November 2013 Prayer Letter

DBaby John with siblings Joshua and Caitlinear Friends & Family,

Thank you for your many prayers. As you know, I asked you to pray that I’d be able to deliver our baby naturally, and the Lord has answered graciously and amazingly.  Our initial doctor said she was unwilling to give me the opportunity to birth naturally so I looked elsewhere and was finally able to find one doctor who was willing to give me that chance. But if I was going to succeed in doing this naturally, I needed a doula to help.  At the very last minute, the Lord connected me with a doula who proved to be just right for what I needed.

On the day that I gave birth, I woke up at 4 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. Later that morning, I began to feel contractions every 8 minutes or so, and then 7 minutes apart.  At about 2 o’clock that day I called my doula and she said to monitor and to give her a call later when it was getting stronger. By late afternoon, I was about 3 to 4 minutes apart.  Our friends came to pick up the kids to take care of them while we were at the hospital.  The doula came, and we labored for about an hour at home.  Then my water broke and we hurriedly went to the hospital, where I found out I was already 9 cm dilated and wanting to push. The doctor arrived shortly after that and checked me. I was 10 cm and ready to go.  Soon after that, our baby popped out his head, opened his eyes and looked around.  Then his body all came out.  He was beautiful.  I held him and fed him right away while the doctor gave me a few stitches. The baby and I were doing well since we had no drugs during the birth, so we came home less than 24 hours later.

August 2013 Prayer Letter

 Dear Friends & Family,

Summer is nearly done and the Bangkok Bible Seminary starts up on August 13th.  Here’s what’s happening as we head into autumn (which is identical to summer in Thailand :-)

"Christianity and the Cults"

Praise God that one of the projects that Karl has been heavily involved with at Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishers Thailand) this past year has finally been published.  “Christianity and the Cults” (Thai title: รู้เท่าทัน) covers six cult groups that are operating in Thailand.  It is our hope and prayer that this will prove to be a helpful resource for pastors, Bible teachers, church members, and any Thai-speaking Christians so that Thai believers will not only be equipped to defend their own faith, but also to help others who are being drawn into these groups so that they will find the true Gospel.  There are not any other Thai language books about cults that are currently in print.

June 2013 Prayer Letter



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.

April 2013 Prayer Letter




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.


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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