We've got big news...

We're Moving to Mobile, AL!

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.

Friends of Internationals at the University of South Alabama

“Making Friends around the World”
Friends of Internationals at USA started in 1996 when students from Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia united to develop friendships. Since that time various students have come together to support one another and learn each other’s cultures. Friends of Internationals at USA exists to make friends around the world. Check out their Facebook page here.
In our last newsletter we requested prayer for a few things and we wanted to report back how God has been answering those prayers. 
  • We asked for prayer about our hearts being open to God's leading and to make wise decisions. God has done that and we are rejoicing in the fruit as we are taking the steps toward Mobile, AL and serving in the ministry, Friends of Internationals. We can't begin to express our excitement to develop friendships with international students and refugee families. We can see how God has been orchestrating our steps, lining us up perfectly to where we are.   
  • We asked for you to pray for a place of sanctuary for our family. We had a generous offer to stay at an Airbnb for the last two months and it has been a gift.  And as we've stepped out in faith in the direction of serving in Friends of International we found a house perfect for our family in Mobile, close the University of South Alabama. 
  • We asked for prayer for rest and strength as a family.  We are feeling so revived and full of vision for our next steps. 
We are so grateful for your support in prayer and we have felt it in magnitude. 
  • We are planning a short term return trip to Thailand when we are able (which might not be until early 2021) to sell our van and other household goods, and say our goodbyes to our precious friends and home church groups. In the meantime we are setting up house starting from scratch. Would you pray and agree with us for logistics, God's perfect timing and provision related to closing out our home in Thailand and relocating to Alabama. 
We will be doing a Facebook live to share our story and open up for Q&A in the coming weeks. Look out for an email with a date! 

Family/COVID-19 Update

Has it been as wild a ride for you as it has been for us?! I bet you, like us, never could have guessed we'd be faced with a global pandemic. This is certainly not how we had planned and hoped our year to play out. We've all been affected in someway, and truly there is a lot to grieve; quarantine disabled plans of birthdays, graduations, weddings, births, family vacations, the list goes on. 

At the risk of sounding cliche, we've been reminded to keep our hearts thankful and to count our blessings. And one thing we keep coming back to is the awesome support team, that includes you, that God has placed in our lives.

We stayed in Pensacola, FL March through May. The first half of our time here was spent doing lots of virtual meetings. The last few weeks we've been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and the relief of quarantine restriction by visiting the beach or walking trails. It's really been a time to fully connect as a family. With life going so fast paced, the break in schedule has been welcomed. 

The last month we've been staying in Virginia with family, and are headed to Mobile is just a few short days. We will move into our house July 9th! 
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