First off, happy New Years! Praise God for His new mercies every morning, but especially as we begin a new calendar, knowing that each day we have can indeed impact eternity, to the praise and glory of God.
Our work in Avoda continues as before, with just a few changes. There were some things brought to mind to our team that would improve our effectiveness in bringing the Gospel truth and teaching English to the Thai. We are very happy that now we are about to begin using John Bunyan’s, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” as a textbook for the Christ-professing students that live on Avoda territory! We found a modern-English/ Thai parallel version for a minimal cost (basically the cost of printing), that would serve as a tool to help the students learn how to translate both languages, write in English, and to know the priceless treasures found in this Christian classic. Pray for these students, that God would work more powerfully in their lives, to make them faithful to the point of usefulness in God’s harvest field.
We are also continuing our work in another branch of this ministry, called “Saturday School.”This ministry takes place on the Avoda territory on the weekends. It’s for Buddhist children, from Buddhist families, that are indoctrinated at home and at school to believe that there is truth in no one else but Buddha. In other words, we have our hands full working with them. Praise God that He sent a sincere Thai-Swiss brother from Switzerland for 3 months as a helping hand for this outreach. He is a relatively new believer, so God has arranged for me to be able to also disciple him while he is here (and hopefully continue after he leaves). Pray for Tim’s spiritual growth and understanding. God also has been showing me how to preach faithfully and practically to the Buddhist children, but I have had a struggle finding some one to consistently translate the Gospel message into Thai. Tim’s Thai is fluent yet too basic to translate Bible teaching. The other helper I have from Avoda is too uncomfortable with her knowledge of English to translate. Please pray for this, as we desperately need a good translator for the time being. And for the long run, please pray for me to be able to learn the Thai language, as this has been quite a struggle for me.
We met the New Year with much joy and thankfulness. The kids from all the evangelistic ministries we do here came in the morning. This includes Saturday school and the village school that Zori teaches at. We enjoyed singing songs and playing games with the kids, as well as seeing the children do Bible memory verses. Later that day, another missionary family came over from another city in Thailand, and we enjoyed sweet fellowship and meeting the New Year in prayer and worship. This month, we also needed to spend no little time (unsuccessfully) trying to find a crib or toddler bed that Elijah would fit in, in the city we live by. It seems that nobody here sells or uses them! But praise God that we found some decent boards at a Home-Depot-type store and were able to put one together.
We are very grateful for every brother and sister who prays. We don’t know at all how we would manage without them. We are thankful that the physical infirmity I had for the first few months seems to now be under control. But now we ask that you keep praying, especially for Zori, who is pregnant! May this baby be consecrated even now to the Lord! Thank you, our dear ones in Christ, for all your support. God bless you!
Grace and peace – The Kirillov family
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