Jan 08

Eagles Rest International Ministries Update Doug and Jill Nelson in Thailand

Recap of 2021

The year 2021 was a year of challenges in Thailand (as it was for all of us), but it was also a year of progress. Covid shut-downs and mandates may occasionally have slowed activities down, they also created opportunities to minister to the hurting and needy. Mekong Bible Training Center and Lighthouse Church were able to reach out with food and supply assistance, as well as the Gospel, to people in their neighborhoods and across the border in war-torn Myanmar. Bible classes, Bible studies, and prayer meetings continued despite needing to be online at times. New believers came to the Lord and were baptized in the new baptismal tank on the Training Center property. Christmas was celebrated with church parties and outreaches to neighboring villages. Also, great progress was made on the construction of the main conference building. See the pictures below representing all of these activities. Eagles Rest International Ministries was involved in all of this through financial contributions, consultation, and administrative services like bookkeeping and letter-writing.

In spite of Covid restrictions and the war in Myanmar, the church of God in Thailand and surrounding countries is growing. Praise be to God!

On personal notes for Pastor ChiChang, director of MBTC, and his family, they welcomed a new baby daughter into their household at the end of November. See the picture below. Also, their oldest daughter continues to do outstanding work in her higher education studies toward becoming a missionary doctor. ERIM is financially supporting her schooling. 

Doug and Jill have not yet returned to Thailand due to Covid issues, but we have been busy on the homefront in the U.S. with Bible studies, prayer meetings, and working toward establishing a viable home church modeled on the Book of Acts template. Also, at the end of the summer, Jill received her Master of Divinity degree from Regent University.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support. We could do none of these things without you! God bless you throughout the New Year!

Looking Forward to 2022

In 2022, ERIM looks forward to continuing to support the work in Thailand as we have been doing with the potential for a return to boots-on-the-ground there at some point during the year. As much as we love being home with our biological family and U.S. friends, we miss our dear friends and spiritually adopted family in Thailand and would love to hug them in person. 

Also, Men at Rest (MAR), the men’s Bible study sponsored by ERIM, will continue to meet Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. at the Riverside Town Hall in Dawson, MN. All men are welcome to dig into God’s Word together in a highly interactive and mutually supportive atmosphere. Ecumenical prayer will continue the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. with rotating churches hosting.  

Again, a heartfelt thank you for your prayers and financial support as we continue to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and reach out to people at home and abroad in His name.