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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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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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We 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!
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.
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!
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.
Phil & Cindy
Sometimes, it’s hard to describe to others what we do. We don’t pastor a church. We’re not preaching to hundreds or thousands every week. But every element of our ministry is strategically pursued to impact this nation and make a difference. A fellow missionary once described it beautifully to me. In a soccer game, it’s the “assist” that leads to a goal. In American football, often the “touchdown pass” leads to a touchdown. The striker or the receiver may receive the glory for making that score, but without that supporting kick or throw, the winning point would not have happened. The Apostle Paul said one man plants, another waters, but only God makes things grow.
So it is with our roles here in Thailand. We will never be Thai, so we will always have limitations. But it seems God has given us the ability to strategically, sometimes prophetically, see the bigger picture and who or what is needed. We then support others by connecting people, dreams or resources in the right place so that Kingdom fruit will multiply. Here are a few ways that that has happened lately . . . A trip to YWAM Salem, Oregon, two years ago led to their leadership team coming this year to survey various ministries in order to partner long-term with some. I used it as an opportunity to visit one of our ministry locations I hadn’t yet been to. I was so impressed with our local Thai leaders there who are bringing many Thai university students to Christ. In addition, they are running a tea shop business to generate ministry funds, and developing some land for a ministry center.We hosted our friends, Craig and Emily DeBoor, who were visiting Thailand for the first time, praying about how God may want to use them cross-culturally in the future. It was a delight to introduce them to some of our Thai “heroes” who are reaching the “least of these” with the love of Jesus.It was inspiring to spend a couple of days with the Thai Emerging Leaders group we’ve formed. Our goal is to equip them to lead YWAM Thailand at a national level. But we learn so much from them as well. Especially as the majority of them are the first-ever Christians in their Buddhist families.Cindy helped organize our annual YWAM Thailand National Office staff retreat, where we gave our office staff a much-needed break filled with lots of fun, affirmation, prayer and good food. Being spiritual parents in this way always brings us joy.We hosted a mini-seminar for 70+ Thais and missionaries from various churches with Dr. Larry Persons who has just written an excellent book, called “The Way Thais Lead”, on the subject of “face” and how it affects leadership within Thai culture. We all realized how much we still have to learn.A special highlight has been seeing Derek thrive in ministry. I recently had the privilege of preaching in the bilingual house church he is helping to lead. It was my first time to preach in Thai with Derek as my translator.There have been some battle losses lately as well. This week, we lost a dear friend in the States, Bill Hobbs, to multiple myeloma cancer. He had impacted our lives since before we were married. The next day, very unexpectedly, Pastor Nok, here in Bangkok, died of a heart attack. He was not only a friend, but possibly the most influential pastor in Thailand. He carried such a burden and passion for seeing his nation transformed by the gospel. And he had opened many doors for us to have national influence in the Body of Christ as well.
Both the losses and the victories remind us that we are in a battle for this nation. But we know Who ultimately wins! Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We are so grateful. It is a privilege to serve together with you.
Phil & Cindy
Our ministry is supported entirely by donations.
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