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Friends, I have tragic news to share: our dear brother and missionary in Thailand, Chan Souk Piengkham, died unexpectedly late Saturday morning. The cause of death at this time is not clear. This is heartbreaking news, as Chan was a close friend to so many, and an example of courage and faithfulness to Christ and to the gospel. Please lift up Chan's family and friends in prayer, that they would experience the peace and presence of Christ in this time. And at the same time, we rejoice that Chan's hope was firmly in the Lord - He was called home to the arms of the One who loves him more than any other. We love you, Chan.

The statement from Free Methodist World Missions, posted with permission from the family:

"FMWM mourns the unexpected, sudden passing of Chan Souk Piengkham. Chan was found by FMWM-Asia friends in his Chiang Mai home late Saturday morning. Chan will be remembered for his warm and engaging smile, his love for Jesus, and his heart for the people of SE Asia. He worked tirelessly with great passion in the ministry training leaders and serving the poor. For years he longed for the good news about Jesus to reach the people in Laos, his home country, and worked relentlessly toward those ends.

Chan Souk came to North America around 1985 as a refugee. While living in Rhode Island, he found Jesus and was dramatically saved. He moved to Seattle in 1998 to be reunited with his family, found Rainier Avenue Church, and became a member. Chan Souk’s passion for Christ was infectious. Eager to follow his heart for missions, Chan became a ministerial candidate and a Canadian citizen. Out of a deep desire to serve God fully, Chan Souk entered Columbia Bible College in the fall of 2001. He emptied his savings account and sold any possessions of value to pay the $7,000 (US) for first year tuition, room and board.

With the help of New Heights Church in Mission, B.C., Chan eventually made his way back to SE Asia, and has lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the past several years. He has worked among the very poor, volunteered with several faith-based organizations, and helped to build the Free Methodist Church in Thailand. In the last year he had begun to work with leaders to return the gospel to his home country.

We rejoice to see the potential fulfillment of his longing; we rejoice knowing that Chan is with Jesus —and we grieve the loss of this dear brother and co-worker. Yet we are not without hope, for we will be together again.

Please pray for Chan’s family, and the many friends scattered around the world, and especially for those of us who worked closely with him in SE Asia."
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Friends, I have tragic news to share: our dear brother and missionary in Thailand, Chan Souk Piengkham, died unexpectedly late Saturday morning. The cause of death at this time is not clear. This is heartbreaking news, as Chan was a close friend to so many, and an example of courage and faithfulness to Christ and to the gospel. Please lift up Chans family and friends in prayer, that they would experience the peace and presence of Christ in this time. And at the same time, we rejoice that Chans hope was firmly in the Lord - He was called home to the arms of the One who loves him more than any other. We love you, Chan.

The statement from Free Methodist World Missions, posted with permission from the family:

FMWM mourns the unexpected, sudden passing of Chan Souk Piengkham. Chan was found by FMWM-Asia friends in his Chiang Mai home late Saturday morning. Chan will be remembered for his warm and engaging smile, his love for Jesus, and his heart for the people of SE Asia. He worked tirelessly with great passion in the ministry training leaders and serving the poor. For years he longed for the good news about Jesus to reach the people in Laos, his home country, and worked relentlessly toward those ends.

Chan Souk came to North America around 1985 as a refugee. While living in Rhode Island, he found Jesus and was dramatically saved. He moved to Seattle in 1998 to be reunited with his family, found Rainier Avenue Church, and became a member. Chan Souk’s passion for Christ was infectious. Eager to follow his heart for missions, Chan became a ministerial candidate and a Canadian citizen. Out of a deep desire to serve God fully, Chan Souk entered Columbia Bible College in the fall of 2001. He emptied his savings account and sold any possessions of value to pay the $7,000 (US) for first year tuition, room and board.

With the help of New Heights Church in Mission, B.C., Chan eventually made his way back to SE Asia, and has lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the past several years. He has worked among the very poor, volunteered with several faith-based organizations, and helped to build the Free Methodist Church in Thailand. In the last year he had begun to work with leaders to return the gospel to his home country.

We rejoice to see the potential fulfillment of his longing; we rejoice knowing that Chan is with Jesus —and we grieve the loss of this dear brother and co-worker. Yet we are not without hope, for we will be together again.

Please pray for Chan’s family, and the many friends scattered around the world, and especially for those of us who worked closely with him in SE Asia.

 

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So very sorry to hear this news. 😢

Prayers my condolences

Chan Souk was such an example of God's faithfulness to his people. He's leaving a rich legacy and will be missed.

I had the privilege of discipling Chansouk as a very new believer and mentoring him as a ministerial candidate. We shared many experiences in Seattle and traveling together on several trips to SE Asia. He was a wonderful friend, translator and cultural broker. I learned much from his humility, deep trust in God, generosity, and sense of fun. He had an irrepressible desire to have everyone know the love and joy of God that he had experienced. My life was enriched for having known him and it is a loss not to have him in our world. But i look forward to his beaming smile and infectious laugh welcoming us to heaven. Pastor Paul

A dear brother who never passed up an opportunity to share his testimony and the good news of Jesus Christ.

We are part of the church family in Hopedale, Massachusetts that Chan fellowshipped with when he was a new believer in Rhode Island. His joy in Christ, hunger for knowledge and righteousness, and earnest prayers will always be remembered and appreciated. It has been our honor and joy to lift him and his work in Laos and Thailand up to the Lord every week. This news is sad for us as it is for your congregation. But think of the joy in heaven!

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Rainier Avenue Church

The renovation of Rangkham's Place has officially begun!! The kitchenette will be under construction for the next couple of months, which means we will have limited coffee and snack service upstairs on Sunday morning.

For those interested in being mentors, there will be a meeting after both services on Sunday, 4/29 in the Map Room. And keep your eyes open for other fun ways to plug into the cafe, including a painting day, as well as an opportunity to be a part of our Community Outreach Team.

For information on the cafe, please contact Michael at mchew@urbanimpactseattle.org
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The renovation of Rangkhams Place has officially begun!! The kitchenette will be under construction for the next couple of months, which means we will have limited coffee and snack service upstairs on Sunday morning. 

For those interested in being mentors, there will be a meeting after both services on Sunday, 4/29 in the Map Room. And keep your eyes open for other fun ways to plug into the cafe, including a painting day, as well as an opportunity to be a part of our Community Outreach Team.

For information on the cafe, please contact Michael at mchew@urbanimpactseattle.orgImage attachment

 

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He is risen indeed.

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1 month ago

Rainier Avenue Church

This weekend is your last chance to catch some time at Space for God this Lent season! Come listen and pray with thoughtful stations designed by our volunteer team. Stay for as long as you want or just stop by as you’re able - Friday night 7-9pm, Saturday morning 8am-noon. ... See MoreSee Less

This weekend is your last chance to catch some time at Space for God this Lent season! Come listen and pray with thoughtful stations designed by our volunteer team. Stay for as long as you want or just stop by as you’re able - Friday night 7-9pm, Saturday morning 8am-noon.Image attachmentImage attachment

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I remember there was one year, it was my birthday, and for that I year I just wanted a real simple birthday where we would just order pizza from my favorite pizza place. There was a basketball game on and I wanted to watch it. My younger brother, being my younger brother, said Well that’s dumb you should want to go out to a really expensive restaurant and do something like that.  I kind of said Oh yeah I guess we should. But my dad stepped in and said No. We’re going to celebrate how you want to celebrate. He and I went to the pizza place to pick up the pizza and on the way there he said You know Gar you have a really good heart and you always seem to want to accommodate for others. But you should also do things that you want to do too. Especially you know since it’s your birthday” I appreciated that affirmation from him and it was something that I didn’t even know he noticed or saw in me. 

Listen to the full story here: https://soundcloud.com/user-688473276/gar-nishioka
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Listen to the full story here: soundcloud.com/user-688473276/dean-witt
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RAC’s former youth pastor came to me and asked me to get involved in youth ministry before he left. I just straight up told him no. There are just so many aspects of youth ministry that I had no experience in and I thought were scary. I’ve never actually spent a year in ministry. I’ve never been a leader. I had done Wild Life, which is like the middle school version of young life and working with students and going to a high school and the awkward interaction with middle school kids, it’s scary because it’s just so awkward. I didn’t want anything to do with that in a lot of ways because I was just too scared to be in an awkward situation.
Listen to the full story here: https://soundcloud.com/user-688473276/dean-witt
Produced by Ann Kane 
Photo by Nancy Thai

Is your life too crazy to have space to quietly listen for God's voice? Here's your chance! This Friday night and Saturday morning, the church will be open with prayer stations and quiet space for you to pray and reflect as we finish the church season of Lent, preparing our hearts for Easter. ... See MoreSee Less

Is your life too crazy to have space to quietly listen for Gods voice? Heres your chance! This Friday night and Saturday morning, the church will be open with prayer stations and quiet space for you to pray and reflect as we finish the church season of Lent, preparing our hearts for Easter.
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