Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Thailand: Higgins' Capacity 2014 Update

Higgins' Capacity 2014 Update

Capacity Newsletter 2014



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What’s Coming Up
In December we have a team from Melbourne for 4 days, it’s Christmas time, which means lots and lots of outreaches into different communities. Doug has been asked to speak at a few events in Chiang Mai and surrounding areas.

Also in December is the anticipated arrival of granddaughter no. 2, with James and Twyla expecting their second child on Christmas Eve.
Doug will head to Australia again for a few months, most likely from mid-February 2015. Dates for this trip are still to be confirmed. The ACC National Conference is on from April 21-23 on the Gold Coast.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and prosperous Christmas and New Year!
Prayer Needs
  • We have been notified that in 2015 our financial support will be significantly reduced. This impacts on the ability to support our living arrangements, as well as the projects we contribute towards.
  • We are called to partner with and empower the local church, to see the gifts of prophecy and the Holy Spirit outworked in tangible ways within the local church and to equip the believers to ‘go and do likewise’. Pray with us as we engage this equipping process.
  • Financial support for James and Twyla, especially with the arrival of their second child
  • Fiona and her mum settling into the new unit in Wangaratta
The 2014 stats so far*
Churches planted = 10
Leaders trained = 215
Kids ministered to  = 582
Salvations = 584
Water Baptisms = 36
Holy Spirit Baptisms = 74
Physical Healings = 93

Slept in 56 different beds
Driven 64,217kms
4 Master's subjects

* September 2014

November was another busy month buried in the books for Doug, who this semester completed 3 Masters subjects (a full-time load). We also had a team arrive from Western Australia (see below), and preparation for another team arriving in mid-December.
The recent team’s visit was both chaotic and rewarding. Many things didn’t go to the schedule we had organised, however there were some great times and new friendships made. We were able to visit a prison in Mae Sot with about 180 women inmates hearing a message and receiving a gift to know how valuable they are to us, and to God. We, unexpectedly, joined with a YWAM team (comprising Canadians, Americans, Kiwis, Singaporeans) but it was such a blessing and God-anointed. We also spent time in the afternoon at a school for Burmese migrant children (with about 400 kids to entertain for 2 hours no less!).

In Chiang Mai, the service started with a handful of seemingly disinterested people who said they want to see revival in the church. Later, after a fairly ordinary worship time Doug shared for a few minutes, then asked the keyboard player out the front, anointed her with oil and prophetically prayed over her. Doug was able to anoint and pray for everyone (about 30 people). He was spiritually free to operate in the gifts. As such, heaven invaded the meeting and we had a move of God. The ministry ran "way over time" and everyone walked out different to what they walked in.

We thank you for your ongoing and faithful prayers and encouragement. At the end of the night the pastor said he would like to accompany Doug as an assistant at revival meetings throughout the province(s).


"What a place to be, encouraging and supporting the local church"

Ruth arrived mid-month for another 5-month placement with us. She's been working hard at getting things organised (again!) and helping with the financial reporting, team schedules, itineraries, etc.

"It's exciting to see what happens when we step out in faith and believe"

Earlier in 2014, a group of us gathered in Sydney for an all-day prayer meeting: First Love and Fire. During this meeting, Jamie came to Christ while playing in the worship team. From this gathering, The Well (church) was birthed. Since then, Jamie has become a key member of the church and has seen a friend, Annie, also come to Christ. Both Annie and Jamie were water baptised in November.


Doug went to Australia for a couple of weeks to attend some Master’s class intensives, attend a wedding and managed to drive more than 5,000kms in the 2 weeks. As Jim (Fiona's dad) passed away, Zac, Fiona & her mum moved house from the farm into the city. This meant quite a bit of sorting through 50 years of stuff in the garage.

Zac arrived in Thailand for 2 months vacation with the family. It was a really good time to catch up as there hasn’t been much time since he graduated high school in 2011. He is currently working in Wangaratta in hospitality.

James, Twyla & Narelle headed to the USA to visit Twyla's family.
July saw the team from Harvest Bible College with us. Doug and the team did some introductory teaching sessions on the Holy Spirit. Brian and the team did a great job with several people baptised in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues for the first time.

We also had the privilege of hosting a medical team, which was led by Dr. Ken Filbeck. The team were able to treat hundreds of patients over a few days. As a result of this, there were 68 first time decisions for Christ in the region.


The local churches are now discipling these new believers 


At the PanAsia conference in Phuket we were able to meet with some key leaders and pastors. Our visas and work permits were also granted for another year. The process is often tedious with Doug arriving at immigration at 4am to be no. 27 in line. He left at 3pm.
June saw us working together with Ps Nuchira (Thailand Assemblies of God in Mae Ramart), Assemblies of God Missionary Fellowship (USA), BOB (Band of Brothers) from Canberra, and a number of others. The BOB men, along with the local construction workers, assisted in putting a second story on the school for stateless children and the rice bank. The second story will serve many purposes including church, classrooms and community functions.

"We really enjoy working together in unity, making eternal differences in people's lives"

It is a privilege to partner in Mae Ramart as there is a nursery, kindergarten/primary school, a school for stateless children, a residential home, a church and the pastors residence on the site. It’s location is strategic as it’s not far from the Myanmar border & the Mae La refugee camp.
Unfortunately, we run out of funds to finish some parts of the interior and the fitout (painting, etc) due to unforseen costs with large concrete pillars required to support the additional storey.

At the moment we require A$15,000 so that it can be used. If you would like to support this project please email us or contact ACCIM quoting Reference WM141.
Also in June, Doug drove the 3,400kms return trip, close to Phuket Island, to help cook breakfast for a team from USA. The US missionaries facilitating the team are good friends of ours and have been working in Thailand for more than 30 years. The team came to help build a Sunday School/general purpose room in the church.

Before the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, this area in Phang Nga had no church. One of our good friends and a couple of non-Southern Thai women took hold of a vision, the burden for the people and a responsible attitude regarding the Gospel, and a church was planted in Thai Muang. Very few people knew anything about God, Christianity or anything related.

Post-tsunami the church was planted; land was bought, a building completed, and now lives are continually being changed. This is a first generation church that caters to the local community. It is not a transfer growth church. It is not a "mega" church and will never become one. It is a local church serving the spiritual needs of a local community, which are still grappling with the effects of the tsunami almost 10 years later.


"We thank God for the local church, for without it, this community would not have the opportunity to have a functional community based relationship with Jesus Christ, their Lord and Saviour"


We support primary and secondary students with their education (providing funds for their school fees, uniforms, activities, etc). in Mae Wang, north Thailand. Without this support the children would not be attending school and would likely be working in the rice fields, or involved in other industries.

For just $20 per month per student, they receive a good education in a local school together with an opportunity to personally relate to Jesus. It is a privileged opportunity to invest into the future of a nation.

We also help support 2 young women who are at university studying to become teachers. The support for these young adults is $50 per student per month.

The majority is currently supported through our own personal income. If you would like to help sponsor the next generation please email us today!
January to May

Doug had a great time in Australia, for 82 days from January to May.  The time was significant as we caught up with supporters and partners, family and pastors.

Ruth returned back to Australia in early March, with uncertainty about her role with her current employer. However, we are grateful that she still had her job and was able to join us again after her busy season.

The furlough stats
Kms driven: 14,700
Kms flown: 8,000
Preached 35 messages
Spent 130 hours in services, prayer meetings

379 hours in other meetings & catch ups
Devotion 164 hours
Ministry preparation 140 hours 

Admin & study 82 hours
51 hours of phone calls
Slept in 25 different beds in 5 states & 1 territory
It is always an extremely busy, stretching, yet rewarding time in Australia.

We are very thankful for the time with each one of our supporters, friends and family. 

Contact Information
Doug Higgins
Phone: +66 95-447-0802

Doug's loxinfo email address and previous phone number are no longer active. Please update your records accordingly.

James Higgins
Phone: +66 84-222-9157

Ruth Prosser
Phone: +66 96-538-9133 (Thailand) / +61 434-131-813 (Australia)
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