Greetings friends and family,
As most of you know, my journey lately has included a lot of major life changes. And just this past week a big step occurred as I landed in Thailand safely where God has called me for His purposes. Yes, the wait is finally over! It has been exciting to see so many prayers answered, relationships and partnerships developed, and plans and details come together. This has been something that God put on my heart for many years and it’s here!
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
This initial week has been very encouraging so far. For starters, I was warmly met at the Chiang Mai airport by my fiancée Tiffany, who has been waiting patiently for me since my last visit in February (and she was really excited to finally get her engagement ring too!). It has been so great to be with her again and I can already see God working in us and through us. Truly a blessing!
We also had our first premarital counseling session together with her pastor. It was a great time of discussion, counsel and prayer. Her pastor has been a missionary in Thailand for some 50 years and shared about his life. It was encouraging to hear firsthand his story and observations of how God has been growing His Kingdom here. And with all that, there is even more of a humbled hunger growing in me. It’s that feeling of “you’re not there yet but you really want to be”. It’s like when athletes are in pursuit of their first championship, not yet having the prize but training all the harder to get it. This hunger has only increased with my time here in Thailand. I think the Apostle Paul said it best back in his day,
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14
There is further growth and there is still the prize to be had. And one area that will require growth in the short term and long term is my ability to speak Thai. It’s humbling to be so dependent on others for some of the most basic tasks. And while humility is good, this lack of ability is a limiting factor for daily activities, relationships, and ministry. Just the other day a new friend of mine here mentioned the first time he was able to counsel another person in Thai. Just in telling the story, you could see the joy and the hunger for more. So with this same heart, I have already arranged to start Thai language training in October. And there is the continued hope and belief that God, who began this great work, is still going to be good and faithful to the very end. So please pray for Freedom Harvest Ministry as we transition and take hold of our heavenward prize.
- Pray for God to expand His Kingdom here and open up effective doors for ministry
- Pray for provision of a ministry vehicle and full monthly support
- Pray for favor in learning Thai as I will start language training next month