News From Thailand

Digging Deeper

I was told 1.) learn the language 2.) stay long term 3.) support the locals...

Heading into my ninth month, I'm grateful for the chance to be here long enough to go deeper... into language, into relationships, into understanding- of the complexity of child sex-trafficking, and the global battle raging against it. Thank you for coming along for the journey, for your financial support, and especially for your prayers!

This newsletter goes a little deeper into 3 concepts I'm learning about.

True Confessions

I do not have an "elevator speech" (a one-minute response) to answer the question, "Why are you in Thailand?" Even worse, my response varies according to the identity of the questioner. (This is hard to admit.) To an international diplomat, I might assert that "I desire to collaborate on a critical social justice issue". (They love the words 'collaborate' and 'justice'.) To a missionary, I might declare that "God has called me to serve in Thailand." (They love the words 'God', 'called', and 'serve'.) The truth is that both of these statements are accurate. My challenge is to combine the two ideas (and not fear disapproval from anyone).

Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." - Matthew 22: 37-40

This teaching reminds me that my relationship to others is grounded in my relationship to God. And that to love others in my own strength, apart from God's love for me, is to have my service to others firmly rooted in midair.

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And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love...

may have power, together with the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

- Ephesians 3:17-19