Missionary Update February 2019
Greetings from Chiang Mai,
I haven’t heard anything concerning “Thai Health Insurance” as mentioned in last month’s newsletter, probably because of the many issues with “Retirement” visas. Ever since the U.S. Consulate here in Chiang Mai announced that they would not approve “proof of income” documents with their $50 notary stamp, has many foreigners “walking on thin ice.” Also with the newly appointed “Big Joke” (Maj-Gen Surachate Hakparn) who has implemented new criteria for those foreigners who reside in Thailand about obtaining another “Retirement” extension for another year. As for those who are changing to a “Marriage” visa (although a lot more paperwork involved) seems to be the easier route. I would ask you to pray for this government and those who are affected by the many changes that are taking place here in Thailand.
Trinity Baptist Church of Chiang Mai recently had a visit from our missionaries (Peter & Janice Lai) from Singapore. I would ask you to pray for this missionary team as they endure spreading the Gospel in Singapore and surrounding areas.
Teaching a bible study on Sunday mornings has developed into more of a discussion period with Dr. Green, which I really enjoy and learn more than if I was teaching for the 45 minutes prior to Sunday’s service. Please pray for more to attend this study.
Having a bit of difficulty with the numbness in my feet (diabetic neuropathy), the hard part is finding suitable treatment to aid in the proper circulation. So I petition you for prayer for a healing and guidance.
Thank you for your support and prayers, your missionary/minister/chaplain serving in Northern Thailand Jim Welch.
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