We once again found Thailand to be wild, warm, wet and wonderful. I had to laugh our first day in Bangkok. Patty and I needed to go somewhere and it was rush hour traffic in a crazy city of 10 million plus people. So we decided to take motor cycle taxis! As we sat on the back of the motor cycles, swishing and swerving through unbelievable traffic, at times going the wrong direction on one way streets, I could not help but wonder “what would our mothers think?”
Deeper Still Ministries International: We had the privilege of spending some time with a Chiangrai mission called Deeper Still Ministries International. I had the privilege of teaching the Thai staff on finding our identity in the Lord. It was a joy to watch the Lord impart the very necessary truth of who we are to Him. To discover who we really are to Him, how He values us, sees us, defines us and loves us changes everything: “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends…(John 15:15)
Timely: If there is one word that describes our time in Thailand it is most certainly the word “Timely”. Whether it was helping a young missionary family to get some healing and direction with their marriage “at just the right time”, or helping a young pastor find balance, as he carries the weight of a heavy ministry and a young family. Or, seemingly a chance encounter with a missionary to China, clearly on verge burnout and helping her to make good and wise decisions that will not only sustain her ministry, but her love and zeal for the Lord. We were at the right place at the right time over and over again. Our work connected us with missions ministries involved in trafficking rescue, children who have been abused, evangelism and discipleship. The Lord is faithful to sustain His friends.
Thank you – We want to thank you our friends and family for being an integral part of Shoulder To Shoulder Ministries. New doors continue to open, both overseas and domestically (we’ll share more about that next month). It is your prayers, encouragement and support that enable our work to continue and to grow. You are indeed impacting the lives of many. Thank you for making a difference.