Mission Independent Baptist Church is truly a cosmopolitan church. We have people who speak many languages come to worship with us every week. We have people who speak S'gaw Karen, Tidem, Burmese, Falam, Hakha, Matu, Kryenni or Kayah, Cambodian, Thai, Kirundi, French, Swahili, Kissi, Bassa, Spanish and any Sunday may find others as we have many guests that visit from time to time that speak many other languages. We welcome all peoples to our church, We even have Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists attend from time to time. Come and join us.
Edward Fort, Missionary/pastor
The Salvation Testimony of Mickey Ratima Kruse...
From Buddhism, Atheism to Bible Christianity
I grew up as a Buddhist in Thailand. That is all I have ever known. Buddhism teaches some very good morals and one of them is to respect your parents and do good. I have always obeyed my parents and they told me to get a very good education. Having an IQ of 150 helped me in my quest for education.
I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, THAILAND. I obtained a very good job working as a network engineer. Since I was working in the field of computers, I felt I needed more specific education and enrolled at UIC and moved to Chicago in 2001. I graduated May 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering.
I used to believe that education would give me the happiness and great success in life. So, I have always stayed in school to be on track. Many years of school had molded me into an Atheist and I believed in Evolution. I was taught to NEVER question evolution and was brainwashed into believing that all religion Buddhism and Christianity is un-scientific. “ O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:20,21
After graduation, life wasn’t paved with roses like I thought it would. I didn’t believe in heaven nor hell but I understood that NOTHING in life is certain & the WORLD can ONLY offer things that are temporary. I had no power to CHANGE the world or even my own life. I would one day die & nothing on earth would matter anymore. “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.” Ecclesiastes 8:8
Then I found the truth behind all things and it opened my eyes greatly. It is the word of God which gave me all the answers I had to my MANY questions about the connection between science and death and the purpose of life. I heard the “Gospel” or Truth before B-U-T I was so badly blind that I didn’t bother seeking to see IF those things were true or not. I refused it and thought it was nonsense without even proving it A-N-D I called myself an engineer! (Or one who has a Scientific Mind). “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:3,4
It was in the summer of 2003 that I met pastor Fort & his family. I started going to church on & off & heard the word of God. I was very impressed how nice and godly the Forts are. It made me wonder what made them how they are. I later found out what that was and you’ll find it too if you read on… Pastor Fort showed me the Truth from the Bible. It took me quite a long time to realize that the truth is out there & is available to everybody & especially me. I found out that nobody has ever proven the bible wrong & that Evolution is not a science but a RELIGION. It is the religion of Secular Humanism and has IRS 501(c)3 Tax Exemption to prove that it is a Religion. The Bible and it’s stories are supported by Science. Archaeology in North Africa, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Greece and Iraq all prove the Bible is Historically and Scientifically ACCURATE. No other religious book can claim that.
I REALIZED THAT I HAD TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT I BELIEVE.
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2 Thessalonian 2:10-11
I knew I was a sinner but because I NEVER drank, smoked nor killed anybody, I thought I was okay. I Was Wrong. All sins are bad in the sight of the Lord. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10. And I was on my way to hell. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23. The only way to go to heaven when we die is to believe and receive Jesus Christ. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
1 Timothy 2:5.
At one point in my seeking, I thought I believed and I would pray to God for salvation but IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. I finally realized that I didn’t believe with all my heart. I didn’t truly believe that God will take care of me if I stop lying. I worried about men’s opinions (my friends, family, co-workers) and that I might loose them. SO I believed only in the head AND not in the heart A-N-D there was NO CHANGE in my life. God didn’t hear me. B-U-T You know what? Nothing is worth going to hell for. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
It was Sunday April 25, 2004 when I was born again (Spiritually). God was dealing with my heart and I asked God to forgive me of my sins and that I would like to accept the gift that Jesus has given me, which is his blood that would wash away my sins and save me from going to hell. I received Jesus Christ into my heart to make me a person He wants me to be and to help me learn more about him. And through Jesus, God answered my prayer. ("Call and I will answer" - Job 14:15 or Jer 33:3) I didn't hear His voice or anything like that. But I felt it. I felt as if He lifted me up and said "follow me, there are a lot of things I have to show you". And that's how I got saved.
I used to think that lying was not a bad thing as long as you didn't hurt anybody. But I was wrong. There are many verses in the bible that says God condemns all lies. ("A righteous man hateth lying" Proverbs 13:5, "He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight." Psalm 101:7, "A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it: and a flattering mouth worketh ruin." Proverbs 26:28 ). Now that I am saved, I don't like to lie anymore because I would feel very bad if I do so.
Before I got saved, I went to church when I had time or when it was convenient. I put other things before God and that was bad. God has worked in my heart and now I love going to church, singing songs that glorify God, listening to Pastor Fort's preaching, studying the bible, and learning more about God. Sunday has become the day I look forward to. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
You know what.. Jesus died on the cross just for me. Jesus did all the difficult part. He died a terrible death for me. All I had to do is to trust in him and give up the evil things in my life. What's that compared to dying on a cross or going to hell?... It's nothing! What God wants me to do is what is good for me because God loves me. I'm not only his creation, I'm now also his daughter. I am thankful to God and I want to make God proud, just like how he feels about Pastor Fort and his family and all the great men and women of the bible.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:10,11
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding" Proverbs 3:5
"Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Matthew 7:7-8
MICKEY is a real live Flesh & Blood person who comes to our church ALL THE TIME. You can talk with her and ask her any question about God, the Bible and How she came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Feelfree to contact the church to speak with her or visit us. She is in every service.
It is “ Mickey ” Ratima Kruse’s hope and Prayer that you be saved. That is our desire as well. We welcome you to come to our church, Ask questions and See if the Bible will reveal the Lord Jesus Christ to you as the Creator God of the Universe. YOU DO NOT have to believe like we do to come. Come, Listen, Ask questions and SEE if we’re telling you the truth or a lie. There are many False Religious Teachers out there today. You can check us out by the bible “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. “ JOHN 20:31
As we go to different Ethnic Parades and Festivals to be able to serve the Lord with Gladness and Sincerity for God.
Pray for us as we work to translate materials into many of the world languages. We want to have gospel materials in in the language of every tribe, people and nation.
We are working on some Arabic Materials right now. Pray with us as we hope the materials will reach the hearts of Arabic speaking peoples. God loves the Jews but God also loves the Arabic speaking peoples of the world and we want to reach them for Jesus Christ as well.
In the past few months we've been working with many people groups from the country of Myanmar (Burma). As we progress daily we thank God for dedicated Missionaries like Adoniram Judson who, in the 1800s gave his life to putting God's Word into the languages of the people of Burma. The same Scriptures that we are using in our translation projects today. Please pray for the people of Myanmar!
We are reaching out to people from Burma, Congo, Burundi, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Thailand, Mexico and all Latin American Countries.
Languages we are working with at this time
Swahili, Krundi, Kinyarwanda, Kissi, Bassa, Krahn, Tidem, Hakka, Mizo, Zotung, S'gaw Karen, Burmese, Falam, Zanniat, Zomi, Kryenni, Matu, Zo, Kachin, Thai, Dinka, Anuak, Nuer, Arabic, Cambodian, Lao, Vietnamese, Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa, Efik, Twi, Fante, Gun, Etsako, Amharic, Tigrenya, Oromo and many other languages at this time. Pray for us as we desire to reach the nations of Chicago