Four years ago Bill and I were living in
, where Bill worked as an attorney and I worked for a municipal government in the Finance Department. We were busy with work and serving in many different capacities at our church. Pennsylvania
Back in 2005 God had placed it on our hearts to sell our large home (we were thinking Christian Bed and Breakfast, but God had a different plan.) So we sold our home and started to rent a small bungalow.
Bill and I both felt that the Lord wanted us to serve as fulltime missionaries, but we did not know where or when. So, we just kept praying. We started to feel that the field had been narrowed to
Australia or . (Let me just stop and tell you that our claim to ‘world travel’ up to this point had been that we had traveled into Thailand , several times.) J We really wanted to serve where the Lord wanted us to serve, so I kept praying that God would make it SO obvious that even I would get it. And He did! Canada
One day Bill and I were in
. We had just gone to church down in New Jersey , and we decided to go for a drive. We were driving in our Prius, when all of a sudden the GPS started talking. It said “Your destination has been set!” We were truly startled when the GPS started to talk. We had not programmed it, and to be honest, we really had not used the GPS other than to look at the screen that shows where we are currently driving. Ocean City
We both turned to look at each other, and Bill tried not to drive off of the road. Bill looked at my hands to see if I had pushed a button or something, and I looked at his. But, neither of us had touched the GPS or any controls for that matter. Just then, the GPS started to speak again. This time it said “The Point of Interest will now show all Thai Restaurants.”
The screen did not show anything, but from that moment on we knew without a doubt that
was where He wanted us to serve. We had such a peace in our hearts from that time on. Thailand
So, we left our jobs, our families and our friends, got rid of our stuff, and moved halfway around the world to
. From the time we landed in Thailand , we have felt at home. Okay so there were things that we had to adjust too: Like not being able to speak with most people, because we did not know the language; Not having the luxury of going to a bookstore to buy a book written in English; Dealing with the fact that a simple Thai Bible costs nearly $30.00, which puts it way out of the reach of the average Thai person; Geckos crawling on the walls inside and out; Washing dishes and clothes in room temp water; and Hot weather all year long. The list could go on. J Thailand
God has really given us a heart and a love for the people here in
. I really like the Brandon Heath song “Give Me Your Eyes”, and that is what I pray daily, that God will give me His heart shaped eyes to see people the way He does. Thailand
When we came to
we did not know exactly what the Lord wanted to do through us, but in the two years that we have been here He has used us. Praise God! We have helped start two churches. We opened a Thailand and where we have Bible studies, games and dinner for youth between the ages of 10 and 18. I teach Ladies Bible study every week. I started to teach Ballet and Praise Dance about a month and a half ago, and the girls have danced in two churches and for church gathering of 200 people. We have taught English at church and at an orphanage. . . Youth Center
Everyday is a new opportunity for us to reach out, serve and love like Jesus. We are so humbled that He would use us in this way.
People here ask me about my joy, which is a wonderful segue for me to tell them about Jesus.
When people ask me how I am, I always say “I am blessed!” This too leads into conversations about the Lord. Yes, there are potholes in the road of life. There are challenges and hurts, but I know through everything that I am blessed because the Lord is always with me. Loving me, and loving through me. Guiding me, and helping me guide others. Giving me wisdom, discernment, and encouragement, and helping me to teach and encourage others.
So with a grateful heart I serve the Lord with my husband, here in
. I feel blessed and honored to serve the people of Thailand . Thailand
Giving all the credit, all the praise and glory and honor where it belongs, to the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, Jesus, my God and my Savior!