1/2 of 54 = 27: Not just another newsletter!

Dear friends,

Screen Shot 2019-03-07 at 2.03.01 PMWhy is that significant? Because we have just passed the milestone of living 1/2 of our lives in Thailand! 27 years! We also just gave away our ages, but that’s another story!collageThe past year was both intense and momentous for us! Two sons were married. The APLC (Applied Practical Leadership Course) was launched. And we hosted the YWAM Together global event. In addition, we completed a very significant season of leadership. As the global YWAM movement flattens its structure, with prayer and counsel we felt it was also time to end my 9-year season as National Director, and Cindy’s leadership role at the NRTC training center. Processing this with God and our leadership team, the Lord has led us all with great sense of peace. YWAM Thailand and YWAM Bangkok will continue to be led by a group of “elders”, of which we will remain a part. This will enable us to focus more on leadership development in both Thailand and SE Asia, as well as be more available as “spiritual parents” to the many Thai and foreign missionaries we have around the country. In the past month, we have already tasted this as we visited various ministries in Cambodia, South Thailand and Northeast Thailand. (Check our Facebook for more details.) We are truly excited about this new season! IMG_4072-COLLAGEAt the same time, we recognize there are keys to transitioning well – to bring closure to the past season and make space for the new. So for us, this will include taking a short sabbatical – both for our own spiritual renewal and refreshment, as well as for the new leadership structure to be established. With that in mind, we will begin this sabbatical time with a 1-week debrief in April. Then we will spend one month in Spain, walking the 800 km  El Camino (Way of St. James) pilgrimage. The El Camino pilgrimage has been walked by thousands of Christians for 1,200 years, as a way of reflecting on one’s life and spending extended time in prayer. It’s been on our “bucket list” for a few years now. camino collageThis will be followed by a visit to Ireland where we have set aside time to focus on going deeper with God through study, reading and restoring our spirits. Thanks to our international YWAM friendships, we have accommodations arranged in Ireland to keep it affordable.irish collage2After this retreat, we will head to the States to visit family, churches and supporters. We realize that most of our recent US trips have been a bit rushed and/or we haven’t had opportunity to visit some churches who are vital to our ministry. So we hope to take more time to see as many as possible, and to share with you the wonderful things God is doing in Thailand and Asia!

Although our plans for this year are definitely not the “norm”, we (with the counsel of our co-workers here) truly believe the Lord is emphasizing that this is a very unique year of transition after 27 years of ministry. And that this short sabbatical is intended to refresh and recharge us, in preparation for the next season of leadership God is calling us into. Recently, the Lord has been speaking to us through Psalm 23 about restoring our souls, leading to a song I’ve written from that psalm. You can view it here:  Psalm 23 – God’s Perspective

We do need your prayers and support as we step out in faith towards these things.

Please pray:

  • For spiritual refreshment and renewal
  • For wisdom as we plan each step of this journey
  • For financial provision – We are trusting God to provide additional funds over the course of the year in order to see this plan fulfilled. For giving info, click here: https://giving.ywammontana.org/support/portersinthailand

Thank you for being on this journey with us!

Grace and peace,

Phil & Cindy



A taste of heaven!

Dear praying friends,

Just a short update to say Thank You for all who prayed and supported us through the recent YWAM Together 2018 global event! It truly was a historic gathering like we have never seen! The cultural diversity was a taste of heaven with more nations represented (97); more languages spoken (77); more languages translated (7); more worship teams (14); more MC’s (14); more nations highlighted (16) than ever before!

Then there was the Shine Pattaya outreach day, with 325 teams of YWAMers blessing and blitzing the city with practical service, Bible distribution, street cleanup, prayer walks, musical concerts and much more! Dozens prayed to receive Christ and more than 30,000 received a gospel of Luke. Even many of the hotel staff were prayed for and received a Bible, including at least one who accepted Christ. We continue to receive reports of people being touched by the love and power of God in some way during that time.

Since a picture really is worth a thousand words, we created a slideshow to the song, “Come Up Here”, that will give you a visual snapshot of all that took place in those 6 days. Enjoy! – https://youtu.be/3Xd6To3Nx7k


Our Thai dance team in action!


YWAM Founders, Loren & Darlene Cunningham

We are very grateful for all who supported us in prayer through this marathon which took nearly 2 years and 400+ volunteers to plan and prepare. And now we are looking forward to some rest and restoration as we spend time with our parents and family members in the USA.

You are loved and appreciated!

Phil & Cindy

— Donate online —

Our ministry is supported entirely by donations. If you would like to share in the fruit by investing financially, simply click the link at: https://giving.ywammontana.org/support/portersinthailand which will enable supporters to set up one-time or recurring donations via various methods. We are so grateful for all who continue to invest in our ministry!


Dear praying friends,

This is a momentous year of firsts and a year of making history in Thailand!

On the family front, Derek and Camille were married on July 1 here in Thailand. It was a beautiful wedding filled with the presence of God and friends from around the world. We love Camille’s family, and are thrilled that God has answered Derek’s and our prayers for the perfect wife for him. We also had the joy of our family being reunited for the first time in 6 years! Seth, Sei and adorable, little Acacia, and Isaac & Leigha were able to visit as well. So our multi-cultural Porter family is now from America, Cambodia, New Zealand and Australia.IMG_4832

And Isaac graduated from CalPoly Pomona with his Bachelors in Hospitality Management. We are so blessed by his diligence!Isaac grad

In the meantime, preparation for the YWAM Together global gathering is speeding forward. We now have 3,400 YWAM missionaries coming from 99 different countries! God has spoken very clearly that the theme of this event is from Revelation 4:1 – “Come up here, and I will show you things to come.” So we are expecting great things. The Lord led me to write a song around this theme, which you can check out here:  http://bit.ly/ComeUpHere

Come up here screenshotThe most unique element of this event will be the Shine Pattaya outreach day, in which all 3,000+ attendees, together with local churches, will flood the city of Pattaya to share the love of Christ. Activities will include:

  • prison ministry in 2 prisons
  • sports, music and arts outreach to 21 schools
  • visiting the elderly, orphans, and the poor
  • prayer walking in the city, and prayer boats along the coastline
  • distributing 100,000 gospels of Luke
  • giving Bibles to Chinese tourists, and digital Bibles to young tourists
  • ministry in the red light district
  • public concerts in multiple locations

Shine Pattaya posterGod has given us favor with the authorities, and even the Pattaya city mayor will attend. We are believing God for an Acts 2 experience, where everyone heard the gospel in their own language. But of course, the Enemy is not happy with this plan, as Pattaya is known world-wide for its darkness and sin. So the spiritual warfare is very real, and we do need much prayer on our behalf.

  • Pray for protection on all involved, especially those from “high security” nations
  • Pray for more volunteers and translators from local churches
  • Pray for a powerful outpouring of God’s Spirit in Pattaya
  • Pray for wisdom and strength for all of our organizing team
  • Pray for thousands to encounter the love of the Father

And please pray for Cindy & me as we work alongside others to organize and host this history-making event. (1,000 emails so far and counting . . .)

fullsizeoutput_1236Lastly, we will be making a trip to the States from October to mid-Nov. This will be primarily to care for our parents, which we have not been able to do this year. Please pray for God’s provision to do this well, even in the midst of a very full year.

We are so grateful for each one of you who pray and give and support us to be an extension of YOUR ministry to the world. It is a privilege to live out this calling! May you be richly blessed and rewarded!

You are loved and appreciated,

Phil & Cindy

— Donate online —

Our ministry is supported entirely by donations. If you would like to share in the fruit by investing financially, simply click the link at: https://giving.ywammontana.org/support/portersinthailand which will enable supporters to set up one-time or recurring donations via various methods. We are so grateful for all who continue to invest in our ministry!

The Value of “Being With”

Dear friends,

We recently finished the 6-week Applied Practical Leadership Course (APLC), and with great fulfillment. What a joy to come alongside the 12 participants from Thailand and Asia to give them practical tools for growing their ministry and themselves as leaders. As we prepared for this course, the Lord kept reminding us that the main priority was to just “be with” them – to come alongside, hear their stories, answer questions, and walk with them on the journey of leadership. Mark 3:13-14 reminds us that Jesus called the disciples first to just “be with” Him before He sent them out. There is great significance in taking the time to be with those who are growing in leadership, and we found that our most valuable moments in the APLC were these times. APLC group – Version 3

This lesson was repeated again as I spent a week in Myanmar “being with” first the 20 national leaders from around the nation, and then the entire 120 YWAM staff volunteers. We had discussions about cross-cultural issues in leadership; listened to their greatest challenges, and conducted workshops on self-leadership. In addition, I got to lead worship together with some of the Myanmar staff. I was so inspired to hear the stories of how God is working through them, despite the enormous challenges of corruption,  warfare on their borders, poverty and lack of development, to bring the hope and love of Jesus to so many! What a privilege and honor just to “be with” them!

While I was away, Cindy stayed in Bangkok to “be with” one of our Thai leaders who is expecting her first baby in a few days.  Myanmar collage

In the meantime, preparation continues for the YWAM Together 2018 global gathering on Sept. 2-8. God continues to surprise us and remind us that He has a special purpose for this event. Although we had a goal of 1,000 people registered by April 30, instead we had 2,500 people registered by that date! And there are still 4 months to go! One of the unique elements of this event is that ALL the attendees will be involved in some form of outreach in the city of Pattaya on Wednesday of that week. Just imagine 3,000 or 4,000 YWAMers spread out through the city of Pattaya giving away Bibles, worshipping, praying on the streets, reaching out to ladies in the red-light district, helping the poor, etc.! What a wonderful opportunity for Immanuel to reveal Himself as “God with us” to the people in this city!

While I focus on networking with leaders and the Thai church, Cindy is busy mobilizing  300-400 volunteers from around the globe to assist with this historical event.

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On the family front, Derek is now engaged to Camille Beckingham, and they will be getting married in Thailand on July 1. We are thrilled to be getting a precious new daughter-in-law, and also thrilled that our entire family will be together for the first time in 6 years! IMG_3992

Please continue to pray for us as the coming months promise to be both eventful and challenging. We want to balance the family time and celebrations with the preparation for the biggest ministry event we’ve ever been involved in. This will require daily wisdom from the Lord.

You too can be involved in YWAM Together 2018! We need generous people who can:

  • Sponsor a participant from a developing nation – $300.
  • Donate toward the 100,000 Gospels of Luke to be distributed – $500 per 1,000
  • Pray! We need lots of prayer for provision, wisdom and spiritual breakthrough!

Thank you for standing with us! You are loved and appreciated!

Phil & Cindy

P.S. NEW online donation system – As very few people write paper checks these days, we finally have an online method for donating financial support. Simply click the link at: https://giving.ywammontana.org/support/portersinthailand which will enable supporters to set up one-time or recurring donations via various methods. We are so grateful for all who continue to invest in our ministry!


New Year, New Adventures – Feb. 2018

Dear friends,

A quick update as we move into the new year . . .

APLC = “Applied Practical Leadership Course” – We are expecting at least 15 participants (from Thailand and “another Asian nation”)  to join us for the new leadership development course we’ve been creating. We are looking forward to helping these emerging leaders gain practical skills for growing in their leadership abilities and character – especially as we emphasize senior leaders taking the time to just “be with” them as they process how to apply what they’re learning. We begin staff training on Feb. 19, with the course starting March 5. 

B2B =  “Be the Leader God Wants You to Be” – We recently helped staff a 6-day course for emerging leaders from many Asian nations. It was exciting to see young people gaining new revelation in how to lead like Jesus.  

Proud parents moment! – We were very blessed to participate in a house blessing ceremony for Derek and his friends, Steve & Chanelle, who are starting a new ministry in a part of Bangkok where there is not a single church. It was inspiring to see their Buddhist Thai neighbors welcome them into the neighborhood, while understanding that these young people who follow Jesus want to share their lives with the community. Derek team ceremony

Another proud parent moment! – Isaac and Leigha’s wedding was beautiful and full of joy! So grateful for all the friends and family who came to help and celebrate with us! (stunning photos by Corey Penry at penryphotography.pixieset.com) 

Shelia – Cindy’s sister, Shelia, is finally due to be released to a halfway house later in Feb., and then to our friend’s house within months for her transition back into society. We are so grateful this long, painful journey is nearing its end and hope is in sight. pray for shelia screenshot

NEW online donation system – As very few people write paper checks these days, we finally have an online method for donating financial support. Simply click the link at: https://giving.ywammontana.org/support/portersinthailand which will enable supporters to set up one-time or recurring donations via various methods. We are so grateful for all who continue to invest in our ministry!

Prayer Points –

  • Pray for the preparation for the APLC course. This is a new endeavor with its share of pioneering challenges. In addition, several staff colleagues have been fighting flu viruses lately.
  • Pray for the YWAM Together 2018 event – especially for the myriad of planning details to come together and for the hundreds from developing nations who face financial challenges to attend.
  • Pray for Shelia’s transition from prison to normal society after 8 years. Pray that her renewed faith in God will continue to grow, and that she will experience Him as her loving Father like never before.

Thank you to all who hosted and prayed for us during our USA trip. Thank you for your continued prayers and support! You are loved and appreciated!

Phil & Cindy

Celebration and Sadness – A Very Full Year!

Dear praying friends,

It’s been a very full year indeed! And there’s more to come. Here’s a short recap of recent and upcoming events . . .

IMG_0416Less than a month after returning from Spain, we lost one of our Thai missionary staff to cancer. “Mot” had served in YWAM England for many years before returning to spend time with her non-Christian family. Within a year, she was gone. Her family members were deeply touched by all her Christian brothers and sisters at the memorial service.

YT2017 collageOur YWAM Thailand national staff gathering was a wonderful time of celebrating our “Unity in Diversity”. Staff from each region of Thailand took turns leading the day in their own style. And Alejandro Rodriguez, national leader of YWAM Argentina, inspired and challenged us with his special messages. Something about his Latin American style really resonated with our Thai staff. We also enjoyed fun together as a big YWAM Thailand family, including a 5km walk/run in the rain, and leading worship together with Derek.

IMG_3303Thailand has been chosen as the host for the global “YWAM Together” gathering in September 2018, with an expected 3,000-4,000 YWAM missionaries from around the world, but especially Asia. As part of the preparation, we hosted a 2-week Event Management Seminar to train staff in how to coordinate such a massive event. Thirty-six participants from 11 nations joined us for this valuable training.

25yr collageThe Event Management Seminar participants totally surprised Cindy & I with a special celebration event, honoring us for 25 years of service in Thailand. We were deeply touched by the words of encouragement!

NRTC collageThe grand finale of the Event Management Seminar was a celebration of the payoff of our Nancy Ross Training Center facility – which had just been paid off  2 weeks before. Beginning with a Nehemiah-style worship parade, it was a rich time of testimonies of God’s faithfulness, how young people are discipled at the NRTC, and honoring those who’ve sacrificially poured their hearts into making this dream a reality. Seventeen years ago, Cindy was the one person who believed God would some day give us this entire building, which we eventually purchased in 3 phases. We are now praying for God’s leading as we seek to fulfill all of God’s dreams for this ministry center.

Myanmar collagePhil was recently in Yangon, Myanmar, joining 17 YWAM leaders from Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar. The purpose of ACT’s (Area Circle Teams) is to foster ministry partnerships between nations and facilitate YWAM pioneering new ministries in unreached areas. The highlight of this time was joining YWAM Yangon in distributing fresh soy milk and a Bible cartoon to hundreds of slum children – which they do on a daily basis.

20953031_1440349082687431_6999167358961214522_nOur youngest son, Isaac, will be marrying his fiance, Leigha, this December 17 in Phoenix. We are thrilled, and proud of the way they have handled a 5-year relationship with integrity.

fullsizeoutput_d29Because of the wedding, we are spending Nov. and Dec. in the States to catch up with family and a few churches/supporters whom we haven’t seen in years. Cindy will also be visiting her sister, Shelia, who is now scheduled for release from prison, but must complete another 5 months of rehab/prep before actual release.

royal cremation collageThis is a very sad week for the people of Thailand. After a full year of mourning, the dreaded royal cremation of HM King Rama 9 is in some ways even more significant than the King’s passing last year, as it represents the finality of it all. It is impossible to describe or understand the depth of grief and loss unless you are Thai. At least 250,000 people are expected to travel to Bangkok to witness the event. YWAM’s Rak Teh ministry is hosting 4 days of 24-hour worship and prayer for Thailand at their center within walking distance of the ceremony. I will be leading the prayer/worship time at 7pm on Thursday, 26th, exactly the time of the cremation.


  • Pray for Father God to reveal Himself to Thais at this crucial time in history.
  • Pray for Cindy’s visit with her sister, and for God’s grace on Shelia to persevere until release, to transition well and to grow in her renewed faith.
  • Pray for financial provision for all the upcoming travel and wedding plans.
  • Pray for God’s leading as we re-envision God’s purposes for the NRTC and discipling young Thais.

Thank you for being on this journey with us! We are here (25 years and counting)  because you are there supporting us!

Phil & Cindy

P.S. We’ve recently begun uploading songs from our album, “In His Presence” to YouTube. Although it’s a few years old, some of the songs are still relevant. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/IHPalbum

40 Days of Restoration!

Dear friends,

We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and support as we attended the Leadership Development Course (LDC) in Spain. After 25 years of missional service, we went there needing refreshed, renewed, and restored. And this course more than met all of our expectations! The LDC is 40 days long. There is something significant about 40 days with God. Jesus was called to fast in the wilderness for 40 days before he began His public ministry. Besides facing temptation during those 40 days, He was also challenged, ministered to and received new affirmation of His purpose and identity.

The LDC focuses on 7 leadership values – Self Leadership; Servant Leadership; Shared Leadership; Spiritual Leadership; Strategic Leadership; Structural Leadership and Sensorial Leadership.

Here are just a few of the takeaways from our time . . .

(Our fellow participants and house-mates from Romania, Cameroon, England and Canada.)

Week 1 – Learning new spiritual disciplines. There are many simple ways of connecting with and hearing from God if we just pause and listen. Routines can be helpful, but sometimes we get stuck in a rut, leaving us in a dry spiritual state. It was so refreshing to explore new ways to spend time with God.

For example, using the acronym “TIPSY”, take a few minutes to review the following:

Thank God for all the blessings that come to mind.

Intercede for the needs of others.

Priority –  “God, What is Your priority for me today?”

Silence – Pause, listen for the gentle voice of the Spirit.

Your word  – Ask, “Father, what is Your word for me today?” Take note.

Week 2 – Leadership Timeline –  

Sovereign foundations => Discipleship training => Ministry development => Wilderness => Convergence

As we looked back over our lives, we could see a desire to follow God and serve him from a young age. This exercise helped us to recognize the blessing of our parents’ values and teaching, the fear of the Lord they instilled in us, and their willingness to live a life of sacrifice. It underscored how all the opportunities for service in the church, ministry through song, our adventurous spirits to move to a foreign land to do church planting, etc., reflect how God was working in us early on to develop our leadership potential, leading us to “go into all the world and preach the gospel”; to “love your neighbor as yourself”, etc. This same journey has taken us from Piedmont, MO to Bangkok, Thailand over the course of our 32-year marriage.

We also learned about team leadership, and the “wisdom of geese”, who continually rotate the lead in their V-point formation as they migrate. Shared leadership is more effective and makes the load lighter. Jesus passed on the Great Commission to the apostles without appointing a replacement leader.

Week 3 seemed to be all about us! During a marriage workshop, we looked at our marriage as a garden, asking what things we want to cultivate, and what weeds to pull out. We wrote a personal marriage prayer together. During a “blessing workshop”, God again highlighted our marriage, reaffirming our identity as “two individuals, but one couple”, and our commitment to one another. Then there was an amazing worship time where we focused on the Father’s love, and the banquet table He has prepared for us. (Song of Solomon  2:4) Only there was an actual banquet table, beautifully prepared with rich food, inviting us to sit and bask in the Father’s love, that the King of Kings calls us His child! Experiencing this physical reality brings the truth from our head to our heart.

Week 4 – Self-leadership – “Do I live to eat or eat to live?” We were reminded that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that proper nutrition, exercise, time management, stress management are all God’s ways of helping us to lead others well. Proclaiming God’s word over our bodies, our lives and our ministries activates faith. One definition of a leader is “A person who influences people to accomplish a purpose.” But if we don’t lead ourselves well, how can we expect others to follow?

Week 5 – Lynn & Marti Green, senior experienced leaders in YWAM shared about past mistakes, lessons learned and the value of being a leader of integrity. I received a freedom and new understanding of how to move YWAM Thailand toward a shared leadership model. I realized I had become “rootbound” to Thailand, and that it’s time to take advantage of more opportunities to minister in and develop leaders in neighboring countries.

We were also reminded that Jesus emphasized family relationships as the primary illustration for the Body of Christ and how we relate to one another.

Week 6 – We reviewed how spiritual leadership includes creating space for the Spirit to move and keeping your spiritual antennae up at all times. The power of mentoring was reinforced, and we recalled how various people have mentored us over our lifetime, helping to shape us into who we are today.

We also clarified our “personal passion statements”, what we truly live for, which are as follows:

Cindy: To love, encourage and support others to become healthy followers of Christ and fulfill their purpose and destiny in Him.

Phil: To facilitate others to reach their destiny in Christ by creating a culture of leadership development throughout YWAM.

 And finally, we “crossed the line”, declaring before others those things we will now leave behind, and what we will move forward into. As we move into the next season of ministry, we left behind things that have been hindering our personal growth and ministry, and crossed over into a new season filled with hope, purpose and a future that is even more fruitful. We even renewed our marriage vows before the whole class!

In reality, there was a hundred times more! But hopefully, these few highlights give you an idea of the value of what we experienced thanks to your investment in us. We took the week after graduation to celebrate our 32nd anniversary by seeing more of Spain, and thanking God for our marriage and this lavish blessing.

And now we thank YOU, from the bottom of our hearts!

Phil and Cindy

P.S. If you would like a more in-depth overview of what the Leadership Development Course covers, feel free to email us!



Transition for Growth

Dear friends,

We are less than 1 week away from leaving for Spain to attend the Leadership Development Course (LDC) in Malaga. Although 6 weeks in Spain sounds exotic and extravagant, we are going there to learn and grow and pray and make some important decisions. There will be LOTS of homework and soul-searching in the midst of the beauty and delicious food! Why? Because this is a year of “transition”.

After 25 years of ministry in Thailand, our roles are changing once again. And as YWAM Thailand now exceeds 500 staff, there is a need for us to function more as elders or spiritual parents to many of the emerging leaders around the country. Being present and coming alongside those who are just starting out in leadership can be a powerful ministry. But it requires delegating certain things so that we can be available to travel and visit these younger leaders – even as we continue to oversee YWAM Thailand. In addition, we have increasing opportunities to provide leadership development beyond Thailand as well – in Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc.

As we do this, we are praying for clarity. That the Father will show us what to put our hands to, what opportunities to take, and what to let go.

Will you join us in this prayer and continue to journey with us?

If you would like to invest in this season of transition, please see the info below.

As always, THANK YOU for your continued prayer and partnership! We serve an amazing God!

Phil & Cindy


Our ministry is supported entirely by donations.

If you would like to share in the fruit by investing financially, please send checks made out to “YWAM” to:

YWAM, 501 Blacktail Road, Lakeside, MT 59922

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Opportunity and special request

Dear friends,

After 25 years of serving in Thailand, it is time for us to “re-tool” a bit. We have been waiting for years to attend YWAM’s 6-week  Leadership Development Course (LDC), as so many others have reported how effective it was – especially for leaders who have been serving for years and are now in a new season, needing to review, be refreshed and equip themselves for the next season. In addition, our ministry is expanding more and more into the development of leaders in Thailand and Asia, so we feel the need to be further equipped for this task.

This year, we have a window of opportunity to attend the LDC that happens this April 24 – June 4 in Malaga, Spain. Yes, you may be wondering, “Why Spain?” But of the few LDC’s in the world, this one fits our timing and has an outstanding reputation. We hear the olives are quite tasty as well!

For more info, click here – http://www.leader-development.org/ldcwhatisldc.html

The cost of the 6-week Leadership Development Course is $2,500. plus airfare.

Will you prayerfully consider a special donation as we plan for this unique opportunity? Our passion has always been “to facilitate others to reach their destiny in Christ.” We truly believe that this will enhance our ability to minister and lead others. So your investment will bear fruit among many.

Thank you once again for your prayers and partnership,

Phil & Cindy


Joy & Sadness

Dear friends,

It has been a very sad week for the nation of Thailand, as we lost the longest-reigning, and possibly the most beloved monarch, in the world. Although, I am not at liberty to post details, one only has to Google “Thailand” to get the full story. It is a crucial time for the nation, over the coming days and months, and we would appreciate your prayers for Thailand. mourning-collage

Interestingly, this event happened as believers nationwide were already in the midst of 40 days of prayer for Thailand, which began on October 1. We join with Christians throughout Thailand in continuing to intercede through these 40 days. As a way to support this annual initiative, we mobilized YWAM volunteers to translate the 40-Day Prayer Manual into English so that non-Thai-speaking Christians could also join in praying along the same daily themes.

central-collageWe were blessed to join the final two regional YWAM staff gatherings recently – Northeast (known as “Isaan”) and Central Thailand – where we spoke for one session, led worship, prayed over unreached areas, met new people, and encouraged others. What a joy to see what God is doing around the country! isaan-collage

In September, Cindy had a whirlwind trip to the States taking her parents to see family in California, meeting up with long-time friends, helping with a ministry fundraiser and a chance to see Isaac.cindy-usa-collage

In the meantime, I participated in a workshop in Singapore where we wrestled with the question, “What needs to be done for all of … (a province, district, etc.)… to have access to the gospel and be blessed with transformational disciple-making ministries and movements?” Now that’s a big question! It was also an opportunity to experience the “city in a garden” – Singapore itself. If our Bible story begins in a garden and ends in a city, there are some things we can learn from the Singaporeans! singapore-collage

While in Chiang Mai this month, I was able to meet with the Thai leaders of Compassion, Kairos Course, and Perspectives on World Missions. Both the “Perspectives” course and “Kairos” are now being taught in Thai language, and we had a great discussion about how to partner together more. These courses provide excellent teaching and theory, while YWAM’s Discipleship Training School (DTS) provides a vehicle for putting that theory into practice. I believe this will lead to more Thai missionaries being called and sent to other nations.

We praise God for his provision in making up some of the loss of financial support we’ve experienced. We are still praying for an additional $500./month support, but it has been very encouraging to receive some committed responses from some of you.

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership! It is a privilege to serve together with you in seeing God’s Kingdom come in Thailand.

Much love,

Phil & Cindy