We are exited about this year 2019! We enjoyed a great Christmas-season with plenty of outreaches to our neighbours and to the slum-area. Here you can see some impressions on our Facebook-page how we spread the good news about Christmas and Jesus coming into this world. But then we entered the new year with some nice vacationing to close the year.

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Forward

After these vacations we came together with our whole community in Bangkok to spent time in Gods presence together: Worshipping, praying, sharing hearts together and also receiving inputs from our HELP International headquarters and community in Germany. And with our staff-team we also took the opportunity to share about the vision and expectations for 2019. Sharing vision and standing together for one another is great.

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We see doors opening further in the slums and Amber is building and strengthening her team to increase the impact there. The Shelter is growing in staff-numbers and will involve the men looking for help in helping others themselves. And in 2019 we are sending the Revival School on the Move students once more to Pattaya City and are building the school-team during the year.

Good preparation

And our team is stepping up in skills also: We just hired a professional language-teacher for our staff-members to improve their English. We had an assent-meeting and lessons are starting in February. This will improve our teams ability to host international visitors and to connect with other branches of HELP International. And it’s fun to learn together anyways!

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2019 started really good and we are hungry to see the best from God for us in Thailand in the coming months!
For almost one year, we have been visiting this slum on a regular basis. This community was built illegally alongside an irrigation canal and over some generations it has developed to become a community unpleasant to live in with more than 200 household. That's exactly where we carry the power of Jesus!

Getting into it

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Surrounded by garbage, sewage, drugs, gambling and premature pregnancy, most of the children are severely neglected by their families. They show symptoms like poor hygiene, violent talk and behaviour, disobedience, lack of boundaries, etc. The community is not super poor, since they still have TV, refrigerator and basic electric devices, but poverty often infiltrates mindsets.

Imprinting the future

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We have focused on the children for quite some time. Our children program is open for all. We sing songs with action, tell Jesus stories, play games, offer creative activities and end up with snacks and beverages. What is obvious about these children in the slum, is that they are in need of love and care. It doesn’t take long at all to be popular among them. Many children rush to our team every time we show up in the slum and stick with us for the whole afternoon. They are door openers for us to their families and even to the community. They like to hug, hold hands and some jump on us - they are so adorable despite the conditions mentioned earlier.
One time we caught on a conversation bytwo girls: One was sick and the other who had heard the testimony of her neighbour being healed from asthma, suggested to her friend to pray to Jesus. She was convinced that Jesus could heal her friend - what a beautiful childlike faith.

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Next steps

We cannot disciple all of these 60 children at once. We want to pickt some who are open and teachable and invest more into their lives by developing a deeper level of relationship thus see change evolve. We hope to see a little kingdom of God army rising up that will impact their own community and society.

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This month we’re going to throw a big Christmas party. You can follow this event on our FB Page HELPThai บ้านอบอุ่นใจ-บ้านเพื่อน.
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In our different rehabs of HELP we witness the life-restoring and life-changing power of God's love every day. What this looks like in The Shelter im Bangkok is just amazing:

Peace and a plan

Dom's old life was marked by hanging out with the wrong kind of friends: A lot of partying, drinking alcohol and doing drugs became very frequent. Not only Dom realised how this lifestyle didn’t only harm him, but also affected his family and the relatives he stayed with. Even though he realized he couldn’t stop doing drugs by himself, he refused to get help in a rehab and it got even worse. The payments of a new job were completely spent on ilea drugs. Dom was afraid. Afraid that something could go wrong, for example that he could get caught by the police - which would have severe consequences. From his relatives, only his brother-in-law was still willingly to help Dom by connecting him to some Christians who are meeting to play soccer regularly. That's where Dom met former drug-addicts and staff of The Shelter and soon he moved in with us.

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»When I came to The Shelter I was touched by the peace and love of God, but in the beginning didn't know how to deal with it.« Dom remembers also how Jesus spoke to him right from the beginning to »not waste time« in the rehab. This and other occasions helped Dom to realise God's plan for him and that God wanted to give him a brandnew life. Today, Dom's life looks different: Fear had to flee. Hope came with Jesus. Where there was anxiety before is now peace! 
»When I think about God now, it always makes me feel more humble about myself. I know God touched me and He is truly good - that's what I feel in my heart. God has done something within me that is really good!«

The brightest smile

Kob was addicted to drugs, did successfully the rehab at The Shelter and afterwards joined the aftercare program at our House of Friends. For about six month, he has been working as a truck-driver at a company of our neighbourhood. However, there was one thing of his former drug addiction which marked him: He was missing four front-teeth at his lower jaw. 
But Christmas brought a special gift for Kob: The dental clinic called to inform that his new teeth where ready! It’s hard to put into words what this means for him in terms of restoration and self-esteem. Thus we simply encourage Kob to proudly show his most beautiful smile to all the world!

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We know Pattaya since more than 20 years. Almost five years ago we worshipped at Pattayas famous Beach Road for the first time. About 60 missionaries and leaders of our international fellowship expressed their love forJesus in public and tourists started taking pictures, cars stopped and a Persian man was drawn by the love of God and gave his life to Jesus. It was very simple. Love sparked hope in a city where many people actually loose hope. A spark in the darkness might die but once you blow on it, it can unfold a fire!

Kindle a fire

That’s what we did for the following years! With small teams of two or three we prayed in the streets, we met with teams to worship on the highways and byways and shared the love of God to people whenever there was a chance. God spoke to us to have a place in Pattaya City - a place of Worship and Mission! Not only going with teams, but to establish a branch to live in Pattaya permanently. A vision from God was received and born. Having a place where people worship Jesus and host Gods powerful presence by creating this altar of praise and prayer for the city (worship), and then carry Gods power and presence to the people in the streets (mission).

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Today we are aiming towards making this vision come true. We decided to take our 'Revival School on the Move' from Bangkok to Pattaya to ‘make camp’ in the city. In 2018 our students spent three weeks in Pattaya, in the next years we will increase the time of our stays and we started looking for a place to rent or to buy in Pattaya already. We will start with the Revival School on the Move, but it’s always about 'Worship and Mission'!
Having an outreach-team of our Revival School from Germany coming modelled this very well:

Make a difference

When we received the team of the Revival School they all were welcomed with this very phrase on a card: ‘You make a difference’. You heard that before? Sure - the chances are hight that you did. Making a difference is easy to say but how can you actually measure the imprint of affect to make? Well, there is a sweet story of a young boy walking the beach recognising the starfishes a strong tide had washed on the shore. In the heat of the sun they would become dry and surely die soon. There were thousands of them and he started picking them up and throwing them back into the sea. A man walking by also saw the thousands of starfishes on the beach and finally asked the boy: ‘Don’t you see these thousands of starfishes? Do you really believe you can save them all?’ The boy just had picked up another starfish and looked at it while holding it in his hand. Then he replied: ‘I don’t know if I can save them all, but can save this one!’ And with these words he hurled that starfish into the waves.

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Being in Pattaya City sometimes looks like the shore in this story: There are more than 30.000 prostitutes living and working in the bars and literally lining up at the beach. There are hundreds of thousands of tourists coming from all over the world. Ten-thousands of Thais working and living in Pattaya hope to make some easy and fast money. Can we save them all? Jesus can! He is able. As we go there, we start doing it like the little boy: Picking one precious person after the other, sharing testimonies of the life-changing love of Jesus from heart to heart.

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You can click here to read some testimonies from the amazing outreach we had in October.

Keep the fire burning

The decision has been made - we will sent Simon, who grew up in our fellowship in Luedenscheid and did the Revival School on the Move in 2017, with a team to Pattaya to establish a new and permanent branch of HELP International Thailand in Pattaya City. Starting with hosting trimesters of the school we want to see the vision of Worship and Mission come true and unfold in Pattaya. Jesus is absolutely in love with the people and we can sense that the time to invest in Pattaya is now. In the last months things are changing in the city where missionaries have ministered and prayed for years and years. To hear their recent testimonies proves how God increases his mercy over the city. Thai people are more open for Jesus and hungry for an encounter with his power than ever. Recently several hundred of people made a decision to follow Jesus on one day as 4000 christians flooded Pattaya to proclaim Jesus and share the Gospel.

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We want to train Jesus-lovers to reach out to those people for the reason of the promise of Isaiah 61: ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.’
Serving the ‘brokenhearted’, the ‘captives’, the ‘bound’ and those ‘who mourn’ is what the Holy Spirit has anointed us for. You can easily find these kind of people in Pattaya and there is a message of hope: We go to Pattaya to ‘bring good news’ and to proclaim God’s favour and in the end we will see Jesus being glorified in Pattaya!

Join in

As we prepare to take these steps and to make the vision reality we also need wisdom and help on so many levels. You are very welcome to stand with us in prayer. We need favour and wisdom to get a house or a suitable place to stay in Pattaya, we need finances and resources and also we need people to join the team.
But what we already have fascinates us: We do have a vision! It’s a vision of making the difference for a single person. It’s a vision to join the desire of the transformation of a whole city from darkness to light. The vision is simple and yet great - because we count in the power of the love of Jesus to impact peoples lives.
The vision sounds like this:
Establishing more Worship and Mission in Pattaya City … ‘that He may be glorified.’
You are welcome to join in!

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A few days ago the REVIVAL SCHOOL on the Move Thailand attended a seminar with Steve Dittmar at a church in Bangkok that we are friends with. One thing he said caught our full attention:

The river of God

Throughout the various teaching sessions he spoke about the river of living water that the prophet Ezekiel saw coming from the throne of God. Steve prophesied over the Thai people, that he saw this river springing forth from their hearts by the Holy Spirit, however, there was something unique about it: That river would not, like it is normal in Bangkok, flow south into the sea but this river of God would flow to the East. Our team was surprised - that was exactly where God led us for our outreach outside of Thialand. At that time we were already in preparations for a one-week-outreach to Laos PDR!

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Tracking Thailand's calling

Many times it has been prophecied over Thailand that this nation will be the birthplace of revival in Southeast Asia. As organisation we’re stirred by the question: What can we do to let this vision become real?
So it was settled: With the On the Move team we would at least do one outreach to our neighbouring countries. We couldn’t make appointments with our contacts in Cambodia but in Lao PDR doors opened immediately. A short while ago, some friends moved there and had already started, despite the persecution of Christians, to advance God's kingdom. Thus our goal was set and we started to make preparations. Passports and visas had to be issued since it was the very first trip of our Thai scholars to leave their own country.

How free?

For decades, Christians have suffered persecution and oppression. However, there are still about 250 churches, and the name of Jesus is to be exalted in Lao PDR! We knew that we had to take our worship to public places. On the day of our arrival we found a spot in the capital city of Vientiane and put our idea into action. Since we had a rough night on the road and entered an atmosphere of control and depression, we had a hard time worshipping in that park. HOwever, we didn’t accept that at all. The next day we met in a room to prepare: We shared about what and how we could do better and a clear vision led into a great time of worship. So we desired to see that happening outside these four walls, too!

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In order to bless the government and authorities of Lao PDR and to proclaim God's sovreignity over the nation we drove to the Victory Gate, the Patuxay, in the centre of the capital. Everything was different this time: It was easy to look onto Jesus and prophetic songs and bible scriptures filled the little park around the monument quickly. It surely didn’t take long until we got some curious looks. The presence of the Holy Spirit was tangible and we shared the Gospel with some Vietnamese tourists and revealed the heart of God to them by prophetic words.
In the evening we headed back to the park where we struggled to worship the night before. There too, the atmosphere was totally changed. The feeling of depression was gone and it turned out to be great fun to worship Jesus Christ in freedom and with creativity in public. Our friends from Lao PDR weren’t sure if anyone has ever done that in the country before!

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Precious encounters

For two days, our journey took us out of the capital to the countryside - leaving paved roads and entering adventure! We met with Christians whose faith had been tested in many ways. There, church leaders and pastors had been put to jail because of their belief or churches and congregations would be mocked in different ways. To pray with these brothers in faith stirred a deep humility, for they had overcome by their faith to a degree that our team has never been tested to.
It’s truly encouraging how the kingdom of God still paves a path. A Christian drug rehabilitation centre is helping quite young drug addicts for years, despite authorities trying to shut it down a few months after it was founded, because the Christian values of living didn’t fit their picture. To this day this rehab has been a place of restoration and life!

What comes next?

Being on the move with teams starting in Bangkok is on our hearts. We want to strengthen the relationships we have in Lao PDR which include future visits. Cambodia is in our focus, too, and when a door opens we will be ready to go.
Preparations for the REVIVAL SCHOOL on the Move 2018 are in full progress already. If you want to get to know our ministry in Bangkok or want to get trained, you should not miss the opportunity of joining this school, for: Following Christ means being on the move!

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There it is!

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We longed and prayed for a new car for „The Shelter“ for a long time. Now we finally could get this van for our crew.
The generosity of the donators became to us a testimony of the faithfulness of God. It’s also a great picture to our „young brothers“ living with us in the rehab about the father-heart of God and how He care and provides for us.

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We are really happy! We can make good use of our van since its on a good technical level and offers much more space and comfort than our last one.
Thank you for praying, believing und standing with us.

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We love to invest into the lives of the broken and addicted here in Thailand and donations like this enable us to do so and to go even further!

Thank you Father for the new van! You are awesome!
For three months the REVIVAL SCHOOL on the Move is living in our House of Friends in Bangkok (find more about the REVIVAL SCHOOL here). As already mentioned in our previous blog the house is packed with people and community-life is a lot of fun!

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Our week

We take the mornings to spend time in God's presence. That includes praying in tongues, worshipping Jesus, studying the Bible together or there is a teaching on various topics. Following that we are doing regular duties: renovating the house, doing the grocery-shopping, cleaning or simply cooking - because everyone enjoys the delicious Thai food! In the afternoons we are finishing our regular or we are doing prayer outreaches to our neighbourhood or we go out ministering to the homeless people and demonstrate the love of God.

And besides all that we’re seeing the guys of the rehab quite often! Community life is an unusual experience for the Thais, however, in our place it develops quickly and we love to have all kinds of guests who like to join and get to know us and the ministry.

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On the Move

We’re on the move inside and outsides of Thailand, too. In June we spent four days in Pattaya City to worship Jesus and to share the hope of Jesus with people. We could see how open people are - everyone we talked to wanted to receive prayer afterwards! And we’re going there again soon.
However, our next stop is Laos: We will do an outreach during which we are meeting other Christians whom we will support and encourage. And we’re exited and curious to see whether God has prepared anything for us that leads us beyond Thailand's borders. By doing all of that we experience how challenging and exiting it can be to follow Jesus' footsteps! This school is just made for this!

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God’s heart is going out to the nations! He is the God of all peoples, all tongues and all tribes and his desire is to gather them all in His presence. Our recent Vision for Mission nights are all about missions: What is Jesus’ Great Commission all about? God’s heart for the ends of the world. Testimonies of those who go to missions ... and many opportunities to join.

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The Full Package

It’s been great fun so far: At 7:00 PM our nights beginn and Thai Christians from different churches, ministries and backgrounds find their way to the House of Friends in Bangkok's north. Whether a regular church-goer or a former drug-addict at our rehabilitation program, they all hear and embrace the same message. The evenings are packed with testimonies of missionaries - from abroad and locals - worship, outreach opportunities and a message giving vision to get involved in missions! We are thankful to have friends who are sharing, like Keiko, a Japanese missionary living in Cambodia. Or Arden from the Philippines who is currently doing our Revival School on the Move here in Thailand. However, most precious are the times when God Himself speaks to the visitor. We love to share the vision, but God's personal touch changes more than words could ever do.

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There is more

As HELP International in Thailand we have a purpose, and one major aspect is to reach out and help people in need. Knowing the churches in Thailand well, we realised that there is little awareness for the need of missions and evangelism. These nights give room for more Thais to partner and learn from each other.

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Open Doors

There are many chances to join. Our outreach calendar in Thailand is filled with opportunities to provide room for people to take their first steps in reaching out or ministering in other countries! In Thailand we are doing outreaches to Pattaya's red light district on a regular basis as well as reaching out to the communities in BangkokÄs slums. Looking into the next two months, we will go with teams to Cambodia and to Myanmar as well - we are making friends in both countries and are hungry to see God advancing His Kingdom all over South East Asia.

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Bringing in the Harvest

We are very glad about the response at the Vision for Mission nights. More than 40 people gather and are exited about God’s perspective - and so is our team. These nights are a fantastic foundation to impact Christians in Thailand and to provide opportunities for taking first steps to actively help those in need. 
Jesus said that the fields are white for harvest - and we will see Thais bringing in the harvest in South East Asia!

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We’re so glad about what God is doing in the House of Friends at this moment. After three men from the aftercare moved back into our house, we could double the number of roommates once more:

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Increase

Since May we’re hosting the REVIVAL SCHOOL on the Move, and for this three-months-program a German student and four Thai women from the South of Thailand joined to live with us and get trained. By that there are eight more people living with us in the house. This increase brought some new logistical challenges, so we decided to build a new bathroom to be able to make better use of our rooms.

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New things springing up

God has given us the House of Friends to make it a place where Christians can share their lives, follow Jesus and get equipped. Thus besides a new series of seminars on God's reformers, we’re witnessing how the vision becomes reality in front of our eyes - even by building the bathroom with our own hands. Now that the bathroom is finished, the rooms are filling up, and during the seminars the visitors reach out for the Holy Spirit with a sincere desire. God is so good. We are grateful for God's move in Thailand. We can see a hunger rising among the Thais not only to encounter Jesus, but to follow Him with a dedicated heart. And for them to do so, we love to go alongside them at the House of Friends!
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Hello Friends!
Our latest newsletter Spring 2018 is out!
We gathered some informations, staff updates, impressions from our recent trip to Cambodia and another testimony from our rehab-center »The Shelter« for you!

Simply click here to open the file or click on the picture below.

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We are regularly going to Pattaya to pray. We team up in twos or threes and walk the city, stop at certain squares or places and are focussed on what the Holy Spirit is telling us to do. And this leads to very interesting encounters:

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During morning prayers the Holy Spirit spoke to me that I would meet a woman sometime in the day wearing a white t-shirt with hearts on it. Of course, I was really curious to know how that would happen. I kept my eyes open and walked with my prayer partner along the beach. »Did I really hear the Holy Spirit talk to me?«, this thought kept on running through my mind ... and suddenly there she was, a lady in her late 30s. She was one of many waiting for clients. I approached her and told her that God spoke to me to watch out for a womean wearing a white t-shirt with hearts on it. She was shy and also a little embarrassed when she looked down at her t-shirt which read: I fall in love with you. Immediately, I thought that it was a prophetic word, »You are looking for love, don't you?« She nodded. »Jesus wants to be the lover of your sould and he wants to give you true love.« She was visibly moved and told us that as a teenager she was involved in a Christian group. At this point I was absolutely sure that the Holy Spirit let us to her. »Jesus hasn't forgotten about you. He knows you and he still loves you«, I encouraged her. Before turning back to her job, she said that she would love to talk to us again. God is going after her. He is faithful and he never lets us go!
     
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