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February 2015 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends & Family,

Thanks for praying for and supporting us in this new year as we serve Christ in Bangkok.  I want to briefly update you on the prayer points from our previous letter and then provide some other items to continue to remember in prayer.

New Believer at Grace City Bangkok

In December, we asked you to pray for the Christmas event at Grace City Bangkok church plant.  We had good attendance and we praise God that a particular young man who came to the Christmas event recently professed faith in Christ.  Pray for “Sound” to grow in his newfound faith in Christ.

Joshua at the Lord’s Table

Also in the area of faith, we asked you to pray for our kids to have genuine faith.  Our oldest, Joshua, has been showing some signs of faith for a while and was recently interviewed by the elders at church.  On February 1st, he was welcomed to the Lord’s Supper upon his credible profession of faith.  We praise God for his work in our son’s life.

Balancing Our Lifestyle

We also asked you to pray that Sun & I would get more sleep, exercise, Bible reading and prayer.  We are still working on getting enough sleep, but I have started running again regularly, and Bible reading and prayer is improving (somewhat).  Please pray for a balanced lifestyle that prioritizes what is most important so that we can be most effective in ministry and glorifying to God in the long run.

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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.