Dear Partners and Friends,
The greatest news in the history of mankind that brings joy into the whole world is the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:8-11). Our Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, and Savior is the very reason for this season. We greet you all with a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Praise the Lord! On November 17 we were approved and released by IPHC-WMM in Oklahoma City to return to the field for another three year term. We have been serving the Lord together with you for over twenty years. Thank you! By the grace of God, since we arrived on June 28, 2022, we have been enjoying our time in the U.S. We had many wonderful times visiting churches, in North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and now in California. We are excited to return to Thailand on January 24, 2023, as scheduled, and be part of the movement in carrying out the IPHC-WMM vision of Arise 2033 to plant 5,000 churches in 150 nations.
Great is the Lord’s faithfulness! Despite the many challenges we are facing from day to day, including the negative effect of the pandemic, the ministry in Thailand is continually bearing much fruit under the leadership of Dr. Wallapa Wisawasukmongchol as our National Director and Rev. Russell Board, our Regional Director for Continental Asia. The power of the gospel of Jesus Christ is unstoppable! Some of the latest highlights that transpired in the ministry are the following: plans are being developed to establish a seminary program in Saigon, Vietnam under the auspices of Thailand Theological Seminary (TTS); the expansion of the TTS from 6 branches to 10 in Thailand where the students pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs; the additional funding of the lodging facility project at Don Muang church in Bangkok to be a church-based Training Center amounting to $7,000 is coming in; the on-going construction at Mekong Bible Training Center in Mae Sai is progressing as well as the Karen Tribe church building project in Ratchaburi. We gratefully and lovingly extend our sincere thanks to all churches and individuals who made their financial contributions to make these plans and ministries possible.
Remember this: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthian 9:6-8).
Thank you for your continuous prayers, generosity, and unwavering support. The best is yet to come, especially in the coming year, 2023!
God richly and abundantly bless you all.
Your Co-laborers in Christ,
Brother Albert and Sister Jiep Gonzales