Dear Friends & Family,
We hope 2013 has gotten off to a good start for you, as it has for us. We had a bit of a break over New Year’s when some friends came to visit from out of town but we quickly jumped back into the swing of things, full steam ahead (which is one reason why you haven’t heard from us recently)
The Lord is giving us many opportunities to invest ourselves for the blessing of His people here in Thailand. In fact, there are so many things that we *could* be doing that it is hard to say “no” at times, and to decide what is the best use of our time. Please pray for stamina & wisdom as we seek to be good stewards of the limited time and energy that God has given us, giving proper attention to both ministry and family.
The Challenge of Teaching
The new term began at Bangkok Bible Seminary on January 14th and Karl is teaching two new classes this spring, whereas he only taught one this past fall. Wednesday is “Church History Survey” with 2nd & 3rd year students, and Thursday is “Thai & Asian Church History” with 4th year students. Karl really enjoys church history but has quickly discovered that liking it is very different from being prepared to teach it for 5 hours each week. Many weeks, he is barely keeping up with lesson prep, especially as there are many names and concepts that he has to figure out how to talk about in Thai. Up until now, he just hasn’t had many opportunities to talk about outbreaks of cholera in 19th century Bangkok or the Christological conflicts in the 4th century church. Please pray for Karl’s lesson prep and class time with the BBS students. May they be encouraged, inspired, challenged, and educated for ministry in the modern world by learning about the past.
Keeping Up At Home
Sun has not been feeling well recently, rather fatigued, so please pray for her as she is with the children most of the day (who require lots of energy). She is able to sneak in some naps, and we know that this phase will pass, but please pray for both her health, and also for Karl as he picks up extra household responsibilities with laundry, kids, Sun’s garden, etc. Many days it is go-go-go until 10pm or later.
The Challenge of Christian Publishing in Thailand
With a Christian population of only 0.5% of the national total, selling Christian books in Thailand is a challenge. Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishers Thailand), where Karl helps with translation and editorial work, struggles to make ends meet. There is a lack of Thai Christian authors, and only a small market for Christian books, especially the more theological and pastoral titles. Please remember Kanok in prayer, for the general manager, editors, and staff in producing the books, for the sales staff, and for donations to cover shortfalls. The Thai church needs biblical resources to meet the challenges of evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development. Pray that Kanok will be able to supply such resources.
Please remember the Thai people in your prayers, that the Gospel will go forth, people will turn to Christ, and grow in Him. May the Lord help us play our part in making that happen.
by Christ’s grace,
Karl & Sun Dahlfred
- Karl’s teaching prep
- Stamina in attending to responsibilities
- Sun to have more energy
- Family life & ministry going well
- Joy in where God has placed us in Bangkok
1/27 Karl preach New City Church, Eastern Bangkok
2/3 Karl preach Raphipat church plant, N. Bangkok
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