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November 2011 Prayer Letter

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Flooding in Northern BangkokDear Friends & Family,

Our countdown clock is ticking down as we look forward to returning to Thailand in just a couple months.  We plan to leave in January 2012 but a few things need to happen in order for us to have an on time departure.  Please join with us in prayer for the following items:
 

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

By our best estimates, our overall financial support level needs to go up by about $500/month in order to receive clearance to leave.  This doesn’t need to be money in hand, but merely pledged.  We are working to make this happen, but don’t yet know where the additional support will come from. Please pray for the Lord’s provision in his timing.

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September 2011 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

 

Thank you for your continued prayers for us as we spend this year in the U.S. on home assignment.

In July, we enjoyed a ten day trip to Colorado for some training at OMF International’s U.S. headquarters, and visits with friends and supporters.  It was great to connect with other missionaries, and to hear their stories, at the OMF training week.  We were also reminded of all the hard work that the support staff do there, processing finances, sending out prayer letters, and helping prospective missionaries get to the field.  So-called administrative “overhead” is not wasted money, but essential for getting missionaries to the field and helping them stay there.

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July 2011 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

 

Praise the Lord! We have bought our home and are living in it. It has been rough at times getting here, but the Lord has accomplished it. Getting settled has also been difficult, but we are slowly getting there by God’s grace. Of course, keeping the home while serving the Lord as missionaries overseas will be a challenge. So, we know that we are dependent on God every step of the way. Please continue to pray for us over this matter.

We had written earlier that there would be risks to owning a home while we are overseas but we believe that it will be a good investment and will serve to control rent in our latter years.  If we were to retire in the United States in thirty years time, it would be good to not to have to pay rent at that time, especially as some people are less likely to keep supporting retired missionaries who are no longer “on the front lines”.   Out of necessity, some missionaries live in dozens of different homes over the course of their lifetime.  We hope that owning this home will add stability to our family’s life as we come back to it time and again when we are in the U.S.
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May 2011 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

When we left for the field as missionaries in 2006, we thought that owning a home was out of the question for us. We didn’t have the funds and we would be gone much of the time. However, we had to rethink that through when Dr. Larry Dinkins, a OMF missionary who has served the Thai for the last 30 years, wrote a guest post on our webpage entitled “If I Had To Do It All Over Again” (July 14, 2009). Number 7 on his list was, “I would have figured out a way to purchase a house on the homeside [USA] early in my career and thus set up a solid base for my family in subsequent years.” We began thinking and praying, and researching about this idea. We corresponded with the Dinkins to better understand their rationale, talked it over with the finance director at OMF to see whether OMF would be supportive of the idea of their missionary owning a home stateside, and looked at our finances.