Welcome Tub and Gao-Jai
Posted by danneker on March 6th, 2022 | 2 comments
We enjoyed a delightful weekend with the Thailand C&MA field’s newest international workers Tub and Gao-Jai Yang. You may have seen the video of their testimony last year (https://vimeo.com/542444192 ). They arrived in Thailand in August 2021. But because they chose to do their Thai language study in the far northeast of Thailand, we only got to meet them in person in early January at our field’s mid-year retreat. We invited them to come and visit us for a weekend. At the end of February, they left their three children in the care of another IW family and visited us for 3 days, enthusiastically joining in the ministry. Their progress in the Thai language was impressive as they have only studied the language for 5 months.
Both the Mahapawn Baan Paeo church, where we are currently serving, and the Mahapawn Living Water Church, our mother church, warmly welcomed this couple and thanked them for their burden for the Thai. The seeds of the Gospel were first planted in both pastor’s families when a missionary witnessed to their respective grandmothers many years ago.
Those early missionaries persisted, even though Pastor Sukprasan’s grandmother tried to drive the missionary away one time by throwing hot water at her! After their grandmothers came to faith; their parents came to faith. Both of our pastors had the privilege of growing up in Christian homes. And though they both were rebellious during their teenage years, both repented and heard the call of God on their lives to serve the Lord full time.
As the guest preacher at our mother church shared, the fields are ripe for harvest, but the laborers are few. After almost 200 years of protestant missionaries in the country, Thailand stubbornly remains at less than 1% Christian. He thanked Tub and Gao-Jai for sacrificing their comforts and leaving their extended families to come to Thailand to join in reaping the harvest God has prepared (John 4:35). He challenged the Thai audience to see the harvest as well and to keep sharing their faith.
Perhaps God is calling you to join in the harvest here in Thailand. We’d love to connect with you. Send us an email!
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38