Dear Partners and Friends,
We are thankful to God for His amazing love, grace, and that we were able to recover and be healed from Covid-19. I was hospitalized from March 19 to March 23. Afterward, I underwent a home quarantine for five days. Jiep was also hospitalized from March 20 to March 30. Afterward, she underwent a home quarantine for 10 days.
I was in a very difficult situation for the first three days in the hospital, due to low electrolytes and a blood pressure disorder with low oxygen levels. It was by the power of His sustaining grace that allowed me to endure and recover. Thank God for answering the prayers of His people and allowing us to continue serving the Lord together with you. Thanks to all of our beloved brethren for their love and great concern for us.
Blessed be the name of the Lord! The dedication of the IPHC Conference Hall building in Petchabun on April 5 brought joy and fulfillment to IPHC Thailand. We were honored to have the governor, vice governor, the head of the Department of Social Development and Welfare, and other government officials of the Petchabun province with us. We are grateful to Bishop Talmadge Gardner for sending Rev. Larry Meadors to officially dedicate the building on his behalf as the representative of IPHC WMM in the U.S. It was awesome! There were over 600 people who came and witnessed this great event.
Praise the Lord! The discipleship program through the Bible School is producing more laborers in the vineyard. The second Commencement Exercises, held on April 6, was a success. There were 232 students who graduated. These degrees were composed of 12 diplomas in Christian Studies, 178 Bachelor of Christian Theology diplomas, 22 Master of Christian Ministry graduates, and 20 Doctor of Christian Ministry graduates from the six branches of Thailand Theological Seminary (TTS).
It was a joyful day of celebration, especially for the graduates and their respective families. We were utterly overwhelmed with joy to see them emotionally and spiritually uplifted. There were over 700 people who attended from various parts of Thailand. Thanks to Rev. Larry Meadors for his inspirational commencement message. Thanks to Dr. Edgar Banaga and Dr. Sabu Abraham of the IPHC in the U.S. for being with us as TTS faculty members. Finally, thanks to Dr. Randy Dela Rosa from the Philippines for being with us as well.
The 19th IPHC/ACA Annual Conference on April 7 and 8 inspired the 80 pastors and leaders to build up together for the expansion of His kingdom. The commissioning of three ordained ministers, seven licensed ministers, and nine mission workers will surely lead more souls to Christ. Thanks to our guest speakers: Russell Board, Edgar Banaga, and Ben West. We are thankful to God for the success of these three great events, which occurred under the leadership of our National Director, Dr. Wallapa Wisawasukmongchol, as we work together closely for His glory.
The members of Thai Don Muang Church are continually growing spiritually as they keep praying and trusting in the Lord more, especially in this time of pandemic crisis. Jiep and I will be in the U.S. on May 31 for six months of furlough. We are so excited to see you all soon!
Thank you for your continuous prayers and unwavering support. Our labor in the Lord together is not in vain. May the Lord richly and abundantly bless you all.
Your Co-laborers in Christ,
Brother Albert and Sister Jiep Gonzales