When in SE Asia…

Hi Everyone,

You don’t see this everyday: All I can say is that it’s just different over here.

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Thanks for your prayers: We arrived in SE Asia two weeks ago and we are happy to report that we are alive and well.  For all of you who prayed for safe travels.  Thank you!  We made it!

For those of you who prayed for health and no sickness!  We haven’t gotten sick from food once! (which is unheard of)  Thank you so much.

Getting Situated: It’s been a positive couple of weeks.  It’s been great getting to know our team.  They have been helping us out by driving us around, housing us, feeding us and showing us our new city.  I’d say we’re finally starting to adjust.  We are finding out where to eat, where to shop, how to survive the roads of Th-il-nd and basic cultural norms.  We love it here!  Our team feels like we’ve been making quick progress as we are will be moving into our house this weekend and we got our new modes of transportation (seen below).  God keeps taking care of us!

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We were lucky to have our team wait for our arrival to participate in our first ever team strategic planning session.  It was great to dream big, discuss the incremental steps we plan on taking this first year and interact for the first time in a team setting.  We represent 6 countries.  It gave us a great idea of where we are at as a team and put us on the same page with moving forward.  We are going to be very busy this year.  Look at this ordinary bunch!

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“The men and women our Lord sends out on His endeavors are ORDINARY human people, but people who are controlled by their devotion to Him which has been brought about through the work of the Holy Spirit.”  – Oswald Chambers

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Learning Th-i: We are happy to be part of a team that is keeping to their promise of empowering us for the long term.  This commitment is a testament to their vision for ministry in SE Asia.  We’re realizing that language learning is going to need to be our ministry for the first 6 months if not longer.  People have called us bold for moving overseas, but unless we can learn Th-i, we won’t be able to break the surface with the people we want to reach with the Gospel.  Please be praying for this transition and our learning.  We start school on Tuesday!

Prayer Requests:

  • Th-i foundation application – We are about to submit our application.  Please pray for this process as it is pretty complicated.
  • Ministry Center – We are actively looking at locations on the island for the ministry center/office building. Please pray for wisdom and God ordained favor for a reasonably priced location. We are visiting a possible location tomorrow.
  • Children at Risk camp – When you go to bed on Friday night, we will be starting our first camp for about 20 kids from a local slum village.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our leaders and work in the lives of these kids.
Thanks for reading and so happy that I get to write these updates from our new home!
Love,
Paul and Allisan
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