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June 2013 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

 

May 24th marks the one year anniversary of our return to Thailand.  It has been a very busy year but we are glad for all that the Lord’s mercies.

First Year of Seminary Teaching

Preparing and teaching seminary courses in Thai has been very challenging but also very rewarding.  It has been a sharp learning curve, my language ability has been stretched, and many hours have been poured in.  Now that the school term has ended, it is a great relief in many ways.  I have time to catch my breath, and improve on what I’ve done this year for next year’s classes.  I still feel like I have a lot to learn but I am glad that Bangkok Bible Seminary is happy to keep me on as I learn how to be a blessing to my students.  You can read more of my reflections on my first year of teaching seminary in Thailand in this blog post.  Thank you to all who lifted me up in prayer during this past year of teaching.

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April 2013 Prayer Letter

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Thai New Year’s Festival, April 13-15 (Photo: Wyndham)

 

Dear Friends & Family,

 

We hope you all had a good Easter, celebrating our Lord’s resurrection.  Here in Thailand, hot season is in full swing in Thailand as temperatures soar over 100 degrees each day.  The heat and humidity make us even more tired than usual, especially Sun.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

In our last prayer letter, we mentioned that Sun was feeling exhausted but we knew that this season would pass.  A perceptive reader read between the lines and wrote back, asking, “Is Sun....?” Yes, she is. We are pleased to let you know that Sun is pregnant with our third child, who should be making his or her appearance mid-September.  She is about 16 weeks along now, feeling tired, but not sick, and eating about every 2 hours.  It is hard to keep enough meals and munchies in the house!

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February 2013 Prayer Letter

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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.

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December 2012 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

Once again we find ourselves at the end of December and it is a good time to reflect on the Lord’s goodness to us over the past year, and to give thanks.

This past January found us still in Southern California, under-supported, and not sure when we would be able to get back to Thailand.  Yet by May, God had graciously provided through many of you, and we were on our way to Bangkok.

In Bangkok, God had prepared a rental house for us right next to Bangkok Bible Seminary (we share a fence), and even given us a small yard for kids to play, plants to grow, and chickens to squawk.  We set up house, got lost a lot in Bangkok traffic, and settled into our new life here.  The kids and Sun have taken to home schooling and finding their way to the grocery store in the concrete jungle, and Karl has enjoyed the challenge of teaching seminary and assisting the editors at the publisher.