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






About portersinthailand

Living in Bangkok, Thailand since 1991. Serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Thailand. Our passion is to facilitate others to reach their destiny in Christ. We are a 3rd-culture family, with 3 sons and a love for Thailand and its people.

Posted on October 16, 2016, in Leadership, Thailand, Uncategorized, Updates, YWAM. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thank you for sharing. I do not watch the news anymore because I am so tired of U.S. politics, so I did not know of their loss. This was a beautiful pictorial tribute. My prayers will be for your family, Christian brothers and sisters, and the beautiful people of Thailand.

  2. Good to hear from you Phil. I’m happy that Cindy is having a chance to reconnect with Isaac & other family members! I’m sure it must be hard for her to be here without you! (Just thinking like a wife). I hope the loss of the Thai’s leader doesn’t impact the organization’s goals. Will be praying you guys! I know that nothing can thwart the will of God.take care & may the Lord bless you & keep you safe. Love, Bill & Rachael Costa

  3. Hey Phil & Cindy,

    Good to hear from you. We Qs just got back from a summer of global meetings in London & Geneva and time in the USA fundraising and home leave. Such tough moments now… but we know God has amazing good things and miracles for the Thai church in the midst. Hope to catch up again soon.



    On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM, portersinthailand wrote:

    > portersinthailand posted: “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 s” >

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