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.
And Isaac graduated from CalPoly Pomona with his Bachelors in Hospitality Management. We are so blessed by his diligence!
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
The 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
God 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 . . .)
Lastly, 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
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