We appreciate your prayers. There’s a lot on our minds these days but sometimes it’s hard to think of what to share with you. In a few short months we will be moving to Isaan or Northeast Thailand to join a church planting team among the Phu Thai people.
First we must pass muster in Thai… meaning we have to test “highly capable” in the Thai language and our understanding of the culture must be broad and deep enough that we could write a book describing the differences and similarities between our own culture and Thai culture. In the meantime we serve in our church and build relationships that allow us to disciple and speak into the lives of our friends. For instance, tomorrow I will share a short message at church.
We are beginning a charitable foundation to help Thai people and are going through a long process including: changing our visas, doing paperwork with the immigration department, setting up a website and writing reports about the various social development projects we do. All the while I (Ric) am taking Community College classes online related to our new job. A few examples include: Anthropology, Business Writing and Statistical Analysis that will help us acquire the know-how we need to do our new jobs well. Ultimately, my goal is to graduate with a second bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a related field such as business.
In the future we look forward to learning at least one more language, being immersed in at least one more culture and learning from another group of churches in a new area 12 hours from where we live now. All this to say… do we need your prayers? YES! We can’t do this supernatural task on our own. Thanks for lifting us up.