Thank you so much for praying! We’re thrilled to announce we’ve reached our full monthly financial support goal in commitments and most of our supporters have already started giving. We’ve also raised 47% of our “Thailand Launch Fund” to cover our initial setup costs! It’s awesome to look back and see all God has done in just 6 months. We feel so loved by you all and by Him.
2 Cor. 9:6-8 is our prayer for you...
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
First we want you to know God answered your prayers and ours! We asked you to pray for Lucy to sleep through the night because we didn’t know how else our family could cope sleeping all in the same room. However, MTI provided us with two rooms which lowered the stress of our family’s sleeping situation tremendously. Benson had his own room for the whole training!
When we arrived at MTI we were exhausted from a busy summer of support raising, caring for a colicky baby, and felt pretty disconnected from the Father in the midst of all the chaos. A month spent training in Colorado was exactly what our family needed to recenter on the Gospel and our calling. On top of language and cultural training, the program was structured for us to spend extended time in small groups, as a family, as a couple, and individually with God to process through the things the Father was teaching us.
For the first two weeks we focused on strategies for language learning and phonetics. We discovered the challenge of breaking out of our English “44 Sound Box” into making new sounds we’ve never made before. Despite the challenges of learning Thai, we feel encouraged by gaining a fresh perspective on language learning.
The last two weeks we spent time learning about cross-cultural transition, conflict styles, handling stress, expectations vs. reality, etc.… Processing through these topics has given us a toolbox and a common language for dealing with these things as they come up in Thailand. We’re so grateful we attended this training.
Please pray for...
- saying goodbye well to our friends and family
- wisdom as we decide what to sell and what to pack for Thailand
- quickly raising the remainder of our “Thailand Launch Fund”
*As always please send us any prayer requests you may have.