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International Church of Bangkok

Advancing the Work of Jesus!

Welcome to our weekly newsletter


Covid 19 measures for ICB
While the Thai government has relaxed some restrictions in the dark red zones (incl. Bangkok), it has not yet permitted Churches to meet in-person.
We will continue Zoom-only services in October and pray that conditions will become safer during November.


October’s Outreach Partner
is

Rahab Ministries
Women’s rehabilitation project for workers
in the red-light districts of Bangkok
To find out more and how you can help, please go to our Outreach section towards the end of this newsletter

 Let’s Join together this Sunday! 

31st October 2021

10 am. via Zoom

On-line ONLY

Stay at Home and Please Join us on ZOOM!

(computer, tablet or smartphone)

Due to COVID19 health measures, our worship service will NOT be in-person this Sunday

Wherever you are in the world, please join us online using the Zoom application or
  this link via your browser:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85269401114…
(tick “Always allow https://us02web…. to open Zoom”)
Meeting ID: 852 6940 1114
Passcode: 249320
Please also see “Online Notes” below


Online Notes
about ICB worship on Zoom:
Please come on time and allow a minute or two to connect.
You will be muted” upon entering the zoom room with the musical prelude on. Please stay muted during the service.
Pastor Chee suggests, “while you listen to the prelude, please pray for the service to run smoothly for God’s glory.  There’s plenty of time to chit chat in the break out rooms after the service.”
This Sunday’s Sermon
is delivered live on Zoom by our minister,
Revd. Chee Keong Yong
Revd. Chee’s sermon theme is entitled:
“To whom will I allow to be my neighbour?”
Our Scripture Readings are:
Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14*
Gospel: Mark 12:28-34* (*click for online Bible)

Pastor Chee’s brief & notes:

Some years back while I was ministering in Sydney, I was given a trip to Israel to join a tour with a Messianic community. It was my first trip to Israel and one which I enjoyed thoroughly. I came back to Sydney and preached about the trip, linking the different Biblical sites that I visited with Biblical events and stories about it. It was an eye opener for myself and others. Walking the land where Jesus once walked is a unique experience of its own. You get to appreciate the people and its culture and why God chose this nation to be a “light to the Gentiles.”

To be “a light to the Gentiles” – this phrase has haunted me much when, as a Christian, I see daily and weekly news about the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It is a war where there seems to be no end. Is there a lack of peace in the Holy Land due to a lack of prayer on our part as Christians? Yet, as I search the Scriptures, it seems indeed that there never will be peace in the land (see the Minor Prophetic books of the OT).

To gain a more reflective understanding of the conflict, I joined a community in Victoria preparing overseas people to be “peace” volunteers (ambassadors) in Palestine for a year or two. The experience of being in the community allowed me to appreciate the struggles faced by the Palestinians. Until you have lived among the Palestinians, you will never get to appreciate the real hardships among the common people of this land.

The next time when someone prays for the Holy Land, listen carefully to the prayer and apply the question – “to whom will I allow to be my neighbour?”

Blessings,
Chee

Please scroll down below for notices about Sunday school in October, our new weekly prayer meetings, ongoing on-line events on weekday evenings as well as this month’s Outreach Partner: Rahab Ministries

VISIT our
ICB Sunday School Facebook Page!!

HERE
https://www.facebook.com/ICB-Christian-Education-106748784983710
(copy this URL into your browser)
October 31st lesson is shown below:
ICB is a fully self-supported congregation.
We gladly receive your donations.
KBank a/c 003-1-09408-9
More information on the ICB Website

Thank you!

Announcements
from our Minister


In-person services are being prepared for when regulations allow …….We are hoping that Sunday morning in-person worship services can resume in November. Please keep a lookout on email, ICB website, Facebook or Line (morning service group) for further announcements about when in-person will start.
For October, we will continue on Zoom, only.
We plan also to try to continue live streaming on Zoom even when we can meet in-person again.
Please pray and bear with us as we go forward in what is continued uncertainty; but we will not go ahead with in-person gatherings until we consider it is safe.


New! Weekly Prayer Meeting – Thursdays at 7pm

VISIONING ICB’s FUTURE PATH

We are excited to find out where God’s path leads us to!
We have only recently started on our road to planning a future for ICB, which hopefully extends outside our membership zone to those in our community and city who need our help to help themselves based on how Jesus lived His life on Earth.
More details on how we are progressing and what the next steps may be will appear in future newsletters – so watch this space!!
Love Bangkok?
Nine ICB members led by Pastor Chee had a fascinating 90 minute Zoom meeting earlier this month with Jacob Bloemberg, pastor of Hanoi International Fellowship (HIF) and author of the book “Love (your city)” which several of us have been studying together over the past several weeks. Pastor Jacob gave us an illustrated slide presentation covering the main aspects of how HIF’s “Love Hanoi” mission had developed from virtual non-existence to an officially recognised faith-driven community-based movement in that city in just 10 years. He also explained “the 5 Ps”, steps he considers are vital for success, namely Principles, Posture, Process, Partner and People.
A lively Q & A session followed in which we learned more of Jacob’s experiences, the joys and the pitfalls, what works and where to begin, as well as how to build relationships with partners, identify needs of communities and become accepted by official authorities and society leaders.

We are so grateful for Pastor Jacob’s time, encouragement and support. We hope to meet him when he and his family can come in-person to Bangkok, possibly next year.

So, where does ICB move on and how can we make a real difference as we build Christ’s Kingdom in our city?
Those are questions for all of us and those involved in Outreach, in particular. If you would like to become involved or just learn more, you are most welcome to join us at this exciting time of discovery.
Initially, please contact Pastor Chee: [email protected]
The Bible exhorts us all
Proverbs 29:18 –
“Where there is no vision, the people perish;..”
Acts 2:17 –
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH
The International Church of Bangkok
partners with Christian ministries throughout Thailand to advance the work of Jesus.

5% of ICB’s yearly total income goes directly to the outreach partners. Members and friends are also encouraged to give directly.
Bank transfers are easy to do and very welcome
Please Donate NOW when it’s Most Needed!!
KasikornBank (KBank):  003-1-09408-9
Transfer your donation to the ICB Bank account above and please email your transfer confirmation with the message:
“For Outreach: month/year (or name of O/R partner)”
[email protected]

ICB’s Outreach Partner
for October 2021

RAHAB Ministries
Bangkok

Helping women trapped in prostitution to find a new life in Christ, offering them a future and a hope.
Many rural women coming to Bangkok looking for work end up in one of Bangkok’s ‘red-light’  districts, such as Soi Patpong (off Silom Rd) or Nana (off Sukhumvit Rd).  Through your support,  Rahab Ministries (named after a prostitute in the Bible*) is able to offer these migrants friendship, hope, and a way out of prostitution.         (*click here for a link to the story of Rahab in the Old Testament)

Rahab’s workers visit the beer bars regularly and the ministry runs a hair salon where the women can experience Rahab’s practical support in action. After the women leave the bars, Rahab gives them financial support and training in craft and jewellery making as well as hairdressing. Rahab also provides ‘safe’ housing for the women and for their children either in Bangkok or in Photharam, 100 Km. west of the city.

The Patpong scene in Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok. Rahab Ministries works in this area renowned for its night life. 
Rahab Ministries trains the women looking for a new way of life how to make crafts of various kinds, including dress jewellery and small stuffed toys, both of which are very popular items.
“We are always looking for new markets for these products which provides the women with an alternative income and helps further the work of our ministry.”
Find out more about our outreach partners

Missed a sermon?
Want to hear one again?

If you missed any of the recent sermons or would like to hear one or more again, recordings are available from Rev. Chee himself. Please let him know which Sunday(s) you are interested in and he will send you the link.
Send an email to: [email protected]
Internati­onal Church of Bangkok (ICB)
Advancing the Work of Jesus!

ICB is an English language congregation, composed of native and non-native speakers.
We are committed to welcoming people of all backgrounds to Christian worship for a diverse, inclusive and unifying faith experience.
We seek to advance the work of Jesus Christ by promoting and supporting spiritual growth, community and service to others.

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