Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 25 is Just Another Day

Since Thailand is just less than 2% Christian, December 25 is just another day. As missionaries our purpose is to introduce Thai people to the Reason for the season.

When we moved to Thailand in April of 2014, a lot of things were different.  One of the biggest changes in our family was that I stopped homeschooling the children and they began to attend Chiang Rai International Christian School. 

I also began to work at the school part time as the afternoon kindergarten teacher.  I have so enjoyed teaching reading and writing to some amazing international students. I have Korean, Thai, Australian, and American students – and my class only has 10 students this year.  What a diverse group!

One of the events our school sponsors at Christmas time each year is an outreach to one of the local Thai schools.  This year we were able to play games, do crafts and share the gospel with nearly 500 Thai students at a local elementary school. It was a little crazy and a lot of fun!  All of the students received a Thai Bible and other special treats, as well as the opportunity to hear about the love of Jesus, maybe for the first time. 

We pray you have a Merry Christmas as you celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

From Christine, Celebrating the Sonshine Learning Center

Over a decade ago we began our missionary career in Iloilo, Philippines. When we arrived, we had no idea that we would be there for ten years; we had no idea that our family would grow, literally and spiritually; we honestly had no idea what we would even be doing!

During our first few months there, I began to see a need to start a preschool for the street children we were working with on a weekly basis. Many of these children would start first grade already way behind all of their peers, because at the time, when entering first grade children were supposed to know how to read, do basic math skills, etc..  

Graduation time, recognizing and rewarding all their hard work.

So in our first year on the field, I started the Sonshine Learning Center (SLC). It began in a small classroom with thirteen kids, two teachers and one assistant.  By the second year, we had transitioned to a classroom in the Sonshine Center building.  

The Sonshine Learning Center has come a long way, educating many children.

After several years of directing the Sonshine Learning Center, I began to see that a new Director was needed, so I passed that role to Diadem, an amazing woman of God with a big heart. She and many gifted teachers helped to grow the SLC into an established preschool in the community serving both street children and regular paying students, even my own two youngest children attended SLC.

Diadem with two SLC kids (recognize Danny?) at a yummy field trip to Pizza Hut.

Now there is a new director, Krisel, who is continuing the legacy.  As of 2015, SLC has 82 students and has graduated over 200 students. I would never have guessed what amazing fruit would come from stepping out in faith, believing the Lord that a class of thirteen students in the YMCA could grow to what it has become today.

Krisel, the current director of the SLC, clowning around with Danny and Faithy.

To partner with the Sonshine Learning Center, go here and click on the Donate button.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Oh What a Year!

2014 was going to be a bittersweet year for us, after 10 years in the Philippines, we knew we would be leaving our beloved Iloilo, moving to Thailand later in the year.
The year began in the usual way with the Timothy Internship Program. This internship we trained and equipped six interns.
Things in Iloilo took on a "one last" aspect, for example one last trip to Guimaras, we still miss the mangos.
One last time riding on top of a jeepney.
In April we reduced our worldly possessions to a few bags, a box, a dog carrier (yes our dog Sam made the move with us) and we moved to Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Our beautiful and brand new home in Thailand.
Got a car and started driving on the left side of the road, it's not as difficult as you may think.
Got a scooter! Our favorite way to get around. Off to 7-11 in this picture.
Started new schools, Gabi is going to an all Thai preschool.
Eric, Faith, and Daniel attend Chiang Rai International School, and Chris teaches kindergarten there.
We started having new experiences, like playing school team sports--Eric and his soccer (we will NOT call it football) team.
Faithy excelled in volleyball.
Danny and his soccer team.
We started doing ministry, here Chris teaches English.
Eric and I doing prayer ministry at a multi-nation missions conference.
Cheering on our new hometown team -Chiang Rai United.
Enjoying amazing Thai food, don't let the look on her face fool you, she loves Thai food.
When in Thailand, you eat fried bugs.
We are so thankful for this amazing first year in Thailand, we look forward to many more years to come.