Second Wave Blessings
Posted by danneker on January 31st, 2021 | 3 comments
Samut Sakhon Province, where we live, continues to be the epicenter of this second wave of Covid-19 infections that began mid-December. Several field hospitals were set-up about a half hour from us to care for the thousands that tested positive. After those first two weeks of a partial lock down, many businesses have gradually been allowed to re-open with proper health protocol in place. But due to the high daily infection rate, schools remain closed in our province. The temples are quiet, except for funerals. The nightly curfew remains in place. But God is still at work.
New church service format. Our church services are back on-line reaching Thai people around the country. The church Facebook page indicates views many times over our normal Sunday attendance. We had phased out this on-line ministry last year at the end of July since we were back in-person for worship, attendance was good, and we even had visitors. Praise God, Pastor Sittichai got things up and running again. Each week, the service is smoother.
On-line prayer meeting. We do our Wednesday evening Bible Study fellowship and prayer meeting on ZOOM. It is always a surprise where people are when they join: in their car, at the market selling, visiting other members, or at home. We are especially blessed by the determination of Chaw-er-ang. She is retired and like many older people finds the technology of using a smart phone to be challenging sometimes. Both Pastor Sittichai and her son have helped her connect to ZOOM so she doesn’t miss the meeting.
Believers drawing closer to Jesus. Two of our teenagers, Belle and Manao, praise God for the extra time they can now spend in the Bible, with schools still closed and at first Belle’s hair salon closed. Even now as the hair salon is open again, Belle is trying to continue spending extra time with God. I have also been able to do some soul care ministry with some of our members.
Creative ways to reach out. On Saturday afternoon at the end of January, the church distributed 120 packets with face masks, hand sanitizer, and some Gospel literature in front of the church building. We also set out packages of crackers for people passing by to take as well. Everything was gone in about two hours. Many people were touched by this small display of God’s love and care. May more of Baan Paeo come to a saving knowledge of Jesus.
We hope and pray that soon we will be allowed to resume in-person services, member care and outreaches. But we praise God for how He is working…because of COVID.