Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hello From Thailand - May 2011

Dear Friends and Partners in Christ!

We thank God so much for each of you and for your prayers and support for us and the work of the ministry here in Thailand.  We are now settled in for this three months of ministry and are looking forward to all that God will do in and through us as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit each and every day.
We thank God for the wonderful time that we had in California on our way to Thailand.  We were so blessed and refreshed by the times of ministry and fellowship that we had with our friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
We were so blessed by our time with David and I’Jeanna Spates, who opened their home to us doing our time in the desert.  They, along with their daughters from Ecuador, Belin and Maria, really made us feel at home.
We were also blessed by our special times of food and fellowship with our dear friends of many years, Tom and Patricia Spates.  As always, they were a great encouragement to us.
Our times with Jack and Patty Murchall, again friends of many years, were very rich, both in their home and as we preached and shared at a home group meeting in Desert Hot Springs.
Another special time of ministry was in Indio, CA, as we had several hours of ministry to a group of high school to college age young people who really are hungry for God.  This was arranged by Damon Juarez and Pastor Fernando, who will follow up with these precious young servants of God.
It was such a blessing to spend a day with Dick and Carol Hochreiter in Banning, CA.  We were able to catch up on what God is doing in all of our lives and then we had the privilege of preaching and sharing with a group of believers at their home in the evening.  We were all blessed, encouraged and challenged by God.
Brother Tom and I got to see and spend some time with Brother Larry Ihle in Palm Springs one day.  He is a long time friend in the Lord from Minnesota.  It was so encouraging to hear how God is using Larry and his wife, Rose.
Our next stop in CA was Huntington Beach, where I was reacquainted with and Susy met for the first time, Pastor Bill and Joy Welsh, of Refuge Calvary Chapel.  I had not seen Bill and Joy for over 20 years, so we had a great time catching up and hearing how God has been so good to us all.
They were so gracious and loving to us during our day and morning with them.  We had the privilege of sharing on a couple of spots on their radio program which will air in June and July, and then were given the opportunity to share and preach at their Wednesday night Communion Service.
Our only regret in visiting California, was that there were some dear partners and friends which we did not get to see or visit with.
Next stop Thailand, after a wonderful 17 hour flight on Thai Airways and a blessed taxi ride for a few hours from Bangkok to Hua Hin.  Susy was used of God to lead Joe, our taxi driver, to Christ during the trip.  The next day or so, she prayed with the cleaning lady to receive Christ.  PTL!
David and Pamela Hall, our friends from England, who live in Hua Hin, were on hand to help us get started ministering.  They are such wonderful servants of God, who are being used in a very special way in this spiritually needy city.
We have been here eight days, as I write this, and we have had the privilege of preaching  three times already, and attending a special meeting with several Thai pastors.  We have also been witnessing and distributing True Happiness tracts, and ministering in some one on one situations.
We are so grateful to God for all the open doors we have here in Thailand and we are so thankful to all of you who are helping to make this possible through your gifts and prayers and encouragement.
We thank God also for our wonderful son, David Thomas, who is taking care of the ministry and the home front back in Akron, Ohio.  He is such a blessing from God to both Susy and me.
Thanks again for everything. 
We love and appreciate you all!      
Dennis and Susy
 “Together We Can Make The Difference That Will Last Forever”