Martial law, curfew and a coup:
Hello from Tha-land. We have been having quite the adventure this past month. We have been under martial law, a curfew from 10pm till 5 am and are now officially under the control of a military coup. We are okay and safe. We do not take this situation lightly but assure you that we are still living in a relatively peaceful environment.
15 year milestone:
On May 28th, KJ celebrated her 15th year anniversary of being full-time on the field. We reminisced of the good old days of border runs with B-bles on our backs in Hong Kong where we first met each other in the summer of 2000. We are so thankful that we are now married, working side by side as we dream about celebrating the many years to come here on the field together as a couple.
We are doing better as we move forward after the death of KJ's father James last month. The funeral was in the UK but we did not return to attend. We had returned to the UK earlier in the year when he had suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with cancer. We did not have the funds to return. James had requested that we as well as KJ's brothers living in Canada, invest our time, money and resources later on to visit mum and the rest of the family. We could then remember him in a better way, celebrating his life, where he is now and spending quality time together as a family.
In these times our faith is our hope. We know that one day we will be face to face with our G-d in h-aven. We will be surrounded with all those who have made h-aven their home and J-&sus their faith.
Extra special pr-yers:
We have dedicated our lives to m-nistry. KJ and her siblings are coping the best they can in their own way but we ask for some extra special pr-yers for one of our own. KJ's mum, Janice is suffering terribly. James and Janice were married for 38 years, they were teenage sweethearts. KJ's mum knows no other life without him. The loneliness is indescribable! She cries herself to sleep every night and yet still chooses to take the stand of faith and say "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”. Please keep Janice in your pr-yers.
After much pr-yer the shipment of Ch-nese NT’s should be arriving this month. We are walking out in complete trust and faith for this project in hope of reaching the mass influx of Ch-nese tourists traveling out of Ch-na and into SE Asia. We want to say a very special thank you to those who helped finance this project.
China and Laos:
Sadly we are unable to go to Ch-na as we had planned for the month of May. There are many m-nistry opportunities but we continue to be stumped due to lack of financial resources. Please keep us in your pr-yers for G-ds provision and true breakthrough in this area.
Our Thai visas have expired and so we need to do an out of country trip into La-s. This means that once again we will be on those lovely 14 hour bus rides! Please pr-y for safe travels, no accidents and lots of grace for this trip. We are also scouting out the La-s and Ch-na borderlands. We have reports of Ch-nese tourists, businessmen and students making this journey into Thailand. We want to scout out the region and see if there are possibilities for evang-lism and relationships throughout this area.
We are both studying Ch-nese at home. I am beginning to grasp the basics of the language and KJ is starting up Chinese Bibl-cal studies. With another year in Tha-land we are also looking into the possibility of attending Ch-nese language school. Studying at home has been good for us but this would give us more structure and encouragement in a classroom environment.
Countries, passports and visas:
In order for us to stay in Tha-land we need long term visa’s. Our current ones have expired. Hopefully we can extend our stay for a few months on tourist visas obtained from our La-s trip. In the fall we will be needing to return to the USA for longer term visa’s for another year. These trips are often costly. Please pr-y for G-ds provision in this. Thanks again to each and everyone of you for your support.
Until All Have Heard.
TJ and KJ