Jonathan & Mary
Following our Global Passion Celebration on Thursday 13 July, Jonathan and Mary sent us the following message:
Our year here has been great, an adventure with ups and downs!
There have been many frustrations such as the heat/traffic/ language/technology, as well as many delights such as fresh pineapples, mangoes and Tom Yum soup! It's also been such a blessing meeting great Christian people from all over Asia, and the world, including some very impressive missionaries. (Do think of coming out here to join them; but it's tough too, and the language is difficult).
In terms of what we have done, we've encouraged people, been encouraged and had many one-off significant conversations. The Alpha course for Asians/Thais/Buddhists has grown to 20+ people with 2 groups acting as a spiritual hub in Christ Church. We have also started a follow-up Small Group which looks at the Prayer Course (by Pete Greig and Jonny Hughes), as well as training up future leaders in the area. Please pray for this as our time here is short.
Having time out from leadership has been a breath of fresh air this year. It's allowed more time for us to think, relax, see the world from a different angle, and spend time with visitors. All in all, it's been a great gift, but there have been challenges as well. We have been missing you all and definitely missed being out of the UK during the tumultuous times of recent months. It's also been difficult being away from people we love.
Discernment for the future is beginning to come clearer. Thanks for your love, and for praying for us.
We remember you all with great affection.
Jonathan and Mary