Update from D.C. and North Carolina Ya’ll

Haiiy Ya’ll,

Let this blog post serve as a public announcement of love – I am in love with Bojangles Fried Chicken and biscuits.  With that said, I still haven’t had BBQ down here yet, so I may be in a confusing and delicious love triangle.  That’s right!  We have had a successful and safe trip down to what feels like the very very deep deep south.  Ever heard of Union Mills, NC? Didn’t think so!
As many of you know, Allie and I were in Michigan and got to drive down to Washington DC on our way to our training. It was my first time and we were excited to attend a Christian event on the mall of the capitol where we got to see Casting Crowns, Crowder, Lecrae, Hillsong and great speakers like Francis Chan and Ravi Zacharias.  It was a fun event and great heat and humidity training for Thailand.  It was so hot that they cancelled the event 5 hours early and 350 people had reportedly passed out from heat exhaustion.  DC in the summer is beautiful/brutal.  We also got to attend an International Justice Mission meeting in the same church that Frederick Douglas used to attend; a very fitting location for modern day abolitionists.
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We have made it to our cross cultural and missionary training at the Center for Intercultural Training.  It has been such a focused and formative time as we prepare for ministry in Phuket.  Among the many things we are covering, I feel most grateful about learning to process how to leave America well – which will directly effect transitioning well in Thailand.  It’s been really important for Allie and I to face the entirety of our transition head on because it’s easy (especially for me) to bury all of my thoughts and feelings.  This head on approach has been very helpful for Allie and I and will set us up for a smoother move when adjusting to a new culture. We are excited to share more with you in the coming weeks!!
In addition to prayer requests, I wanted to include answers to prayer:
Answered:
  • 1,200 miles of safe driving down south
  • Safe events in Washington DC
  • We got our passports back with approved visas
  • God continues to provide financially as we fundraise
  • Our training program is paid for and has greatly exceeded our expectations
  • 35 days until we leave!
Prayers:
  • We are starting to pray for a building to start renting in the red light district to serve as our office and community center
  • Pray for our Training.  That our studying would be pleasing to God and we would take away as much as possible.
  • Prayer for our Language Learning.  We’ve hit some frustrations with retaining and are busy with full time training
  • We are still praying for monthly supporters. If you are interested please contact us or click here
Thanks for reading! Be looking out for more updates soon!!
Love,
Paul and Allisan

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer from the Beeghlys!
We are currently writing from  Whitehall, MI and preparing to serve in Phuket.  Whether it’s language, culture training, working or praying for our time overseas, we are definitely enjoying our final 2 months in the United States.  With that said, we can’t wait to get started in pushing forward with our anti-trafficking ministries and joining our team in Thailand. (Here is some of our team in Thailand from a Wednesday night prayer meeting!)
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Here is what we’ve been up to these past couple of months:
– Allie and I have been working to save money both for Thailand and to pay our bills while in the United States.  God has amazingly provided an opportunity for Allie to cut and style hair at a salon and have her own chair on certain days of the week.  She has been posting on church sites and has had so much fun being able to ‘do’ hair and share about our mission, while making money.  Paul has been working part time for a general contractor.  Maybe not as fun or social as doing hair, but there is nothing more satisfying then the end of a physically grueling day of hard labor.
– Our Summer Training that begins mid-July in Union Mills North Carolina is right around the corner.  Paul is especially pumped for the BBQ.  We’re excited to get further educated on communicating cross-culturally, adjusting to a new culture and various missionary best practices.  For more info on what we will be learning during our training, click here.  We met missionaries who did the exact same training and they said it’s very intense with writing papers and reading lots of books.  Please be praying for our training as we prepare for the long haul in Thailand.
– We sent off our Visa Applications to the Thai Consulate.  Please be praying for speedy and successful approval of our applications with no hiccups.  We are starting out on an education visa for a year, will renew for a 3 month tourist visa next year and then come back to the U.S. to reapply for a Thai non-governmental organization (NGO) visa once our organization is set up as a Thai foundation in 2017.  Ideally, this is what we will renew every year.  I know that’s a lot of information, but one of the most important things about living overseas is making sure your status while living in another country is legitimate.
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Your readership is much appreciated and of course, thank you so much for your prayers and supporting us financially.  With your help and God’s guidance, we have raised over $25,000 that we will have going into our first year of ministry in Thailand. Due to our job opportunities, we’ve been blessed to be able to save everything that has been donated so far until we depart to Thailand on September 1st.  Praise the Lord!
We are 70% funded and if you’re interested in making a tax deductible donation, please check out our website at : https://beegsabroad.com/supportus/   Please let me know if you have any questions!
God Bless and we wish you all a lovely summer!  Look forward to updating you next month from our missionary training in North Carolina!
Love,
Paul and Allisan
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Drugs, Firearms and Humans…

We have a quick thought and an update.  Consider this:

“The sale of women and children, not prostitution, not pornography…the sale of another human being is the 3rd largest industry in the world.”

~ CIA Statistic

We saw this quote in a movie called Nefarious: Merchant of Souls and it blew my mind. A year ago, when I thought of the word ‘slavery,’ I thought of what I learned in grade school while studying American history.  I thought about the presence of slavery in the old and new testament whether it was the Hebrews in exile or Paul writing a letter to a slave owner in the book of Philemon.  But this idea of ‘modern slavery’ was hard to grasp.  How could this go on in the world I thought I knew?

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Just like drugs and illegal weapons are trafficked over borders and sold, men, women and children are exploited and forced into various forms of work. On our 3 month trip to Cambodia we saw slavery first hand.  Whether it was the 26 year old men I was teaching who had been working 14 hour days on fishing boats with no pay for the last 8 years of their lives or 14-22 year old women who have been sold into prostitution internationally.

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It’s clear to say that modern slavery s real and growing rapidly.  Some might say it’s just business.  There is obvious opportunity for earning lots of money from a trafficker’s standpoint.  The scariest part to me is the “why” behind the increased human trafficking numbers.  Think about it.  Why is this infringement on basic human rights growing?   Let’s use the example of the rising demand for prostitution in specific areas of South East Asia.  Phuket is a place where people go to live out their sexual fantasies.  Because of the increase in ‘sex tourists’ (the demand), it increases the need and the supply of more women and child prostitutes.  One could argue that it’s an increase in sin or more sinners or the lack of Christ in the hearts of people who can afford to go to Thailand and sleep with prostitutes.  It breaks our hearts to see the realness of sin and the effect is has on the poor and vulnerable around the world.

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With the above stated, we wanted to share what our team is looking to do to fight against both the supply and demand of the sex industry. These respected ministries serve to show the love of Christ through Evangelism, Education and Community Development.

Red Light District Ministry: Having a presence in the red light district is a key priority for establishing a communal base for Evangelism and making the name of Jesus known in the epicenter of sin and corruption in Phuket.

Learning Center: In our attempt reach out to workers in the red light district and develop a more informed community, we want to offer free educational opportunities such as English, Business, Personal Finance and other various classes.

Hair Salon Training Center: Creating a cosmetology school for women rescued out of prostitution provides women the opportunity for sustainable education and dignified career. This program will include counseling, daily devotions, personal development and learning how to cut, color, and style hair along with other cosmetic services.

“Johns” Ministry: This ministry looks to seek out individuals who are susceptible to or are seeking out temptations in the red light district. The goal of this outreach is to point people towards true love and true satisfaction.

Please help us by praying over these ministries.

With our September 1st departure in sight, we are getting more and more excited for our mission to Phuket.  Here are several examples of how God has provided for us as we prepare for what He has called us to:

  • We are 56% Funded!
  • Paul is working full time when in Santa Rosa working for a general contractor.  His boss is a Christian and is very flexible with giving time off when we are out of town to fundraise.
  • Partnering with churches and sharing about our ministries all over California and in Michigan.
  • We are being sponsored for our Missions Training this Summer in North Carolina.
  • Gaining numerous connections both state side and overseas.
  • Our Team in Phuket has nearly doubled for our arrival in September.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for safe travel and productive preparation as our last months close in.
  • Pray for fundraising.  Our goal is 60% funded prior to departure.
  • Please pray for the above ministries.
  • Pray for a safe path against corruption as we put roots down in Phuket.
Thanks for reading and please let us know if you have any questions!
Love,
The Beeghlys

We’re Leaving September 1st!

For those of you who have followed Allie and I or supported us through prayer and finances, we wanted to update you on what’s been going on since we had initially announced our departure to Phuket, Thailand.  2016 brings new challenges/opportunities to trust God and final preparations to successfully launch and transition overseas.  I want to announce that we couldn’t be more excited to buy our plane tickets today!  Thank you for reading our web posts and we can’t wait to keep you updated with our trip from overseas!

Here’s what has been happening:

  • One of the ways we are going to prepare ourselves for living in another country is attend an intercultural training program this summer.  You may have noticed that we have changed our departure date to September 1st from a hopeful early May departure. We will be in North Carolina at the Center for Intercultural training to learn how to successfully navigate cross cultural contexts in practical and theoretical ways.  We know this is going to be an awesome investment in ourselves and a great way to prepare for overseas life- long term.
  • By far, the most daunting task that we are preparing for is trying to learn a language where the tone dictates the meaning.  We have to learn 42 consonants and 20 vowel sounds.  Allie and I are working on our own while in the states, but we are looking forward to immersing ourselves in Thai language and having a tutor in Phuket.  For the first year, we will be on an education visa as language students so our ability to stay in the country will be directly connected to our success in learning Thai.
  • We realize that we can’t go to Phuket without the support of other people and so we have been fundraising for the past 3 months.  Whether it’s meeting with churches or individuals, we are trying to convey a ministry worth getting behind with finances and prayer.  Readers, I’ll be honest… Fundraising is the worst.  If I’m being real, it is not fun to ask for money.  Unfortunately, it’s a real part of missions, moving overseas, making sure we can survive and are able to accomplish what we feel called.  Contact us and we would love to discuss partnering with you financially!  Or Click Here.
  • We have recently celebrated some mile markers.  Cheers to my mom who turned 50!  On her big day, one of her friends said, “Wow, I would have guessed you were in your 40’s!”  #shewasyesterday
  • Allie and i celebrated two years of Marriage.  Thanks to everyone for your wishes!  Year three is going to be an adventure and we agreed that we want to make it a year of hard work but most importantly completely letting go of control and trusting in God.  We can’t wait to see how will work through us in Phuket.

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We are excited to bring you much more interesting updates once we make it to Thailand.  Until then, please keep praying for our departure and our fundraising.  We are hoping to meet our minimum 60% by May 1st so if you were thinking about donating to us, now is the time to start praying about a potential partnership with us and what God is doing in Phuket.  Please check out our donation page for any questions around giving and prayers.

Thanks again to all of you who have already contributed to our fundraising where you can.  Your faithfulness helps us live out our faithfulness as we trust God with all of our provisions.  God Bless you!

Best,

Paul and Allisan

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The next years will be spent in Phuket, one of the most unreached regions in Thailand.  Known as one of the largest human trafficking hubs in South East Asia, we will be working alongside church planters and missionaries to start the first anti-trafficking network and ministry in the region.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 2.27.59 PMWe are committed to living out the Bible’s instructions to “proclaim the good news to  the poor…bind up the brokenhearted.. [and] to proclaim freedom for the captives” (Isaiah 61:1).  What better way to do this than with the skills God has given us.  I, Paul, will be looking to grow the ministry and advance the organization while Allie uses her expertise as a Hair Stylist to start a vocational training salon.  The training salon will be one of the ministries we start to help keep women out of prostitution by learning career skills to make it on their own outside of the sex industry. Of course, the goal is to bring these women not just freedom from human trafficking, but the true freedom which is found only in Jesus Christ. With all the stains of shame and guilt  that come with working in the sex industry,  there is a heightened meaning to God’s analogy in Isaiah 1:18 when He says, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”  We invite you to witness this transformation!  Please join along side us and be a part of what God is doing in Phuket by supporting us through prayer and finances.

What the months ahead look like for us:

We are planning to leave for Phuket in the beginning of September.  As we start our two-year initial commitment, we have budgeted for all of our first years legal, living, medical, housing and ministry costs.  Although we still need to raise our initial set-up costs for our arrival in Phuket, our biggest need at this time is monthly support.  We are trusting the Lord for all of our needs to fulfill His calling on our lives.  Thank you in advance for prayerfully considering partnering with us during our time in Thailand.  As an example of transparency and putting our best foot forward in a partnership, please check out our projected annual budget below.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  We look forward to sharing our ministry journey with you.  Check out our other pages!

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We are moving to Thailand!

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We are excited to announce that we have prayerfully decided to move to Phuket, Thailand to continue the fight against human trafficking!  After 3 months of serving in Cambodia and working on the prevention and recovery fronts of trafficking, we have decided to continue this initiative in one of the least reached areas of Thailand.  Known for one of the most notorious red light districts in the world and it’s beautiful Thai beaches, Phuket shows both what God intended for his creation and the overwhelming reality of brokenness and desperation in the sex industry. 

  • Current studies estimate there are 150,000 – 200,000 sex trade workers in Thailand. 30%+ are estimated to be children.
  • Prostitution has been illegal in Thailand since 1960.
  • The prostitution industry in Thailand earns approx $6.4 Billion a year in revenue.
  • Thailand spends approx $200,000 on prevention measures. 
  • Phuket is 0.74% Christian

Allie and I will be working with a small group of missionaries from a Justice and Compassion team of the Canadian Christian Missions Alliance who were sent to Phuket to focus on church planting and evangelism.  Although the organization has been in Thailand for 70+ years, they saw Phuket as a particularly unreached region and it wasn’t long before they saw a need for social justice.  We are excited to be working with people who are taking a holistic approach to missions through IMG_1522Evangelism, Community Development and Social Issues.  Allie and I consider ourselves blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of starting a new anti-trafficking branch while being a part of something much larger at the same time.  

What the next months ahead look like for us!

  • Raise Financial & Prayer Support
    • Financial – We have created a budget based on an initial 2 year commitment. See our support page for ways to partner with us financially.
    • Prayer– Living overseas has given us a new appreciation for prayer, especially knowing that we had family and friends praying for us back home.  Christ created the church as a body of believers to journey together and we are looking for partners who feel led to be part of this journey to Thailand.  You can partner with us by signing up for our newsletter here.
  • Assimilate to Thai Culture and Build Relationships. Our team requires 6 months of language studies in country to have a base for communicating, gaining trust, spreading the gospel and making relationships. We don’t want to assume anything so through what we learn about Trafficking/Prostitution in Phuket, we will then implement a ministry and alternative solution for job/lifestyle.
  • Create Ministry. We want to have a presence in the heart of the Red Light District in Phuket, Patong Beach. Implementing a ministry that brings people of all kinds closer into relationship with Jesus Christ. A part of this will be a hair ministry that Allie will be starting; a way to love people, promote therapeutic skill learning and teach them a new trade to support themselves and their families.

We are so excited to see what God is going to do in Phuket. We would love to talk with you more about our mission in person before we leave to encourage you about what God is doing in our lives.  Awareness is a huge passion of ours so if you think your church might be interested, please free to email us or give us a call.

Love,

Paul and Allie

Thailand: There and Back Again (Part 1)

We saw going to Thailand as an opportunity to take a step back from ministry and further discern the direction we felt like God was calling us to.  It was also great to explore a new country which turned out to be extremely different than Cambodia.  One of the fun parts was having Allie drive me around on a  Moto….very emasculating…  I had no idea that Thailand would have nice roads, modern public transportation and overall a cleanliness that equated to cities in the U.S.  Add some more skyscrapers, diversity, baseball and hot dogs and we might as well be in some nicer areas of Chicago.  This picture does not show that at all….

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