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The latest updates of our adventures and challenges in ministry.

Furlough Thoughts

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Here are a few lessons learned from our first round of furlough.

F-ellowship with family and friends
We have been refreshed by the many opportunities to visit with loved ones. Fellowship is extremely valuable to us and we feel like we have filled our tank to the brim with meaningful memories.

U-nity with our church family
I’ve been reminded of how necessary it is for us to have quality time to interact with our church family. We need time to learn, labor, and pray together; to share burdens and remember that we are members first and missionaries second. It’s been especially helpful for our children to build a solid connection with the kids and families of our church. It is thrilling to see them become a part of what we love and we must protect this bond.

R-eporting to supporting churches
Every meeting has been an encouragement and blessing. We are humbled by the kindness shown to us and rejoice in the faithfulness of our supporting churches. We appreciate the flexibility of pastors, to work with our travel schedule, and the understanding of those churches that we were not able to visit on this trip. Our plan is to visit about 40% of our churches every 2 years, and that has greatly reduced the pressure of travel and builds-in time to be renewed and ready for the next round of ministry.

L-earning to interact in America
Yes, we are still Americans and we love our country. We’ve learned how to live on the other side of the world, but it’s good to remember that we can function, and enjoy being back home. Our goal is not to lose our identity as Americans but to maintain a spirit of contentedness both at home and abroad. With that said, we are more than ready to return to the field of Thailand and are excited about the path of ministry ahead.

O-bservations and adjustments to ministry
Stepping back from weekly patterns of Bible study and outreach allows us to see the bigger picture. It’s been great to sit down with our pastor and discuss adjustments and blessings. God has revealed a need for a greater focus on discipleship: modeling what we expect from the men that God has given to us. More travel, evangelism, and teaching inside of Myanmar is also on our to-do list as we press forward in ministry.

U-nderstanding priorities as a believer
It’s easy to become so busy in ministry that we get our priorities out of balance. Especially the priorities of personal fellowship with Christ and quality time with our families. Furlough provides a change of pace and time to soak in some quality preaching and teaching, in English!

G-rowth in relationships and communication
Relationships take effort and time. Anne is a great communicator and has been an example to me of the need to invest in relationships. Furlough is a good time to revive face-to-face relationships and to develop better communication. I have a lot to learn in this area, and need that reminder. Speaking of growth, I think I’ve also gained ten pounds while being in the US. =)

H-ealth improvements
Thanks to a chiropractor in our church, my neck and back have improved greatly while we’ve been home. Anne was able to get some new contact lenses – a special prescription that is difficult to receive in Thailand. We praise the Lord for overall good health and the ability to catch-up on some specific health needs.

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Get the seed out of the barn (bag)

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Get the seed out of the barn (bag)

I smiled when I saw our latest order of tracts (1,000 booklets) expertly stacked into a single bag. That is how we roll in Thailand – just about everything comes in a plastic bag. It makes it convenient for carrying on your bike or motorcycle. Well, except when you exceed the intended use of the bag, for example with 1,000 tracts…I digress.

Anyway, I thank the Lord for my friend Jay helping me to get these printed this week. This quick printing allows our friend Eliza to join in the action as we go house to house with a story about the Creator God. 

It was great to get the seed out of the barn, or bag in this case.

Please join us in praying that many would read this short story which leads to an online Bible study. 




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More Visitors!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

My mom and Mary Ann (a friend from church) arrived this past week, and Paul was very excited to greet them: 


Of course we got down to business right away doing the important things, like playing:

And then we just had to share our second favorite place to play:

Today we enjoyed visiting Doi Tung Villa and Gardens with Mom and Mary Ann:

  (I don’t know why, but Paul loves to sit in Ellie’s stroller instead of his own. 😁)

 (The Villa in the distance)

Now we are all sunburnt and ready to tumble into bed. Happy Saturday!

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Thai Translation practice

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Thai Translation practice

Our Thai teacher has been helping me translate my personal testimony tract into the Thai language. It’s a challenging project, as I search for the right words to express heart emotions and spiritual concepts regarding salvation. It has also been teaching me how difficult it is to type things out in the Thai language. I’m very thankful for digital tools like Google Translate that allow me to dictate words and phrases. Otherwise, I would be here forever with my painfully slow, cross-cultural “hunt and peck” skills. =)

Little by little, line by line…

We praise God for a language tutor that shares our heart for proclaiming the gospel!


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Our little man

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments


I thank God for Paul, our little man. He’s a great helper, a people person, and lover of the outdoors. He keeps us running, laughing, and on our knees in prayer. He’s my fitness pal and reason for the grey hairs. He’s about as stubborn as they come. Yep, he’s our son and we love him.

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Stumbling forward

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

  Anne and I are being stretched daily in our usage of the Thai language. Today was more like a fall forward than a stretch, as I did my best to conduct a Bible study in Thai, without my usual helper. In short, the translator never showed, so I did my best to stumble along and do my best to explain the words of the verse in Thai, to a lady who can understand Thai but only read Burmese. Fortunately, we stuck with one verse and after several rounds, I think I got most of the words right. At least it gave this lady extra time to read for herself and examine the words in her own language. So, at least we fell forward and I know better how to prepare for next time. 
As many wise men have said, “Direction, not perfection.”

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