Dear Friends & Family,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had an enjoyable holiday season and you are feeling hopeful as we head into a New Year.
Thailand Conference & Still More Research
From January 4-13, I (Karl) am in Thailand to present a paper at a conference. My paper topic is “Missionary Communication When Locals are Listening.” If all goes well, this paper will show up as a chapter in a published book next year. If you’d like a “sneak peek”, let me know.
After that brief trip, I’ll be back in Scotland to continue pushing through the remaining stacks of documents that I collected this past summer. I really thought that it wouldn’t take this long to read through and scan these docs, but such is life. Please pray that I’ll know what to skim and what to read in-depth so I’ll be ready to start some substantial writing in the not distant future. My supervisor has counseled me to start writing this year instead of waiting for my third year. Thus, I hope to get writing this spring sometime. I probably need to do a 2 week research trip to Wheaton College sometime this year as well. Please pray that I will have the discipline, diligence, and discernment to make all that happen. I’ve been at this 1.5 years so far and am hoping to finish this dissertation within 3 years total (mid-year 2020). But I’ll only have a chance of reaching that goal if I stay on task.