This is a quick post to update you about our DTS outreach, which is coming up very soon (less than 2 weeks). It’s pretty much the same as my e-mail update, so if you’re on my e-mail list you don’t need to read any further! First, an outline of what we will be doing:
1. Bangkok, Thailand
1-4 April: Outreach preparation/visa runs.
5-9 April: Camp Zoe (leadership camp for teens).
10-16 April: Evangelism at Thai New Year and attendance at a counselling seminar.
2. Kolkata, India
17 April – 17 May: Working with Mother Teresa homes, street children, street evangelism, mercy ministries…
18-19 May: Days off in Bangkok.
3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
20 May – 8 June: Call2All missions conference and YWAM Asia Pacific conference. Partnering with a local children’s ministry.
8-14 June: Debrief and finishing off back in Bangkok.
The outreach costs 70,000 Thai Baht per person, which is almost £1600. I’ve been blessed with the money for this, but there are many on the team who do not yet have adequate finance.
As a school, we are doing three things to raise funds. The first is a street party to help with finances, but it’s not exactly handy for most of you! Secondly, on Sunday, many of the students are undertaking a sponsored‘marathon’ – not a literal marathon but an extended effort of their choice. 5 of the Thais are completing a 10km run, a New Zealander is doing 1000 push-ups in 24 hours, an American is doing 24 hours of prayer and worship, and so on. I’m completing a ‘Bible reading marathon’ with some others to raise money for the team. The plan is to go tovarious locations around Bangkok and read Scripture aloud, using it then also to pray. We want to read the whole book of Psalms aloud and some others too (not chosen yet). So if any of you would like to sponsorme to do this, please let me know and I’ll get back to you with how you can do that.
Our third way of fundraising is simply communicating the need, which this post is part of. Altogether we still need around 1 million Thai Baht, which is around £22,000, by next Monday. We believe God can and will provide all the money we need to do what he has called us to do and already we’ve seen provision in ways we never expected. I’m asking if you would take time to pray for the people who still need money and also to consider if you are able to help financially.
Thank you. We’re so grateful for your prayers and support.