October 2016 Prayer Letter
Dear Friends & Family,
Thank you everyone for praying for us and for the Thai people. Our ministry is a long-term endeavor and we appreciate the many people who stand with us in prayer and finances.
New School Year
The new school year has begun for all of us as the seminary started up again in August and Sun picked up again with homeschooling Joshua and Caitlin. For toddler John, his lessons are more informal, such as learning what happens when he puts his face too close to a hot pot (don’t worry, he’s fine). Pray for Sun to have wisdom and patience as she teaches the kids. Some days are difficult.
I (Karl) am enjoying teaching 2 church history classes this semester, although the classes are abnormally large (nearly 40 students in each class), which makes class discussion unwieldy at times. Some days of teaching are much more interesting and engaging than others, but I am encouraged when students ask good questions. One student asked, “My friend said that worshipping on Sunday is sinful because it is worshiping the sun, syncretism introduced by Constantine. Is that true?” So I provided the historical and biblical reasons why Sunday worship is valid, and not a compromise with paganism. Lots of misinformation about church history gets circulated in popular culture and among Christians, so it is great when students can see how learning history can help them answer practical questions of Christian living and discipleship in the present.