Dear Partners and Friends,
We are thankful to God for bringing us back to Thailand on Feb. 16, 2023, for another three-year term as career missionaries. We have been inspired and amazed tremendously to see God's mighty power since our arrival. The number of IPHC Thailand/ACA churches has increased from 99 in the year 2021 to 114 in 2022, and the ministry is continually growing. Indeed, the best is yet to come. Hallelujah! We are praying and targeting to reach 200 churches within the next three years, beginning this year 2023. It’s good to be part of the movement in carrying out the great commission to fulfill the IPHC WMM vision of Arise 2033 to see 5,000 new churches in 150 nations.
Great things are happening at our church in Don Muang. A total of 23 Buddhists received the Lord, 23 were baptized (15 on March 26 and eight on April 9), and worshipers came before the altar in faith for prayer, salvation, and other various needs. In other developments, the church’s lodging facility and construction project to become a church-based training center is progressing rapidly. Thank you to the following generous churches, supportive individuals, and church leaders who contributed to this project, namely: Mount Olive PHC, Word of Life PHC Marysville, Saint Matthew PHC, Oak Ridge PHC, Casa Del Alfarero, Harvest International Christian Church, Mossy Living Word PHC, Wilson First PH Church, Calvary Temple, Kingsway Christian Center, and Willie Thornton.
Praise the Lord! The 20th IPHC/ACA Conference 2023 in Pak Chong, Nakhong Ratchasima on March 29-31 was a huge success! Thank you to the following anointed guest speakers who made this possible, namely: Rev. Russell Board, Rev. Doug Bartlett, and Rev. Dr. Edgar Banaga. Thank you also to our National Director, Dr. Wallapa Wisawasukmongchol for her outstanding leadership. There were 217 pastors, leaders, and workers from different ethnic groups under our organization who attended, all coming from various parts of Thailand. We had a wonderful time together worshipping, serving, and glorifying the Lord in our midst. The theme of the conference was “Unity in Diversity”. One of the highlights of this great event was the ordination service. As the ministry continually grows, the Lord has provided the additional workers needed in the vineyard: 27 of them were mission workers, 31 were licensed ministers of the Gospel, and 21 were ordained ministers. Hallelujah! Moreover, prior to this event, I had the opportunity to minister to the pastors and workers at the conference at Mekong Bible Training Center in Mae Sai near the Myanmar border on March 17 and 18 hosted by Rev. Chi Chang. There were 30 pastors and workers from Thais, Akha Tribe and Myanmar who attended. The theme of the conference was “Serve the Lord with Gladness”. It was a great conference! To God be the glory!
We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone for praying for Jiep’s speedy recovery from her left knee surgery. God is good! She is recovering well and hoping that she can walk again without a walker next month.
Thank you for your continuous prayers and unwavering support. God bless us all even more.
Your Co-laborers in Christ,
Brother Albert and Sister Jiep Gonzales