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A few more stories.
A few more things to pray about.
A lot to give glory to God for.
I went "Baby Reindeer Hunting" in a remote village in Thailand. Yes. Baby Reindeer. Thailand is located 15 degrees above the equator, so naturally, I was skeptical from the start. To be clear: we weren't hunting baby reindeer for sport: We were hunting because that was the only way we would eat. The village leader pulled two handmade musket rifles from underneath his house and said that if we didn't find any reindeer, we would not have food for the next few days.
On a trip to a village in Mae Taeng, Ajarn Pichai told us we would be sharing the Gospel in 4 surrounding villages. He gave me four warnings: 1) These villages would take a while to get to because there aren't traditional roads. A city foreigner like me might have difficulty driving the terrain, he laughed. I can handle it, I said.
For the last couple of years, our pastors all around Thailand faithfully walk and pray throughout their villages every morning. They were taught to assess their community's physical and spiritual needs and engage with people outside their homes. 1) These villages would take a while to get to because there aren't traditional roads. A city foreigner like me might have difficulty driving the terrain, he laughed. I can handle it, I said.
Over the years, I became friends with a young Thai couple who own a small bakery and restaurant. They are mid-thirties and unable to have children. So they were excited that I asked them to come to our house and teach Makayla how to cook and make bread as she was out of school.
First and foremost, our ministry teaches and trains indigenous people to reach their country with the Gospel. That is at the core of who we are and central to our actions. Sometimes, however, there is a need in our local villages that goes outside our purview. For instance: during Covid lockdow
During the Covid-19 lockdowns, our ministry was forced to change. Most of us were unable to leave our homes except to buy food. Our churches were mandated to close. There was no meeting of any kind. We recognized that the church was never a building and realized there is opportunity in chaos.
I live in a country full of street dogs. They are everywhere. It's not uncommon to see 2-3 large scary-looking animals perched on someone's property. Most people, it seems, get dogs for protection. Alarm systems aren't really a thing here. And to be honest, by the time the police arrived, it would be too late anyway. So dogs are an instant deterrence.
I'm making light of this situation because it is by the grace of God we walked away. That is a difficult concept to comprehend. Especially when you read the next story. I was in one of our villages, physically building an extension of a home for a new church we were planting. To be clear, I never build anything. The
In February 2021, the Burmese military successfully overthrew the democratically elected leaders and, with the help of foreign governments, began committing acts of genocide against ethnic minorities in certain regions. Two of these regions, Shan State and Kachin State, are close to Thailand.
Which do you want to know about first? Adie making the soccer team, or her going to a dance with a boy? I'll do my best to help maintain the suspense. In July 2020, Adie had emergency major spine surgery due to idiopathic scoliosis that got out of control. Her spine was pressing into her shoulder blade. She wore a brace for two years of her life, and whenever I
One of our first and largest churches is in northern Thailand. It ministers to Thai, Burmese, and Chinese people. During the week, we use the building to train Chinese pastors who serve in mainland China. Hundreds of pastors have trained here on-site, and thousands of church leaders have experienced training sessions at the church. We will never know to