Isaiah 30:21 - and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it.” Well, the Bible teaches us that we need to know God in everything we do. It is so easy to follow our own paths.
This time, two years ago we were team members of an outreach here in Kanthararom. It was here that we clearly heard God’s voice that He want’s for us to be here in the Isaan region to share the Good News to the lost and unreached. We are so grateful and filled with inner joy to be here in Kanthararom, Sisaket where God has called us to be. How ironic is this – it rained during that time we were on the outreach here, and it is raining again. God is not a “unbelievable God”.
This photo was taken 29 July 2013- months 5 months later we were back in Kanthararom to serve the Lord here permanently
Since we have been here, God spoiled us with such joy and blessings to our ministry. Weekly we reach out to +- 250 children, a group of teenagers, two groups of adults and quite a few individuals. Sometimes it feels as if the work is too much - and we only have two pairs of hand . . . but if we see his hands and works on the people's faces and how their hearts are touched with love, we cannot but feel like eagles soaring very high.
We are walking in faith as we are on our way to Hua Hin for YWAM's National conference. We are excited for what the Lord has installed for everyone member attending the conference. We are looking forward to see our other fellow South African YWAM friends. During the conference, YWAM shares their vision for the next two years and there will be time for fellowship with all the YWAM members. Members share, build relationships and join hands together to see each one’s role and duties towards the vision statement. Marina and I are also part of the prayer group where we will intercede the day before the conference start.
All is well at the two schools (Bankamneam and Bang Khlo) where we reach out on a weekly basis. We share the Gospel by way of helping with basic English teaching and doing craft with the children. The teachers at Ban Khlo school always want copies of our prepared lessons for future use. We don’t mind for the message gets distributed far more than what we physically could have done. We praise God for this. The two communities receives us with open arms and all glory and honor to God for opening doors. It also brings out the inner child in us - but to be honest - they (the children) drains you out . . . but they are so cute, naïve and some are very naughty (a nice naughty though). We have the utmost respect for “real teachers” around the world. They have such a big role and responsibility in all communities.
The group of teens we serve every Saturday afternoon ask very direct questions regarding Christianity. It is wonderful and exciting for by the questions, we know God is opening doors to share the Good news. It is a great privilege for us to share the truth with them. We know that God has plans with this particular group of teenagers.
Ziggy and Charisse Le Roux of Paarl was visiting us for two days. It was truly a blessed and precious visit. They are such precious people. We showed them the schools and they prayed for the teachers and children. Charisse specifically, in front of several children, prayed for one of the teachers who’m has a back injury from a car accident. She immediately experienced relief of pain and it was witnessed to everyone around us. We praise God for this breakthrough and testimony to the teacher for we believe that God opened that door for us to serve the teachers and children on a supernatural way as well. There was also time to visit the YWAM base and to praises and worship with them. They also saw our town, Kanthararom, its environment and could experience and taste a bit of our life here. The bonus, off course was that they were here on my (Andre) birthday and could celebrate it with us. Always nice when "our own people" visits us. By the way, when are you coming to visit or bring a outreach team to visit us?
In the last month we made friends with two fellow brothers in Christ from Pakistan. They are doing their DTS at YWAM. We are excited for we can spend the next six months in fellowship with them. God opened doors for us in September 2013 when we met other brothers in Christ from Pakistan whom we have weekly contact with. It is great to fellowship with our brothers in understanding of their different environments from where and how they share the Good News.
Last week we had our first "encounter" with immigration officials whom were here in Kanthararom. They accompanied three people from Cambodia to our “only” coffee shop here in Kanthararom. They just wanted to “show off a little bit” for there were other locals in the coffee shop as well. They wanted to see our passports for “illegibility” which we didn’t had on us but by just speaking and serving them with the love of Jesus they believed every word we told them regarding our visa and stay in Thailand.
· We still trust God for the car we need and for further improvements to our house. In God’s perfect timing we know He will provide for us.
· We are still in need for some more educational toys and learning materials that can be used for our Frontida children.
· Please pray for the YWAM conference and for our safe travels to and from Hua Hin. Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill every one attending the conference and give them insight, wisdom and power to carry on with their Kingdom’s work respectively.
You are our surporters and anchors in prayer. Thank you for enabling us with our ministry, Frontida Outreach, to proclaim the Gospel here in Kanthararom, Thailand. If you would like to support us financially, you can use ons ofthe bank details below.
The Lord of the harvest blesses each of you abundantly.
Andre & Marina Olivier
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