December 2011 Prayer Letter

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At the Wedding of Thai Christian Friends during Karl's recent trip to ThailandDear 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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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!

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.

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.

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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