Dear Friends & Family,
Greetings from Southern California! Our family returned from Thailand at the end of January for six months of home assignment (furlough). Our first six weeks in the U.S. brought us to Colorado, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Indiana and we are now in Orange County, California up through the end of August.
Traveling so many places has been tiring for our family, and somewhat unsettling as we have lived out of suitcases and spent lots of time adjust to new places and different patterns of doing things compared to our last four years in Thailand.
We are really thankful for the many kind and generous people we’ve met as we’ve visited churches, and caught up with mission partners, and friends new and old. God has provided in so many ways, some unexpected and very timely, as we’ve booked flights, rented and borrowed cars, and filled our calendar with lots of coffees, lunches, and other get togethers.
Karl grew up in New Hampshire with his parents and younger brother. Through the ministry of a Presbyterian church youth group, he became a Christian and received a solid foundation in the faith. During college, Karl was actively involved as a student leader with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and got his first taste of missions through a short-term trip to Poland. Following graduation, Karl briefly worked for a publishing company before heading to Thailand for two and a half years to teach English and aid with evangelism and discipleship as part of an OMF church planting team. Karl earned a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology (Th.M) at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Sun and her family fled from the killing fields of Cambodia and arrived as refugees in California. Sun heard the Gospel in Sunday school and later prayed to receive Christ. After high school, Sun sensed the Lord calling her into missions and pursued a degree in Biblical Studies from Biola University. Following graduation, Sun went on a short-term mission trip to Cambodia and then taught elementary school for a few years before returning to Asia to teach English in Laos. During her four years in Laos, she also earned an M.A. in TESOL through Azusa Pacific University. After Laos, Sun sensed God leading her to a very large Asian country where served for two years. Sun and her team shared the Gospel with top university students and partnered with churches.
Karl and Sun met in Colorado at OMF’s Candidate Course for new missionaries and were married in 2005. They have three children, Joshua, Caitlin, and John. They did church planting ministry in Central Thailand during their first missionary term and are now located in Bangkok where Karl teaches part-time at Bangkok Bible Seminary, and assists with editing and translation of Thai Christian books at Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishers Thailand).
Karl teaches church history and missions at Bangkok Bible Seminary, and assists with translation and editing at Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishers Thailand), one of the few publishers of Thai Christian books. Living right next to the seminary campus in downtown Bangkok, both Karl and Sun have opportunities to invest in the lives of students, the next generation of Thai church leaders. They are also involved in a new church plant called Grace City Bangkok, and Karl does itinerant preaching at various churches in the Bangkok area and beyond.
During 2017, Karl and Sun are on home assignment (furlough) in the United States.