October 2009 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

Praise be to God for the addition of a new little one to our family.  Caitlin Mei Dahlfred was born on Sept 21, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.  7.9 pounds, 20 inches long, pulsing with life & energy, and sporting a full head of hair (see pictures here).  Thank you to all of you who have sent your congratulations on the birth of our daughter.  God has been very gracious to us.

September 2009 Prayer Letter

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Sun pregnant with baby #2Dear Family & Friends,

We are staying at OMF’s mission home in Bangkok now to be closer to the hospital as the arrival of baby#2 draws closer.  Due date is Sept 21st and we are now going for weekly doctor’s visits.  No matter what way Sun sits or lies down, she can’t quite get comfortable. The baby is boxing, kicking, flipping, and spinning around in there, ready to come out anytime now.  Sooner is better, according to Sun.  We’ll send out an email update when the big event occurs.

August 2009 Prayer Letter

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Chris reviewing vocab at Nong Doan Kids ClubDear Friends & Family,

The most enjoyable aspect of ministry this past month has been our evangelistic kids club in Nong Doan.  As we’ve begun to go through major Old Testament stories, starting with creation and the fall, it is exciting to know that some of the foundations of a Biblical worldview are being absorbed into these young minds.  While it is an evangelistic ENGLISH kids club, our focus is on the Bible stories and the whole thing is rather English-lite.  Each week, we introduce some English vocabulary that corresponds to the Bible story (i.e. “flood” “boat”  and “die” for Noah’s ark), practicing that vocab, and using it in a game.  But the Bible story is always told in Thai with review in simple English later on.  Every other week, Thai student worker Tam joins us for kids club and does a superb job telling the Bible story and interacting with the kids.  We need more like him.  On the weeks that Tam is not available, I (Karl) tell the story in Thai but it doesn’t compare with an active engaging Thai storyteller like Tam.  Tam is also an up and coming preacher.  I’d love to have him on a church planting team at some point down the road.  It has also been great to have short-termer Brent and missionary friend Chris coming to help with the kids club.  We haven’t gotten much help from the PhraBaht church so it is great to have some guys that I can rely upon.

July 2009 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

The beginning of July saw the start of two new evangelistic efforts in Nong Doan.  Every Wednesday afternoon, Karl is teaching English and Bible to students at Anubaan Nong Doan Elementary School.  The school called him up to come teach English, and Karl negotiated with them to teach for free as long as he could use Bible stories as part of the curriculum.  During every class hour, Karl will teach just English for 50 minutes and then gets the last 10 minutes of class to tell a Bible story in Thai.  The first week, first through third graders heard about how God created the world.   Next up will be the creation of man and the fall.

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