Dear Friends & Family,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had an enjoyable holiday season and you are feeling hopeful as we head into a New Year.
Thailand Conference & Still More Research
From January 4-13, I (Karl) am in Thailand to present a paper at a conference. My paper topic is “Missionary Communication When Locals are Listening.” If all goes well, this paper will show up as a chapter in a published book next year. If you’d like a “sneak peek”, let me know.
After that brief trip, I’ll be back in Scotland to continue pushing through the remaining stacks of documents that I collected this past summer. I really thought that it wouldn’t take this long to read through and scan these docs, but such is life. Please pray that I’ll know what to skim and what to read in-depth so I’ll be ready to start some substantial writing in the not distant future. My supervisor has counseled me to start writing this year instead of waiting for my third year. Thus, I hope to get writing this spring sometime. I probably need to do a 2 week research trip to Wheaton College sometime this year as well. Please pray that I will have the discipline, diligence, and discernment to make all that happen. I’ve been at this 1.5 years so far and am hoping to finish this dissertation within 3 years total (mid-year 2020). But I’ll only have a chance of reaching that goal if I stay on task.
Beginning the end of February, I will be giving weekly lectures on World Christianity for a course at Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS). This is a good opportunity to be a blessing to the students at ETS, to contribute to a local ministry, and keep up my teaching skills. I can re-use a lot of material I’ve taught in the World Missions course at Bangkok Bible Seminary, but this time I’ll need to do it in English instead of Thai, so that means lots of revision of my powerpoint slides (currently all in Thai).
Christianity Explored group
Some of the ladies that Sun has been getting to know seem to be not far from the kingdom of God, so our pastor here suggested starting a “Christianity Explored” group. This will happen once a week starting in January and run for several weeks. Please pray we will get some men in addition to the women who’ve already said they’d participate, and that all involved would get a better understanding of Christ and the Gospel. May some see their way to clear faith in Christ! Please keep this group in prayer!
We are thankful to end the year in a good place budget-wise and are grateful to so many of you who make possible our continued ministry and my doctoral studies. However, this year we received significantly less in tuition funding compared to my first year of studies and had to dig deeper into our pockets than expected to make up the difference. Please pray that God will provide for the third year of tuition that will be payable in September. If you are interested in more financial details, please let us know.
Thanks for your interest in our lives and ministry, and thank you for your prayers and support as we serve God during this season in Scotland and look ahead to Thailand. May the Lord bless you richly with his grace in 2019.
by Christ’s grace,
Karl & Sun Dahlfred
- Continued Ph.D progress
- Christianity Explored group
- Financial Provision
- Growth of church in Thailand
- Ph.D progress
- Ministry opportunities in Edinburgh
- Kids’ personal faith and personal holiness
1/4-13 ~ Karl in Thailand to present a conference paper
1/9 ~ weekly Christianity Explored group begins
2/26 ~ Karl begins a month of weekly lectures on World Christianity at Edinburgh Theological Seminary
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