Dear Friends & Family,
We are entering into a time of transition now as our home assignment in the U.S. draws to a close, and we look forward to returning to Thailand within the next month (or two?). Thank you for continuing to lift us up in prayer, and thank you to the many of you who support us and our ministry financially as well.
Last month, we told you that we were under-supported and need more financial pledges to get back to the field by January 2012. We’ve now reviewed our budget and cut or reduced several items but are still under by about $1000/month. Why is this? A combination of factors: 1) Within the past year, two partner churches have said they cannot support us in 2012 due to financial reasons, 2) higher cost of rent in Bangkok, and sharp increase in medical insurance rate, and 3) unfavorable exchange rate so we now get less Thai Baht for the U.S. dollar. We are grateful for a few new supporters and a current partner church that has increased support but we cannot leave for Thailand until our support goes up. OMF International will give us clearance to leave based on pledged monthly/annual support, so please let us or OMF know if you or someone you know plans to donate and has not yet done so. By mid-December, we will make a decision whether we can leave by the beginning of January or will need to delay. Please continue to pray with us. We’ve been in the States for a year already and we are eager to get back to Thailand soon.
VISA RENEWAL TRIP
Karl recently returned from a six-day trip to Bangkok to renew his missionary visa. The Thai government has been slow in processing visa letters due to the flooding so we are very thankful that the renewal went through on time. This brief trip makes me (Karl) all the more eager to get back to Thailand quickly!