สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์ Happy Thai New Year. This is my favorite time of year in Bangkok because the city empties out and is like a ghost town. This is the holiday where everyone returns to their hometown to be with family. Since very few people are actually from Bangkok it results in there being only a couple spots in town where anyone is and they are a mix of local Thai, but mainly young westerners, looking for a wild party. All I have to do is avoid those spots (which are very far from me anyway) and I have this giant city to myself. While I normally really enjoy this time I am very much missing my family and wishing that we were together. This is the time of year we get to eat at our favorite falafel restaurant that is only 10 miles away but usually takes upward of 2 hours to get to. Right now we can get there in 15 minutes. But I am grateful that we have the technology we do so that we can at least stay connected via video calls. Continue reading 5 years; no fruit?
…but God is carrying us through, with lots of help from His ‘team’. We have mentioned more than once the challenge of being in a foreign country, living in a giant city, surrounded by millions of people, yet feeling so alone. Well God used our latest challenge to show us just how false those feelings truly are. Continue reading The transition from F4 to F5 has been challenging…
To refer to the experience of going from $100 and a stack of bills to having the entire renovation portion of our project fully funded in less than a month as anything less than miraculous would be an understatement. Continue reading God in the desert
Brian updated everyone last month on the success of the F5 Challenge Center’s grand opening bouldering competition. The miracles God performed through the past year and a half of preparation are astounding to reminisce over. We are learning what a blessing it is to have memories to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness before entering the desert. Find out what I’m talking about.
Continue reading Desert Wanderings
Two days ago the F5 Challenge Center (top floor now called F5 Climbing Center) had its grand opening bouldering competition. We had over 200 people come out and more than 75 competitors! I expected 100, not having any real knowledge of what the climbing community was like and our climbing couch expected 45 competitors based on the number of registration forms he had us print. It was beyond what any of us could have imagined. Continue reading Grand Opening Success!
Wow! It has been almost 4 months since I have written an update. To say things have been a bit overwhelming would be an understatement. Building a climbing gym, Bible Worker training, finishing renovation work on the rest of the building as well as being parents has been about all that we have had time for, and even then it’s been a stretch. Oh yea and we bought an Italian pizzeria. Continue reading We Bought a Pizzeria!
Yes, the building project seems to have taken over our lives from your perspective but, God has blessed us with other ministry opportunities along the way. New friends have quickly become family. Jessica will share with you about it. Continue reading Enough about the Building Already!
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Oh how much this prayer has meant to me lately. Continue reading Serenity Prayer
It’s 5:40 am. I’m sitting in the truck getting ready to head to the building to put the last coat of paint on the stairs before the workers return from their week off. All of a sudden my phone vibrates. “Fire at the building” is all it says. I throw the truck in reverse and turn around. I race to the building the whole time crying and praying that everyone is ok. Continue reading “Fire at the building!”
We are able to see the finish line ahead and are definitely standing out on a major level in the community now. By God’s grace all will be finished in the next few weeks. Continue reading Standing Out