Here is my October Newsletter. Life has changed pretty dramatically these past few months, so this newsletter gives you an overview of what that looks like. If you would like to learn more about any of the issues (prostitution, persecution, asylum seekers/refugees, or simply being friends with your neighbors), please let me know. I would love to chat or Skype with you.
I really want to encourage you to learn more about the persecuted church around the world. This issue is SO close to my heart. It is something that I have been interested in for quite some time, but it always seemed so far away that it was almost surreal. Now this reality has been brought near as I join hands with Pakistani brothers and sisters through prayer, worship, tears, fears, and breaking of bread. Something changes when you see the face behind the story. These are our fellow brothers and sisters in desperate need of prayer, friendship, encouragement, resources, and financial support. If you would like to get involved in their lives in any of these ways I can help you do that (thanks to technology you can talk with them face-to-face!).
There are 2 non-profits that I have been partnering with, Life Raft International and In Search of Sanuk that are very reputable. They are small organizations that emphasize relationship and a holistic approach to helping these families. Life Raft is the organization that is currently helping my families.
Oh yes, and I'll be back in MN this December! I fly in on the 18th, then out to CA on January 15th before returning back to Bangkok on the 23rd. I would love to hang out with you while in town. Let me know if you would like to get together during that time.
Also, I do not have a vehicle when I return. If you have an extra one laying around that you wouldn't mind lending out, let me know! I would greatly appreciate it.
Above all, thank you so much for your support. It comforts my heart and strengthens me knowing that I'm not in this alone, but that I have an army of people behind me. Please continue to pray. I need it more than ever. Things have been pretty overwhelming as I go deeper in relationship with the bar girls and refugees. I am seeing, hearing, and experiencing so many new things; things that are difficult to understand and process. Through all of this I need to see what the Father is seeing, and do what He is doing. Being moved by emotion can be a dangerous thing. At the same time I want to remain sensitive to those emotions, never hardened in heart.
Thank you so much. I love you dearly.