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August ’13: Arkansas Redneck visits the Karin Long Neck

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This Arkansas Redneck is on his way to catch an overnight bus to the border of Thailand and Myanmar to spend a few days with the Karin Long Necks.

No, this isn’t the title for a new sitcom.  Here’s the story…

Over the last year or so, God has reallyexpanded my reach and opportunities to preach and teach the Gospel. As people have been impacted by the Gospel, and the Gospel Bible study series I wrote, they have told others. And as they have, I’ve been asked to do more, preach more, and teach more.  All credit is His.

One of the those new opportunities is far away indeed.  It’s with the Karin Long Neck Tribe of Northern Thailand.  We’ve been told that out of the 2,000 or so of this small people group living in Thailand, only about 40 claim to be Christians.  And the leader for this very small group, Pastor Simon, has asked us to help teach his people the Gospel, and train and equip them to share Christ and make disciples.  It’s a small people group that doesn’t receive much attention or care from the world, but God is stirring something up with this small group to have a love for Jesus and a passion to make Him known.  So I’m delighted to do whatever I can to help them.  

So, in partnership with a few Thai friends from the Church Partnership Division of Thailand Campus Crusade for Christ, we had a great time of Bible study and training in June – and I’m on my way for round 2 today.  

The theme for the next few days is what I’m asked to speak on almost everywhere I go around the country now – The Road of Life Series – (a life-changing 5 lesson walk through Scriptures, arriving at the Cross of Christ – seeing the Character & Law of God, the Sin of Man, the Judgment of God, the Provision of a Loving Savior, and the Call to Respond.

What Can You Do?

– That this small group people would be similar to the small groups of believers in Acts.  Moved by a love for Jesus and transformed lives, they seek to make Christ known to their people.
– For smooth translation.  I’ll be teaching in Thai as always, but here everything must be translated on the fly into the Karin Long Neck language and Burmese.
– For day to day difficulties of the Karin Long Neck.  They are technically not citizens of any country.  They are refugees from Burma, given special permission to live only in restricted areas in Thailand, but not to travel freely.  They struggle mightily with poverty, and with being looked down on by the rest of society.

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Matt and Pastor Simon of the Karin Long Neck Tribe

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Hear from Pastor Simon as he shares his heart to bring the Good News of Christ to his people group.  There are only about 40 Christians among this people group in Thailand.  Hear his vision to change that.

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Pray for Pablo
This month I have a young student from the U of Arkansas with me who said, “Matt, on my summer vacation I just want to come to Thailand and pray and share the Gospel.  Can I come hang out with you?”  My response – “Uh yes.”  

With this kind of heart, it’s not a difficult decision to welcome him to Thailand.  I’ve had the privilege of having young men who want to be missionaries come and “hang out” with me each year.  Pray that Pablo also would have a very meaningful summer here with us.   

Multiplying Discipleship

10:45 at night, I go home &, one of my guys from Bible study is passing on what he’s learned in ch. 1 about our Great Creator God.  So awesome!


Truth – From One to Another to Another…

Arm S. takes what he’s learned in “The Road of Life” Bible study and passes it along to students – this week, Q: “Who is the Maker of your road of life?” A: Holy Creator, Loving Father, Righteous Judge.

Jingreed Shares – The Converting Power of the Gospel

Listen to Jingreed as she shares about how she and others have grown in knowing God more fully through the study, “The Road of Life,” – how she and others appreciate the grace of  God at the cross of Christ more fully – when they first see the character of God, and the sin of man.

Taking Others Down the Road of Life

The “prepare the way for the Gospel” Bible Study that I wrote for Thailand is making it’s way around as the people I have taught have been teaching others, and now, that “3rd generation” is now in turn teaching others! 🙂 Please Pray that many Thai’s would come to know (1) The One True Creator God, (2) His Holy Standard, (3) His Righteous Justice, (4) His Loving Sacrifice, and (5) His Command/Grace-Filled Call to Repentance and Trust through God’s Word in the study, “The Road of Life.”



Solid in God’s Truth, Following Christ’s Example – with Garn

Another in the Road of Life series – P Garn shares about how a solid footing in the foundational truths of The Word of God impacts everything we do – and how following Jesus’ model of discipleship has changed the local campus ministries… (P Garn is one of the leaders in our group of guys and girls with our church in the northern Bangkok area).

Looknut shares – How does Knowing God & His Gospel Change Lives?

The Road of Life Series continues here with a new video… Looknut, another member of our local staff/church team and weekly Bible Study, shares here about the power of knowing the True God & the Gospel – how He & His Gospel changes lives – hers, and the students to whom she passes on how she has grown in Christ – again, from life – to life – to life…

Matt’s Bible Study for Thai Christian Leaders

This is what i do.  It’s not fancy.  It’s not exciting for a missionary newsletter.  But there is no substitute.  I live with people.  I teach them the Word of God.  I teach this group of about 15 “full-time” Christian workers every week.  God causes all the growth.

Hack’s Discipleship Group – Part 1

Here is Hack – one of the guys that i disciple, taking what he has learned and teaching others.  Knowing Jesus, Following Jesus, teaching others to do the same.  (Here at Thamassat University, teaching Hack’s main discipleship group).

Hack’s Discipleship Group – Part 2

And here is an example of a Thai missionary, Hack, taking what he has learned and discipling other guys to follow Jesus – just as Hack as learned from me – to know Jesus and follow Him.  Here, Paul and Pon share how they are growing with Jesus.