For details on our Home Assignment schedule and open slots, please scroll all the way at the end (past Prayer Requests)

What Do You Do?
“If it’s been a year and you haven’t had a conversation about Jesus with somebody, then you are doing something wrong.”
- MR working in a Creative Access Area (CAA).

These words came as a timely affirmation when we were starting to wonder whether we should do something different with how we are currently reaching out to our Buddhist Badminton friends.

One Tuesday evening, while Terence was getting ready to play a Badminton match with our small group, a gentle voice sounded over the top of his head... It was Pa'Ning.

Pa'Ning is the wife of Friend whom we talked about in a previous newsletter. Friend's name is actually P'Jet. She is also the mother Nong Nai, a young man who plays really well. She the mother-figure of our badminton group, and always offers to help Ingrid with Jubilee. She has been most encouraging in our Thai language study.

[Note: when texts are brackets, the conversation was in English]
Pa’Ning: Hello, Tao! What do you do for a living?
Terence: Hello Pa’Ning! Me and my wife are [volunteers] in a [foundation.]
Pa’Ning: What does your [foundation] do?
Terence: We provide affordable education to Southeast Asian people.
Pa’Ning: Oh, like teaching children?
Terence: We provide [undergraduate education.] 
Pa’Ning: What kind of [degrees] your school offers?
Terence: We train pastors and teachers.
Pa’Ning: Pastor? What is a pastor?
Terence: Oh, a pastor is like a Christian teacher or a Christian [monk.] 
Pa’Ning: So, you are a Christian? What kind of Christian? Are you like Roman Catholic or Baptist?
Terence: Uhmm. [We are kind of related] but my church is called Church of the Nazarene. My church [serves] the poor. We make schools, hospitals, houses... When a [typhoon] comes, we are first to help. We give care for people who are hurt. We go to places and people where many find it difficult to go.
Pa’Ning: Oh, really? The church does all of that? 
Terence: Yes, Pa’Ning. The church does all that and more.
Pa'Ning: So you are really a Christian?
Terence: Yes, I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus is the true God.
Pa’Ning: (Pauses)
Terence: Anyway, me and my wife train Christian teachers and pastors for our church. If you want to know more about what we do, you can ask Pi’Pai and Ajan Phanom. I think if you have questions they can answer better than I can because I can only speak a little Thai.
Pa'Ning: Okay, Tao! You play in court No. 7!
Terence: Okay, Pa’Ning! [Nice talking to you!] I will play now. Goodbye!

Later that night, Terence saw that Pa’Ning sat down with P’Pai.  Pai told Pa’Ning more about what we do and our beliefs. Pa'Ning was shocked that the church did so many things.
Weeks later, we found out that Pa'Ning also approached Ajan Phanom, and Ajan was able to share his testimony with her.

Her son Nong Nai has now also been having frequent conversations with Terence and Ingrid about church. He had studied abroad in the States, and his host family brought him to church often.

We are still praying for this kind of interaction with our friend, P'Jet, but we are faithful that God is placing this family in our lives to bring them closer to Himself. Last Sunday, Ajan Phanom also shared that he felt God was telling him to invest in this family.

We believe that God is on the move with this family, and we invite all the prayer we can for them. Lord, just give us one!
All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth

We were convinced that Jubilee will walk before she gets her first tooth. We felt some bumps on her gums, then they would go away. Then she'd spend the nights in pain with only ice to comfort her...but nothing came. She developed a runny nose and fever (common symptoms of teething), and ouch! We felt a tooth! We couldn't see it, but it was really sharp. Sources online said it would take a few more days for the tooth to sprout and after 2 weeks... Nothing!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we finally saw it. During a doctor's visit, the doctor pulled back the gum a bit and we could see not one, not two, but FOUR teeth just about to come out. We pray that this isn't another false alarm, but seeing those pearly whites was a great encouragement. 

Please keep Jubilee in prayer as she enjoys this last month as 0-year old! 

Thank You!
Oikos Church of the Nazarene has been moved from one building to another and for 15 years, they have raised (and are still raising) funds for a church building.

In spite of the many challenges that the church has been facing they continue to come together and do the work of God here in Bangkok. According to policy, we cannot personally raise funds for them and ask our partners to donate to them but one thing we can do is share the incredible work of God through the church.

So, we volunteered to create a video showing the church’s life and ministry hoping that this could inspire many churches who are going through the same challenges as Oikos. The video is now in the works. However, translating from Thai to English is one of the critical steps in this project, so we decided to use some of our personal funds to pay for a translation job for this project. After paying the translator, we received an email from a church saying that they wanted to donate money to us for personal projects. We were shocked at how God knew before we asked, and we deeply thank that church for following His leading in giving.

We would like to thank all of your continuous prayer and support. It is with your partnership that we are able to be of service to the Thai people and the churches around us. We are so thankful that we have friends and family who pray for us and with us.
This newsletter is already crazy long, but we want to reward your efforts by sharing some important and exciting news with you all.

Yes, you read that right, someone in our family is getting a promotion. Let us all put our hands together and congratulate Jubilee Rei "Reilee" for being upgraded to Big Sister. She'll receive the benefits of this promotion in May 2021, and we are so excited for her!

If you followed our previous newsletters, we shared our difficult journey of becoming parents and how our doctors said they could do nothing but pray for us. So this new member was quite a shock. When the doctor performed the ultrasound to confirm, even the doctor was surprised that Ingrid was able to get pregnant with multiple tumors and cysts around her ovaries and uterus. "The baby is in the perfect place!" the doctor said. And truly this year has been a whirlwind for the world, but we trust in God's perfect placement. We thank God for another miracle, and we ask you keep our family in your prayers as we prepare for expanding our home by two feet. 

Prayer Requests

Lustaña #2: Please keep our new baby in your prayers. We are thankful that this time we are able to see a doctor, we are not traveling around the world, and we are in a country that is not deeply affected by COVID.

Work: We are preparing for our next online classes among other projects. Keep our students in mind.

Language Study: We will be taking the Thai proficiency exam in March 2021. That means we need to pass an exam that is the same level as a 6th-grader Thai exam. Our problem is... we don't think we can pass a 6th-grade exam in our own native language! Please pray for our language studies and for this exam!

Workshop: After multiple delays, Ingrid was finally able to lead a workshop on contextualization for pastors in the Central Visayas District on November 2. Terence helped her with games and activities. We pray that the workshop inspires the pastors to fulfill the Church mission as well as their community's needs.

Click here to check out which days are still open for Home Assignment 2021!

We're Coming Home!

We created a quick guide of what our Home Assignment will look like below. The districts shown are where people have verbally invited us. USA districts (LA, Northwest, Rocky Mt., Kansas, Virginia, Southern Florida, Florida) will be in late 2021 and Philippine districts (Central Visayas, Western Mindanao, Southern Tagalog, Metro Manila) will be in early 2022

Above is a button that will lead you to a GoogleSheets. It will show you our current schedule of which days are booked already. 

If a day you wanted has already been taken, we're sorry! We are on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, there are some options available for you. 

1. A mission service does not need to be on a Sunday morning. We have seen some churches that invited us to their small groups. Churches have opened up opportunities for us to connect with their congregation through game nights. One church just hosted a BBQ lunch at someone's house where we shared. Prayer meetings, Men's breakfast, youth groups, children's camps... We don't need to limit God's message to a Sunday morning! 

2. We can prerecord a message for your church. Thanks to the COVID, our churches have had to sink or swim when it comes to technology. We thank God that many of our churches have been able to swim through this pandemic. If you feel a prerecorded message is better for your church, please let us know. 

Don't wait for a year. Email us right away! We can't wait to see you all again!

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