Hi everyone, here for another update. We have had a good month walking in faith where God has called us. Thankyou for your continued prayer and support!
This month we have been going almost everyday. I have mapped out the streets and we are taking them one by one, handing them to people walking, or at businesses, or putting them in peoples mailboxes, leaving a few on peoples front porch tables. We have had only a few conversations, but one that stood out was a man sitting on his front porch alone, when we handed him the verse card, he asked "which denomination are you from", and we had a long conversation from there, and he asked for a bible too, and i handed him a few longer verse tracts on various things, and he looked happy to receive them, then we invited him to join us on Saturday for our bible study, and he promised he would come, so i guess we will see if he comes tomorrow. If we can have a conversation like this every week, then surely His sheep will come, we simply have to go find them. I suppose its no surprise most reject, but even then, its a seed planted and that one verse might play in their head until they can not sleep at night. Last night we handed a card to another restaurant owner who knows fang, and her restaurant is very old and has always been popular in this city, we had the opportunity to invite her as well, and she asked for our address, so who knows. Pray for her as well.
We are taking Calvin with us, and he loves it, he waves at people, and loves the walk. My hope is that evangelism will seem less strange for him, and will be something that Christians naturally do in the evenings or whenever they get a chance.
I got the track on the bondage of the will finished, printed and cut. And the rest of this month I have spent trying to finish 38 chapters of scripture for memorization. It really shouldn't take this long but I wanted to space things differently, not spaced based on verses but based where it makes sense for memorization. On top of these 38 chapters, I started a ten commandments tract. And that will be three parts, the purpose of the law, The ten commandments themselves, and other verses that add to and clarify each of the ten commandments. I really think that the ten commandments is something everybody knows exists but almost nobody really knows what they are, and for Thai people I think it would be very beneficial for them to pick up and read it, a summary of Christian morality, along with the clear statement of our inability and need for God's grace.
Calvin is doing very well, he has finally started saying Dada more often, followed by Papa, then Dada again, so we know he probably knows what it means. And he's also started to say Mae more frequently along with Mama, so again he's getting the correlation. He does reply to questions now with yah yah and a head nod… it's pretty dang cute.
Business is still pretty slow for fang but she's getting by, and I've actually got a few new students, so that's really nice as well. They have absolutely no foundation, so it's good for me to practice teaching from scratch as well. It keeps me humble, because I was the same way in Spanish class I guess.
I think I'll finally be able to finish my workbenches and the pool table this month. My Hope is that the pool table will be in conversation helper. They work benches will help in increase the speed of my work there, and the amount that I can do. I also need a new table for my wife's customers for the front room. Can't wait till there's really not that much to do… it's actually starting to seem like that will be the case soon.
Thanks again for everyone who prays for us and supports us, it really does help us to move forward and take steps needed to be able to effectively plant churches now and in the future.
This month has been a good month for us. I am very thankful for my wife, as she has helped me pull through some of my shortcomings, and has herself managed to save her own business and mine during this hard season at the same time. I'll talk a bit about that in this letter.
Calvin is growing and beginning to really show his personality, he seems to be a people person, greeting everyone, and waving them goodbye when they leave, playing with other students, and playing pica boo with every stranger he sees. Calvin is highly energetic, loves to climb into the treehouse, but also has attention enough to let me read to him, or sing songs together, and i am very thankful that his energy is not a distraction. Calvin walks and runs at the park now, and entertains everyone. Fang and I are doing well, obviously in love with our little guy.
So i finally admitted im not brave enough to go hand out tracts on my own regularly, so i asked my wife to go with me, and supprisingly she said yes, even when i suggested we go everyday. So i mapped out the streets, and we are going to cover them all. Most of the time we leave bible verse cards in peoples doors and mail boxes, but sometimes we get to hand them to people directly. Yesterday i handed them to a guy i didn't recognize but fang told me as we walked away that that guy delivers for her, he read the verse very loudly for all to hear… i smiled cause that exactly how we came to believe isn't it? I assured fang that the word of God is powerful, and we should never underestimate what God has called us to do here.
We did finish the bondage of the will, and fang finished checking it, but i need to triple check it to make sure we didn't mischeck anything, and then i'll need to format and mass print, upload to website too. Also prepared some selected chapters of scripture for memorization, spaced out for memory not based on verse, i am considering adding italics, and other things to help with emphasis, but im not sure yet (its a lot of work)
There are a bunch others on my list, some partly done, but i am not sure which ones i will do this month. We have had several people come in and read the tracts, and i am wondering if it is due to our evening outreach. One lesbian couple read a tract at the table they were sitting at over a plate of spaghetti and fang told them the usual, "you can take them home if you want, they are free" and one of them responded "thats fine, it is a very amusing read" … not sure what to make of that… its not a comic book lol. I just pray the seed of God's truth has been planted and maybe they will come back later with a more serious tone when they have slept on it.
I have a few new students, so that good, im able to breath a little now. I don't think we will be late for rent this month. Also fang is selling strangely well some days and the normal not so good other days… not sure why, patterns are hard to figure out sometimes. It could be the pizza.
I am going to be making candles, got the materials ready, will pour the wax in old glass bottles i have cut… i think they will be interesting gifts, and for smell, some will be lavender, and others cedar… i always liked the idea of dude candles.. so why not give it a shot.
Recycling is going really good, surprisingly i have about 20x more paper than anything else to recycle, so im also considering doing papercrete products like boxes, or lighting fixtures, or bowls… The plastic takes up way less space after it has been shredded, so im thinking i need to save it up for a good long time before using it. All the cardboard, and paper products fill up pretty quickly.
For food, we will be doing dehydrated food and canned food and selling that eventually, but not yet.
I am almost done with my workbenches, and i made a large swivel tool organizer, thats it for this month.
However a thief tried to break in and the neighbors scared him off, so we hurried and added a couple extra security cameras, and a motion sensor light and new locks for the gates.... Fang will be getting her concealed to carry permit for here in thailand eventually, we will just take that one step at a time.
Something we read about in scripture which is a common theme throughout is thankfulness, and about a year or 2 ago, i don't remember exactly, i fell extremely convicted that i was complaining all the time and not being thankful ever. In my usual fashion i asked God why my criticism was so bad and the only answer i received was be thankful all the time. I actually think that some of the greatest heros of the faith were hyper critical people, but this must be balanced with thankfulness. Its not only a biblical truth, but a proven scientific fact that gratitude makes us happy. So I am thankful, and everyday i am given more to be thankful for, and we are living for God in a very difficult place, but there is so much to be thankful for. Thankyou as well for your continued support, and prayers.
My name is Kaison, my wife is Kritti, and my newborn son is Calvin, we are a missionary family living in Nakhon si thammarat Thailand for the longhaul. I want to start blogging regularly but pretty sure the posts will be pretty random about things i think are not being covered at all, or family related updates. So follow along and leave a comment, i love comments, thankyou.