Our last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. It’s been hard to find time to sit down and write a proper update. Free time is rare, but the busy days are rewarding.
During the past three weeks, we finished teachings on intercessory prayer, spiritual warfare and the Holy Spirit. We began studying relationships yesterday for this week’s lecture series. Next week we will be blessed to host Dr. Benny Prasad, world-renowned musician and missionary, who will speak on faith and finance. We have been looking forward to hearing Dr. Prasad for many weeks.
We continue to go each week on local outreach to a nearby temple. We evangelize to monks and passersby who don’t know Jesus.
We also continue to prepare for our in-depth outreach missions. With 15 students from 10 nations, a lot of preparation must take place before we leave. One team of seven will travel to India, into the Himalayas and other regions, to minister to the unreached.
Our team of eight, which technically is 11 with my girls and one leader, is beginning to finalize our outreach to Cambodia and other regions of Thailand. The girls and I, along with two other classmates, will leave March 29. We have to leave a few days before the rest of our team because our visas will expire before the others leave on April 2. We will apply for new visas in Cambodia. I don’t understand all the technicalities. I know we have to apply for a visa to be in Cambodia, and then we have to apply for another visa to re-enter Thailand.
We’ll take a bus (or possibly a train) to Bangkok the evening of March 29. The ride lasts about eight to 10 hours, depending on traffic. We’ll then catch a bus to the Cambodian border, and another bus will take us to Phnom Penh, which is where we will stay. The whole trip should take about 16 hours, I believe. Our teammates will join us April 3.
We will stay at the Cambodian YWAM base and travel each day to our outreach locations. We are tentatively planning to work with a night shelter for orphaned children who live in the slums and with Agape International Missions, which provides aid to girls who have been rescued from human trafficking operations. We pray daily for our mission work there, and I hope you will join us. We expect our hearts to be broken, but we also expect God’s light to shine through the darkness.
We’ll spend nearly three weeks in Cambodia before we travel to Isan in Northeast Thailand. The Isan people live along the border of Cambodia and Laos, near the Mekong River. As with the Cambodian people, most Isan are Buddhists and were in some way affected by the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s. These nations continue to recover from the devastation of Pol Pot’s reign.
Our team will spend four weeks in Isan before we return to Chiang Mai to finish our outreach among the Northern Thai and Shan peoples. The Shan people live predominantly in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and along the Myanmar border. We will spend four weeks ministering in Northern Thailand.
Our specific ministries for each of the Thai peoples have not been finalized yet, but we know we will work with children and adults in many capacities. Please pray for clear guidance on how we can best communicate and build relationships with these nations.
I also ask you to pray for safety and protection for our teams. We will cover a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time. Plus, it’s summer in Southeast Asia. Temperatures peek in the upper 90s right now and will not subside until July or August.
I know I always seem to give you updates and then throw in a nice plea for supporting us. I hear from longtime missionaries that asking for support never gets easier. We are so blessed and thankful for those who support our mission work. Our numbers are small right now, but God is providing through each of you, and I have no doubt He will continue His works through your faithfulness.
We are just beginning this journey, and I am astonished at those who have jumped in to help us along the way. You are as much missionaries as we are and play a vital role in ministering to the lost! Thank you!
As we plan to continue our work for God in a full-time capacity, we ask you to prayerfully consider continuing your support as well. I underestimated our outreach fees by about $2,000. I failed to calculate bus tickets and travel expenses for the girls. We also must get rabies vaccinations before we travel. We are faithful God will provide.
If you feel you would like to be part of our mission work by supporting us, our account information remains the same:
PayPal users can send contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer to mail contributions, you can mail them to:
Korina Dove – Missions Account
c/o ACB Bank
P.O. Box 227
Cherokee OK 73728
Tax-free contributions can be sent through:
First Christian Church
Angel Fund – Korina Dove Missions
P.O. Box 23
Cherokee OK 73728
We love you all and pray blessings on each of you.
Korina, Jaynee, Justine