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Fundraising Thai style

It was a chilly morning for Thailand as we set off on a short motorbike ride to a local temple, by the time we got to the temple I was feeling quite cold. Friends had invited us to observe this [...]

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Chinese new year

The roads were quiet as I drove to my language helpers shop and home on the eve of Chinese New Year. As I drove I noticed many shops and homes had Chinese lanterns and outside many Thai homes I [...]

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Christ over corruption

Over this past year, I have been wanting to do adventure ministry in the area where I live in order to reach local youth and young adults. A few kilometres from my house there is a small mountain [...]

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Conversations on the way

Whenever I go on a journey on a plane, bus or train, I ask God for an opportunity to have a spiritual conversation with the person sitting next to me. I hadn’t caught a train in Thailand [...]

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Billy Graham and Urbana

I just got word that Billy Graham passed into glory at 99 years old. I immediately thought of the impact that his life had on me as a young Christian. I grew up watching Graham before color TV in [...]

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Infographic

Thailand is an open country but the majority of the people are unengaged with the good news because there is no personal outreach in the communities where they live. There is a great need for new [...]

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Culture, culture ……

… sometimes I just don’t get it. Some things just remain strange. But what do you want, if you were born on the other side of the world and now only five months are immersed in a completely [...]

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Broken by Gods grace

Mrs. Nuthiap (78), had in the past had Christian neighbours in Lopburi province, from whom she had heard about Jesus. But she did not want to be a Christian. When we went to her house to tell her [...]

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The ” real work”

In your mind imagine a large company with lots of departments. They have a department for sales, production, admin etc. There are managers and directors and even a CEO. Who does the ‘real work’ [...]

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Unfinished

The video ends with the word – Unfinished! This word challenged both Trish and I as we watched a video that was made by a short-term team from Sydney that partnered with us during our Christmas [...]

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The dust on my feet

What do you do when people are not interested anymore in doing Bible study? What do you do when the first Christian contact in your village (the hoped for catalyst, the reason you moved exactly [...]

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What are the chances?

Nothing happens by accident because God orchestrates everything, whether large outreaches or divine appointments! December is always a busy time for us. Christmas has become more familiar to the [...]

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Setting a “faith-flag”

After a full day’s work, I needed to do some shopping and went to one of the big shopping centers in town. I was tired and hoped to get things done quickly and go home to rest. Feeling hungry I [...]

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National children’s day

Saturday, January 13th, was National Children’s Day in Thailand. It is a day to celebrate children and many places will sponsor special free events for children on that day. Our local church [...]

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The challenge of language learning

On a recent trip to South India, I watched my host communicate effortlessly using numerous Indian languages. When I asked him how many languages he knew, he pulled out a Rupee bank note and [...]

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Standing in the light

Last month, the parents of a local believer showed interest in learning more about Jesus. Praise God, that the mom has taken the step of faith and was baptized a few weeks ago! It is a joy to see [...]

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Lessons in falling

Recently on an Adventure camp I was lead climbing, preparing a climb for the campers. At first glance I thought this climb was great with lots of hand holds, many places to put your feet, most [...]

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A new year’s resolution

The leader of the nearby church called me around Christmas, really discouraged and he sounded like he was close to giving up. An active and important church member left the church to live with an [...]

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God above all others

This morning I walked out of our house to take our youngest son to school when I saw this table full of offerings in front of our two neighbors’ houses. In case you can’t tell, the [...]

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Change from within

The task of clearly sharing the “evangel” (gospel) among Thai people is a difficult task. We found this out once again during a medical outreach a couple of weeks ago. Some of the evangelists [...]

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Choi

Choi became a member of our church when he took baptism in October 2016. Even before he took baptism, he attended church regularly for almost a year. He cannot read or write and his speech is [...]

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A wake-up call

We began visiting people in the Phrom Khiri community on Wednesdays a couple months back. It’s something I used to like to do with my dad when I was a child, probably because I would often [...]

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ฟรีทุกอย่าง!! – everything for free!!

Celebrating Christmas with Thai people is a wonderful opportunity to share and proclaim Gods love for the world. This season, we again went out to villages. Under the open sky we set up a stage, [...]

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Thailand – ” # 1 in the world”

I recently read a surprising article in the Bangkok Post called “In the Lead” which ranked Thailand #1 in the world in various categories (both positive and negative): 1)coup d’états; [...]

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Missed opportunity in Lopburi

We had arrived in Lopburi, a medium-sized city in central Thailand, to study language in our first year in Thailand. During that year, our sole mode of transportation was our bikes. We rode each [...]

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It is the season

The sounds of Christmas have begun in Thailand with all the familiar classic songs that we are used to back home, being played at our local mall. The feelings of nostalgia and excitement from my [...]

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The hammock spirit

  “There seem to be more of them than last time,” I was thinking out loud. We were passing a plot of land with many hammocks strung between the trees. It’s located next to a parking lot for [...]

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Rainy season……… mold and flooding

This week we are reminded of the all that we don’t like about rainy season in South Thailand, namely mould, endless days of rain and the potential of flooding. This is our second year in South [...]

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All power is given to Him!

Recently, I once again talked to Mrs. D. For about 3 years, she has been living in Sahatsakhan and making her living by selling grilled pork in the market. Therefore she has contact with many [...]

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Strangers in a strange land

Last month, my family and I were in Sydney, visiting some friends and supporters. One friend took us to to a Thai restaurant near Manly Beach. As the waitress approached, we greeted her in Thai [...]