There is a song by artist Laura Story called ‘Blessings’ that talks about the challenges we face in life and while often we view them as hurdles and hinderances to our spiritual growth, in reality they are often the medium God uses to facilitate growth. Well, last month we shared a few testimonies of what God has been doing here. It was a real encouragement as we struggled with the idea that we had been here 5 years already and hadn’t had any ‘real’ results. Well, this month we had a few more powerful blessings that came in the package of trial. Continue reading Blessings Through Raindrops
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?
Tis the season to be thankful and we have had so much to be thankful for lately. From helping young people pass high school Old Testament exams to leading a group of 11 up 300+ feet through an amazing cave in a hollowed out limestone mountain and our oldest son’s 5th birthday. It has been quite an adventure. We hope you enjoy the latest. Continue reading Powerful Thoughts
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
With Jessica and the boys having their visas denied at the last-minute and my work permit already expired we have really had to hit the ground running to get everything in order to start our visa extension process a bit sooner than planned. Continue reading Our trials are God’s opportunity