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December 2008 Prayer Letter

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Xmas tractDear Friends & Family,

Merry Christmas! Thank you for your prayers for all of us. We are feeling strong and are working very hard with the Christmas outreaches and school programs scheduled for this month. Thank you also for the gifts and cards you have sent us.

Here in Thailand, Christmas is not a time for family gatherings and celebrations, but a time of vigorous outreaches. If you look at our calendar, we have 10 outreach events for this month. It takes quite a bit of time to prepare and organize these events, but we praise God for opening such opportunities and for providing people and resources for them to be possible. Please pray earnestly for us and for all our brothers and sisters in Thailand who are also doing numerous other outreaches. Pray that God would be pleased to use these outreaches to

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April 2009 Prayer Letter

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New Baby Ultrasound (bum-bum to left, head to right)Dear Friends & Family,

Thank you for for your continued prayers.  We press on in all our responsibilities and we appreciate your pressing on in prayer for us.  

Our big news is that Sun is pregnant again, about 17 weeks as of this writing.  Due date September 21st.   We are excited about the prospect of a new little one but also a bit anxious as Sun’s previous two pregnancies ended in miscarriage (at 4 months and 2 months, respectively).  Thus, we hold on to the fact that God is sovereign and God is good, praying that God will graciously give us another child to be with us for many years to come but also trusting that if He doesn’t, then it is good and He will strengthen us for whatever is ahead.  In the meantime, Sun has been exhausted for the past few months, eating every 2-3 hours, yet only nauseous on occasion.  Karl has been trying to take care of her and Joshua, while Joshua has been pretty self-focused as can be expected of any toddler.  It is fun, however, to watch him to look into Mommy’s bellybutton to see if he can see the new baby.

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November 2008 Prayer Letter

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prodigal son tractDear Friends and Family,

Thanks for praying for us as we arrived back in PhraBaht in October.  In our absence, our house was well taken care by Pastor Jarun and his wife Joy, and our househelp Muay did a great job of cleaning the place before we arrived.  We have really enjoyed seeing people again, both church people and neighbors.  We made a decision to focus on visiting and catch up with people instead of letting ourselves get wrapped up with unpacking and putting things away.  Those practical matters will come with time but our priority is loving people in the name of Christ.

Our ministry focus continues to be church planting in surrounding towns such as Nong Doan, six miles northwest of PhraBaht.  Our primary contacts there are Chaat & Muay, a Christian couple who come in to PhraBaht for worship on Sundays.  I (Karl) have restarted my weekly visits to them on Wednesday morning to
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October 2008 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your prayers as we wrapped up our time in the States and flew back to Thailand.  We are thankful for our time to see many of you and to spend time with Karl’s family.

I am writing to you from the beach in Southern Thailand as we take a few weeks vacation before returning to our town of PhraBaht in Central Thailand.  Despite losses this past year, our family is feeling strong in general and are eager to see what God has for us as we get back into ministry in Thailand.   We are full of ideas and enthusiasm for evangelism and discipleship as we think about the opportunities to work in the PhraBaht area.