29 juli 2020

On the way to give up or???

Some people have during these Corona Days given up. Some are continuing but inside ...... they are on the way to give up.
Remember that even these Corona Days the day of Salvation, the days of Mercy and ... yes The Day of Victory is muuuuch greater.

Testings have 2 results. Passed or not passed. Whether we like it or not, the truth is that we become stronger when we go through trials and tests. And weaker when we flee or give up. If we start fleeing, we must flee or lock ourselves up, our whole lives.

The words "... the Repairer of the Breach..." Isaiah 58:12 has spoken to us stongly: 
                    Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; 
                    You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; 
                        And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, 
                                     The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. 


  •                                             Regarding our visit to Sweden in 2020.

    We have prayed a lot about our trip to Sweden 2020. Since it is still very difficult for foreigners to return to Thailand, we have decided that
                                          Ingvar is in Sweden 5 Aug - 7 Oct 2020.
                                   Anna remains here in Ubon-Pakse for time beeing.
    When it becomes easier to travel into Thailand again, Anna will also come to Sweden for 2 months, later this autumn or at Christmas-New Year.

    I (Ingvar) am praying I will be a blessing for all I meet in Sweden these coming 2 month.

                                                        You will come through stronger.

    21 juli 2020

    Be encouraged

    We all need much encouragement. And these days the spirit of fear and “give-up” wants to take over. But remember that the the Grace of God and the Power of God is much greater.

    Last Sunday I preached in Streams of Grace Church Ubon about God of all comfort.

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.
    For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Ps 23:4
    Who comforts us in all our tribulation, 
    that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, 
     with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.   2 Cor 1:4
    Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 2 Cor 1:6

    Anna and I have moved from House 7, Soi 12 Chayangkun Road to a cheaper house with a big garden next to the Church. This will be open for people who wants to do Kitchen Gardening.

    We are encouraged to see the growth in both Child Safe Community Foundation and Streams of Grace Church.

    Last weekend we had good meetings but the camera where missing a spare part, so we could not broadcast Facebook Live. Hope we can be up and running with this coming weekend.

    Be encouraged this week by:
                           we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble,
                 with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.   

    This is amasing. I am comforted by God and can give the samd to others .. in any trouble. 

    We must say that we are missing visitors to Ubon-Pakse these days. Many use to come around and ..... want to see the work. This is always encouraging. Pray that many will start coming again. 


    6 juli 2020

    Have a blessed growing week

    The CHILD SAFE is indeed busy these days with helping teenagers to start school. Maaaany 13-15 years old teens here in Isaan and Laos wants to continue to study, but are told by relatives to stop school and start to work in order to earn money for the family. Like this girl. 

    Last Sunday we were blessed here in Streams of Grace Church Ubon with good worship, good spititual food and good fellowship. 

    After 48 minutes it was a brief power cut, so the service has 2 wideo parts.
    Check (48min) https://www.facebook.com/105962137720294/videos/2370909006535130
    Check (41min) https://www.facebook.com/105962137720294/videos/280565516617074

    Let the small seed be planted - grow - bear much fruit.

    I am happy for God`s presence in the Church but also ouyt there.... on the motorcycle or wherever we go. The other day the Lord spoke to me clearly on the MC: Love the sheep

    Over the years, it is so easy to start prioritizing the "tools" such as buildings, offices, titles, activities, programs, methods ... etc more than Jesus and the people.

    “Tools” are good and needed, but they should never become No. 1. Let us learn that when we have right priorities we can Grow at the right pace and in the right direction. 

    Let us in Life's Tough School, 
    1. not skip elementary school and think that when I am 20 years old I can take a quick course and… make big money.

    2. not skip working on the grass roots, on the "floor" and think that I quickly can become a leader. Too many new missionaries think they can be leaders without first working "down there" in the mud, with the little seeds. 

    As a missionary, I cannot come with a ready-made mission model that will quickly give revival. From time to time we must be prepared for RESET. A local indian leader said to us many years ago: Come down to us and together we go up.
    My Learning Experience is that only when we prioritize Jesus and loving the Sheep (=stay with them) the Kingdom of God will grow fastest. The small local seeds will be big local plants.
            And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; 
           and the sheep follows him, for they know his voice.

           The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

           And being found in appearance as a man, He humble Himself and become obedient to         the point of death, even the death of the cross.

    Have a blessed week together with many local small seeds.

    Ingvar (Fred)