Dear Friends & Family,
We are very thankful for some good ministry times and a family vacation during the past couple months, even as we continue to meet up with friends and supporters and look ahead to Scotland. Here’s a brief round-up.
[If you don't know why we are going to Scotland, click here]
Northern California Trip
From the end of June to early July, we drove from Southern California to the San Francisco area to visit a supporting church, experience America, and see family and friends. We praise God for a good ministry weekend at Lord’s Grace Christian Church (Mountain View, CA) where Karl helped with short-term mission team training, preached, and shared about ministry in Thailand. Joshua got in on the action too with his first public speaking engagement, sharing with the Sunday school kids about life in Thailand from a kid’s perspective. Joshua liked sharing with the group and is now on the calendar to do the same with the kids at Grace Presbyterian Church (Yorba Linda, CA) on Sunday, Aug 13th.
On our Northern California trip, we also tried to see a bit of America since we’re not here for long. Both kids and parents enjoyed the Golden Gate bridge, giant redwood trees, a steam train ride, fishing, and hiking in Yosemite National Park. We were thankful for the chance to make some good family memories together.
Karl grew up in New Hampshire and became a Christian through the ministry of a Presbyterian church youth group. During college, he was 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. In 2017, he began research for a Ph.D in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Karl 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 were married in 2005 and have three children, Joshua, Caitlin, and John. They did church planting ministry in Central Thailand during their first missionary term and then moved to Bangkok where Karl teaches part-time at Bangkok Bible Seminary, assists with editing and translation of Thai Christian books at Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishers Thailand), and they are both involved with Grace City Bangkok, a new church plant in downtown Bangkok.
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.