Apple’s Testimony

My name is Saranya Tongkan also known as Apple. Now I am a servant of God in Lighthouse BP Church and English Resource Corner Ministry. Since the day that God brought me out of the darkness into His great light kingdom, I was very certain that He had an exact purpose in my life to bring good news to people. Before I came to know Christ I was a teenager who spoiled my life with many things. When Christ came to my life and helped me out, changed me and lifted me up. I came to realize that there were so many teenagers in universities who were in need. Therefore, I desired to help the teenagers who were in hopeless as I was. Those teenagers are important for the society when they graduate, they will bring hope, joy and love into the society if they know Christ. God called me to serve Him when I graduated the university in John 21:15-17 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep”

God purposely placed me in Thailand and I am very sure that God loves Thai people for He has a plan to use me to bring them the gospel throughout the land. The gospel has been preaching in Thailand for almost a hundred and eighty years but still there is only an almost one percent Christian including catholic and cults. I love Thai people and I desire to see Thai people worship One True God. I desire to be the one to let God use me to build up His kingdom here. There is a few servants here in Thailand to do the harvest. God called me in Matthew 9: 37-38 “Then saith he unto his disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” He shows me that He cares and loves Thai people and encourages me to love and care what He cares and loves.

As a limited human being I am so grateful for your support in Chiang Mai Theological Seminary to broad my mind and expend my skills in service. I thank God that the skills and knowledges that I learn from the seminary can help Payap university to know Christ (as I practically learn how to witness Christ) and my disciples to grow in Christ and be faithful. Also, I myself grow in Christ more and more after attending the seminary. I believe in investing building people up as the pleasing sacrifice. Jesus died for His Church and I will follow His heart to take care of His Church. I have a burden in my heart for Lighthouse BP Church to build the people to be the light as it is said Lighthouse in the community. I also would like to train the members to bring good news to their hometowns and to be great leaders. God speaks with me in 2 Τimothy 2: 2 that He wants to use me to be like the apostle Paul and his disciple, Timothy. God empowers us to multiply the disciples.

Lighthouse BP Church grows more and more now as we serve God for two years started at three persons. Now we have fifteen faithful members and two members commit their lives to serve God after graduation. One will go back to his village We help the students in the English Resource Corner Ministry to know Christ through teaching English to the poor English students. The members of the club is expanding up to thirty students with believers and non-believers.

I truly believe that God will bless us in His ministry. I do believe that God will use me for I desire to be a part of fulfilling His great commission in Matthew 28: 18-20. He will reign and rule in Thailand and people will worship Him in Thailand. The nations will call Thailand by His name. His kingdom will come.

Please pray for Lighthouse BP Church, ERC, Chiang Mai and Thailand that we will be the faithful servants and the revival will come as His waves of mercy.

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Reprinting of “The Reason Why”

We have almost exhausted our current supply of “The Reason Why” and we look forward to a brand new print of the Thai Translation by the end of April. Stay Tuned

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The Way to Heaven Tract

Check out our new additions under christian resources. The English and Thai versions have been up for a few weeks now. Ilocano and Tagalo are now online.  We’re in the process of adding three Indian languages (Tamil, Telugo and Kannada). We’re hoping this will be of great help in the future as an evangelism resource.

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Great Changes at Great Contentment

We weren’t satisfied with our situation so we have fundamentally changed our model.  We have seen God provide for the ministry that God has placed us in here at the English Resource Corner.  Rather than impede those who need our material, we have decided to continue providing the resources that we have freely and we would rather challenge those who have found our material useful to play a part in helping us continue to help others.

Great Contentment is about being content, realizing that whatever happens, Almighty God is in complete control of the situation.  

Whereas we have needs, we have seen God provide, much better than we have thought of.  

Whereas those who need our help, we try to within our capability.  The rest is up to the Lord.

So please explore and we pray that you will be abundantly blessed by what is available at Great Contentment.

The team at the English Resource Corner

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Parn’s testimony

I am Pagorn Bunme, my nickname is Parn. I am a third year student of English department at Payap University. My former school is Noncoonwittayakal Rajamangalapisek. I was born in a Buddhist family. My family was very poor. In my village, all the villagers believe in evil spirits. They are afraid of those spirits, and sacrifice, adore, and offer the best things to those spirits in order to please them. The villagers believe that if the spirits anger causes many bad things happened to their lives, illness and bad lucks. I was brought up as a spoiled child. My parents always gave me whatever I wanted, and I freely did what I wanted to do. But my mother always gave me an advice. My mother, she trusted me that I would not do bad things, and I’ve never let her down. I’ve never skipped classes, and my grades always satisfyingly came out.

I usually had a problem with my grandfather. I grandfather was extremely conservative. I did not like him very much. I always avoided to get close to him or even to walk pass by. My grandfather seemed not to like whatever I did very much. This was the reason the reason why I tended not to stay home much. I often stayed with my friend’s home. I would never stay home at the weekends or my spare time. I spent my time with all my friends, we liked to hung out and play games. Sometimes, whenever my friends were not home, I had to stay home which was I hated so much. My grandfather was very fussy also. He always complained everything I did. Sometimes, he complained for what I did not do. I was a quiet person. I became a stressed and depressed person. I tried to press all my anger inside. I felt like taking my life many times, but I held it inside because I loved my mother. I did not want her to feel sorry for me. My grandfather’s never given me his money whenever I asked. My grandfather had so much money,but he did not want to share at all. One day, my grandfather asked me to go buy a thing, but he forgot that he asked me. He thought I stole his money, I tried to explain him many times but I did not want to listen to me at all. I felt sad and painful about it. I tried to release the pain to my friends and my mother by talking around. I did not feel better at all anyway, it was liked the pain was not healed.

My brother in law also a person who always picked on me, he always tried to control my life. I thought that even my breath he could control. Every summer break I went to visit my older sister at Patumtani, one of the provinces in Thailand near Bangkok, my sister and my brother in law stayed there. I felt that both of them, my grandfather and my brother in law, were unreasonable. I’ve never felt happy when I was close to them. I pretended to be a good boy in front of them. Whenever I talked about it to my sister I would cry. I felt under pressure.

When I attended to Payap University, I felt so much relief because I was far away home. I did not feel stressed anymore. But I had to face problems here in Payap also. I did not understand what I studied at all. I had to study hard to understand it because all the subjects were in English, and the teachers also spoke in English. I also thought that if I gave up, I had to go back home which was so much more terrible than studying hard, so I told myself to hang on here. I heard that Payap University was a Christian University. When I first came here I asked the administrator if I had to be a Christian too. I was scared of being a Christian that time because it meant that I could not attend to temples anymore I thought.

One day, there was someone that I did not know who he was, came to talk to me personally about Jesus Christ. I pretended to understand what he said. I received Christ because I did not want him to lose his face. I’ve never experienced the change that the guy promised me so. In the second semester, I heard again about Jesus Christ I ignored about it immediately. The third time, one of my friends, his name was Jack, he came to talk to me about Jesus again. I felt offended because every time that Jack came to talk to me he would talk about God. I resisted him many times because it was against my family religion. No one in my family was a Christian. I always scolded at Jack every time that he came to talk to me about God. After that, many people came to share me the gospel. It sounded impossible to me because I did not believe that Jesus Christ could save sinners. After the Camp I accepted Christ on July 12th 2006 that time I went back to my room and asked God I wanted know Him. I also asked God for knowing Him more. I knew God more and more as I prayed. I believed in Jesus Christ after that day on.

It seems impossible that God changes my life. God teaches me many things such as a new way of thoughts toward life. I learn to love people more because God tells me to love one another if I love Him. I feel that I do not have much short temper now. I was an easily angered person. I learn to forgive. God helps me in my studies. I do well in school now. The Lord also teaches me to share the gospel with people surrounded me. God blesses me in so many things that are indescribable. God is there with me in every place, and always in my heart.

Last, I would like to encourage everyone who reads this message that God is able to change me, so is He to you. Although, things seem impossible to us, to God nothing is impossible. God cleansed my heart, and purified me from all sins, though I was the person who sinned and rejected Him all along. Now, I do believe and trust in the Lord with all my heart.

Editor’s Note: Minimal editing has been done to preserve the author’s thoughts and intents.

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Finished the initial batch of bequeathed accounts…

Aah!  Finally finished inputting the first batch of test accounts and have just raised the price to US$5 and raised per-account referrals to $0.20 from $0.15.  We are also working on the Thai version.  Looks like this is going to be a much bigger project than one person can handle.  The potential is tremendous.

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We are about to launch this site officially in 2008.

One thing I’m beginning to realize as the global nature of this site begins to take shape. I realize that we’re going to need help especially in the following areas:

  1. With the many languages of “The Way to Heaven”, this has opened up the possibility of many languages. I don’t speak many of these languages.
  2. The need for multiple sources of quality e-material in different languages.
  3. More technical expertise.
  4. Prayer! God’s Blessings is imperative.

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