It’s a phrase heard often at this time of year. Usually it evokes thoughts of the newest toys or gadgets that have been advertised in preparation for the holiday. Sometimes it brings thoughts of fun times laughing and making memories with friends and family. This year for Jessica and I it brought different thoughts.
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?
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!”
Renovations have been moving forward and things are truly beginning to seem real. With the reality of Bangkok’s first Center of Influence soon to open we are also realizing our need for a deeper connection with the Source of our strength and a time to Continue reading Come and Rest a While
With Jessica and the boys return home, my parents first visit, the construction crew moving in and starting work and a nanny coming to help us, 2017 has started out with a lot to be thankful for. We hope you have found the Lord’s blessings in your life as well. Continue reading New year New Blessings
Merry Christmas and a soon to be happy New Year. As I sit home alone on Christmas eve I have a lot of time to reflect on this past year. From near divorce, to abandoning the work here to a 7 week separation from family we have had a year fraught with challenge, adversity, but most importantly, victory and growth. Continue reading Learning at His feet
Well as I’m sure you’ve noticed it has been 2 months since we last shared a newsletter with you which has never happened before. The reason is because we have been under such incredible spiritual attack ever since we began pursuing this building that it has Continue reading Persecuted but not Forsaken