My husband and I were married in July 2007. We started attending LifePoint Church around the same time. About 1 year after first attending LifePoint, we joined a small group. Fast forward to October 2011, when our church did a church wide study on David Platt’s book,
The book challenged us to go on a short term mission trip, so with another couple from our small group, we went to Haiti in January 2012. We had a great time on our trip and really felt like we learned so much, but never did we consider becoming international missionaries. Upon returning from Haiti, we got pregnant with our first child. Then in April 2012, our church held an event for a time of fasting and praying and just a time to figure out where God wanted to use us next. Through attending this event, we felt God calling us to move to Haiti. Our daughter was born in October 2012, and then we moved to Haiti in May 2013.
We lived in Haiti for a year. In Haiti, we helped with a discipleship program, had a Children’s Home with 13 children, and aided our organization with getting children life saving heart surgeries. We learned so much from living in Haiti and know God was using it as a time to prepare us for what He was calling us to next. As we prepared to come home to have our second child, we felt God calling us home from Haiti. The more we prayed about coming home from Haiti, the more we were met with the answer to move to Bangkok, Thailand.
Our church had approached us about moving to Bangkok with our church plant there, but when we were approached, we still believed we were called to live in Haiti, but God’s perfect timing opened up, and He eventually called us to Bangkok anyway.
We returned home from Haiti in May 2014. Our son was born in July 2014. We are taking some time to live in the States to adjust to being a family of 4, work on our marriage, visit with family and friends, raise support and prepare for our move to Bangkok. We will be moving to Bangkok in February 2015. We are excited about our new journey, and we are excited to share it with you too!
In Bangkok, we will be working with our church to raise up local Thai leaders to serve in the church. We will also be teaching English as a means to share the Gospel with the Thai people in our community. We also have a Cafe at the church that we use as an opportunity to share God’s love. Also, we will be partnering with an organization, ONEless, that ministers to ladies working in the red light district and caught in the sex trafficking industry. Also, we will be using the relationships we build through our children to share God’s love. Please pray for this to be fruitful! Our visa will be a Thai learning visa, so pray that we will be able to learn Thai quickly and effectively!
We hope that you will follow along here and hear about our journey and read some of our thoughts while we embark on the unknown journey God is sending us on in Bangkok, Thailand! Please pray for us as we continue to prepare to move to Bangkok, and when we move our labor be fruitful in a country that is only about 1% Christian. Pray that we continue to seek God in every decision we make. Pray that everything we do points back to Jesus, so that people question why we are the way we are! Pray for our staff that is currently in Bangkok.
We will update often as we prepare to move and after we move, so please check back often to keep up to date with everything we are doing!