Strange to think that two months ago we were on the other side of the world.
The smells and noises of Bangkok are quickly fading from our memory, as is the familiar, but not well understood, cadence of the Thai language.
What doesn’t fade is where our hearts have been impacted. We still have friends there- friends who are still pushing forward with the ministry and dealing with both the disappointments and joys that brings; friends we listened to and counseled struggling with things in their personal lives; friends still hanging around the church who have yet to know Jesus. We miss being part of their lives.
Our hearts were also impacted by needs we saw in Thailand. Really, there are so many needs in the world that it is easy to get overwhelmed by the scope of it. But when you’ve seen them with your own eyes, it is easy to feel those needs are the most desperate one. I have to confess, when the pastor was talking about the need for clean water in Africa on Sunday, my thoughts immediately went to, “But what about the children at risk in Thailand?”
So while we are no longer in Thailand, we find that our minds and our prayers often are. We continue to keep in touch with people who are working there, and we’d like to encourage you to do the same. Our blog has featured different people we met and worked with in Thailand, and I’d like to give you a quick recap of some of those ministries with links to their websites so that you can stay informed with what God is doing in Thailand. And consider choosing one of these ministries to support financially as well.
Our Home Chapel (aka WorldBase Thailand)
This is where we were based, working under the leadership of Kelly and Angie Hilderbrand. If you would like to stay directly involved with the ministry in Bangkok or even teach English there yourself, you can contact Kelly through the website.
Another couple we worked alongside in Bangkok was Andy and Tina Opie. They are just returning from furlough to begin their fourth year of ministry at the Bangkok church. I encourage you to check out their blog where they write consistently about ministry and cultural observations.
Also in Bangkok…
Have you ever met someone for the first time and felt like you’ve known them forever? That’s about how it was when we first met Brook and Sara Sarver. We met them in Indiana and were happy to meet up with them again in Thailand. Even though we weren’t in the same city, throughout the year we found several occasions to hang out together. They have just finished their first year of language studies and have moved to Bangkok for the next stage of their ministry. If you miss “Food Fridays,” have no fear! Sara posts “Tasty Tuesdays” over at her blog
Our most beautiful pictures we posted over the year were probably from our trip up north to visit Paul and Lori Vernon and their sweet daughter, Abi. Their life is much different than what life was like for us in Bangkok. Follow their bamboo hut, parenting, teeth pulling, tea picking, hill tribe adventures at The Vernon Journal.
Mae Sot was our first trip out of Bangkok. There we learned about Home of Hope, a home for children at risk. While it currently houses around 20 kids, Neill and Diana Gilbert are raising funds to complete a building that would hold up to 100 kids. See their website for information on how you can get involved.