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December 2012 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

Once again we find ourselves at the end of December and it is a good time to reflect on the Lord’s goodness to us over the past year, and to give thanks.

This past January found us still in Southern California, under-supported, and not sure when we would be able to get back to Thailand.  Yet by May, God had graciously provided through many of you, and we were on our way to Bangkok.

In Bangkok, God had prepared a rental house for us right next to Bangkok Bible Seminary (we share a fence), and even given us a small yard for kids to play, plants to grow, and chickens to squawk.  We set up house, got lost a lot in Bangkok traffic, and settled into our new life here.  The kids and Sun have taken to home schooling and finding their way to the grocery store in the concrete jungle, and Karl has enjoyed the challenge of teaching seminary and assisting the editors at the publisher. 

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November 2012 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

 

Our family continues to keep busy here in Bangkok and we appreciate your continued prayers for us and for the Thai people.

END OF SEMESTER LOOMING

There are just a few short weeks left unti the end of Karl’s first term teaching at Bangkok Bible Seminary.  The first year is always challenging for new teachers as they prepare and teach courses that they have never taught before, and Karl’s experience has been no different.  Teaching in a second language adds it’s own challenge as well. But his course in World Missions has been going well, and our family has been integrating into the seminary community, getting to know students and faculty.  Please pray that not only Karl’s teaching, but also our lives and relationships with the students will be a blessing and example that will draw us all closer to Christ and adorn the Gospel of grace.

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October 2012 Prayer Letter

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Dear Friends & Family,

 

Some of you may wonder what Sun and the children do while Karl is away teaching at the seminary or helping to translate Christian material. Here is a small glimpse into our lives at home.

Raising Chickens

Another missionary family was raising chickens and we thought we would also do that as part of our homeschooling experience. They were going to give us a hen and a Thai pastor was going to give us a couple of chicks. We were happily surprised when we received the hen AND a mother hen with her five 3-day old chickens. We had been building a hen house and preparing the place for months, so the children were ecstatic to finally get the chickens. The chicks have since grown quite big and are shedding their fuzzy feathers. They are starting to spar with each other. Caitlin really enjoys mothering the chickens. She wants to catch and hold the chicks whenever she has an opportunity. The kids also enjoy looking for eggs (we’ve got 4 so far!). Recently, it’s been unusually wet with the monsoon rains which flood our front yard, so the children haven’t been able to be with the chickens very much. We tried putting down some sand, and that helps some. 
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August 2012 Prayer Letter

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Bangkok Skyline at Sunset (photo: Diliff)Dear Friends & Family,

 

What a difference a month makes!  There are still some boxes lying around but we have largely moved in at this point and begun to settle into a routine - Life is getting busy!

 

 

New School Year Begins at BBS

This past week, students started moving into the dormitory next to our house and the road out front is getting more foot traffic as everyone looks forward to the new semester that begins August 14th.

Karl is set to teach “Intro to World Missions” to a group of 4th year Bachelor of Theology students.  This is their final year and this is the one missions class in their curriculum.  Please pray that Karl will teach well, and more importantly that the students will learn well, gaining a vision for world missions.  There are extremely few Thai missionaries serving abroad, and the Thai church needs to grow in vision for reaching beyond their own people to those who are culturally, linguistically, and geographically distant from them.  Pray that this class would be used of the Lord to raise up more workers for the harvest fields, near and far (Acts 1:8).