After months of seeking counsel and prayer both in the US and Thailand, we have concluded that a time of transition is upon us again.
We are happy to announce that in October we will be moving to the city of Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand and a strategic base, not only for Thailand, but also for the rest of Southeast Asia. From our current city of Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai is about thirteen hours by bus.
Our youngest son, Aslan, is needing some specialized therapy and we have already made the connections in that area. Our current city, which is in the most rural area of the country, does not have sufficient resources to be able to help him in the English language.
Because he has some speech delay and will be turning four in November, we felt that it would be best to focus in on him and get him the help that he needs to get English as his baseline language to express his needs, feelings, and desires.
Chiang Mai will have the tools that we need to help him.
We have already been to the area a few times and have miraculously found a home for the same price that we are paying here in our current city. However the house is much larger with a large open room downstairs. It is also located in a Thai village and next to a Thai outdoor market. We are looking forward to meeting our new neighbors soon.
In regards to ministry, our goal is the same.
We will be joining up with a larger organization which includes many nations who are working together to see Thailand and surrounding nations in Southeast Asia impacted with the Gospel. Because of the nature of the work, we will have to be more discreet in our ministry reporting. But I can tell you that we are very excited about the possibilities for the future in working with this new team.
We will dearly miss our friends in Isaan. In one sense, our hearts are broken to be leaving the area. But we believe the people and region are solidly in our hearts for a reason. I would like to make trips back to minister and encourage the leaders as well as participate in initiatives to help promote new church planting in unreached rural areas.
As for our new home of Chiang Mai, many people that I have spoken with believe that when true heaven sent Spiritual awakening comes to Thailand, it will come to Chiang Mai and go out from it. In fact, this is the vision of the new group that we will be joining with. We hope to be able to share more about this work in the weeks and months to come.
Until then, thank you for praying and supporting our family as we seek to continue to follow the call of the the One who has called us to “Go” and “keep going” by faith.