Dear Friends & Family,
Greetings from Southern California! Our family returned from Thailand at the end of January for six months of home assignment (furlough). Our first six weeks in the U.S. brought us to Colorado, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Indiana and we are now in Orange County, California up through the end of August.
Traveling so many places has been tiring for our family, and somewhat unsettling as we have lived out of suitcases and spent lots of time adjust to new places and different patterns of doing things compared to our last four years in Thailand.
We are really thankful for the many kind and generous people we’ve met as we’ve visited churches, and caught up with mission partners, and friends new and old. God has provided in so many ways, some unexpected and very timely, as we’ve booked flights, rented and borrowed cars, and filled our calendar with lots of coffees, lunches, and other get togethers.
One thing that has really impressed me about many of the churches we’ve visited is that people are enthusiastic about the work that we’re doing in Thailand. We often don’t hear from those who receive our prayer letter, so we are not sure how those letters are being received. That is not a criticism, mind you, as we ourselves receive the prayer letters of other people and don’t often write back. But when we meet with people, it is encouraging to learn that people have been reading our letters, praying, and are interested in what we’re doing and where we’re doing next.
A number of people have asked what we are doing now that we are on home assignment. As you may have picked up in the previous paragraphs, we have been meeting with lots of people and visiting churches. Sun also continues to homeschool the kids, and in between preparing for church visits, I have been plugging away at some ministry responsibilities from Thailand. For the past week or so I have been writing a chapter for a book on the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation and the Thai Church Today. This is a joint project with some Thai pastors and seminary professors, and another missionary. Our goal is for it to be published this year to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I wrote my chapter in Thai and hired a Thai Christian friend who does freelance editing to proofread and smooth out the grammar. Please pray that this book would help Thai Christians to be better grounded in the essentials of the Christian faith and to be better prepared when they run into false teaching. Besides some Thai writing, I also have a stack of student papers to grade, leftover from this past term of teaching at Bangkok Bible Seminary.
Please pray for our family as we try to settle into some sort of routine, and meet with partners and churches. If you haven’t seen us yet, and want to, please let us know. We’ll be in Southern California through August and would love to set up a time to get together. We enjoy not only sharing about Thailand, but also hearing how you are and getting reacquainted. There is nothing like getting together face-to-face. Thanks for praying.
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by Christ’s grace,
Karl & Sun Dahlfred
Publication of book on the Five Solas and the Thai Church
Meeting with mission partners and speaking at churches
God’s provision for us in many practical ways
Kind and generous people we are meeting in the U.S.
4/1-2 Missions Weekend at New Life Pres, La Mesa
4/9 Karl preach Mission Pres. Church, La Habra
4/23 Karl preach Grace Pres. Church, Yorba Linda
4/30 Karl preach Inland Church, Pomona
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