Malones in Isaan Thailand - Working amongst the unreached of Isaan

Follow the adventures of the Malones in Thailand as we work with urban and rural peoples in the Isaan area in Thailand. We aim to share the Good News of Jesus with the Isaan and mobilise for 5 teams across Isaan. Previously, we were with the poor in Samut Prakan (part of Greater Bangkok). If you would like to work with us (short or long-term) please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

10 July 2012

A Glimpse into Khlong Da Nu

We have been working in this community for 4 years - started one year after our arrival into Thailand.  By God's Grace, a community church has been planted in this place.  We are praying this gathering of believers grows to be a strong base from which many communities in Samut Prakan are reached.  It will be up to the new leaders (Thai) to carry this work on as we prepare to leave for Isaan in a few months.

When God builds His church the gates of hell cannot prevail against it! (Matt.16:18).  Can I urge you please to pray that way for Khlong Da Nu over these next months especially, that it would grow into a strong community church.  To help you, I have pasted 5 pictures below followed by one movie to give you a glimpse into this place ......
Picture 1 shows the guys in the worship team practising before our time together last Sunday.  The guy on the right has written his own songs (one of which is on the movie later in this blog) and has a heart for his community to see Jesus.
The guy in Picture 2 has a servant heart that I rarely see in others.  He is one of the leaders in this community church.  He never lets me go thirsty! :-) Pray God continues to give him strength to serve and lead his community.
Picture 3 shows two of the ladies that attend this community church.  They live simple lives caring for their grandchildren.  The lady in blue on the left has a growing hunger for the Word of God.  Pray these ladies would be blessed and lead other ladies to the Saviour.  There are much more men in this church than ladies! - quite unusual for Thai fellowships.
Picture 4 shows where we meet for church - in the front of a member's house.  A few months ago, we put up a roof to cover the area where we meet to keep us dry during the heavy downpours of Thailand's wet season.
Picture 5 shows me with a friend whom I have journeyed with in this community for a few years now.  He still has more problems "than you could poke a stick at", but he is slowly learning what it means to walk with Jesus.  His faith is very fragile - he needs strength and a growing will to change his addictive lifestyle.  He looks much older than he is, because addiction has not been kind to him.

The video below (only 1 and a half minutes) shows one of the young leaders in the community church playing a song he has written.  This is the guy in the black shirt playing the acoustic guitar.  The song expresses his heart for his community to know the same Jesus who he knows and loves.  This was filmed during the practice before most people arrived for church.  After clicking the play button, please be patient if the video takes a little while to load (it does depend on how fast YouTube is at the time :-) ) 

Please join us in praying for Khlong Da Nu.