Manop and Emon were married in 1982. They have one daughter named Maanaa.
Salvation Testimony of Manop:
I had the opportunity to hear the gospel when I was six years old through the witness of New Tribes Missionaries Don and Janet Schlatter. But it wasn’t until I was 16 years of age that I decided to believe and follow Christ.
In 1974 I went to study the Bible at Phayao Bible school, and four years later in 1978 I returned to serve Jesus Christ among the Lawa people. I was involved in teaching believers in the different Lawa villages, in order to see them grow in their faith, to see them grow in their knowledge of Christ, and to see them grow in serving God. Another part of my time was spent in witnessing to those people who hadn’t yet believed in Jesus in many of the other Lawa villages.
In 1982 I married a young lady, who is also Lawa. Her name is Emon.
In 1983 Emon and I decided to study at the Christian Training Center in Maesariang. That was the first year that they started teaching the course “Building on Firm Foundations.
After studying at the Christian Training Center we moved to the Lawa village of Ban Dong in August of 1984. We served the Lord in the church there for three full years.
In 1987 we moved back to Maesariang to serve the Lord at the Christian Training Center, which is where we serve the Lord today. Since we have been at the Christian Training Center we have been able to serve the Lord in a lot of different areas. We have taught the word of God, helped in translating the Lawa Bible, translated songs for the Lawa church (a hymnal), been involved in witnessing, and visiting believers in the surrounding villages. Presently my main responsibilities include teaching the Bible at the Christian Training Center, witnessing in the surrounding villages, and visiting and encouraging in the different churches.
The goals that I have for my life are; I want to know Jesus Christ more, and to live a life in close fellowship with the Lord. I want to use my life and the time that God has given me to bring honor to Jesus Christ, and to give other people an opportunity to know Jesus Christ as well.
As I came to experience Jesus more, I came to desire to dedicate myself to serve Him because He died for me. When I was still a sinner (Romans 5:8) He declared that I was righteous and saved me from slavery to sin. He took the penalty of my sin — that is death — in my place.
I am now free from the penalty of sin (Romans 3:24,25 8:1). I have truly received peace through Jesus. That peace that Jesus gives me is not like what the world gives (John 14:27). I thank God that He has received me as His son (John 1:12). Once I was dead, but now Jesus has given His life to me (Ephesians 2:1-5). Before, I was deserving of His wrath, but He has forgiven me.
Before, I was ashamed because I was poor, but now I am rich through faith (James 2:5). I have no real estate, no lands or fields, but I have a kingdom that cannot be shaken as my inheritance from my Father in heaven (Hebrews 12:28). I have no life insurance policy in this world, but I trust in Jesus Christ that He has promised to care for my life in all things. He will not let His children be forsaken, but He will protect, care for, and nourish us as He has always done (Psalm 37:35).
I am not saying that if we trust Jesus and follow Him that we won’t have any problems, for the Bible says that if we follow Jesus we will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). And Jesus has told us that in this world there will be trouble (John 16:33). But I thank God because no matter what may happen I am absolutely sure that in the end I will meet the Lord Jesus Christ and will be with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Amen!
Some Bible verses that have encouraged and challenged my life are: 1 John 5:11-12; Philippians 3:8-16, 20-21; Psalms 73:25-26, 28; John 15:1-5
In 1974 Manop went to study the Bible at Phayao Bible school for four years. Manop was then a pastor for three years. In 1983 Emon and Manop decided to study at the Christian Training Center in Maesariang for one year. That was the first year that they started teaching the course “Building on Firm Foundations.” This is also called the Christian Development for Missions or CDM. Manop has been an instructor at CDM for over 20 years and is currently involved in this ministry.
Current Ministry in Thailand:
Manop currently teaches the Bible to church leaders who come to the Christian Development for Missions center (CDM) that was established and is run by New Tribes Mission in Thailand. He also translates the curriculum used at the CDM. Manop also visits and encourages the graduates of the CDM.
Manop is also very involved in teaching and leading among the Lawa congregations in the area. Currently he also is teaching the Bible one night per week in a Lawa dorm set up for youth that come to Maesarieng to go to public school.
Sending Church/Mission Board:
There are currently about 20 Lawa congregations in the Maehongson Province. Manop’s sending congregation is the largest of these congregations with about 200 attenders. Several of the other Lawa churches have a part in providing for Manop’s family. Often the support consists of donations of rice and vegetables which the people grow themselves.
As far as a mission board the situation is a little different than many in the US would be familiar with. The Lawa congregations have formed a fellowship of their congregations and they have a part in helping Manop’s family also. Manop works with New Tribes Mission and the foundation which New Tribes has established in Thailand. So these 3 entities make up the ‘board’ that Manop and his family work under.