It’s a glorious day in Thailand. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And teams are dispersing in all directions.
One of our film teams flew out bright and early this morning. The fruits of their labor will result in a new Create International production for the people in Southern Thailand.
Our art team will fly out Monday evening to Nepal. They will conduct research, build relationships, and share their artwork with students and individuals in the Himalayan region.
The girls and I will join members of the YWAM Chiang Mai staff Tuesday morning for outreach to the Northern Thai province of Phetchabun. We will build relationships with university students, helping them translate Thai to English, and we also will visit a women’s prison.
With all of us gone, that will leave only three people to man the base next week. I say “man” the base because the three people who will be left here are all men! Our base director, our only female influence available next week, is recovering from surgery after a motorcycle accident.
- Please pray for all our teams in the many directions they are traveling. Each team has a unique purpose. Pray for that purpose to unfold according to God’s plan.
- Please also pray for those staying in Chiang Mai. It can get lonely in an empty office, but it also can be a time of refreshment and a time to get lots of work done! Pray those staying here will find joy in the quiet and new inspiration from the projects on which they are working.
- Pray for our base director, Penny, in her recovery. She is on bed rest but scheduled to begin physical therapy soon. Pray she doesn’t overdo it (She is a workaholic! We love you, Penny!) but also that she gains strength gradually, in God’s time, and that she is healed completely, both physically and spiritually. Overcoming the physical aspects of an accident sometimes comes quicker than winning the mental battle.
A NEW DIRECTION IN JANUARY
After weeks (months, actually) of prayer, I have committed to staffing the next Create International Discipleship Training School, which starts in January. The intense six-month school is an introduction to missions as well as training to live life in obedience to God.
If I could make DTS a requirement for every person on earth I would. It is priceless, and I am honored that God has called me to be a part of this one. Please pray I can provide good guidance and leadership for students and be a good example for future disciples.
Already we have 13 (I think that is the latest number) applicants. If all are accepted, that will be quite a large class! We will be praying over applicants in the next couple weeks. Please join us in praying for these individuals from across the world. Also, please pray for us as leaders for discernment and wisdom concerning their hearts and willingness to walk through six months of life-changing training.
- One of my tasks in August was to complete study guides to go with three evangelistic toolkits that help train workers in Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu nations. A team from Create took the toolkits recently to a national conference in Mexico. Please pray these toolkits get into the hands of workers in unreached places. If your church or you as an individual want to learn more about getting equipped for missions, visit our newest Web site at www.equip2go.org.
- I finished the second module of the School of Biblical Studies course. Hallelujah! We ended on 1 Corinthians. Wow! What a letter! At the end of each study, we write a short paper called a personal application to apply what we learned from the book. This is just one of almost 20 papers and charts we put together for almost each book (sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the length of the book). You can read my personal application, “Wet, Sweaty Armpits” (some name, huh?) here.The Biblical studies school consists of nine modules, each taking about three months to complete. So, it will take a good two years to finish the entire course, but it is so worth it! I love digging into each book, studying the history, the inspiration, and the meaning of each and every word. Thank you so much for those who have supported me in taking this school. I am going to take two weeks off to get some office work done and to concentrate on our outreach to Phetchabun next week. I will hit the books again bright and early on Sept. 23.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Working with and for the people of Thailand and Southeast Asia is a privilege. We are growing more for God every day.
We hope all is well back home. You are in our prayers as well.
Many blessings and much love,
Korina, Jaynee, Justine