our partners with patience and enthusiasm and be filled with faithfulness as they actively participate in running these projects. May these initiatives be a source of positive change and blessing to the local communities.
  • Please pray for me and my family. For my daughter, may God provide her with the understanding and confidence needed to excel in her studies, particularly in mathematics. For my wife, Lilian, pursuing her ThM degree, pray that God may grant her wisdom and strength to manage her studies, especially during those late-night work sessions. And for my own research paper on integral mission in Chinese churches in the Golden Triangle region, pray that God grant me the wisdom and perseverance to make meaningful progress.

I want to express my gratitude for taking the time to read my ministry update. Your prayers mean a lot to me, and they provide me with strength. Engaging in mission work aligns with God’s will, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it. We are truly blessed to play a role in God’s plan. I pray that God be with you wherever you go.

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