While Makayla and I were in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, we began a conversation with a quiet and kind girl; it was a strange experience to speak to someone in English instead of Thai. Her name was “Ajaar” and she was working behind the counter of a Cold Stone ice cream shop. M and I don’t have such a commodity in Trang so we decided to capitalize on the opportunity as she was nearing 8 months pregnant and cravings were at an all-time high.
October 1st, 2023
We are in the third month of the monsoon season now, with rains becoming more persistent and lasting several hours. As a matter of fact, it’s raining even now as I write these words to you. And with the rain comes contemplation; I have a tendency to get lost in thought, sometimes in passing ideas, but recently I’ve been thinking about the story of Noah’s Ark.
September 1st, 2023
Hello family! This past month we celebrated ONE YEAR in Thailand!!!
In this month's video, we celebrate with you all and share some exciting updates as well! For those of you who are interested in viewing the baby registry, please click this link.
August 1st, 2023
Hello everyone! This month we got the chance to host YWAM Khon Kaen in Trang! This was an incredible opportunity because hosting teams and leading DTS's, (Discipleship Training Schools) will be a large part of how we will operate as a ministry in the future. (After our 2-year culture and language phase.
July 1st, 2023
Hello everyone! We thought we'd do something different with this month's newsletter! Feel free to watch this video and hear EXCITING news and updates about what the Lord has done in the month of May! We love you all!
June 2nd, 2023
Emotion was brimming toward a waterfall of anxiousness within the hospital room. I stood watching at Makayla’s bedside as the doctor rolled a device over the top of her belly. My eyes now deadlocked on the screen. There was a silence so loud it caused paralysis in my lungs...,Then suddenly, to my awe, a black-and-white image of our baby was displayed upon the screen. His/her hands were moving up and down as if she were waving hello. The high-level low-frequency sound of her heartbeat caused the very bones of my chest to vibrate, the tears of my eyes to tremble. It was a miraculous moment and rendezvous with God. An experience I will never forget. Makayla and I are having a baby!
May 1st, 2023
I’m sitting in the backseat of a car with Makayla to my left. I’m gifted with the opportunity to admire her as she looks out the window and enjoys God’s beautiful creation. There are innumerable trees that shoot toward the sky, defiantly renouncing gravity, an abundance of diverse foliage painted across every direction, and towering rock peaks that sit as silent guardians watching from a distance.
April 4th, 2023
As I (Makayla) take time to reflect on the month of February, a simple and seemingly clique theme comes to mind. That being love - you might have guessed it. But not just any kind of love; I’m speaking of the love of the Father.
March 1st, 2023
It was a sunny morning on the Monday of January 16th. I and the missionary team had just finished praising God together through worship when we received the alarming news of a desperate man in need of help.
February 1st, 2023
His name is Somsak. His hands are rough and calloused, revealing his labor work, and alongside his wife, runs a small-scale restaurant near their home. Curious as the grains of sand that surround his homeland, he questions his way of life constantly…,
January 1st, 2023
Lightning bolted through the darkness, blue and white lights zig-zagged their way from heaven to earth. An amazing concert, an awe-inspiring performance, and an astounding duet of grace. It’s as if the light itself danced personally before God, its creator. As a young girl dances before her proud father, so was this moment before me.
December 2nd, 2022
It was noonday and the thick air seemed to taunt me. It rudely reminded me of the dense humidity that is constantly present, managing to even choke one’s lunges. It’s all part of living in a jungle climate, but despite all this, my attention could not be anywhere else than with Mike. For but a brief moment I was again alone with him. Watching as for the third time he began to convulse; puke dripping from his lips as he exclaimed, “The demon doesn’t want me to do this!”
November 1st , 2022
It was around evening time that we prepared to have dinner. (Here in Trang, people eat much later because of how hot it gets during the day.) As we waited for our food to arrive, Makayla and I sat on bamboo benches and admired the beautiful palette of Enamel Paint that seared itself into the dimming night sky. Immediately, a Muslim family of four proceed to sit at the table in front of us. Our attention is stolen…,
October 1st, 2022
Shivering from the cold, I lay in bed with my fever now approaching 102 degrees; It's been three days since I've been sick. “Erik, You’re very warm!” Makayla says, “Please allow me to at least bring a fan in here.” But I would not recede from my decision to remain as I was and neither would I depart from the bedsheet covers that comforted my body. Makayla sighs empathetically…,
September 3rd, 2022
It was evening when we disembarked from the Japanese airline. Immediately, 90% humidity is quick to greet our unaccustomed senses. Unfamiliar faces and strange languages fill the moist and hot air. Makayla and I are quickly reminded that we are no longer in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, but instead, we’ve finally arrived in Thailand. We have arrived home…,
August 3rd, 2022
Makayla and I have been married for two weeks now. She has decided to keep me around so that is great news! Prior to us getting married, we would drive out to our wedding venue and do some work on the property. I recall the important task of making ready the trails leading to the ceremony. I would clear the way from fallen tree limbs, and debris. I would rake the 4-foot wide path and be sure to remove any obstacles that might hinder her ability to walk. I was in essence, “Making straight the way” for my bride-to-be…,
July 4th, 2022
“God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!”
Psalm 82:1, 3-5, 8 ESV