I love to study the lives of superheroes of faith from the past. But the idea, of sharing about them with others, came up while I was under the partially lockdown. The lives of these God’s reformers like Martin Luther, Zinzendorf, William Seymour, John G. Lake , Smith Wigglesworth, Kathryn Kuhlman had one thing in common: Their burning hearts and how the Holy Spirit worked in and through their lives. I believed people would be inspired and catch the sense of hope, that they as well can radically love Jesus and be used powerfully by the Spirit. I proposed my teaching-series to two Bible schools and one church in different parts of Thailand for this God’s reformers course - and all accepted it. This is how it went down:

On the Mountains

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The first one being a Karen Bible School in the mountains up North. The students were simple and are loving Jesus with every breath they have. They experienced the Holy Spirit so easily, two even got baptized in the Holy Spirit for the first time. We also went for outreach in a Karen village and had some remarkable times ministering to adults and young people who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions. But God is moving in this, too - I just love this tribe.

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At the Sea

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The next trip was to the Mid South of Thailand, to a pentecostal Bible School. There we had a bigger group of 60 plus participants in the class and around 200 people, who registered to watch online. The Holy Spirit moved deeply in one particular session on the life of Smith Wiggleworth. The Holy Spirit brought repentance, starting with the senior pastor asking his congregation for forgiveness, even though the situation had nothing to do with the content I had taught about at all. The Holy Spirit followed His very own agenda and it turned out so precious. The time of repentance was followed by physical healings, both in the class and with those watching the live-stream.

In the Countryside

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The third training took place in a North-Eastern province. It was held in the time of Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah - and it was like the sweetness of God was lingering there. There were few times of power-outage throughout that weekend and the place was hot, but people still engaged in with hunger. Again the Holy Spirit came with power and one lady was set free from evil spirits and many others received revelations from the Holy Spirit.

One more: Bangkok

Each time of teaching was different, even though the content was pretty much the same. I appreciated the Holy Spirit: He came spontaneously, gave people rest and still He remains simply unpredictable. I was grateful to see Him working and obviously I can’t take credit for it. I still have one more training coming up this year in Bangkok. I’m looking forward to once more seeing the Holy Spirit moving among us while pursuing His agenda.
Trujit Niederer
Covid-19 couldn’t stop God’s faithful move at our rehab ministry for drug and alcohol addicts. Despite the circumstances we had a lot of applications and took in several new people. Recently three men finished their rehab program successfully. Get, one of them, shares:

Hello

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Hello, my name is Get and I am 23 years old. I grew up with my aunt and my grandma in Bangkok. My parents got divorced when I was still little. Later, in my teenage years, I was alone at home often. Therefore I used to hang out with my friends a lot. I started smoking and enjoyed night life. I tried out drugs and in the age of 19 I used to inject heroin. I started to loose control over what was happening in my life. I couldn’t finish my education and was kicked out of school. I had a lot of relationships to girls as well. When I was 21 years old I became a father, but the relationship with the girl didn’t sustain. She and her relatives took care of our child, but I hadn’t hit rock-bottom yet.

A silver Lining

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Finally my grandma, who believes in Jesus, brought me to ‘The Shelter’, the rehab center of HELP International in Bangkok. After my arrival I expected to experience a painful heroin withdrawal, but surprisingly my drug withdrawal went very smoothly. This was a miracle! At The Shelter my life changed radically. I could start all over again und learned to live with Jesus. God revealed his love to me and blessed me with a lot of good things. For example: At the rehab I was surrounded with people who were really interested in me. They gave me a new chance.

New Life

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Later I asked my mother and relatives for forgiveness for what I did to them in the past. All of them forgave me. This encouraged me a lot to keep improving and changing my weaknesses. From now on I wanted to have a proper life and do the right things - an attitude what I wasn’t able to keep up before. After I finished my program at the rehab I moved into the “House of Friends”. Here I go through the aftercare program for one year while supporting the slum ministry and the rehab. In the slum I like to take care of the children. This is a joy for me. I also like to help at the rehab because I can give what I received myself. In addition I support the selling of our second hand cloth project to raise funds for the ministries and catch up with my education to graduate from school. I’m really excited to see what God has in store for me in the future.
You want to find our „House of Moses“ in the slum during the school-holidays? Just follow the noise. Over 30 kids coming together, singing songs, hearing about Jesus and playing games can’t be missed! Such times make children laugh - and much more.

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School’s out!

When the primary school across the canal next to the neighbourhood closes for holidays there aren’t many activities for the kids to do. Accordingly the response is high when we run our holiday-camps for kids and teenagers in our ‘House of Moses’. About 25 kids take part in the program while others peek curiously through doors and windows. What they find is a colourful mix of singing worship songs, Jesus-stories, work-shops, games, food and fun! Good nutrition is rare in this neighbourhood, but in the House of Moses nobody stays hungry. There is enough food for the neighbours also.

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The process of progress

In the last eighteen months our team went regularly to that area to get to know people, share the Gospel with them and to pray with families. When we started looking for a place to offer a better program for the kids somebody presented the hut next to a little shop to us. After prayer and worship in that place we felt to use it. That meant fixing the flooring, installing electricity and lights and reconnecting the toilet to the waste-water-pipes.

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Guys from ‘The Shelter’ and friends helped over several hours of repairing and collecting trash to make the wooden hut a safe and nice place to host children-programs and to shine a light into the neighbourhood.

The Team

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This is our core-team for outreaches and activities in the slum: Amber has a huge heart for broken people - she loves living out ‘to heal the broken hearted’ from Isaiah 61. On and her husband Ney have a child of their own, in the slum On wants to invest in children who don’t get the attention and comfort they actually need. Game has a testimony of his own about a heavenly Father who is excited to share His good plans with children and teenagers.
Together these three are a power-house and they are an encouragement to the slum-ministry and everyone who joins them. Today Ambers team is always supported by other helpers joining in for special events or the weekly program in our ‘House of Moses’.

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You would like to support the slum-ministry of the 'House of Moses' but don't know how? The following link provides all needed information. HELP International can also issue a donation-receipt, if you send us you mailing-address.

Worship and Mission



In 2018 God spoke to us as HELP International that we should minister in Pattaya with our local “Revival School on the Move”. Pattaya is a small town in Thailand but Jesus decided 2000 years ago to die for every single person in Pattaya. He sees every single person there and suffers with them. That is reason why we want to bring the good news that Jesus loves them and died for them to this city. Briefly summarised: “Worship and Mission”.

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The name Jesus has to be praised there. We expect that the city will develop positively. We are convinced that he wants to change things supernaturally. We long for real transformation.



Our house

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We are planning to buy a house. It should serve as a center to live with students from all over the world. We also want to share everyday life with one another, just as the disciples lived with Jesus. We want to have times in God's presence when He prepares us to go and serve the people in Pattaya or worship Jesus publicly.
We have looked at various houses in the area of ​Pattaya and have now been offered a really great house. We already signed the purchase agreement in May. It offers space that we can live as a team on the one hand and on the other hand it has an extension where further rooms, each with a bathroom, are available for students. Really convenient, because you are blessed with Thailand's hot temperatures every step outside the door. This house offers enough space to have community. The seller is a local pastor and the price is calculated fairly. It is really a gift that we could find a house so quickly.



Have a part



As is well known, God has all the gold and silver in this world - what a promise. With regard to the purchase price, we always rely on this promise. We need around 220,000 euros to buy and furnish the house. If you would like to support us financially, we would be very grateful. You can find the account details for regular or one-time donations here (purpose: Pattaya). You are also welcome to pray that the vision and everything God plans for this city will happen as he wants. Your prayer will make the difference.



Unique treasures

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This new house is dedicated to the mission command. People should be trained here for missions and it will be our starting point to show people in Pattaya the mercy of God. Last year, as an RSotM student, Elisabeth experienced what this could look like in practice. “My favourite times in Pattaya were the evenings when we took to the streets to worship and to bring the gospel to the people. I have seen how in this place full of hopelessness God sees the individual and wants to meet them. For a woman, I had the impression to encourage her and give her hope that there is another, new life for her. When I talked to her and was able to pray for her, we were both encouraged because she longed for it and I could see new hope in her eyes. It's really strong to see how God encounters people and how He wants to do that with us. ”
When the Holy Spirit begins to speak about missions there are different ways to take steps toward world missions with HELP International. To go deeper on God speaking to you you can join for a vision for mission weekend, the Revival School on the Move or you can join as a volunteer. Thats exactly what Alyssa did a she came to Asia to get to know our ministry among the poor and needy in Bangkok and Pattaya.

A Prophetic Word

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„My name is Alyssa Dittmann. I am from Minnesota/USA, where I work with an organisation called Godtown. I first connected with HELP International in Mongolia in 2016 and now I just stayed in Thailand as a volunteer for three months.

Before I came to Thailand, I received a prophetic word that I would
find creative ways to teach English. I hadn’t considered teaching
English as a ministry tool and initially I did not take the word
seriously. I didn’t realise how many opportunities I would have to
reach people, whether I was teaching or simply talking to people who
wanted to practice the English they knew.

Hope in the Slum

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It started in the slum. In Bangkok, there is a slum community along
the river. Small houses are stacked against each other on stilts over
garbage and standing water. One of these is the House of Moses: A
one-room house that HELP International Thailand uses to reach out to this community.
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We had two weeks of English camps for the children. Many of these
kids come from broken homes. Some experience neglect and abuse and
have learned to communicate with their fists rather than their voice.
But they were all excited to learn and quickly mastered colours,
numbers, fruits, and animals. More importantly, they heard about the
love God has for them. They loved to hear about Jesus and many
responded to the Gospel.

You matter!

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I also had the opportunity to teach at 'The Shelter', which is the
rehabilitation center run by HELP Thailand. English is taught in Thai
schools, but public school in Thailand is only offered through 6th
grade. Some of the residents at the Shelter have been educated beyond
that, but others have not. I want them to know that they are worth
investing in. All of them have stories to tell about how God is
transforming their lives. I believe many of them will go to the
nations!“

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We're thankful for everything Alyssa deposited in the kids lives in the slum, in oure rehab-center and in the city of Pattaya!

It's simple

If you’re interested in missions, too, please check our calendar for the upcoming seminars or get in touch with our missionaries to figure out in detail, how your time as a volunteer at HELP International could look like! We’re looking forward hearing from you!
The past few months we couldn’t run our activities at Saphan Siri slum as usual because of the corona virus restrictions. But still we visited the slum community several times to distribute masks, sanitiser and food. Even though the community doesn’t pay much attention to what happened to the country and the world, it affected many of them. Many of them lost their job and regular income. In these circumstances we want to show our love and concern to the people and their families as much as we can.

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One ton of rice in one day

Last Saturday we distributed 1000kg rice to 200 families. Members of two churches in Bangkok joined in to hand out rice and prayers. The families had to come to a certain spot with their coupon to get the rice bag. There we had the opportunity to share the gospel and invited them to receive prayer. Many came to sit down for a short talk and received prayer. It was so encouraging to see their openness and how trust was growing over months and years.

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A move of God

Most of them know us because we have been going in and out of their community. Two people invited Jesus into their lives, a few people received healing and deliverance from pain and many testified they were encouraged after receiving prayer. Surprisingly, just by the way people shared about healings they received months ago but never shared it with us. This is what the presence of the holy spirit can do….and much more of course. Our vision is to see the community changed through the love of God. We are thankful for growing trust, favor and influence in this community. We have more vision to reach out to the teenagers and adults as well and bring more of God’s kingdom values into this community and their families.

By now the circumstances are getting better slowly and we started to have the kids activities at “House of Moses” again. The kids love to spend time there and get a lot of love and attention.

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Some weeks ago our students in Germany went to the airport. One team is on the move in Mongolia to make Jesus known in one of the most remote provinces of the country and another team is staying in Pattaya City in Thailand. For their third trimester they will pack their bags once more and get their boarding-passes ready for the next nation. Being on the move with Jesus - just like the disciples followed each of Jesus’ steps. Here Philip and Elisabeth are sharing the experiences they made on the way and how they encountered Jesus while following Him today:

Elisabeth - from the inside out

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Before coming to Thailand, God showed me that I just accepted many things in my life. Situations, circumstances, sickness - even though they were not according to His will.
The Holy Spirit showed me how I could bring change into those areas by taking initiative and proclaiming truth, taking in new land, and taking my place in the Kingdom of God. I decided to take his word seriously, to speak out truth where I do not yet see it, to proclaim his Kingdom in places where I don’t see it manifested yet.
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In the last weeks, walking and praying through Pattaya, I see how I have already grown in this. All kind of different things are worshipped all over the town but my aim is to see only Jesus glorified. I meet strangers in the streets and after listening to their stories I can speak truth over their lives. In my personal life I have decided not to accept hopelessness or sorrow anymore but to choose hope, to choose joy that comes from God. I am excited to go further in this with Him, to not live accepting and reacting to my circumstances, but to take my place and influence the situations through the power of Christ!

Philipp - a calling from God confirmed

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As I went to the Revival School on the Move I had already received a calling from God to be involved in evangelism. In my first trimester I heard a lot about the Holy Spirit and I knew that I would need Him to serve God. I started reaching out for the Holy Spirit and at one point He led me to the scripture of Isaiah 61 where it says: „The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach good news…“ and then I just knew God confirmed my calling once more and I knew the Holy Spirit is on me, too. Encouraged by that I went with the other students out to the streets to share about Jesus with other people and I realised how much fun that was and that my heart started burning for evangelism more and more.
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Here in Pattaya I can see that the Holy Spirit wants to show me more of his power in evangelism because the Holy Spirit showed several people to me to talk to and I could help them to become followers of Jesus themselves.
After several months of Revival School on the Move … I’m still amazed how God uses me for His kingdom.

And when will we meet you?

Really? You want to make the same experience? We are excited to share more about our missions and outreaches with you online but it’s even better to take part yourself! Here you’ll find all informations for the coming year 2020 - ‘It’s a privilege to go!

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‘Celebrate God’s Goodness’ was the motto of our anniversary celebration! For more than 25 years our staff members are serving people in need and in addictions. We took this anniversary to review those years but also to look to what lays ahead.

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Perspective

How the future for us will look like is summarised for you in our latest newsletter. By clicking on one of the pictures the newsletter will open up automatically for you - in German, English or Thai language. May the newsletter become an encouraging read for you!

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   Click here to read the newsletter in English.


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   Click here to read the newsletter in German.


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   Click here to read the newsletter in Thai language.
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!
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 favor, 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.   Isaiah 61: 1-3
This scripture of the Bible is popular, but in an environment like Pattaya these words quickly become very real: Broken hearts are not hard to find in the worlds largest red-light-district and people being bound by addictions of all kinds are in plain sight. Even though there are a lot of colourful flashing lights and beach walks the atmosphere in town can feel rather depressing. BUT:

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We bring GOOD news

In those verses the prophet addresses it correctly. Restauration, healing, comfort and deliverance are works of the Holy Spirit and they are Gods response to personal needs.
For Karin Isaiah 61 became a long-term companion since these words were prayed over her when she got baptised.
In October 2019 she joined our team for Pattaya to help establishing our branch of the Revival School on the Move and to make the words of the prophet come alive. Jesus delivers from addiction, He restores dignity and transforms mourning into joy. That’s what Karin experienced in the last years while she was working with people suffering from drug-addictions or with traumatised children. We are very glad for Karin going after this calling and coming to Thailand with the intension to check, if God confirms her place with us for the long-term. She brings good news.

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Focussing on the goal

Very clearly God spoke to us about creating a place of ‘Worship & Missions’ with HELP International in Pattaya. Gods’ visions are always connected to people - those people who hear His call and go and those people whose lives shall be impacted. Isaiah talks about how this transformation through an encounter with Jesus they will be identified as ‘oaks of righteousness’ and a ‘planting of the Lord’. It is Gods’ intention to lead people into liberty and this serves an even grater cause: That finally God may be glorified and worshipped!

We want more

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This summer we will live with the Revival School on the Move in Pattaya and put exactly this into practice. If you also want to see how God changes the atmosphere in Pattaya by your worship and lives being impacted because you share the good news of the Gospel,…than I want to invite you to the Burning Hears Summer 2020 in Germany! Out of these weeks of conference we will send out outreach-teams in the second half of this year. Hope to see you in November in Thailand.

Here you’ll find ways how you can support us financially also.
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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