September 2021 Prayer Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

I want to thank all of you for standing with us as we seek to return to Thailand. The past year and a half has seen many changes of plans for all of us as well as the frustration and uncertainty of not knowing what next week or next month may bring. We are still aiming to return to Thailand but the question of “when?” is up in the air. End of this year? Later? Nevertheless, there are positive developments to report amid ongoing question marks.

Advising Thai D.Min Students

I am in touch with Bangkok Bible Seminary and they would like me to advise some Doctor of Ministry students on their research. This is something that I can start doing now, connecting with students via email and Zoom as they develop research proposals for their dissertations. I thought I would have to wait until we get back to Thailand before I could get involved again with Thai theological education. But lo and behold, I can do it now! This is a great opportunity to use my education and experience to help full-time Christian workers in Thailand in their efforts to get better equipped for ministry in Thai churches.

June 2021 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends & Family,

Many people ask me about our progress in getting back to Thailand and I will talk about that in a moment.  But first, I want to talk about Thailand a bit to inform your prayers.

Thailand and COVID-19

Until recently, Thailand has escaped relatively unscathed with deaths at less than 100 and cases in the thousands. But just this past month, Thailand has had a surge with over 150,000 cases and over 1000 deaths reported by the end of May. Every province has somewhat different restrictions and many schools, churches, etc. have been pushed back to online only. Many people are very scared.  Although death by traffic accident is statistically MUCH more likely in Thailand, which has the second-highest per capita road fatality rate in the world, it is not driving that people are afraid of in Thailand, but Covid. And because people are in fear, we need to pray for them. Regardless of why people are afraid or whether their fear is justified, the reality is that people are afraid and they need the hope of the Gospel. God never promised us safety in this life although we all pray for it and are often blessed with safety in various forms. There are real dangers in this world, whether it be infectious disease or traffic accidents, and we need to hang on to the hope that God is in control and that He is watching over us, to protect us for His glory and our sanctification and joy in Him. We will all surely die some day, but only at the time of God’s choosing. 

January 2021 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends & Family,

Happy New Year!  I hope you’ve enjoyed a pleasant Christmas despite drastically scaled back celebrations for many of us. Though is easy to complain, as Christians we need to choose to be hopeful because God reigns and rules over the circumstances of our lives. I can sometimes be pessimistic and need to continually re-orient my mind to God’s good promises in the long-term, and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18). There is always something to be grateful for when we make the effort to look for it. In this letter, I want to share briefly some things from this past year for which we are thankful, and then outline what is likely ahead for us in 2021.

Family Photo (January 2021)Happy New Year 2021 from Edinburgh, Scotland!

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