The hardest thing about following God often isn’t the difficulties on the path, but rather the patience it takes to wait for Him to show you where you are supposed to put your foot next. But that is also one of the most exciting.
Since early August when we surrendered our plans to God we have seen some amazing things happen; the first is we have seen the path clearly that God is leading us on, the second is that we have become ok with the fact that the view only shows the next step.
As we shared before we had found a building just over 300 feet from the back entrance to Ramkhamhaeng University. I had mentioned the price being offered at 40,000 Baht ($1154) and I wanted to offer $1000. Well all last week God woke me up at 2 and 3 in the
morning with a burden to pray. One of those mornings I felt impressed to offer the owner 30,000 Baht ($865) per month. I was nervous about this because it was $433/month less than the original asking price. But God pressed it on my heart and so I asked. The owner agreed if we signed a 5 yr lease he would give us that price, with the understanding we would reassess the market after 5 yrs. 5 yrs at 1/3 price, which was low to begin with! First blessing.
Shortly after sharing our last newsletter we received an invitation to share our project with a church plant in the Northeast. The missionaries there were wanting to inspire the local church members to get involved in local mission projects and felt our project could help with that. The service went well and the Lord blessed. Afterward Asher had so much fun singing and playing the Ukulele with “his friends.” We also received some practical advice about the way things work here. We were warned about some scams that happen and were instructed to check the title to make sure it was clear and had no liens against it. We spent an extra few days up there since we had already made the drive and it was such a blessing to get out of the city and see some trees and mountains for a change. Feeling somewhat refreshed and encouraged we headed back to Bangkok.
Returning we started trying to figure out what we needed to do to check the title. I found online that lawyers would do it, for a fee, and that it would take a week to process. We prayed about it and decided to take our neighbour for translation and go see what we could find. At the land office they gave us the form to fill out and told us to wait. Within 45 min we were leaving the office with the knowledge that the title is clear and that we are dealing with the real owner as well as knowing the proper way to file our lease with their office to make it a legal document that cannot be gone back on; we were told some people will try to get people into a lease on a building that is already leased. Verbal contracts are legal on leases under 3 years but if we follow their directions our lease will supersede all. Total fee 80 Baht ($2.50) Second blessing.
We also spoke with the pastor of Horizons Community Church in the Phoenix area who
shared that they took our project to board and voted to send a monthly pledge equal to 1/3 of the rent. One other church in Spokane is going to vote soon about the possibility of a monthly pledge as well. Third blessing.
I know there are many other blessings but I am trying to get this done before Asher wakes up. With all this evidence, and more, we are moving forward and preparing to draft a lease with the owner. He is out of the country until the end of the month so it gives us a little time to consider some terms. One of which being the renegotiation of price at the time of renewal being given a cap. We are excited to have all of you joining us on this journey and will send some better pictures once we get the keys and get things cleaned up a bit.
Oh, I forgot. Jessica’s parents had a trip planned to visit us next month and have selflessly decided to dedicate that visit to helping with some of the renovation work. Her dad works in the building dept. and has a lot of experience, as well as energy, and so he will help me while grandma plays with babies. We also may have a good friend who is also a general contractor coming with them who is willing to dedicate time to the work as well. God is providing for our needs as we realise them and it is amazing to watch.
3 weeks ago I couldn’t have envisioned any of this and each day that has passed if you asked I could have told you only a little more. God has had us take one step at a time in faith. We have not been able to see where our foot would land or if there was a path before us but when we committed our foot to follow Him and take the step, then He lightens just a step more and gives us some kind of evidence that He is still with us, just as He promised. We have received some negative thoughts and have been tempted to doubt but each step of the way we have a blessed token that God is with us and that we are on His path. As important as these newsletters are to keep you all informed of what God is doing here, they are equally important for us to go back to and read and be reminded of how He has led in the past. When I do I often cry at God’s faithfulness.
Please note the prayer requests below and keep us lifted up before the Lord. We thank you so much for your faithful prayers and gifts that make this mission possible.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; -Titus 2:13
Brian, Jessica, Asher & Joseph Atwell
- For God to lead in the drafting of the contract and give the owner an honest heart
- God to direct us to Thai Christians that love Him and have a desire to share with others to staff the centre (Found some interested students from an Adventist University an hour away that we need to meet)
- That God would bring the people whom He has prepared to receive Him to our centre
- That God would direct to the right foundation that would support the renovation that it could be done properly
- For the resources to pay the lawyer and also the necessary start-up funds
- Tax filing and work permit: $1589
- Deposit for building: $600 remaining ($2,000 received)
- Monthly building rent: $565/month remaining ($300/month pledged already)
- Monthly staff salary: $1600 (For 4 local employees)
- Business utilities: $300-$500
- Most importantly we need prayer for our hearts to stay humble and needing of His grace and that we not run ahead of the Lord’s leading.
All donations are 100% tax deductible ad there is no overhead costs so 100% of what you give goes directly to the project, minus a Paypal fee if you use that method of payment.