Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Most Recent!!

Friends and family!! 
Greetings from Udom Suk, Bangkok!! 

How are you all doing?!! Pray you are doing well.  We are already into week 3 here at the Impact School of Missions (ISM) in Bangkok.  Time has flown by as we have gotten settled into SE Asian life and have been busy with ministry.  Here are some of the highlights: 

- Preparing and teaching classes at ISM (Avin is teaching right now!) 
- leading the students in worship
- serving at a 'Night Light' Cell group and Church Service, (Night Light is a Christian ministry that reaches out to woman in the red light district, disciples them and then employs them as factory workers) 
- loving on kids at a ministry that reaches out to kids from poor/dysfunctional homes in a Bangkok Slum
- exposing the students to different ethnic foods at restaurants in Bangkok! (The Indian food was unreal!!) 
- Not exactly a highlight but....traveling all over Bangkok trying to solve our computer problems!! 
- getting stranded at a soup shop due to a classic SE Asia thunderstorm!! 
- leading the students to the 'Ancient City' last saturday!!  A must do if you come to Thailand!! 

School here is finished on October 5th.  After spending some time visiting friends, we will head to Poipet, Cambodia to pick up my truck and things and then will head to Phnom Penh.  

We are loving being back in Asia and really couldn't be here serving without you.  Please, please, continue to pray for us as a couple and that Gods power would flow powerfully through us so that the name of Jesus would be glorified, an people would come to know Him!!   


Joel and Avin

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

We've Arrived!!!

September 5th, 2012

We have Arrived!! (Physically speaking, Lord knows not in a lot of other ways!!)   After talking about serving God in Asia, preaching about serving God in Asia, praying about serving God in Asia ect., ect., we are finally BACK,  SERVING GOD IN ASIA!! We are ecstatic! Feels like we’re home, though it sure was a tear fest saying goodbye to our families!  We had a great flight on Japan Airlines from Vancouver to Tokyo and then to Bangkok.  We stayed with Peter and Sandra Macintosh last night and were just treated like royalty. Had a great time this morning talking about all the crazy missions trips we’ve been on and then Sandra took Avin and myself to the Pentecostal Bible College in Udomsuk, Bangkok where we will be staying for the next 30 days, teaching at the IMPACT SCHOOL OF MISSIONS (ISM)  
Our apartment at the Bible school is a 3 bedroom place with a living room, a kitchen and Air Conditioning!!!  I am getting soft in my old age!!  
We got unpacked and settled in today, got all our phones hooked up with SIM Cards, went grocery shopping, experienced a classic SE Asia 1 hour rain storm with thunder and lightning and had some amazing ‘gang keow wahn guy’ for lunch!   Just feels so good to be BACK!!  God is so good!
We begin teaching on September 10th, so for the next few days we will be preparing for our classes, having staff meetings and hanging out with our friends here in Bangkok. 
Really appreciate all your support, prayers and for believing in us!!  Please be praying for Gods anointing to be on us as we teach and pour into the students at ISM over the next 30 days. 
Joel and Avin