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July 2018 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends & Family,

Greetings from Thailand!  I know you probably thought we were in Scotland, and a month ago, you would have been correct!  The whole family is now in Thailand for the summer so that I (Karl) can do research at the Payap University Archives in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand), and then we’ll be back in Scotland in the fall.  God has graciously provided for us car to borrow and a house to live in, which we are subletting from a missionary family who is back in their home country for a few months. 

Hills of Chiang Mai seen from airport

Research and Travel (LOTS!)

For me, this is a busy time of research and travel, starting from the beginning of May up through the end of August.  In May, I was in Philadelphia for 3  weeks to examine and collect old mission documents at the Presbyterian Historical Society.  Three weeks was a long time to be away from the family, but it was a productive time of research and I was able to gather a lot of relevant documents.  Thank God for smartphone cameras and Evernote! 

After Philadelphia, I was home in Scotland for 3 weeks and then off to Thailand where I renewed my Thai missionary visa and Thai driver’s license, did a wee bit of research at the Payap Archives, and taught a couple sections of the Perspectives Course on the World Christian Movement at Bangkok Bible Seminary.  If you are not familiar with Perspectives, it is a course developed many years ago by missions advocate and scholar Ralph Winter, for the purpose of educating and mobilizing Christians for involvement in world missions.  I myself took the course 20 years ago when I was in my last year of college and found it very helpful in getting the big picture of what world missions was about and how I might be involved in God’s work around the world.  For that reason, I was really glad to have the chance to teach sessions 6 and 7 (the history sections) of Perspectives for Thai seminary students and church leaders. I was also very glad to chat with 2 of my former students (a married couple with a young child) who are actively applying to do mission work in Japan.  Its great to see those I’ve taught go on to minister not only in Thailand, but around the world.

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May 2018 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends & Family,

Hello again from Edinburgh! We hope you are starting to see signs of spring where you are because here in Scotland it is still cold.  Theoretically, spring should be coming but we are doubtful.  We haven’t been sending updates as often as we were in Thailand but as the end of the first academic year approaches, we wanted to give a brief update on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

braving the weather at Highlands Wildlife Park, Aviemore, Scotland

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September 2017 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends & Family,

Our home assignment in the United States is over and we are really thankful for the past 7 months of visiting churches, renewing relationships and forming new ones, and reacquainting ourselves and our kids with the U.S. 

Our time in the States has been very busy but very good.  We have been greatly encouraged when people have shown genuine interest in the work that we are doing in Thailand, and express their enthusiasm for what God is doing there.  When we are in Thailand, we hear from folks back in the States only occasionally and don’t know how much our prayer letters are being read.  For that reason, it has been great to discover that many people have been reading and praying. Thank you!

Our kids have enjoyed their time in the U.S. as well, having fun with the sights and sounds that America has to offer, and feeling comfortable interacting with people around them since (nearly) everyone speaks English.  Their Thai ability is improving but they are totally native English speakers and love to understand others and express themselves.  In fact, Joshua even got in on doing presentations at churches, talking about Thailand from a kid's perspective.  If you'd like to watch his presentation (7 minutes), click here.