WORLD MISSIONS NEWS
WORLD MISSIONS NEWS
Zambia. In 2010 Bethel were privileged to be involved in the building of a community school for 125 children on the outskirts of Lusaka. The school takes in children from the nearby "township" who otherwise would receive no education. Through the generous support of its members Bethel provide a daily meal for the children as well as providing school uniforms and shoes.
We are currently involved in replacing the school roof.
Thailand: Phuket Christian Centre was founded as a
Church in fellowship with the Thailand Assemblies of God. Rev. Preecha
Saengkong (Thailand), Rev. Bruce Mumm (USA) and Rev. Brian Burton (UK) joined
together to initiate the church plant in 1990.
The first meeting was held on 1st April, 1990 at the City Hotel, Phuket. 34 people attended and Rev. Preecha spoke from John 3:16.
On August 1st, Brian & Margaret Burton moved from Amblcote, to Phuket to give their full attention to the church plant and Bethel has been a regular supporter since its beginning.
The church has grown rapidly over the years and Brian and Margaret have instigated a number of social projects, their ministry has not only impacted Phuket but they have had a nation and international impact preaching on transformation.
Here is their latest newsletter:
This past month we have just celebrated 32 years since we arrived in Thailand, in answer to God’s call upon our lives to serve Him, and we do have so much to thank God for as we’ve seen His Kingdom extended not only here in Phuket, but over on the Thai mainland, and touching the world.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your faithful partnership with us from the beginning. This amazing journey would not have been possible without people such as yourselves who have partnered with us prayerfully and financially. We appreciate you and value you, and feel so blessed in every way because you are part of our lives. Through the many challenges and difficulties that we’ve faced, we’ve been so encouraged by your support which has enabled us to see many victories won for God’s Kingdom.
We praise God for His continued faithfulness during this unprecedented time. Personally, we are both in our 60’s and keeping in good health and strength, and so far, all of our church members and those in our sphere of influence have not been affected health wise due to this pandemic. However, Phuket depends very heavily on tourism, and since we’ve been on lock down and no tourists have come to the island for well over a year, many of our church members have become unemployed. Hotels and over 90% of businesses have closed either temporarily or completely.The suicide rate here of people who are overwhelmed by stress and desperation has soared to be the highest in the world.
We are currently facing a third wave of COVID-19, which has set things back even further. However, despite these challenges God has given us a vision to be part of the solution, not just to comfort people in their problems, but to provide creative solutions to the recovery of the economy of our community. Our aim is to come in the opposite spirit with God’s blessing to give opportunities for young people who have lost hope at this time. We currently employ 8 people in our cafe and are bringing in solutions to make Phuket a better place through our network of Kingdom influencers that we are a part of through Transform Our World.
Kingdom Cafe is at the heart of what we are doing and is situated in one of the main malls in Phuket. By God’s grace and donations from our supporters we are still able to provide employment for young people in the midst of the job layoffs that are taking place all around us. We praise God for the opportunities that we have to show our staff God’s faithfulness. We are very open about Kingdom Cafe being an Ekklesia in the marketplace and many of our customers tell us how peaceful it is in our cafe even though we are right in the middle of the Tesco supermarket. We praise God for the help and support of many friends who are standing with us to enable us to continue to bring hope to these young people.
Our church, Phuket Christian Centre, is once again meeting via Zoom on Sundays because of the pandemic. Mid-week groups have their own social media based groups and it is working well, although as is the case around the world people are really missing personal contact with each other. However, each week we are now reaching far more people via social media than ever before, and many non-believers are listening in and commenting on how much they are blessed and encouraged. The Sunday message is on FaceBook Live and we have a global audience of people in 6 continents, which is amazing! Someone recently came to faith in Christ in Chicago while listening to us! God is good: even though the devil thought he’d shut down the church what actually happened is the church has become more open and alive than ever!!!
We are excited about the future and are confident that the God of miracles who has led us this far will continue to lead us, and together we will see more amazing miracles happen in this nation that we have come to love so dearly. We remain ready to serve God and His people, and look forward to the best that is yet to come.
At a time when many missionaries would be looking to retire… we are stepping it up… God give us the strength for more! We are looking forward to the time when travel is once again possible and we’ll be able to visit you in person and celebrate God’s goodness together.
May God richly bless you,
With love and blessings, Brian & Margaret
Phuket Christian Centre, Phuket, Thailand
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel …”
PAKISTAN: Bethel has for a number of years supported Joseph and Rose Bharkat in their numerous activities in Pakistan, we recently received this update.
Greetings to you.
I would like to update you on our recent activities.
Since January we have concentrated on helping the poor and needy in the brick kiln community, and the surrounding villages. Providing food parcels and blessing them with cooked meals at Easter, also meeting their medical needs through the local doctors ,nurses; and medication . Some were referred to the local hospitals for further treatment paid by " Footstep's ministries ".
Due to the ongoing pandemic and 3rd wave in Pakistan, many people have lost their jobs. You may already know that Pakistani government does not provide social benefits, therefore they cannot meet the basic needs for their families e.g. clean water, food ,and fees for medical attention and fees for education.
We are pleased to inform you that we opened a 12th sewing centre near Lahore city in February.
We trust in the Lord that he will provide for their needs, through the compassion and love of his people.
with regards and best wishes.
God Bless,Many thanks, Joseph & Rose Barkat