It’s been a great few days in Bangkok. We were able to worship with Molly on Sunday morning; then spent time with her at the school on Monday. Molly is doing great with language school and working in the ministry at Word Made Flesh as she’s able. We met her kids and coworkers as we got to tour the Community Center. It was so nice to have lots of time to visit and catch up. I think we were all mutually encouraged. One of the highlights was presenting the kids with the supplies that Grace sent over, including ipads for the classroom! Great job Grace! Your generosity is a huge blessing.Great to be with Molly at her church in Bangkok on Sunday morning.
We are getting ready to go to bed. Tomorrow morning we leave early for the airport and the beginning of our long journey home. Thanks again for your prayers.
What a great few days so far. Tonight was a great end to a wonderful day. There was a lot of teaching and worship. My cup is full. Tomorrow we will conclude our part of the Pastor’s Conference. Here are just a few pictures of our teachers and the beautiful Hmong people.
This is Ron Miller teaching the first night. Ron leads the Baan Immanuel ministries
Here’s Linda Holgate teaching the women
Here’s Dan Holgate teaching with our interpreter
I think we’re all doing well, but feeling spent. Pray for a good night’s rest and a very effective closing day tomorrow. This has been great! I am so thankful to the Lord for allowing us a small part of an amazing movement.
We’ve enjoyed a couple of days getting acclimated to the time zone and visiting some of the local ministries. I was so blessed to hear things went well back home with our Men’s Advance and at Grace on Sunday morning. I sure love our team.
Today, we’ll travel north to the city where we will meet up with the Hmong pastor’s and their wives where conference starts this evening. Pray for all the guys to get there safely. I know some were held up yesterday at the Laos border. Many of these guys travel for days. I’m really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces from last year as well as meet many new guys.
Thanks for your prayers.
This is our team. Great people!
Enjoying beautiful gardens
Now, THAT was a long trip! Laurie and I left Flagstaff about 3:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday, and arrived here in Chiang Rai 2:30pm Friday local time, which was 12:30 am Friday in Flagstaff. Yep, crazy.
Our friend and host, Ron from Baan Immanuel welcomed us at the airport and after a time to clean up at the hotel, they welcomed us with a traditional feast. That day they slaughtered the pig, and invited us to sit on the floor in small groups gathered around a charcoal lit grill to cook our pork and veggies, with rice and noodles. Gotta tell you, it was awesome.
Well rested and out today for some adventure and meeting some of the ministries here in Chaing Rai. Thanks for your prayers.
This will be brief. I’ve been meaning for the past couple of days to let you know we’re headed to Thailand once again. Well, now it’s just an hour or so away. I was blessed to go in March last year with two pastors from Calvary Community in Phoenix, Dan Holgate and Paul Hayes. This year, they invited me back as well as Laurie! I am so glad the wives are coming along to round out the team. Last year we noticed how many of the Hmong pastors from the neighboring countries came and brought their wives, so this became a priority for us too. A bonus is that we will get to see Molly Evans, a young lady from Grace who is serving in Bangkok.
As you think of us, please pray for the ministry. Safety and health are bonuses, but the effective work of ministering to these men and women is of utmost priority!
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ . . . Colossians 4:2-3
We’re here in Sriracha teaching a few classes each day at the Bible College. I really do love teaching the Bible and that is only highlighted when you’re teaching students at a Bible College. Pray for these students as they are preparing for ministry and just like the rest of us are learning to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”
Here’s a brief, unedited intro from this morning