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Processing Donations With Timshol Ministries

Dear Timshol Ministry Family!

Almost 3.5 years ago, our family followed the calling of the Lord to plant churches in Thailand. At the time, our local church in Georgia immediately stepped up and provided much needed assistance to facilitate this happening. In about 8 months, we had sold everything we owned and were fully funded to move to Thailand.

One of the key things Bridgeway Church did was provide a means for which our Thailand Ministry donations could be accepted, processed, and accounted for in accordance with both State and Federal Laws. 

Had the leadership not been so willing to do this, it is unlikely that our ministry could have flourished as quickly as it has over the last several years. We are truly grateful to the Lord for the blessing that is and has been Bridgeway Church. 

However, with our ministry rapidly increasing and our ministry needs continuing to grow, Bridgeway Church has informed us that they are simply no longer able to handle these things anymore on our behalf. 

So, as of January 31, 2019, Bridgeway Church will no longer be processing donations for our ministry in Thailand.

What does this mean exactly?

Your donation will now be processed directly by:

Timshol Ministries Inc. –  a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization; registered with the US government and the state of Texas. 

It will no longer be processed by Bridgeway Church. 

So if you are currently donating to our Thailand ministry by sending a check, would you please continue to give directly to our ministry through one of the following channels:

Online: Go to www.timshol.org– click donate. 

             Donate by Credit Card

             Donate by Check or Checking Account  (if you donate online with recurring payments from your checking account, there is only a $0.25 cent deduction per transaction.

Mail: If you prefer to mail a check, you can send it in care of:

          Timshol Ministries

          5015 Addison Circle Ste #379

          Addison, TX 75001

**If you already give online through our website Timshol.org, you don’t have to do anything! Just relax! Your donations will process as normal.**

At the end of the year, you will receive a giving statement from Timshol Ministries itemizing your tax deductible donations given for the year. 

Thank you again for your support and for all you have done for us. May God receive all the glory for everything we do together. 

If you have any questions: Please send an email to steve@timshol.organd I will answer your questions promptly. 

Love in Christ,

Steve Erika Adie Makayla

Timshol.org

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Sponsor a Pastor Sponsor a Church

Interested in getting more involved with sponsoring a  local Thai Church or a Local Thai Pastor? Please send me a message at steve@timshol.org for more details.

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Be An Abassador

“What do you need?” is the question I probably get asked the most from people who are trying to understand what life is like in on the field.

The easy answer is, “Prayer.” This is also an honest answer.

Yes we need Bibles, yes we need finances, yes we need deodorant without whitening bleach in it: but overall – we need prayer.

The usual response is, “Ok. Yes I’ll pray for you. So what else?”

Now…every missionary I know loves this kind of slow pitch softball question. It gives a chance to talk about the financial needs. I however, often to the detriment of our finances, answer differently. I’m probably naive, or maybe just afraid to share our financial needs… but I honestly think there is a greater need I have that I love to share.

“Don’t forget us. Please. Remember us. Pray for us. Intercede for us and those we serve.” This is the greatest need we have.

Life goes on though doesn’t it? Everyone gets busy.

So I would like you to consider being an ambassador for Timshol Ministries so maybe we can not only fulfill our personal needs, but our ministry needs as well.

What exactly does being an ambassador mean?

It means in your circles of influence, you intercede for us. You represent us. You engage with others on our behalf.

Practically speaking: In a church have your small group “adopt” our ministry. Bring us up frequently in prayer, send messages, provide for financial needs, engage spiritually. Really the list is endless. Maybe even have your church pray for us corporately on a regular basis.

Or maybe you love to Bike. Gather your friends, or post on social media a major ride that you will organize. This can be a fundraiser for Timshol Ministries, or it can go to a specific need.

The point I’m making is include us, our family, our pastors, our leaders, the ministries in Thailand, The Thai people – remember us in your days and include us in your lives. If there is something specific you would like to do, let me know. Thank you.

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Unreached Village Initiative

Every year our church in Chiang Mai visits a local village with little to no Christian presence, and we spend a few nights with the villagers sharing the Gospel.

The cost for this is minimal. Usually between $500 – $1800 for 30 people from our church to participate. This includes travel, food, lodging, media and resources. Last year we saw over 30% of a village pray to receive Christ. We have since sent a young man to pastor this young group of new believers.

We will continue this tradition every year, but this year we began praying for a new initiative: Unreached People Groups.

What is a people group?

According to the Website: Joshua Project, “For evangelization purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.”

In most parts of the world, lack of understandability acts as the main barrier and it is appropriate to define people group primarily by language, with the possibility of sub-divisions based on dialect or cultural variations. Such a list may be referred to as an ethno-linguistic list of peoples.

In other parts of the world, most notably in portions of South Asia, acceptance is a greater barrier than understandability. In these regions, caste, religious tradition, location, and common histories and legends may be used to identify the primary boundary of each people group. Language can be a secondary boundary.

Thailand is a country of almost 70 million people.

  • 99.5% of all people living in Thailand do not know Jesus Christ.
  • There are 114 People Groups in Thailand
  • 82 of 114 are considered completely unreached. This means there is zero gospel presence in this people group.
  • 11 of the 82 that are completely unreached are located within 2-6 hours of our central hub in North Thailand.

  Tai Man, Shan

 Lahu Nyi

 Lawa Eastern

 Tai Khun

 Lamet

 Palaung Pale

Bisu

 Burmese in Thailand

 Phunoi

  Bulang

 Samtao

There is a reason these people groups are considered unreached. They may be difficult to get to, there may be language barriers, there may be strongholds that exist within the villages.

Yet we know that:

  • God desires that all men and women would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  • Every tongue tribe and nation will be represented in Heaven.
  • Nothing is impossible with God.

Our unreached people group initiative is still in the formative stages. We know we want to attempt to reach them, but we would like your help. Heres How:

  1. Get a small group to “adopt” a people group from the list.
  2. Commit to praying for this group on a daily / weekly basis.
  3. Bring this people group before the church or small group on a monthly basis.
  4. Teach the church or small group about this people group.
  5. After 3-6 months, begin to pray about how we can reach this group together.
  6. Reach out to me so we can begin to pray together with your group.
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Help Us Get The Word Out! Give Bibles!

Do something for me, will you? Go into your house and see how many bibles you can find. Go ahead, I’ll wait. More than likely you can probably find at least 4 bibles in your house according to the American Bible Society.

If you couldn’t find one, you could probably go buy a good one at the nearest bookstore for probably less than the cost of a family of 4 going out to eat at Chick-Fil-A.

Here in Thailand and Burma, that is not the case. Bibles are in low supply because the majority of the population is Buddhist, so the cost for a small good bible is between $15 – $30. That may not sound like much to you, but to many people that can be food a week. Many churches and ministries operate on such small budgets, that they have no bibles to provide their people, nor do they have bibles to give new believers who profess faith in Christ.

So we are doing something about it.

We need Bibles. Lots of Bibles. In different languages. For Adults and Children.

Evangelistic Ministries here in Thailand are great about sharing the Gospel, but they lack the tools to help equip the people with the knowledge of God – because they don’t have necessary funds for Bibles.

In 2 years time, we have:

  • Purchased over 1500 Bibles
  • In 5 languages
  • Distributed them to 4 different countries.

We want to continue to make God’s Word available to everyone we can. This is by far the greatest need.

Right now we purchase the following Bibles:

Thai Standard Version – Vinyl Covering:  $15

Burmese Bible – Vinyl Covering: $27

Bible – Tibetan Language: As Needed…conditional

Bible – Vietnamese Language: As Needed…conditional

Thai Karen Tribe Bible –  Vinyl Covering: $22

Jesus Story Book Bible for Kids: Thai Language Hardback – $23

Please go to our store if you would like to purchase Bibles for us and designate the type and amount of each Bible you would like to purchase.

Or if you prefer, you can just send a one time gift and we will purchase what we need.

Either way….Thank you for helping us GET THE WORD OUT!!

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Genesis 127 Tribal Womens Ministry

The Bible says God created men and women in His image.

People have discussed this idea for years and have differing opinions on what it means, but one thing is for certain: It means we have dignity and value.

Our job as believers is to reflect this characteristic of God in our life to the world. That is another component of being made in God’s image: That we reflect what He is like. It also means as we interact with the world, we interact with them as they have value and dignity as well, because we are all made in the image of God.

Almost 70 million people live in Thailand, but over a million ethnic minorities lack Thai citizenship. These people, concentrated in the northern region of Thailand are collectively known as the Hilltribe people. Many cannot speak the national language and are viewed by some nationals as unwelcome and undesirable.

Six major tribes (Karen, Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Hmong, Mien) or ethnic minority groups comprise what is collectively known as the “Hilltribes”. Hilltribes have inhabited the border lands of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and China for centuries—providing for themselves through subsistence farming and livestock raising. However, it wasn’t until this past century that many of the groups began migrating to Northern Thailand to escape ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Now, because of land loss due to deforestation and the Thai government’s recent forest preservation movement have made subsistence farming both impossible and illegal for many of the Hilltribe people.

With limited choices, many move to the city hoping finding work, and a better life. But with little education and no knowledge of the Thai language, most Hilltribe city dwellers find urban life terribly difficult—and dangerous. To survive, many Hilltribe people have no choice but to sell trinkets and souvenirs on the streets. To compete in a densely crowded marketplace, many have learned that it’s more advantageous to put their own children to work. Tourists and wealthy locals have trouble saying “no” to child vendors, so despite dangerous conditions, parents often put even their youngest children to work. Too often, tribal children living in the cities can be found selling flowers and crafts at night in tourist hot spots. These late hours often prevent these children from being able to attend school the next morning, adding one more barrier to the education they so desperately need—so the cycle of poverty continues.

Poverty, limited education, and a general hopelessness, have opened the door to other problems like drug abuse and domestic violence. Meanwhile, Thailand’s world-reknowned professional sex trade has left Hilltribe women and children vulnerable to exploitation, human trafficking, prostitution, and the ravages of HIV/AIDS.

  • The average “hilltribe” person lives on less than $1.00 US a day–this is 12 times less than what an average Thai citizen lives on.
  • Many Thai schools do not accept “hilltribe” children and in cases where they do, the children are given little support with the costs of schooling and materials.
  • 1 of every 3 sex workers in Chiang Mai (Thailand’s second biggest city) comes from a “hilltribe” family
  • Thailand’s Health System Research Institute estimates that children in prostitution make up 40% of prostitutes in Thailand.
  • Thailand is listed by the UNODC as both a top destination for victims of human trafficking and a major source of trafficked persons

Many hospitals often refuse treatment of “hilltribe” patients without proof of citizenship. Many that have citizenship cannot afford treatment.

So What is Genesis 127 Tribal Women’s Ministry

We work directly with churches, children’s homes, women centers, local villages, AID’s Centers, and Christian ministries to help provide food, healthcare, jobs, teach a trade, and provide life skills so these hill tribe women and their children have a chance in life.

We will sell some of their items in our store. (Coming Soon) Feel free to purchase something.

Or you can give directly to the ministry that already has boots on the ground to help these women know the hope to which they have been called in this life through Jesus Christ.

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Sex Trafficking And The Gospel

In 2014 the U.S. State department put out a Trafficking in Person report where it was declared that “Thailand’s government was not even making efforts to comply with the minimum efforts to eliminate trafficking in the country”, which in and of itself as a statement is bothersome.

Most of the trafficking in Thailand involves sex workers and according to some reports 25% of these workers are children. While there are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 human beings trafficked across the border each year, many of them remain in country.

Recently, I heard the story of one.

Let’s call her Phom.

Phom lived in the Northern Mountains of Thailand near the Laos Border. Her family was very poor and struggled to provide for their 6 children. Living in the mountains of rural Thailand didn’t provide a lot in the way of financial independency. Her father was a day laborer as was her mother and some days there was work for little pay, others days there was no work to be found.

Many days her and her brothers and sisters went with out food.

One day a man and a woman came to her village and offered her and a few other girls the opportunity to “financially take care of her family.” All she had to do was come work with them. They did disclose to her that it would involve prostitution, but that her family could be taken care of if she “worked hard.”

“There was so much pride in being able to contribute to help my family that even though many people saw this as a horrible thing to do, I saw it as a way to bring honor to my family and show my love for them. So I left my family and willingly sold my body because I saw it as a blessing to be able to give back.”

Lets pause for a second:

We often read horror stories of females forced into prostitution, having to be with 10-15 men a night, and eventually dying in their 20s from drugs, disease, abuse, or suicide. In some parts of Thailand there are 1000’s of females lining certain streets waiting for someone to pick them out of a line up. Yet here was a girl who saw prostitution as a way to show love to her family.

So she left with these two people, did unspeakable things, and eventually became a village recruiter looking to lure girls in with the same things she was promised.

Unfortunately for many, she was very good at her job.

One day one of the girls whom she recruited brought her a gift someone had given her. This gift could fit in her hand. It was a small colored cartoon type booklet from Campus Crusade for Christ.

In it the booklet said:

God loves you and has a plan for your life.
Man is sinful and has been separated from God
Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
You can receive Jesus as Lord, be forgiven of your sins, then you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
At that moment, she took the booklet, ripped it up and threw it in the trash because it brought back memories of when she was younger and a group of students from Campus Crusade visited her village and shared the Gospel with her people. They had handed out those booklets and she remembers reading it but her parents told her to throw it away.

So when she held this little booklet in her hand for the second time, she got this feeling that came over her that she didn’t like. It was a feeling of shame; a shame that she hadn’t felt since entering into this profession.

She dismissed it and tried to get it out of her mind.

God however wasn’t finished with her.

Not long after that, she was approached by a young woman who struck up a conversation with her. After chatting for a while, Phom said she had to go, but before she did, the young woman handed her a small gift and asked her to open it when she got home.

Phom went to work and that evening when she got home, she opened the gift and inside of it was a letter this young woman had written her testimony on, and a small colored cartoon type booklet from Campus Crusade for Christ.

In it the booklet said:

God loves you and has a plan for your life.
Man is sinful and has been separated from God
Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
You can receive Jesus as Lord, be forgiven of your sins, then you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
This is my phone number – call me if you would like to talk again.
That night, in her room, Phom prayed to receive Jesus Christ as Lord.

She walked away from prostitution and into the arms of Jesus Christ. Now instead of leading girls into prostitution, she leads people to the Lord and now serves in full time leadership in campus ministry.

God desires that all men and women come to a saving knowledge of Him. How can they believe what they haven’t heard? How can they hear unless someone preaches to them?

God is making a difference in the lives of people here in Thailand.

The Gospel is the good news for All people. Continue to be in prayer for our Campus Crusade Team that shares the Gospel every day on campuses. Don’t just pray for them though, go and do like wise. The one thing we all need, is Jesus Christ. You who have Christ the hope of glory living within you, have all you need. Go and do likewise.

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Why Thailand?

Why in the world are you moving to Thailand?

This is the question we seem to receive most often. For whatever reason when we answer that “the Lord has called us there,” it is always met with, “yeah but why else?”

As if we needed another reason than the Holy Spirit’s calling in our life.

Now I know for centuries many followers of Christ have ascribed the will of God to whatever area of their life they wanted a green light on. It is hard to dispute someone who claims the Lord has “called them to do something.”

Many different people have been persecuted or killed in the name of God. End Times have been prophecied in the name of God. Bad relationships have been entered in to in the name of God. Money has been demanded in the name of God for selfish gain.

I understand our cultures hesitancy to blindly follow anyone who uses a divine calling to something taking place in their life.

Except to me, I think it is more than that. It’s not just skepticism when people ask us why Thailand… it’s bewilderment and at times, it is conviction in their own lives. Why would someone who loves where they work, loves where they serve, loves the neighborhood, loves the security, loves everything about where they are in life – why would you leave that?

What is it about Thailand that would cause you to leave this place?

The answer is one thing: love of God displayed through obedience.

On paper, this move makes no sense. We love where we are. Everything about it. We bought a house here 2 years ago so we could be rooted here. My family is here. We have deep friendships here. There is unlimited opportunity here. I am paid well. We have everything we need.

I’m also Hispanic. I speak Spanish nearly fluently. I have family in Spain and Mexico. I have contacts in Latin America, so if we just had a desire to go serve on mission, somewhere in Latin America or Europe would make the most sense. There is a great need there and I identify most with those cultures, and I can already speak the language.

But Thailand? A culture I don’t understand, a language that people claim takes 5-7 years of serious teaching for us to learn, a new life over 10,000 miles away from anyone I know? Why in the world would we consider going? There is no security there for us. There are no guarantees for us there. We have no friends there. Why would we go to Thailand??

You’re right! Why in the world would I go unless I was being sent? Unless the Lord prepares the way, goes before me, and promises to be with me, why would I go?

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