September 2010 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,


“How is church planting going?” I don’t particularly enjoy answering this question but I wish I did.  With only about 3 months to go until our home assignment in the U.S., it is time to look back at our first full missionary term in Thailand and ask, “What has been accomplished?   What do we have to show for ourselves as we head back home and meet with supporters?”

I wish I could tell you that new churches (or at least one new church) has been planted.  Or maybe that a small group Bible study of some sort has started that we hope will grow into a church.  Or at the very least, we’d like to report about some promising new believers who have come to faith while we’ve been here.

August 2010 Prayer Letter

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Joshua and Caitlin playing at home in a couch cushion houseDear Friends & Family,

This month we don’t have any major events going on but we continue to plug away with everyday life and ministry.  

Karl is preaching at PhraBaht church once a month as we work our way through the books of the Bible over the course of a year, more or less.  We are also making occasional visits to the Blessing of Ayuthaya Church, 1.5 hours away, where Karl preaches.  One of the church leaders there is a young man whom Karl used to disciple many years ago in Phitsanulok.

More locally, we both press on with visitation and discipleship.  With each of the people that we are trying to meet up with, it seems to be an “on again, off again” situation in terms of their availability.  We highly prefer consistency but we take it as it comes, and keep praying for people, for the Lord’s work in their lives, and that opportunities to get together with them actually happen.

July 2010 Prayer Letter

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Thai pastor sharing Gospel with small group of Thai childrenDear Friends & Family,

The first half of July turned out to be a very busy but very productive time for us.  Joining us for two weeks was a short-term team from East Sarang Community Church in Chino, CA.  Karl coordinated the team together with Tam, who works in student ministry in nearby Lopburi.  The schedule was packed with English teaching, an evangelistic student cafe, open air evangelism & tracting, children’s ministry, and preaching. 

Ministering at the Phrabaht church is often very discouraging and lonely, so it has been wonderful to have so many enthusiastic, dedicated young people with us, as well as their team leader, a former classmate of Karl’s from Gordon Conwell Seminary.  Working more closely with Tam was also a great experience as Tam is a hard working Biblically minded servant of God with whom we can communication well.

June 2010 Prayer Letter

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Thai School ChildrenDear Friends & Family,

 

June signals the start of the school year here in Thailand and life is busy and our days are long.  Karl has restarted the evangelistic kids club in Nong Doan and our first week had 20-30 kids, mostly returnees from the previous year.  As we reviewed Creation, Sin, and Noah’s Ark, some kids called out, “We know that already!”  That’s great.  It means that they remember some of what we did last year and we can build on those foundations.  Last year we spent lots of times doing Old Testament stories, especially the first part of Genesis. This year we’ll focus more on the New Testament.  Student worker Tam, some new student ministry interns will help out, as well as Pastor Jareun from the PhraBaht church.  Please pray for these children from poor homes in rural Nong Doan.  Pray that these stories and songs at kids club will be used of God to bring about faith and repentance in their lives as they grow up.

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