You might remember from our last newsletter, we shared how we were unable to renew our visa to remain in Thailand, which forced us to leave the country rather quickly. We arrived in the US mid January, and after just two months the whole world was shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our plans for traveling around in the States was halted.
This has absolutely been a season of waiting, praying, listening to the Holy Spirit, and seeking counsel from trusted individuals. From as early as October, we felt that God was shifting our focus in ministry, but our assumption was that He was doing a new work in Thailand. As this year has unfolded, all of our expectations have been flipped upside down. In our searching and waiting, the Lord's voice has been so loud and clear. It has been a great time of refreshing and intimacy with Him.
In the beginning of May we reached out to our immigration contact in Thailand and were told no new visa applications were being accepted at this time and were most likely delayed until after the first of the year, 2021. As we have stepped back and asked the Lord to lead us, He has taken us on an incredible journey within our hearts and purpose. The testimony leading up to all of this is so lengthy, and this email would be pages long if we shared it all, but to cut straight to the matter at hand, we are so excited to share with you that our family is moving to Mobile, Alabama in July to serve in an international student and refugee ministry called Friends of Internationals, led by Jim and Mary Mather.
We are so thrilled to have you as part of our team along the journey with us as we move forward in God's calling. Our heart is for the nations and discipleship. Friends of Internationals is strategic in reaching countries that are closed to the gospel. We have experienced what it feels like to be a foreigner in a strange land, and we get to be the hands and feet of Jesus for international students and refugee families adjusting to a new place very different from their home. Our vision, just as with Thailand, is to bring hope, joy, and freedom, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to make disciples equipped to grow in Christ, live on mission with God, and reproduce.