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“Daughter, your faith has made you well.” —Mark 5:34

Saturday, August 15

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Thailand, continued

 

CVT Ben Ewert reads the Bible during Sunday evening Bible study Photo by Sharon L. Bryant

 

CVT Ben Ewert reads the Bible during Sunday evening Bible study

 

Photo by Sharon L. Bryant

 

Christian Volunteers in Thailand (CVTs) gather for one to two years of missional living under my supervision as a PC(USA) mission coworker. They come to share the love of God with Thai children and adults through the many ministries of our partner church, the Church of Christ in Thailand. For many, it is their first experience living and working in another culture, and the struggle to find ways of adapting what they know to something they have never encountered brings me many late-night telephone calls.

But they do all things with such incredible grace and love! When we gather on retreat four times each year and I hear their stories, my strength is renewed by their faith and their dedication to this work. These young men and women are amazing!

More than a dozen CVTs now serve in various ministries of the church in Thailand: teaching English in Christian schools, preparing radio programs for peoples in isolated places, showing parents how to protect their children, and reaching out to orphans and refugees displaced by conflict. During their time in Thailand, CVTs are active in congregations and participate in evangelism and social-development programs. They learn to sit on the floor, eat on the floor, pray on the floor, and enter into the joy of intentional Christian community.

Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Bryant: PC(USA) mission coworker; assistant to the general secretary for ecumenical relations, Church of Christ in Thailand

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Church of Christ in Thailand: Rev. Dr. Boonratna Boayen, moderator, Rev. Sayam Muangsak, general secretary • Payap University • McGilvary College of Divinity: Dr. Satanun Boonyakiat, dean

Presbytery Partnership

Presbytery of Los Ranchos, with McGilvary College of Divinity, Payap University

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Terri McCurdy, FDN
Rev. John McFayden, BOP
Carol McGinn, BOP

Let us pray

Gracious God, open the eyes and the hearts of us all, that we might see opportunities to serve you in the lives of those around us each day. May your light and your love shine through us through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 104; 149
First Reading 2 Samuel 16:1-23
Second Reading Acts 22:17-29
Gospel Reading Mark 11:1-11
Evening Psalms 138; 98

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