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August 2012 Prayer Letter

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Bangkok Skyline at Sunset (photo: Diliff)Dear Friends & Family,

 

What a difference a month makes!  There are still some boxes lying around but we have largely moved in at this point and begun to settle into a routine - Life is getting busy!

 

 

New School Year Begins at BBS

This past week, students started moving into the dormitory next to our house and the road out front is getting more foot traffic as everyone looks forward to the new semester that begins August 14th.

Karl is set to teach “Intro to World Missions” to a group of 4th year Bachelor of Theology students.  This is their final year and this is the one missions class in their curriculum.  Please pray that Karl will teach well, and more importantly that the students will learn well, gaining a vision for world missions.  There are extremely few Thai missionaries serving abroad, and the Thai church needs to grow in vision for reaching beyond their own people to those who are culturally, linguistically, and geographically distant from them.  Pray that this class would be used of the Lord to raise up more workers for the harvest fields, near and far (Acts 1:8).
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July 2012 Prayer Letter

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family sitting in piles of bags and boxesDear Friends & Family,

 

Thank you for remembering us in prayer as we get settled into our new surroundings in Bangkok and begin ministry.  This past month we enjoyed a long delayed vacation, and good times of fellowship and teaching at OMF Thailand’s annual conference.

Welcome to the Concrete Jungle

Right after conference we hired a truck and got all our stuff out of storage in Central Thailand for the big move to Bangkok.  Just about everything was covered in heaps of dust and the hired hands who came with the truck weren’t exactly careful movers.  In any case, a couple weeks later we still have boxes and bags everywhere, and are often not sure where our things are.  And because Bangkok is SO big and busy, we’re often not sure where to buy things in the area around us either.  There are so many shops, big and small, tucked away into the concrete clefts and crevices of this expansive city that it is hard to know where to find this or that.  Folks at the seminary have been helpful in pointing us in the right direction, but it is often still intimidating to try to find anything in the maze of roads.  The signage confuses us and it only takes one missed turn to get severely turned around.

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June 2012 Prayer Letter

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Downtown BangkokDear Friends & Family,

 

Greetings from Bangkok!  Yes, we finally made it.  We arrived in Thailand on May 26th after a very long but uneventful journey.

 

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us as we wrapped up our time in the States.  We took care of everything that needed to get done, and are excited to have moved on to our new adventure in Bangkok.

 

NEW HOUSE

Our first week in Thailand, we stayed at the OMF Mission Home in Northern Bangkok while getting over jetlag and commuting downtown to start setting up our new house next to the Bangkok Bible Seminary (BBS).  The seminary paid rent on the house for us during 2011, and we picked up the rent starting this past January.  The house is a real blessing in that it is, a) an actual house and not an apartment, and b) right next to the seminary.  The building just next to us is used by BBS for administrative offices, student & professor housing, and the cafeteria.  Once the new school term starts on August 14th, there will be tons of seminary folks passing by our gate everyday.  Already, we’ve run into a number of faculty, staff, and students as we’ve been in and out of our house to clean, etc.  
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May 2012 Prayer Letter

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Caitlin in cardboard boxDear Friends & Family,

 

Please accept our apologies for not sending an April prayer letter.  We know that many of you have been praying for us, and especially for our support to go up.

We are pleased to inform you that our financial support level has now passed 95% and we have clearance to leave for Thailand!  This is a great answer to prayer, and we want to thank you all for praying for us in this specific need.  The additional support came in through a combination of new supporters and current supporters increasing their pledges.  God is good in providing in his time, through your generosity!  Thank you!

We have not yet bought airplane tickets but will buy them soon, after we wrap up a couple items here in the States.  We expect to leave in May and will send out an email/Facebook update when we have an exact date.