We are hoping you all are doing well and wanted to update you on our time back in the US so far.
We returned in November and were blessed to spend happy reunions with family and friends we have missed being with for the past 4 years.
|Hannah Grace and her brothers|
|Hannah Grace with Ashley and her boyfriend Zach|
|Blessed to be with our parents|
|With Aunt Carolyn|
|Meeting our new nephew|
We feel blessed and fortunate to have had the chance to meet new nephews, spend time with our parents and especially time with our children; Sidney, Ashley and Noah. Being together in our home at Christmas was a precious time for us, along with the chance to experience snow for the first time in 5 years.
|Colombia, South America|
Several life-giving opportunities we have had was the chance to go to Colombia, South America where we met with other cross cultural workers from the Americas in order to get to know them and to create the space for chances to meet with people who are called to serve the Lord on the mission field. Hannah Grace was able to be with other MKs (Missionary Kids) which is beneficial for her since these are other kids who "get what life is like" living overseas.
|With Missionary friends|
|Lip Sync Battle|
|Debrief in Colorado|
Our sending agency TMS-Global also required us to do a debrief upon returning to the US. This was a 5 day experience in Colorado which gave us a chance to be with others who are experiencing many of the same emotions after serving overseas. We have left our future open to the Lord's call on our lives, but we feel like this season the Lord has asked us to return to the US. We are being obedient to him and believe our work with helping others hear the call of the Lord on their lives, to join Him in his mission in the world is where he wants us to be. Already the Lord has affirmed this journey for us by the connections we have made and the people he is putting in our path. Our prayer is that through our work and witness many more will hear the call of God on their own lives and serve him wherever he leads. We will be visiting churches, universities and sharing life with individuals who are feeling called.
|Beautiful country, but very cold!|
|Small group at DAR Debrief|
Although we feel confirmation from the Lord that we are following his leading it has still been difficult being so far away from our Thai friends and that we also now call family. We are grateful for the internet and are able to talk with many of them daily. Hannah Grace is still best friends with CJ and we believe their friendship will be for a lifetime.
|Hannah Grace and CJ|
As part of our new role as mobilizers we will be taking 7 college students from the US to Thailand for the month of June this year. This will be our third year hosting students in Thailand and we look forward to being able to see all of our Thai friends and encouraging their walks with the Lord. God has been gracious in these past experiences in allowing the students to hear from him so please join us in prayer that this summer will be transformative for the ones on a journey of discernment to serve in missions.
|Last Year's Greenlight Gateway participants|
|One participant who has decided to come serve 2 years in Thailand!|
|Greenlight group at A Day Care in a Slum in Bangkok|
|P'Todd with a Thai student|
|Hannah Grace sharing love|
We have had many chances to speak to individuals and churches about the Lord's work in Thailand and across the world. It has been our joy and privilege to share how the Kingdom of God is growing. We want to have time with each of you who are interested, to catch up on your life and to share about this journey that many of you have been part of. We could not have and still could not continue to serve in ministry without your prayers and financial support. Thank you so very much. We pray the Lord will bless you richly as you bless us.
The academic camp in Thailand is staring March 15, lasting for 3 weeks this year. Please join us in prayer for the staff and students as they have an opportunity to learn and most importantly hear about Jesus. We will be sending out the names of students in the next week so that you can be praying specifically for each one.
Please pray for our families and especially our parents.
Pray for our transition back and especially for Hannah Grace and for deep friendships here in America.
Pray for our work here in America and for our hearts as we grieve being away from our loved ones across the world.
Please pray for our continued support so we can continue to be in ministry.