Another year has come and gone! As I look back over the last year of living in Thailand among the Thai people, I am reminded of Psalm 90:12 which says, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." Truly, this is one of the great need in our lives. If sin's greatest task is to waste our days - be it in blatant sinful living or Christ-less morality - then our mission is to develop a heart of wisdom that might not squander these few, precious years that we have on earth. I pray that God gives each of us a "heart of wisdom" during this new year!
One of the biggest things that God has revealed to me over the last year is His incredible willingness to provide all that is needed for my spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. Please read the following quote by C.H. Spurgeon:
“Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God . . . as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that He wrought all His mighty acts, and showed Himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare His arm for the saints who are now upon the earth.”
To date, God has supplied over $25,000 during the last year to support me in Thailand! This simple fact blows me away for behind this number are so many individuals and families who have sacrificed that I could serve God overseas. I am so humbled by His grace and His people's love and generosity. Thank you!
God has also raised up 5 new believers during the last year that are being discipled and following Christ! One of these new believers is a political science student named Earth (See June Newsletter). Earth salvation is a special blessing to me because it is the first guy that we've seen receive Christ and be discipled in the 4 years of CO's presence in Chiang Mai. I am praying that as Earth matures in his faith, God would use him in a might way to reach his fellow Thai countrymen. We have truly seen God's mighty arm at work last year in Chiang Mai, Thailand!