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3/15/2007 vol 2.5, Missions and Money

Dear Friends,

IS IT TOO LATE TO SAY HAPPY NEW YEAR? We pray that your satisfaction in God is increasing as you continue to draw closer to Him. The kids are on summer break. Timothy will go to a Korean kindergarten for two months. Lydia will begin homeschooling. Sarah is done with full-time Thai school. Paul will study for two more months. We’ve had many encouraging visitors. And, we’re learning a lot about serving and evangelism through our connection with NewSong Bangkok.

[photo caption] Sarah teaching English in a Christmas camp in Chonburi Center, where about 1,350 children came from neighboring villages last December (Above). The Newsong Bangkok small group or Underground Verge that meets in our home. Poom with guitar in the back. (Below)

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT is important! Thank you for your donations. There has been a 15% drop in the value of the dollar (from 41 to 35 Baht) since we arrived over a year ago. More bad news: Paul’s parents had prayed for $10,000 to support the big Christmas event for 1000+ children. A church sent exactly $10,000 just two weeks before the event, only to say, after the event, that they made a mistake and had meant it for another missionary in Thailand who is building a church. They asked for the money back. We’re still about $5000 short; if you’d like to cover for some of it, please email us. Good news: We had planned to request scholarship money for Rattana, an orphan in Chonburi who is going to college. But one couple made a special donation for scholarships before we even got this letter out!

VEHICLE PURCHASE is our major financial project for this year. We’re hoping for $25,000. If you’re so moved, please make a special donation with a memo on the check for “T17: Paul Kim, vehicle purchase”. Only 3% (instead of the standard 10%) administrative fee will be deducted. We will display monthly updates of this special fund in our website. Please don’t replace your regular donations, since our regular needs remain the same. But we sincerely ask that you give according to your budget and level of cheerfulness (2 Cor 9:7), even if it’s just two pennies.

KOREAN LANGUAGE may not be your thing, but some of you may have been receiving Korean literature after supporting us financially. Please let us know if you no longer wish to receive them, and we’ll let the office know.

THIS JUNE will be exciting as we begin ministering without full-time language classes. Paul will begin teaching two classes in a seminary in Chonburi Mission Center, and may teach another class in Bangkok. We will also receive our first short term missions team from Harvest Community Church in Houston, on 6/29-7/12. San Diego Calvary Korean Church will visit Chonburi on the first week of 7/16-27. We’ll continue to do field research in Chonburi province and other areas, primarily to seek God’s guidance regarding the possibility of a church plant.

Check out Lydia’s updated webpage in our site! She will begin homeschooling next month.

Please pray that:
1. We will be more effective servants for the Thai church.
2. We will not grow tired and weary, after just a little bit over a year.
3. We will continue to improve our Thai through ministry as well as weekly tutoring.

In Christ,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy

 

10/30/2006 vol 2.4, NewSong Bangkok

Dear Friends,

THE COUP CAME AND WENT quickly, before we had a chance to panic. Suvarnabhumi (“soo-one-nah-poom”) International Airport is now open, and much closer to Chonburi Mission Center. We registered for the government administered 6th grade proficiency exam for December 2 of this year. After several months in the red our fiscal year ended last August in the black. Thank you so much for your financial support and prayers! We were also happy to see some of you who visited us over the summer. Our next major issue will be a vehicle purchase in 2007; details on the special project TBA. We hope and pray that you are all doing well in our Lord, Jesus Christ!

NEWSONG (David Gibbons, pastor) is a church based in Irvine, CA. We were surprised to hear that the lead pastor came to Bangkok with other members last year. They began regular worship services last February. Dave has since gone back to Irvine, and we’re thankful for our connection with NewSong Bangkok. We are impressed with the church’s willingness to do anything for the gospel, and to let nothing stand in the way (contextualization). We are also amazed with the focus on the core group of Thai leaders, and a decentralized structure similar to a cell church (indigenous leadership development). We have offered our own place as a location for one of the small groups to meet on Saturdays, from 10/14 (Sarah’s birthday!). A dear brother named Poom is the leader (see photo).

WE REMEMBER OUR TIME in Chinese Christian Church of Milwaukee, where we experienced ministry in a similar decentralized structure and a very loving community. But we did let some secondary things stand in the way before heading out to Los Angeles; and we felt like failures. We feel that we’ve come back a full circle since then, and this time we pray that we will learn to let nothing stand in the way of the gospel. We have also been attending Mahapawn Church, which is a traditional Thai church with a centralized leadership structure. Paul is also getting to know people of other religions in an international meditation club. Along with monthly visits to Chonburi Mission Center and full-time language learning—and technology issues, we have kept our days very full.

OUR CHILDREN ARE HAPPY and comfortable in Thailand . Lydia has been taking flute lessons for the past three months, and is also going to a traditional Thai dance class, which is sponsored by a princess. Timothy attended weekly art classes for several months. Their Thai accents are much better than ours, and we have to put up with Lydia’s corrections from time to time. Sarah has put her Japanese language to use by befriending several Japanese students in our Thai language school. Thanks to many of your prayers, our family is settling down very well.

We mourn the passing of Rev. Jung Sang Woo (Choong Hyun Missions Church), who married us ten years ago.

Please pray that:
1. Thai Leaders like Poom will always experience the grace of God, and set an example for the rest of us.
2. God will continue to bless us with His presence and the encouraging fellowship of believers in Thailand.
3. Our focus on learning Thai will be right on, as we prepare for the 6th grade proficiency exam in December.

In Christ ,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy

 

6/29/2006 vol 2.3, Long Live the King!

Dear Friends,

IT’S ALREADY JUNE, the monsoon season, and we’re still learning Thai. We miss many of you. We hope you find satisfaction in the way God has been leading you this year. It was really encouraging to have Pastor Danny from Hebron Community visit us last Friday. We also spent last weekend in Chonburi Mission Center, and met some interesting people. On a personal update, Paul’s brother, Dan, completed his PhD program in Old Testament and will be teaching at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis this fall. His parents visited his graduation ceremony, and brought back two boxes of Cheerios for Timothy.

VIENTIANE, LAOS was a great place to visit for our final visa trip before getting our missionary visa. Evangelism is illegal in Laos, but we visited a church where about 250 people gathered to worship! The people seemed surprisingly warm and peaceful for being communists. Their gentle nature was very comforting, and made us pray that God would demonstrate His love for them by revealing Himself powerfully. Laos is known for ecotourism, but lacks the infrastructure that would make visiting more convenient. We also enjoyed a musical performance where they treated us to a traditional Korean song, “Arirang”.

KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ (b. 1927) has reigned for 60 years now. We didn’t realize until the weekend celebration in June 9-13 how much he had earned the love and respect of the Thai people. All businesses seemed to be at a standstill. He is the only one to be honored with the title “the Great” while still alive. Pastors were also eager to show their respect to the king, while encouraging each other to worship Jesus, the King of kings. We read about the tireless work he had done for Thailand and were challenged to be just as dedicated for the kingdom of God. You can see Sarah and Lydia in the photo on the right browsing through some of the literature about the king in a convention hall.

In SERVING AS SENDERS, by Neal Pirolo (San Diego: Emmaus Road, © 1991), Pirolo identifies six areas of support: moral, logistics, financial, prayer, communication and re-entry. Re-entry support is probably one of the most neglected areas of support. Missionaries go through “reverse” culture shock in coming to terms with the (obvious) fact that people moved on with their lives while they were out in the field. Sensitive and informed supporters can prepare a living place, an old car, or even extra clothes (for the winter) to help them adjust back.

We got “free” postcards, at 10 cents per card with shipping and the photo option.
Please email us if you don’t think we have your address yet.

Please pray that:
1. God would open our hearts to personal ministry opportunities even while learning Thai.
2. We would maintain our excitement for learning the Thai language as well as its culture.
3. The Thai church would remain focused in church planting and raising leaders.

In Christ,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy

 

4/27/2006 vol 2.2, Summer’s Here!

Dear Friends,

WE PRAY that you are doing well as spring should be in full swing in the states. We in Thailand are in the heat of summer, and just had Songkran (4/13-15), the Thai New Year where people celebrate by spraying each other with water. We stayed home most of the time but went out to get wet a little bit just for the experience.

CULTURE SHOCK seems to have finally entered our home. Our children are acting weird, and we often wonder why the other person is overreacting to a simple situation. People say culture shock symptoms can come in cycles for a few months or even longer. Sarah has been pretty effective in helping Paul to admit that there is a problem. Pray that we will use this occasion to hone our understanding of God’s grace and our love for each other. There have been a few instances when we felt like giving up—and we’re not even talking about the Thai language.

[photo caption] Paul had a chance to lecture on Apologetics at a seminary in Chonburi Center. It was truly a blessing to get to know the students and the professor who interpreted for him, Rev. Surachai.

WE CAME TO SERVE THE THAIS, but we also run into a lot of foreigners in need. There is a 73-year old Korean man who is always sitting alone in our apartment lobby. Paul has listened to his old war stories, understanding about half of what he says. His heart says we should spend more time with him, perhaps lead him to the Lord. But his “purpose-driven” strategic mind says we should stick with the plan and spend our free time with Thais. There are a couple of Indian (or Pakistani) girls that could play with our children. Again, we see the potential for ministry but think we should focus on learning Thai and “do ministry” later. Pray that God will lead both our hearts and our minds to do His will on a daily basis. We came to serve the Thais.

In SERVING AS SENDERS, by Neal Pirolo (San Diego: Emmaus Road, © 1991), Pirolo identifies six areas of support: moral, logistics, financial, prayer, communication and re-entry. Communication is another area that many missionaries need to work on. Pirolo tells the story of a young missionary who had failed to communicate his financial needs (p. 119-121). He assumed that people back home will understand or know his situation and respond accordingly. When they didn’t send enough money, he felt neglected and discouraged. It wasn’t that the senders didn’t care; it was that he never communicated his situation! Oh, you’ll definitely hear from us when our ministry budget increases, like when it’s time to purchase a vehicle and so forth. For now, thanks to many of your thoughtful donations we’re doing well with our living expenses and language school tuition.

Please pray that:
1. We will continue to grow as people after God’s own heart.
2. God will give us strength to persevere in learning Thai.
3. The Thais we come into contact with will experience God’s love through us.

In Christ,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy

 

2/17/2006 vol 2.1, Cambodia Monthly?
Dear Friends,

THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE. We wish you were here, but we rejoice that God has given us friends and supporters back home to pray for God to use us as His instruments of the gospel in Thailand. It is our hope that this year is off to a solid start for you.

WHY CAMBODIA? US citizens get a 1-month tourist visa for Thailand. We came here with a 2-month visa on 11/24, and had to do a “visa run” to the nearby Cambodian border on 1/21. Coming back with another 2-month visa would have taken several weekdays, which we couldn’t afford with our language learning schedule. We had to make another one-day trip before this month was over; we leave at 6AM and come back by 5PM. The good news is that our missionary visa should be processed within 2-3 months; then we’ll never have to leave this country!

LEARNING THAI is increasingly becoming a challenge. You learn 20 new words in one day, only to face 20 more the next; and after a while, you are reviewing hundreds of words and many grammatical structures. It can be discouraging when you practice a basic phrase that you learned with a taxi driver, and he wonders what language you are speaking. But, we also feel good about the steady progress that we are making. We’ve begun visiting Thai churches this month, and look forward to joining a Thai church to attend regularly. God helps us to enjoy this process, while we’re still waiting for culture shock.

In SERVING AS SENDERS, by Neal Pirolo (San Diego: Emmaus Road, © 1991), Pirolo identifies six areas of support: moral, logistics, financial, prayer, communication and re-entry. Prayer support is probably the most touted but the least practiced support team for missionaries. Based on my own humbling experience, the missionary whose supporters pray only when they receive a newsletter is still lucky. Pirolo quotes Samuel Chadwick, “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying…. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray” (p. 96)!

TIMOTHY was one of our greatest concerns. Lydia understands what is going on. But we wondered if Timothy would be able to cope with our move over here. Were we wrong! He fits in like he never left Los Angeles. At a big gathering of Thai children, he ate with them and even lined up to get presents with them. Praise God for how He takes care of little children.

Please pray that:
1. We will maintain focus as we continue learning Thai.
2. God would give us health and discipline to deal with our daily tasks and responsibilities.
3. We’ll use our first year to develop relationships with precious friends and ministry partners.

In Christ,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy


12/20/2005 vol 1.7, Sawatdee…
Dear Friends,

HOW ARE YOU? Christmas is a busy time, probably too busy to get letters from missionaries. But thank you for caring enough to read. May God bless your heart as you take this season to sincerely celebrate Jesus Christ. One of the fringe benefits of serving as missionaries is that we can’t help but to trust God; and it’s been a great joy!

SAWATDEE is hello in Thai (functioning more like shalom in Hebrew). Paul has already started learning Thai; Sarah will start her 4-hr/day classes on 1/5/06. And the kids will begin attending a nearby Thai school from 1/4/06, leaving home at 7AM and coming back after school ends at 4PM—so we’ll all be full-time students of the Thai language! We hope to homeschool them (in English) later. Culture shock is supposed to take effect a month or two after arrival and last from 6 to 24 months. We’ll be more stressed than usual—pray for us.

A WARM WELCOME awaited us as we arrived late night in Bangkok on 11/24. It’s a nice tradition to have all the GP Thai missionaries come out to the airport to welcome missionaries. Paul’s father was with us for the 1st two days helping us hunt for apartments and get cell phones. His mother was busy coordinating a gigantic Christmas celebration for 900 kids in Chonburi, where they live 2 hours away from Bangkok. Other senior missionaries who actually live in Bangkok lent their time to help us settle down safely.

In SERVING AS SENDERS, by Neal Pirolo (San Diego: Emmaus Road, © 1991), Pirolo identifies six areas of support: moral, logistics, financial, prayer, communication and re-entry. Finances are a major area of support. Missionaries have to be skilled and knowledgeable in fundraising, budgeting, maintaining, and spending large amounts of money efficiently. Someone with business expertise can help keep track of the missionary’s income and expenses. There were more initial deposits required in Bangkok than we had prepared for; but each month God used unexpected sources to help—even other missionaries. We thank many of you for your financial support!

Please pray that:
1. We will not use the warm weather here as an excuse to forget the meaning of Christmas.
2. God will give us wisdom and skills in learning Thai.
3. Our desire to serve the Thais will be consistent with our lifestyles at home.

In Christ,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy


11/19/2005 vol 1.6, From Mogpo, Korea
Dear Friends,

We pray for your safety and specific requests that you’ve shared with us. The send-off service at Torrance Good Shepherd Church was both sad and encouraging. Thanks to all of you who showed up to support us. We’re about to wrap up our one-month support raising trip in Korea. Pray that Asiana Airlines will get their act together and fly us safely to Bangkok on 11/24. Winter has arrived in Korea, and it’s colder than what we’re used to in Los Angeles; we are borrowing winter clothes from relatives because we won’t be needing them in Thailand!

We are strangers in Korea. Sharing our vision for missions in Thailand in Korean has been a humbling experience. But, this is only a foreshadowing of the things to come as we prepare to learn Thai and serve the Thai church. Pray that our Thai will be better than our Korean! We also don’t want to forget our English…. We did get to share with a couple of English congregations through old friends from Chicago. It was nice to fellowship with English-speakers in Seoul. Korea has developed tremendously even in the past ten years; entire neighborhoods have been modernized, and the toilets are even more advanced than what we’ve used in Los Angeles.

In Serving as Senders, by Neal Pirolo (San Diego: Emmaus Road, © 1991), Pirolo identifies six areas of support: moral, logistics, financial, prayer, communication and re-entry. Missionaries need logistics support. There are major business items that a missionary agency can take care of, while family and close friends can take care of the more personal details like checking mail or closing bills. Maintaining financial or spiritual accountability is also a major issue that requires logistics. You can email us; but we also know how much energy it takes to do something that seems easy enough! Perhaps, we can organize a small group of friends to focus their support on keeping us accountable to some of the basic spiritual disciplines or specific issues.

Paul’s Grandparents in the port city of Mogpo are providing last minute spiritual training this week while we’ve here. Starting with early dawn service, morning exercise, and then family worship—all before breakfast, we are busy visiting various ministries in this city that they’re associated with, even in their retirement. This old-fashioned no-nonsense lifestyle of spiritual discipline has been a good wake up call for us and our children—their great grandchildren. We’re thankful for this awesome spiritual heritage!

Please pray that:
1. God will guide us through each step of our move to and assimilation in Thailand.
2. We will be focused on serving Thais and not impressing them with our foreigner status.
3. God will use our partnership with churches in Korea effectively.

In Christ,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy


10/3/2005 vol 1.5, Back in Los Angeles
Dear Friends,

WE HOPE that you are doing well in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you for “being there” for us and for letting us know that you support us in our preparations for missions to Thailand.

WE’RE THANKFUL that God kept us safe during our travels last month, 9/5-28, and encouraged us with the churches and people we were able to meet in Chicago, DC and New England. Our friends fed us and fed us well, so that we gained the pounds that we had lost during our 4-month training in Malaysia. We had returned to the US on 9/1 and are now planning to leave for good on 10/25. We’ll stop by Korea and arrive in Thailand by November.

We thrive on your MORAL SUPPORT. Moral support means being there, letting us know that you’re with us in our going to a foreign country with the gospel. Some of you may read books or even take a short course on missions to identify more deeply with us. In Serving as Senders (San Diego: Emmaus Road, © 1991), Neal Pirolo identifies six areas of support: moral, logistics, financial, prayer, communication and re-entry. Pirolo gives an example of Pastor Joe who decided to cancel his endorsement for a missionary couple (p. 29). The couple went ahead with their missionary plans, but they were devastated. Every time something went wrong, they wondered if they were in a place where they weren’t supposed to be; their pastor had withdrawn his moral support, and it hurt them.

OUR SEND-OFF SERVICE is on Sunday, October 16 at 2:30PM in Torrance Good Shepherd Church (Korean, 23915 Garnier St, Torrance, CA 90505; 310-539-3933). Dinner fellowship follows at about 4PM; the food (also Korean) should be good because it’s also the 4th anniversary service. If you’re in the area, we invite you to come and show your moral support.

Please pray that:
1. We will be ready to serve the people of Thailand sacrificially.
2. Our support-raising in Korea will be successful.
3. God will keep us safe in our travels.

In Christ,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy


8/4/2005 vol 1.4, Vietnam and Cambodia
Dear Friends,

WE PRAY that you are doing well. We appreciate your interest and concern expressed through financial support and personal emails. It’s already the last month (out of four) of our training here in Malaysia.

WE’RE THANKFUL for God’s help in going through this training. We learned a lot from the senior missionaries who came and shared their personal experiences—the good, the bad, … and the hideous!

But WE LEARNED MOST about ourselves from living together with other families. We lived in 3 groups; but every six weeks we moved to live with different families. So, by the time we got through adjusting to each other, we were separated and rotated to adjust to another family (plus singles). I’ll share the exciting episodes when we visit.

We’ll leave for our third field trip to VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA today, and will be back on 8/13. Pray for safety and God’s presence in our hearts, so that we will be open to learning new things. You know, it takes a lot of energy to be so open for so many months.

Monthly PLEDGES have been encouraging. But we need a little more monthly SUPPORT, if you know what I mean (that’s Paul speaking). We were hoping to take a few days to visit Thailand before going back on 9/1, but we didn’t receive sufficient funds (or God didn’t permit us to go). We actually owe the GP training center a few hundred bucks. The coordinators are gracious, but this is the first month this year where we’ve actually felt unmet needs.

Please pray that:
1. We would not use our busy training regiment as an excuse from caring for each other as families.
2. We’ll keep humble as trainees, and not feel like we’ve “been there, done that”, as we are introduced to new concepts and people.
3. God will guide us step by step through the end of the training period as well as our deputations and our final departure to Thailand (planned for October).

Warmly,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy


7/1/2005 vol 1.3, Malaysia Training
HELLO, we hope you’re doing well. It’s hard to believe that we’re already past the midpoint of our 4-month training in Malaysia.

OUR TRAINING SCHEDULE basically consists of lectures in the morning, where experienced missionaries come one week at a time to share their testimonies and ministry experiences. We weren’t looking forward to “lectures”, but these sessions have been a tremendous blessing for us.

The afternoons consist of discussions and activities that include homework on our part, including research, presentations and reports. Combined with caring for our children and participating in our assigned local church and small group, EACH WEEK FLIES BY FAST. Timothy had some trouble adjusting to his new life here where he started school (kindergarten) at the age of 3; but he’s happy now. Lydia is enjoying some of her new friends here.

[photo caption] Center photo of our family is from the Museum of Islamic Arts, the top left photo of the Arabic writing is from the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Lydia in the bottom left is getting ready to board the plane in LAX, looking out the window during sunset in Kuala Lumpur (bottom center), Timothy is picked up for kindergarten at 7:30AM by “Uncle Dass” whom he’s grown to love (bottom right). The rest of the photos are from Tungku in East Malaysia where we visited a missionary who is translating the Bible into the local Begak language; his strategy is not merely to finish the translation fast but to do so with a core group of about 20 local Christian leaders; the process is painfully slow, but the fruit is real discipleship and a strong church who will actually use their native Bible. You can see the 2 computers they use, and the house they live in. I’m drinking tea with one of the young leaders, and at the top are photos of a wild boar meat and translation work posted on a wall. More regular updates and photos on my xanga site (username: paulmkim or just type http://www.xanga.com/skin.asp?user=paulmkim)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We can see that God is in control. We got just enough funds to buy our plane tickets back in LA, but not more than necessary. Pray also for our agency, GP, which is in the process of applying for membership in the Evangelical Financial Council of Accountability (EFCA).

WE’LL BE BACK IN LOS ANGELES ON 9/1, spend a few days in Chicago (9/5-10), and DC and the East Coast (9/10-28). We hope to meet up with some of you back east before taking off to Thailand in October after our commissioning service in Torrance Good Shepherd Church on 10/2.

Sincerely,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy


4/22/2005 vol 1.2, READY TO FLY!
GREETINGS, and we hope you are doing well in Jesus Christ our Lord.

We’re feeling AS BUSY AS MARTHA right now. So much to pack. I had a friend in the shipping business, and planned to ship about 30 boxes (mostly books to donate to seminaries), but ended up with almost 60! We thought that after we quit our jobs we’d have more time to relax and contemplate our transition; but, our schedules have been even crazier than it used to be. We had the fortunate problem of having too many churches and friends to visit, including unexpected guests from Thailand. Where is Mary to focus on the only one that that is needed? But we truly enjoyed the richness and diversity of Christian fellowship more than ever.

We’re READY TO FLY! After a family dinner with Sarah’s parents and sister (and her fiancé), we’ll be at LAX this coming Tuesday 4/27, for our 4/28 1AM flight to Malaysia. We’ll be there for the 4-month training, where we’ll live together with other missionary families—think of it like a Christian version of “Survivor”, except the winner gets a reward in heaven.

IF WE DO SURVIVE, we’ll be back in Los Angeles by 9/1. We’ll spend a few weeks of September in the East Coast for more deputations, and come back to Torrance, CA for our send-off service on the first Sunday of October. We’ll stop by Korea before reaching Thailand by the end of the month.

We’re thankful for the following items:
1. We’re almost ready to go for our main training phase in Malaysia.
2. More churches and many of our friends have given one-time donations.
3. Our shipping and packing issues have turned out favorably.

Please pray that:
1. We would maintain a humble attitude as we learn from experienced missionaries and other missionary candidates in Malaysia.
2. Our monthly financial pledges would add up.
3. Someone would move into our apartment early enough to minimize penalties for breaking our lease by three months.

Sincerely,
Paul & Sarah, Lydia and Timothy


2/21/2005 vol 1.1
Greetings to our supporters in Christ,

We’d like to express our encouragement for all your support, for your donations or pledge, as well as prayer and fellowship. Check out our website, www.paulmkim.com, which has been updated with more pages since last month.

We had our last Sunday at Torrance Good Shepherd Church yesterday; it was a sad but blessed farewell. The Senior Pastor and Elders prayed for Paul, and we had a nice Chinese dinner with the EM congregation. Paul also had his last day of teaching at Crenshaw on Friday, and celebrated the final day with a boiled silk-worm party in one of his classes.

Now, we must get ready for our full-time training that begins in Anaheim tomorrow. It’s an all-day affair, 9a-5p, with a lunch break. After this 1st phase of training that ends on 3/8, Paul will be in Chicago from 3/18-27. We’ll also begin packing up to leave our apartment in time for the 2nd phase of training in Malaysia, 4/25-8/26.

We’re thankful for the following items:
1. Everyone from our family to our friends, even our church leaders, seems to affirm our calling for traditional missions.
2. Lydia is maintaining a constructive attitude toward this transition, and is expressing joy at the prospect of new friends without denying her sorrow at the thought of leaving her friends, all for sake of the gospel.
3. Many of our friends have offered financial support so we can begin our training on time.
4. Torrance Good Shepherd Church will be our co-sponsor, and function as our home church. Now, we know that they’re not happy just to get rid of us!
5. Several churches have already offered to partner with us by pledging financial support.

Please pray that:
1. About 3 more churches would be willing to co-sponsor our missions. As of now, TGSC is the only co-sponsor, which means it may end up being the sole sponsor. It would be nice to have a solid group of about 4 churches that would ensure a stable source of revenue for our ministry and living expenses.
2. We would maintain our spiritual and physical health throughout this training and fundraising period, since our daily routine would be broken.
3. There will be mutual encouragement with individuals and churches we meet.
4. We’d find a family to take over our apartment. Our lease does not end until early August. Let us know if you want to move down to Torrance, CA!
5. We will be wise in dealing with the shipping issue. We have old computers and lots of seminary books that ministries in Thailand would love to use, even if we don’t need them for ourselves.

Sincerely,
Paul

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