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December 2014 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends & Family,

As we come to the end of 2014, is hard to believe that yet another year has gone by. Thank you for standing with us in prayer and finances as we minister in Thailand.

Grace City Bangkok Church

Our church plant has been holding weekly Sunday worship since September 2013 and we continue to get new visitors at worship on Sunday, though not all of our “regular” people are there regularly.  There are four of us who function as elders for the church, Andrew, Tim, Natee and myself (Karl).  All of us have young families and other responsibilities outside of the church plant.  That makes for a lot of busyness, exhaustion, and sometimes sickness.  It is exciting to meet non-believers asking questions, and see the church slowly grow, but it is a lot of work.  Please pray for this small church plant as we seek to disciple believers and reach out to non-believers.  Please remember in prayer a big Christmas event on December 20th, both for the planning and that the people who come to this event would ask questions and return for the worship service later.

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October 2014 Prayer Letter

Students Sing in Chapel at Bangkok Bible SeminaryDear Friends & Family,

Thank you for praying for us as we serve in Bangkok. I don’t have any major events to report on but I do want to give several updates so that you know how to best pray.

New Househelp

In our last prayer letter, we asked you to pray that God would provide some house help for Sun.  Praise God that He has provided woman to come help with some household tasks and cleaning five days per week.  This allows Sun to spend more time with the children, and homeschooling, as well as some other projects that she has wanted to work on.  It also means that I am needing to do less dishes and cooking as well.

Time with Students

In the past, I have not been able to get to know students as well as I’d like, but this term I have started eating lunch with them two days per week.  This informal time provides more opportunity for relationship building and talking about things that they are thinking about or going through, whether related to class or not.  Recently, a couple students have been asking me about what it looks like to emphasize grace in preaching and what that means.  It is encouraging to hear these kind of questions because much of the preaching in Thai churches is moralistic and there are not enough models of Gospel-centered preaching for people to see. Pray that Bangkok Bible Seminary students and graduates would have a firm grasp on the Gospel of grace and what it means to live by grace, not by works.

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July 2014 Prayer Letter

Grading exams at Bangkok Bible SeminaryDear Friends & Family,

This past June was full of travel for our family so as July gets going, we are all glad to be back home in Bangkok and settling back into a routine again.

Grading and Course Planning

The spring term at Bangkok Bible Seminary finished this past May and most of Karl’s time between now and the new term in August will be filled with grading from the past term and course planning for the new one. Grading is particularly challenging for Karl because his reading speed in Thai is significantly slower than English and the students’ handwriting on exams is sometimes difficult to decipher. That translates to many tedious hours of working through tests and papers. Please pray for Karl as he grades and does course prep this summer. It is fairly quiet around here right now but the campus will spring to life again when students return for the new semester on August 13.

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April 2014 Prayer Letter

DField Trip to Bangkok Protestant Cemeteryear Friends & Family,

Every day and every week seems to be very full for us as we plug away at the responsibilities that God has given us in Thailand. Please pray for us and for the Thai people as God moves forward his plan for Thailand one step at a time.

Homeschool Week

At the beginning of March, our whole family joined with other missionary families for a homeschool week at OMF’s guest home in Bangkok. The kids enjoyed themselves, especially the time to play and interact with other children. Since they are learning at home with Mom most of the time, it is helpful to attend these OMF-sponsored homeschool weeks every 6 months to help our kids learn how to better learn and function in a school group.