Monthly Archives: February 2013

Building Cancelled !!!!

For a number of reason, this building is not going to happen!
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Obviously I am disappointed, but taking the building would have probably cost at least THB 100,000 (£2,000 / $3,000), which I would only have got back had the church been a success!  I am currently living on THB 16,000 (£320 / $550) per month, including accommodation, food and everything else, so this would have been a major step of faith!

Well, God has probably got other plans for me next year in addition to my studies!

I will be in Egypt in just over two weeks, and then back in the UK, where I will be doing a placement with Rev. Graham Wassel, the minister of my parents’ church.    I will be back in Egypt in May for my ordination, so I have much for which to look forward.

Meanwhile, I have my Hebrew exam on Friday for which your prayers would be greatly valued!

More news soon,

God bless,

Iain

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More Building News !

                                                                                                                                                                                      All Saints House?

 This afternoon, I met with the owner of the building we have been looking at for All Saints, Chiang Mai.  We provisionally agreed a contract starting in March.  We will pay THB 12,000 (£240/$400) per month for March, April and May, and then THB 15,000 (£300/$500) per month once we start using the building.

On Thursday I will meet with Professor Golf, who is the McGilvary College of Divinity Dean, to obtain permission to go ahead with the new group.

I will then meet, possibly on Sunday, with a group of people who are interested in being part of the group, to see what regular and initial financial support they can commit to.  We will have to buy chairs, curtains, etc.  We will also have to obtain some other furniture – people may have things they can donate!  If four or five people can commit to THB500 (£10/$15) per week then that should give us a firm financial basis.

We will also look for someone to share the flat upstairs and I will put the THB 6,000 ($120/$200) I currently pay in rent towards the project!

If all goes well, I will meet with the owner to sign the contract and pay the first month’s rent and deposit on 8th March.  Five days later, I will be away on Work Camp, and then five days after that I fly to Egypt and then England for the summer!

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Please pray that all these things work out!
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More news soon,

God bless,

Iain

Prayer Request 20th February 2013

 

More Prayer Please !

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I met with Ken Dobson, the other main person involved in founding All Saints, Chiang Mai, this evening.   He has come around to the idea that having our own building is definitely the best idea.

After seeing the outside of the building I had found, and its location, he felt that we could not find anywhere better and suggested that I called the owner tomorrow to negotiate renting the place.

Please pray that I will say the right things and make the right decisions as I negotiate a contract tomorrow.

Thank you for your prayers up to this point.  I have certainly felt lifted up by the support of many friends around the world.

I will let you know what happens tomorrow,

God bless,

Iain

Please Pray!

P L E A S E   P R A Y ! ! !

McCormick Hospital Chapel
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We have just received the following email from McCormick Hospital:
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“Dear Aj Dobson and Aj Baxter,

I have forwarded your request to use the Edwin McDaniels Chapel for the weekly worship service to the Chairman of the Board of Directors for consideration.

His advice for me was McCormick Hospital had rejected other requests from other international christian groups in Chiang Mai in the past and he would like the hospital to take the neutral position.

The Edwin McDaniels Chapel will be used only for the hospital morning worship service.

I am so sorry that I could not serve your request.

Sincerely,
Somchai Sirisujin”

Please pray that we would have wisdom about what to do next.  It is only just over four weeks until I leave for the UK, and I would like to go knowing we have a place.  This also effects our ability to produce publicity.

Ken, a friend and retired Presbyterian minister, who is also involved in the project, wants to appeal.  He has been in Thailand many years and knows how things work here.   However, this will certainly take time and maybe McCormick is not the right place anyway.

The director had already indicated that they would probably charge around THB 1,000 (£20/$30) per week, which is a lot in my opinion. This would have been about BHT4,000 (£80/$120) each month, compared with the BHT 15,000 (£300/$450) per month for the whole building I wrote about in my email of 5th February, The One that Got Away!

That building could provide a flat for me to live in, a chapel, church office, and other space.  We would have the building for 24 hours a day / seven days a week, and could perhaps produce other income from letting others use the place.   We would then have a permanent presence.
Offsetting the THB 6,000 (£120 / $180) which I pay for my current room, the difference for the community would  only be THB 5,000 (£100 / $150).  There would have been some other set-up costs like chairs and an air-conditioner for the main-room, but these would be small in the long run.

The right place after all?
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Should this be our new chapel?
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So, please pray that we will make the right decision.  In the end, I will be the one who has to decide!

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

God bless,

Iain

Latest News 6th February 2013

The One that got Away !

                                    An Inspiring Venue!                                                                                                        Lots of space for lots of activities!
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Plans are moving ahead for All Saints!

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Iain writes: “Today I went to look for the second time at the building in the pictures above.  It is a large house with room downstairs for a small chapel, church office, and store room, as well as a toilet and kitchen.  Upstairs there are three bedrooms, a bathroom and a large open area which could be used as a lounge.  I could have used the upper-floor as a flat.”
At the back is a massive covered area with another store room and toilet.   The house is on a main road and highly visible to passers-by.
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Room for a chapel downstairs.
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This would have been a great building for the new All Saints community and would have cost about £300 / month.  However, we are not ready! Perhaps in a few months time we would be ready for such a place.  It is the one that got away!
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However, things are very positive with regard to using the chapel at McCormick Hospital.  They have agreed that we can use the place in principle, and we have now sent a formal letter asking permission.  We are waiting to know if we will be able to use it for free or if there will be a charge..
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                                           McCormick Hospital Chapel
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We have also decide on the service book we will use.  We have found more than 30 copies of the book With One Voice and so we will be able to use this in our worship for both liturgy and hymns!  This is one of the books produced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.  We also have been given 12 Bibles in the New Living Translation.
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Our provisional plan is to begin worship on Sunday 2nd June!