Saturday, July 07, 2007
The joy of publishing the church bulletin
At the moment our feet touched the soil of the mission field we are assigned, we immediately look for a local church. We found one right away, rather the church warmly welcome us. We fell in love with the church, it is love at first sight, so to speak. We didn't know then that Mae Sai is a multi-ethnic town. We thought that every church must be a Thai church. God brought us to a church whose membership composed of people from different ethnic groups mostly from Myanmar. We are enjoying it so far.
The local Pastor gave us the privilege to be part of the church leadership and welcome our advise. My wife teaches Sunday School and trains the teachers. She also becomes the acting Principal when the church started its Primary School three months ago. I became the Pastor's helper as we organized the international community. The international community is holding its worship every morning. I preached regularly every Sunday, until we asked some workers to help us in proclaiming the Word of God and three missionaries responded positively. I end up preaching once a month.
The international community then started the mission training school last month. We take turn in teaching in the training school and American fellow workers helped us in building the training hall which is now almost finish.
One of the tasks I'm enjoying right now is publishing the church bulletin. No other church here has been able to publish a church bulletin like ours. Of course, there are few of them here.