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February 2012 Prayer Letter

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The ONLY church history textbook in Thai!Dear Friends & Family,

 

Thank you everyone for standing with us in prayer as we have been in a holding pattern waiting for our financial support to go back up so we can return to Thailand.

ALMOST THERE!

By the time you read this our situation might have changed, but as of right now (Feb 2nd) we are $362/month short of 100% support, and $40/month short of 95% support (the minimum amount required by OMF International for us to receive clearance to return to Thailand).  That’s really close!   Our support gap used to be much bigger but we’ve seen it close through 1) making serious cuts to our budget, and 2) seeing God provide through a few large one-time gifts, and new (or increased) financial support pledges.  We have felt tempted to cut the budget even further in order to get back more quickly but we don’t want to get out to Bangkok and find that we don’t have the funds that we need to live and minister.  So, no more budget cuts, but more prayer and more visiting with churches and people interested in our work in Thailand.  We are really thankful to God that He has brought us thus far, and we are confident that he will provide what is needed to bring us the rest of the way.  Since we are so close to the 95% support figure, we are very hopeful to leave for Thailand in March.
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January 2012 Prayer Letter

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At Karl’s graduation from the Master of Theology (Th.M) program at Talbot School of TheologyDear Friends & Family,

 

Happy New Year!  This past year has been a very good but very busy.  We arrived in California in January and Karl started an intense program of graduate studies.  Joshua started school (pre-K and now kindergarten). Sun worked hard on finding us the right house, which we bought in June.  Karl successfully finished up his Th.M degree in December, and now we are working on getting back to Thailand.  Praise God for his provision for our family is so many ways!

 

DEPARTURE DELAYED

Sometimes missionaries on home assignment see their support drop because people think that they don’t need money because they are home.  We are thankful for our many faithful supporters who have stuck with us during our year at home and are ready to see us off again to the mission field.  Praise be to God that since we wrote to you last month a couple large donations have come in to help alleviate our low support problem.  The support gap is closing but we are still not where we need to be. Thus, we must delay our anticipated January departure.  We are hopeful however, that we’ll get good news of more support in the next few weeks so that we can leave for Thailand in February.  We don’t know where that support will come from but are praying for the Lord’s provision.  Until the support comes in, we are stuck in a holding pattern here.  We want to take off!  Please pray that we’ll soon get news of new support pledges so we can book our tickets!
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December 2011 Prayer Letter

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At the Wedding of Thai Christian Friends during Karl's recent trip to ThailandDear Friends & Family,

 

We are entering into a time of transition now as our home assignment in the U.S. draws to a close, and we look forward to returning to Thailand within the next month (or two?).  Thank you for continuing to lift us up in prayer, and thank you to the many of you who support us and our ministry financially as well.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Last month, we told you that we were under-supported and need more financial pledges to get back to the field by January 2012.  We’ve now reviewed our budget and cut or reduced several items but are still under by about $1000/month.  Why is this?  A combination of factors: 1)  Within the past year, two partner churches have said they cannot support us in 2012 due to financial reasons, 2) higher cost of rent in Bangkok, and sharp increase in medical insurance rate, and 3) unfavorable exchange rate so we now get less Thai Baht for the U.S. dollar.  We are grateful for a few new supporters and a current partner church that has increased support but we cannot leave for Thailand until our support goes up.  OMF International will give us clearance to leave based on pledged monthly/annual support, so please let us or OMF know if you or someone you know plans to donate and has not yet done so.  By mid-December, we will make a decision whether we can leave by the beginning of January or will need to delay.  Please continue to pray with us.  We’ve been in the States for a year already and we are eager to get back to Thailand soon.
 

VISA RENEWAL TRIP

Karl recently returned from a six-day trip to Bangkok to renew his missionary visa.  The Thai government has been slow in processing visa letters due to the flooding so we are very thankful that the renewal went through on time.  This brief trip makes me (Karl) all the more eager to get back to Thailand quickly!

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November 2011 Prayer Letter

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Flooding in Northern BangkokDear Friends & Family,

Our countdown clock is ticking down as we look forward to returning to Thailand in just a couple months.  We plan to leave in January 2012 but a few things need to happen in order for us to have an on time departure.  Please join with us in prayer for the following items:
 

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

By our best estimates, our overall financial support level needs to go up by about $500/month in order to receive clearance to leave.  This doesn’t need to be money in hand, but merely pledged.  We are working to make this happen, but don’t yet know where the additional support will come from. Please pray for the Lord’s provision in his timing.