In January of 2012, I mentioned to a pastor friend that we were beginning to offer classes in the Bible, with a start date of April. Things got pushed back slightly, and we began the first week of May. The last week of April, our first student showed up. Monday, from Nan province, arrived unannounced on our door with the intention of studying the Bible. A few days later, Nueng from Phuket, and Best from Phang Nga also arrived.
We started the courses with instruction on how to study the Bible according to the inductive study method. After that, we applied what we learned there to a study through the book of Romans. When we completed Romans, we selected texts from Romans to use for a class on homiletics (preaching). After finishing the homiletics class, they now rotate handling the preaching for the youth group that meets at our house on Saturday nights. At the moment we are in the second week of our Genesis class. But just before that we had our class on evangelism. The evangelism class was timed to precede the visit we received from a short-term missions team from the central Philippines, and aimed at explaining the gospel to Buddhists, and sharing with nominal Christians.
In the afternoons they have English classes, and have been studying with MJ on ministering the gospel to children.
A few more months to go with our first semester, but already we are excited and blessed to be seeing these young people growing in their faith, in their understanding of God’s word, and in the knowledge of the Lord.