All of us are keenly aware of all that has been happening globally due to the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus. The way that this pandemic has spread all over the globe and has affected most all of us is staggering and all but unbelievable. But nevertheless, my encouragement to all at such a time as this is to rest in the all wise sovereignty of our blessed Good God. For the past twelve and half years, MTM has been training native church leaders and emerging leaders for such a time as this. Presently with international borders closed native leaders that MTM has trained and mentored are now rising to the challenge to minister to the many gospel needs among their own people. Within this MTM update you will find an update in behalf of all the MTM team. As a pastor as well as the director of MTM I also want to seize the teachable moment as well as encouragement to the believers. Therefore, I have included a current events Spiritual message from Psalm 68 entitled “The Christians Response to Calamity”. The Bible says wisdom cries from the street. Therefore, we want to learn how Christians should respond at a time such as this.
MTM TEAM UPDATE
The full MTM team was able to depart from Thailand within the month of March just ahead of the global COVID-19 pandemic and presently we are all very well and in America. Please read on to see a short description of what we are all working for the Lord in America.
Raymond & Naomi Burkholder (Director)
Presently the Burkholder’s are at home in Akron, PA, USA, and are well blessed in Jesus’ Name. Thank you to all who have been messaging us from many different parts of the world inquiring how we are doing and if we are well and safe. Please be assured both Raymond & Naomi are well and safe in the Lord’s protection. Blessed be God! Be sure to read and study the message that follows. Since all of our preaching and MTM public relations assignments have been canceled in America & Canada, Pastor Raymond is doing some personal testimonial writings for future publications. He is also laboring in the Word of God for future preaching & teaching. Mrs. Naomi is doing personal sewing as well as sewing COVID-19 face masks for a local ministry for distribution in NYC.
Merle & Judy Flory (Assistant Director)
Because of returning to the USA early this Spring, I, Merle, was able to attend the Minister’s Conference held by our national brotherhood in Indiana. I thank God for the faithful men He has allowed me to fellowship with on both sides of the world.
Sitting at my desk in Ellensburg, Washington during the days of social distancing, has been a most welcome treat that I have received with thanksgiving. Studying God’s Word, cleaning up files, organizing, preparing messages, and bonding with the heart of my wife as well as our dear supporting church family is all part of my daily experience.
My dear wife, Judy, is enjoying many quiet reflections of the faithfulness of God as well as learning to trust His direction for the future. She is enjoying staying in contact with her SE Asian acquaintances, as well as catching up with our local church congregation. One of her many delights is to get back into a real kitchen and grind grain, bake bread, and supply our table with various other favorite western entrees. One special highlight of hers is taking a walk together each day, breathing in the cool, crisp, refreshing air of the Pacific Northwest!
Joshua Slabaugh (IT Assistant)
What a joy to be in America with friends and family and to reconnect with individuals from my home church. I returned the beginning of March for my annual furlough to the states. However, this happened to be just before the virus really took off here in America, therefore I have not had the chance to really connect with my church yet. It may also delay my return to Thailand. Being an online college student takes about half of my time and the other half I spend working for my Dad, doing drywall remodel jobs.
How can we be the salt of the earth and the light of the world in the midst of a world of global calamity – how can we be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
For Christ & The Nations,
Macedonian Teaching Ministry Director
193/215 Koolpunt Ville 7
Maeheah, Mung District
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50100