Saturday, July 2, 2011

June 2011 Update and Big Announcement

Major Change
But Same Ministry Focus

How can we express in such short detail how God renewed our passion for the Thai people after last year’s discouragement that almost got us packing our belongings? Our ministry team, Ed, Darlene, and Jenni Starkey, experienced God do a miracle in each of our hearts separately to bring us to unity and burden us to do the following future ministries. These will consist of a four-part expansion, being: Church Planting, Community Youth Center, Christian School, and Children’s Home. Church planting will continue to be our main focus. These ministries will assist in that endeavor. Baptist Mid-Missions along with the leadership of our sending church in agreement together both recognize this to be God’s leading for us. Since these expansion ministries function outside the normal ambit of BMM missionaries, we are required to seek assistance from another agency. Through the guidance and leadership of our home church, we feel led to partner with ABWE in order to bring this to pass. We are confident that ABWE will be a great assistance to us and be able to help provide the human resources necessary to start and maintain those ministries. To see and hear details from Ed, please watch the video presentation of our ministry proposal (below). Furlough will be a time for us to share with many of you our renewed passion for the Thai people, raise funds for the projects, and recruit future workers who will work hand-in-hand with us in this endeavor God put in our hearts .

We arrived in our home church in Roanoke, VA on Friday, the 24th. The first three weeks of July will be spent in Pennsylvania for the ABWE Candidate Seminar, trainings, and Missionary Enrichment conference. We will be back in Thailand sometime in March 2012. If you would like to have us in your church for reporting or encouragement towards missions, please email us.

Please pray for:
1. Pray for Tooktik, our disciple, who is attending the PABWE Bible Institute full time this year.
2. Pray for our furlough - safe travels and productive time of sharing our passion with brothers and sisters in Christ.
3. Pray for our co-worker, Jenni Starkey, and our ministry helps while we're on furlough.
4. Pray for continued growth of Christians in Kabinburi.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and giving. You have been a blessing to us. Please join us on Facebook or visit our blog for updates.

Darlene's last English class in Kabinburi before we left for furlough. This past Saturday and Sunday, Jenni Starkey and Tooktik has 67 and 45 students! Praise the Lord that the students continue to come.

Our two oldest boys, Josiah and Boaz, are at camp this week. All three boys are having a great time getting reconnected with their American friends.

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