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.
Sharing Thailand at Calvary VBS
Coming back to So. Calif, we had the privilege of being the featured missionaries for the Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Calvary Church of Santa AnaofVacation Bible School (VBS) at Calvary Church of Santa Ana during the last week of July. Each morning we had 5 different groups of kids, about 100 per group, with whom we shared mysterious Thai snacks, taught Thai words, shared cultural tidbits, and presented the spiritual needs of Thailand. We came home each day exhausted, but it was a very good week with the kids, and the great staff and volunteers at the church. It is our hope and prayer that an interest in world missions, and prayer for Thailand has been stirred in some of these young hearts. It is never too early to learn about the amazing world we live in and what God is doing in far off places.
Moving to Edinburgh, Scotland
This past month, additional support came out of the blue via a generous new partner so it looks like we will have enough to live on while in Scotland. We are not totally sure of all of our costs since we’ve never lived in the U.K. before but thing appears to be coming together. We are very grateful to God and to many of you for your kind generosity. We’re hoping that our U.K. visas will be approved within the next couple weeks because we’ve already bought tickets to Edinburgh, leaving from LAX on Sept. 4th.
Most of our ministry engagements at churches have already passed but we are still getting together with people this August. So if you want to get together and it hasn’t happened, be sure to get in touch with us soon, because we’ve only got a month left in the U.S.
Please pray for us as we prepare to move (again) and get settled into Edinburgh next month. We appreciate your prayers and support and will continue to need them in the next phase of our journey.
by Christ’s grace,
Karl & Sun Dahlfred
- Upcoming move to Scotland
- Meeting with supporters in August
- Editing and publication of Thai book about 5 Solas of Protestant Reformation
- Good ministry times in North Calif. & VBS
- Financial provision for studies in Scotland
8/13 Joshua share about Thailand with kids at Grace Presbyterian Church
9/4 Fly to Edinburgh, Scotland
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