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Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + Danai

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Prayerletter June 2014

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Greetings from a summery Vancouver! After much waiting and working towards our return to Thailand, things seem to be coming together. Peter's recent visit to Thailand was fruitful on all counts: renewing his visa and work permit, upgrading the IT infrastructure at the Bangkok OMF office, and setting up partnerships in the North for our future ministry. With the help of Thai friends, Peter was able to find a suitable house for rent that seems a divine provision. Many in our community in Lampang are looking forward to our return. A car is lined up for us to buy from a colleague. We found a suitable school for the oldest two boys and they are pre-registered. Lukas will start in "year 4" and Emmet in "year 1" of an international school in Lampang that follows the British system. On the Thailand side everything is ready. Here in Vancouver, Emmet's surgery went well, and he is recovering well too -- as we write he's allowed to run again! This completes our medical clearance. This week and next, the boys are wrapping up the school year and extra-curricular activities. We feel we are entering the phase of goodbyes and closure of our time here in Vancouver.

And yet, we are still unable to book our tickets as we have encountered one final formidable hurdle: our financial clearance. We just heard this week that our level of financial support is at 79% while at least 95% support is required for financial clearance. We would dearly love to return to Thailand at the end of July for a number of reasons: The school year will start on September 1st, and we would really like to arrive in Lampang before that so that we can settle into our new house, so that Lukas and Emmet will have the best possible transition in terms of starting out the school year with the rest of their class. Another pressing reason for and end of July departure is that we have to have move out of our apartment here in Vancouver by the end of July. Please pray with us for the urgent need of our financial clearance, we will need to see God provide in amazing ways and on short notice..!

We sense that the Lord has been opening doors and preparing the way for us to return to Lampang and yet we are very aware that only in God's strength are we still able to hope that we will be able to go back to Thailand this summer. Please pray for us to hold fast to the Lord in faith as we now look to Him to do what seems impossible to us. OMF will grant financial clearance and we will know God has cleared the way for us to go when pledges of support that come in to them will tally to 95% or more of our needs. The OMF office in Mississauga has put together a breakdown of our finances for those of you who are interested in more detail, so please just let us know if you would like to receive this page.

We also want to thank you all for the warm and caring support extended to Kelly and the boys during Peter's absence: thank you for all the prayers and practical helps!

Lots of love and blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + Danai

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Prayerletter February 2013

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We have now been back in Canada for two months and are enjoying the mild Vancouver weather where spring is starting to show up in snowdrops and crocuses. Our most difficult adjustment was Lukas changing over from his Dutch school to the Canadian school in grade one mid-year. It took a while to gain fluency in reading English after having started to learn to read & write in Dutch, after both boys had done such a good job adjusting to speaking Dutch..! As we all adjust through yet another transition, we are very grateful for the active support of Grandma and Grandpa in many aspects of our daily lives here.

We have a range of affairs to take care of, particularly dealing with health issues for each family member, and we have made great strides. Nonetheless, the OMF medical advisor has recommended that we not return to Thailand at the end of March, but set the date of our departure for Thailand to the end of June -- pending medical clearance. This allows Lukas to finish his school year and helps us to work on increasing our resilience as a family so that we are able to have a good start of our second term serving overseas. We feel this is the right decision, although, while for Kelly this comes as a relief, Peter is longing to get on with the work in Lampang. It will be necessary to renew our visa in Bangkok before our return, so Peter will travel to Thailand in the final weeks of May, which gives him the opportunity to visit Lampang, encourage our friends and take care of some business there.

As our last remaining colleagues have left Lampang in December, the Lighthouse has not seen a lot of activity. Thankfully a Christian couple from the States who are teaching at a university in Lampang have been able to provide English classes in the Lighthouse on Saturdays. They will go back home in March though, and no team members are expected to return for months after that... Our good friend Boy is clinging to Christ, and he seems to have found a better job, so praise God for that. Our friend Gae is doing well, though she is not as active online as she used to be. We are thankful that our colleague Tomoko seems to be on the road to full health back in Japan, and that she is committed to resume the work in Lampang, but she has been advised to not return for another year. Our colleagues Rich & Lisa back in Australia are expecting their fourth child any day now, which will be a special blessing for Rich's father who is in the final stages of pancreatic cancer. Your prayers for them are appreciated; they could return to Lampang at the end of July at the earliest, but they will stay in Australia longer if necessary. Our colleague Mandisa is back in Thailand from South-Africa, but she will be taking up the role of coordinating short term missions in Bangkok after she finishes her Thai studies in Lopburi. Our colleagues Nick & Trish have committed to serve at the OMF headquarters in Singapore for another 2 years, so they will won't be back to live in Thailand in the nearer future. Finally, Jesse & Kristin Kroll are seeing their financial support increase, but not yet to the required level. They are considering leaving the States and going to Thailand as tent-makers until they are able to work as full-time missionaries again, so please pray for their way ahead.

Our vision for God's work in Lampang is more alive than ever, we long to see self-reproducing, life-changing, welcoming & outgoing Thai communities serving one another and journeying together under Christ's headship!

Thank you for journeying along with us. We're happy to be in touch with you and share more of our story, please drop us an email or give us a call. Lots of love and blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + Danai

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Prayerletter October 2012

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We have been in the Netherlands now for over two months in Peter's hometown of Groningen. Peter's mother has very generously given over to us her lovely house as the edge of a park for the duration of our 4-month stay -- such a blessing! Lukas, now officially school age, is enrolled in a local Dutch school a 5 minute bike-ride from us. He is enjoying the friends as well as learning to read and write, even though it is a second language experience for him. Emmet goes to a pre-school at the same school two mornings a week and both boys are making great strides in their Dutch language ability. Danai just turned one and is walking, saying a few words and exploring his world. Peter is enjoying (more than he expected to) being back in his home culture and the ease with which he can connect and communicate with people. For Kelly, it is another cross-cultural experience as she has never actually lived the round of daily life in the Netherlands before. We are all enjoying the connections with family and friends that we are able to have in this season. It is a privilege to share our stories and experiences of life in Thailand over the past 4 years, in both smaller and larger scale meetings. As we give words to our experiences, our own vision is being developed, our love for the people we have gotten to know is growing as we tell (and hear) their stories, and we are becoming more aware of God at work.

We are also more aware of the spiritual warfare that goes hand in hand with testifying of Jesus and His work. Almost every time before we speak or meet with people, whether official or informal, we have experienced various physical symptoms, extra friction in family relationships, and tangled communication among other things. In Thailand we expected spiritual warfare and we sought protection in prayer, but we have been somewhat surprised by how contant and disruptive the warfare is during our home assignment. The blindfold fell off around the time of the OMF day here at end of September that we were a part of. Before, during and after we had such a different experience of peace and grace and strength-in-weakness under pressured circumstances where we were protected from the trouble we anticipated. Suddenly we realised that it was because of all the prayer surrounding that event. Again we were made aware of how powerful and relevant prayer support is. Actually there was an element of reproof over how little we have sought prayer support in the past months as well as reaffirmation of what a palpable difference prayer makes. Please pray for pretection from the wiles of the enemy as we give testimony of Jesus and continue contributing to His Kingdom.

In November we are “missionaries of the month” in our Dutch home church, with an information afternoon presentation on 4 November as well as having the opportunity to share our work in a powerpoint presentation and table display every Sunday this month before and after the services. We are hoping to stir up prayer for Thailand, our Thai friends and God's work in Thailand. Alongside these more ministry-oriented goings on, we are aware that there is much awaiting our attention in the realm of personal growth, individually as well as in our marriage and family life. We would like to invest some time in these things but sometimes it is difficult to know how and where to begin. Our plates are full! Thank you again for walking this journey with us.

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + Danai

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Prayerletter May 2012

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Spring is a good season for moving back to Vancouver, and the changeable spring weather parallels the variety of our feelings. The weather is warming, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming. And yet some days the winds blow cold and the rain falls. On the bright side: it is wonderful to see familiar sights, scents, sounds and to reconnect with dear people. The boys love hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa and playing at the many great playgrounds in Vancouver. We are all making some new friends. On the blustery side: most days Lukas or Emmet still verbalize wanting to go back to 'our home far away' or missing friends, and we too are feeling the absence of the things we have left behind -- especially our community of Thai friends.

We are especially aware of the vulnerability of friendships and the impact we have in people's lives. Please pray for our Thai friends. Boy, Peter's language helper, is now being discipled by our colleague Rich. Some months before we left he decided to really be a Christian. We pray that the seeds sown would continue to grow. Pu, our neighbour and friend, with whom we have shared the strands of everyday life, continues to study English with our team. We have skyped a few times with our friends Wisit & Krathin, restaurant owners who have taken us in as extended family. Technology is working to our advantage, as it allows us to stay in touch with our community much more intimately than previous generations. We also keep praying for the parents and classmates at Lukas and Emmet's school. Please pray for the community at the Lighthouse and the remains of the team, that their purpose will be strengthened, and that new people will be added, and pray for our teammate Tomoko, that she may return to Thailand completely healed from cancer. We rejoice in God working through us, and we are grateful for God working His transformation in us. May He be close to all who look to Him!

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + Danai

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Prayerletter February 2012

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The cold season is warming up towards the hot season and we are warming up to a change in our plans concerning our upcoming home assignment. With an earlier than expected departure date, we find ourselves in the throes of making plans and packing up our house in addition to our daily work here. Please pray for strength of mind, heart, body and spirit in the midst of this transition process. We will leave Thailand and arrive in Vancouver on March 30 where we will make home base for the next year, though we will spend time in the Netherlands from August to mid-December.

In the mean time, life continues full-speed ahead. Peter continues with Thai language study and is planning to complete one more module before we go. He has been given permission to modify the material he developed for some guest lectures at a local university (in Thai) in a class on Current World Affairs. Please pray for good concentration in the midst of other demands.

Over the last few months, Peter and our colleague Richard have also been involved in mentoring and discipling a small church in Maemoh, a town over the mountains from us, whose pastor moved away and resigned. Recently it has come up that there is internal tension regarding how to be and do church without the support of a pastor. Please pray for Peter and Rich as they seek to help this church find their own feet and for the members who are feeling they can't do without a pastor. Pray for the future direction of this church body.

Kelly is currently focusing on being mum to three small boys and how to help us all be rooted in Jesus and navigate this unusual lifestyle with its tensions in belonging and being different, and this life with its comings and goings.

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + Danai

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Prayerletter September 2011

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The rain is raining all around as we experience a wetter than usual rainy season. Results: dozens of tadpoles in plastic cups on our counters that the boys have caught in the puddles behind our house; colds and flus going around our team and Thai friends. Please pray for resilient health, especially as our baby is due in one month. Currently both Kelly and Emmet are fighting bugs. The baby seems healthy and active, although at the last checkup he was lying head up – we hope he will turn head down before birth.

We are thankful for the encouraging time we had with the team from our Dutch church in July. They were able to support us in many existing ministries and also to help in opening up a new opportunity tutoring English at one of the local universities. Please pray that our team would be able to make good contacts there and that chances to share faith would open.

Our team is going through a transition time, as our team leaders leave to take up a temporary position at the OMF headquarters in Singapore for one year. They are the most experienced in ministry and in Thai language of our team. Please pray for wisdom as we adjust activities to the abilities and availabilities of those of us who remain. Also please pray that people who had relationships primarily with their family would still feel free to connect to our community here and most of all that God would continue the work He has begun in lives regardless of missionary comings and goings.

Peter is studying a module about Christian perspectives on Buddhism with Boy. Please pray that God would use this to continue the work that He is doing in Boy's life and that Peter would be sensitive to how God is using this in Boy's journey of faith and would be able to join in and support this process.

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + babyboy

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Prayerletter June 2011

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The evenings are cooler now – only 29 °C in our living room tonight – and the rice paddies are pools of mud waiting for planting. While the farmers gear up for planting, we are gearing up for activities with visiting short-term teams. There is currently a team from Australia/South Africa with us until July 8th and on July 11th we will welcome a team from our church in the Netherlands who will be with us in Lampang for 2 weeks. There are already a number of activities planned – Kids' Clubs, programmes in an elementary school and a university, English teaching, community networking, encouraging a small church. Please pray for these teams as they come, for ability to process culture shock, for growth in new experiences, for good interactions with those we meet and for opportunities to share the story of God and His Life and love.

Two of our Thai friends are in a significant period in their lives. Gae – friend, English student, Thai tutor and part of our Kids' club team, has asked to study the Bible and two of our team-mates have begun a chronological Bible study with her once a week. Last week she said that she believes Jesus has chosen her to be part of this community and she wants to teach her two daughters about Him. Please pray for the Spirit to be at work in her life, to increase her understanding, to draw her closer to Jesus and for spiritual protection as she grows and that these seeds planted will bear good fruit. Boy – Peter's language helper and friend, is going through a struggling phase. He recognizes he has some unhealthy lifestyle habits and wants to change but is struggling to do so on his own. Please pray that he will be willing to receive help from others and be freed from these old habits patterns but most of all that he will meet the One who can transform his life from the inside out.

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + babyboy

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Prayerletter April 2011

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The hot season is here and the Thai New Year's water festival is fast approaching, greatly anticipated by those who love to play with water on a hot day! The whole country goes on holiday for over a week -- some return home to the countryside, some "play water" in the city and some lay low, calling both options too dangerous, with all the drinking, the roads notoriously packed and treacherous, and the water-play getting wilder with ice clumps and hoses. Amongst other local activities, we have been invited to return to a village just outside of town with our friends Wisit & Krathin to experience a few days of the holiday village-style. It will be our fourth visit to his home village this last half year. Please pray for safety, both physical and spiritual, and for good opportunities to have meaningful conversations there.

Our team has grown to include three families and two single ladies, with another doing an internship with us for 9 months. The last months have been very good ones of growing together as a team and learning how to work together. It seems that we are entering a phase of re-examining our ministry approaches, our passion to witness to Jesus and how we live that out practically as individuals and a community. Please pray for us, that Jesus would guide us ever closer to Himself and to seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness. It is very easy to slip into survival mode -- especially when hot and tired. Many in our team are feeling a tiredness beyond just the lethargy of the hot season. Please pray for spiritual watch-care and encouragement, in particular in this season of the Buddhist new year where there are all kinds of rites and rituals and spiritual activity going on. In such seasons we tend to feel a kind of spiritual weariness. Pray that we may have resilience, clear sight and willing testimony, and Jesus' abounding love.

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + babyboy

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Prayerupdate February 2011

We are feeling full of emotions this week.

Please pray for fellow missionaries from our church in The Netherlands. They have been serving in Kenya and we just heard that they were robbed at gunpoint, the husband was shot dead and the wife raped. Their two small children are safe with local Dutch friends but we don't know how much they experienced of it all. Please pray for this dear family, their families at home in the Netherlands and our church community there, as we all process this.

Please pray for our Thai friend Boy. He came by our house yesterday with another friend to tell us that he wanted to stop drinking (which he has been doing almost daily for over 20 years) and to ask us to pray for him. He himself also prayed confessing his drinking habit and his desire to change and asking God to help him. Please pray for him that he would find Jesus powerful and sufficient to help him in this and that we can be wise in knowing how best to support and encourage him.

Praise the Lord that Kelly's parents are safe! Although they were in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22nd and experienced the devastating earthquake there, they and the friends with whom they were staying were unharmed and were able to get safely out of the city to the house of other friends. Please pray for some of our friends living in Christchurch (as far as we know they are safe) as they patch up their houses and their lives and especially for all those who have lost loved ones.

In light of these recent happenings, our standard prayers and praises seem somewhat mild. But still we praise for:

And we pray for:

Thank you for walking this journey with us.

Love and blessings from us all,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet


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Prayerupdate December 2010

Thank you for lifting us up to the Lord in this busy season.

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Have a blessed Christmas! Lots of love,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet


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Prayerletter September 2010

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The days are hot and humid and many evenings bring dark clouds rolling in with thunder, lightning and cool rain. The other day Kelly and the boys were out riding on Kelly's bike and raced the rain home, much to the boys' delight, arriving just as the big drops began to fall. We are settling in again here after our whirlwind trip back to Vancouver in August. We had a wonderful time reconnecting with many friends, culminating with Jillian & Paul's beautiful wedding where Kelly was matron-of-honour and Lukas was ringbearer.

Since our return we have been happy to reconnect with our friends here. Our friend Boy has returned to Lampang, and when he came to teach Peter Thai today we had an interesting discussion. He shared that he was grateful that our team accepted and included everybody in the activities that we run without forcing them to become Christian. He said that most of the people who come and stay involved have opened their hearts to Christianity to some degree. For himself, he is very drawn to God with Whom he can have a personal relationship and to Whom he can pray at any time in any place. He has been exploring praying to God and has been amazed by answers to his prayers which he considers miracles. Please continue to pray that Boy and others would continue to encounter Jesus and experience the reality of God in their lives and for wisdom for us to be good witnesses and encouragers.

This coming Sunday, October 3, we have been invited by our friends Wisit & Krathin to join them on a day trip out into the countryside to Wisit's extended family home. We are looking forward to this adventure. Please pray that this would be wonderful time of fellowship and building relationships, that we would be able to show Jesus' love and life through our lives, and for the right words to converse about spiritual things as they come up.

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet

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Prayerupdate June 2010

We are about to leave to Lopburi for language checks. We feel we've progressed with the language, but your prayers are --as always-- appreciated!

After Lopburi, we have our yearly OMF Thailand field conference over a long weekend. We hope to be spiritually refreshed and also to catch up with lots of colleages and friends.

During these days, The Lighthouse is closed, and we would like to ask your prayers for our students and friends, that they keep thinking about what they are hearing about the Gospel message and that they will continue coming when we open again next week. We are giving praise for a clear trend of more students in attendance!

We are getting more explicit in our presentations, pray that people will appreciate that. Pray especially for our good friend Boy, God is undeniably at work in his life, and we long to see deeper spiritual commitment on his part.

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support!

Love and blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet


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Prayerletter May 2010

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After the hottest, driest hot season in decades the rains are starting again - often blowing in with a storm.We have just enjoyed an impromptu visit from Kelly's mum for the last 6 weeks resulting in a newly organized house, deeply prayed for hearts, and two delighted little boys. Her energy amazes even in the over 40 degree Celsius heat! During her visit we were asked to be in a photo-shoot for a tourism Lampang brochure and met the governor of Lampang province, thanks to a connection with the centre in town where Peter taught English at their "summer camp” in March!!

Our colleagues, the Cho family, have returned from 9-months in Australia. Please pray for them as they continue to resettle here and look for a new house in town. We are grateful for protection for all our colleagues in Thailand during the recent unrest. There was no direct effect in Lampang besides a curfew but the upset and upheaval is felt by local people. Please continue to pray for resolution, restoration, and righteousness in Thailand.

Lukas has started kindergarten year 1 with a new class and new teacher who is experienced and speaks some English so she can translate a bit when Lukas doesn't understand the Thai. She is also unusually straightforward, which is helps us in understanding Lukas' adjustment issues. Please pray that Lukas will continue to adjust to the full day at school, learn to listen to the teacher, join the class group in activities, and above all learn more Thai.

Peter's Saturday English class had a record number of 8 students this week but it was his last day teaching this class as our colleague will carry on with it. Peter continues to teach the sparsely attended Wednesday class. Please pray that Peter act on God's plan for this class, few in numbers but open in heart.

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet

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Prayerupdate April 2010

You probably have heard about the prolonged deadlock in the demonstrations in Bangkok. It is becoming apparent that the divisions between the perspectives of different groups within Thai society run very deep. We are increasingly convinced that there are spiritual reasons and forces underlying these divided perspectives. The main problem isn't a lack of democracy, but the the weakness of the executive power of the country's administration which is is paralysing the legislative power, leading to a lack of authority of the government. For this reason more and more people feel they need to take matters into their own hands, which can lead to explosive situations.

The Thai Church is calling for prayer over the upcoming weekend. Please pray for clarity for all Thai people, but especially for those in positions of authority, and for decisiveness. Pray for righteousness to prevail, and pray that there won't be large eruptions of violence, which would only widen the divisions. Pray that the spiritual forces of darkness at the foundation of the differences will be unmasked and made powerless. Pray that the Holy Spirit will shine God's light of truth and love in the hearts of all Thai people, that they may be drawn towards true peace.

Thank you for joining us in this strategic time of prayer for Thailand!

Love and blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet


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Prayerupdate March 2010

We would like to ask your prayer for the family that lives in the village near us. This is the family of which the twenty-something year old granddaughter often comes to visit us, especially to see Lukas.

On Sunday (tomorrow) they have an important celebration that lasts the whole day and that the grandmother gets to organize every 3 years. Several family members have told us about it and asked us to come. The celebration has an important spiritual component and significance. We feel it's important to accept their invitation, and we would like to use the opportunity to give them a Bible. We are also aware that there is a spiritual battle over this family that we are engaged in, so we need to be close to Jesus.

Our prayer is for the holiness and love of Jesus to be revealed more clearly to the people, and for us to be filled with His Spirit while we are visiting and talking to people. Please also pray for spiritual protection, especially for Lukas and Emmet. We don't intend to stay long, as we will be going to church later in the morning.

Thank you for lifting this up to the Father!

Love and blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet


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Prayerletter February 2010

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Newly planted rice glows bright green in the paddies, the days are warming up, the dry wind blows and we have some milestones to celebrate. Our colleagues found a new house; the Lighthouse centre occupies the ground floor and our colleagues live upstairs. Kids Club began again after the move with 30-40 kids each week instead of 10-15; wonderful but stretching. Some new students are coming to the adult English classes, among them our next-door neighbour and some teachers from Lukas' school! In December we hosted a team from our colleagues' church in South Africa for a week. They were involved in sharing the meaning of Christmas in a highschool and a kindergarten, a Christmas party outreach and a market outreach, as well as helping paint in the new Lighthouse. They really helped the Word go forth and were a great encouragement to the team too. Peter has found a great new language helper, a loyal English student in the morning becomes his teacher in the afternoon..! B. is a good cook which was a great for Peter's Kitchen module, and great for our diners too! His current module is about communicating Christian concepts to Buddhists. Please pray that this will give B. more understanding of the Gospel too. March 15-26 we have been invited to teach English at a local children's "summer" school. Peter will teach 6 lessons using material around a Bible story theme that Kelly will prepare. Please pray for good ideas and that the children would gain some understanding of God as well as English. Three weeks ago we were able to attend a two-day conference with some OMF colleagues. It was wonderful to worship and listen with full understanding and to connect and pray with friends. We also went to Lopburi for language checks and for Kelly to sit her Level One exam. Now both onwards to Level Two!

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet

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Prayerupdate December 2009

In Thailand, Christmas is the best time for sharing the story of Jesus. The only Christian celebration that people here know about is Christmas, and almost all churches try to make the best of people's curiosity by organizing outreaches. Please pray for spiritual protection for and anointing on Christians so that the Good News about Jesus can be shared clearly, and for receptive hearts and minds.Our team in Lampang is having a short-term team from a church in South Africa join us for a week from the 13th until the 20th. Please pray for their adjustment here and for all the outreaches planned:

Pray for sensitivity, clear presentation of the Gospel, and receptive listeners. For our Christmas Party Outreach, where we hope people will come to us, please pray that we can communicate well in our opportunities to invite people, that those we invite would have the courage to come, that those who come would be touched by the Christmas message, and that it would be a really fun time of fellowship together as well.

Please also pray for the move of our centre at the end of the month to a new location in the city centre -- praise God that we have found a new house for the centre!

Please pray for our colleagues, the Bekker family, who will be moving out of their home and neighbourhood to move into the house that is will partly serve as the new centre, which will still be called the Lighthouse.

Please pray for our friends and students and contacts who know us and our work through the old Lighthouse, that we would not lose people in the move.

Thank you so much for praying!

May you have a blessed Christmas,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet


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Prayerletter November 2009

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The local labourers are scything and hand-threshing the last of the rice harvest and the winter weather is here: dry, windy, and cold at night. There are no heaters of any sort, so we have resorted to layers of blankets and pyjamas. Often chilly little boys join us under the quilt at 3 am to warm up!

The excitement of arrival in a new place is over, the slow work of integrating has begun. This comes with moments of both discouragement and encouragement. Last Monday we went to our first Thai Christian funeral to mark the passing of the father-in-law of Peter's language helper. He was a wonderful Christian man who had a great influence in his community and whose nine surviving children also are involved in serving God and others. We were reminded of the greatness of God's Kingdom and that investing in people is worthwhile and has far-reaching effects. Also we discovered that we actually knew a handful of people whom we could greet and talk to which made us feel like we were integrating in Lampang a little bit more.

Lukas is about to experience some community integration when he starts school on Monday. He will attend a kindergarten prep class three mornings a week (although his classmates go all-day 5-days a week!) Right now he understands very little Thai and has never been in the structure of a classroom setting. Please pray for him in this total Thai immersion and new routine that he will adjust well, make friends and learn the language.

Another big change for our team is that the landlord of our centre --The Lighthouse-- has just sold it and we need to move out by year end. We are sad to lose our great premises and location but are open to see what new things might result from this change. Please pray that we would find a new base for our work soon -- real estate is another cross-cultural challenge!

With much love and God's blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet

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Prayerletter October 2009

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As I made a Thanksgiving poster with Lukas today, I got stuck deciding what symbols to use as decorations. The 'traditional' ones don't really translate here -- there are no turkeys to be found and no autumn-coloured leaves. It made me think about what Thanksgiving is really about -- celebrating God and thanking Him for all His good gifts. We have much to be thankful in our lives at the moment. We are thankful for our house in Lampang -- that we have been able to set it up already and that it feels like home. We live in a beautiful spot among the rice fields and forested hills. We have colleagues who have been a wonderful help and support as we settle in to this new city and encounter all kinds of situations of daily life that we need to negotiate in Thai. We were able to rest by the sea for a two week holiday after all the stresses of moving. Lukas and Emmet are healthy, happy, active boys who are living life fully and challenging us to grow in character. We have just spent a special time with Kelly's parents and the boys thrived under Grandma & Grandpa's attention. We were greatly blessed by a number of gifts and cards and greetings brought to us from Canada. Both Peter and Kelly have met language helpers, have resumed language study, are enjoying it a lot and were even surprised at how well it's going after a couple months break. Peter is really enjoying teaching his English classes at the centre where we work here in Lampang and is building friendships with the students. The neighbours up the road drop by several times a week to visit the boys and we are beginning to build friendships with them. There are many dear friends around the world praying for us and following our story. And that is only the beginning! God is good! All the time! Happy Thanksgiving!!

With much love,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet

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Prayerletter June 2009

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We are into the last stage of our time in Lopburi. In just over a month we will be loading all our belongings into our car and be heading to Lampang. But these last 5 weeks will be full ones. Tomorrow we leave for the annual Thailand field conference to enjoy fellowship with colleagues who live and work all over the country; to sit under Biblical teaching in English; to join with full understanding in English worship -- we are looking forward to it! Peter has been asked to lead two of the plenary worship sessions. The week of July 7-11 will be a milestone in terms of our language study: Peter will have his check for his 9th (final) module and will write (and converse!) his Year One exam; Kelly will have her first check since Emmet was born to complete her 7th module. Then we will have time to round off cultural assignments, go to Bangkok to tie up last loose ends of business and goodbyes, and begin buying (and possibly sewing) some of the necessary items for setting up house from scratch (our house here has been fully furnished and equipped with linens, tableware etc.), share dinner with neighbours to say thank you and goodbye, and finally say farewell to our local church community. On July 27th we will embark on the 6 hour drive with our packed car to Lampang. Our team leader has found a good housing option for us there but the rental is not completely finalized.

We are already feeling the weight of goodbyes. It is difficult that just as we are feeling that we have built relationships to the point of being able to really connect and get to know people (both local and colleagues) we are uprooting and starting all over again. Please pray for emotional resilience in this big change which comes in a long line of recent big changes.

With much love,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet

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Prayerupdate May 2009

We would appreciate prayer for the following things that weigh on us:

Thank you for standing around us!

Love and God bless,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet


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Prayerletter April 2009

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We seem to be adjusting more quickly to becoming a family of four than we did to becoming a family of three, however, the last two months have been full of adjustments to the patterns of everyday living: our sleeping, Lukas' playtime, parent-time and attention, our studying, etc. Lukas is gentle with Emmet although we have noticed some regression in other areas of his behaviour. Peter returned to full-time language study after 2 weeks of paternity leave and since then has completed a whole module. Next week he will begin a "module out" of the language centre studying with an untrained language helper, without using the study space of the centre in order to practice what it will be like to study after we leave Lopburi. Over the last month Kelly has enjoyed conversation practice with a lovely Thai colleague and next week will return part-time to formal language study, bringing Emmet with her to the language centre.

The time of saying goodbye to our fellow-students has begun. The group we came to Thailand with is dispersing to new work places across the country. It is hard to say goodbye to these friends who have been such a big part of our lives over the last year. This is especially true for Lukas, whose two best friends will be leaving within a month. He loves them so much that he names them as brothers, prays for them every night and is constantly asking to go over to their house regardless of whether he has just been with them all morning at daycare or whether it is a day off. Please pray for him as he says goodbye and adjusts to this major change in his social environment and for us to know how to help and support him.

With much love,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet

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Prayerletter February 2009

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The last couple of months before coming to Bangkok to wait for the baby have been busy ones for us. Both Peter and Kelly completed another language module with a successful check, receiving some of the most positive feedback so far. We have now completed 6 of the required 9 modules of our first year. We are starting to feel more confident in our ability to converse with local people and have had a few opportunities for practicing. Some weeks ago we were invited, along with another colleague student, to the home of a Thai family who make and sell roti (a flat crepe-like pancake spread with sugar and condensed milk) at a street corner near the language centre in the evenings. They taught us how to make roti and then we had a meal. Kelly also has had opportunity to connect with a tailor down the road as she has been getting items ready for the baby. She is a single lady who has been tailoring for 30 years and has been very friendly in all our interactions. Both of these contacts have had positive connections with missionary students before us. Please pray for God's ongoing influence in their lives and for wisdom in knowing how to nurture the relationships in the short time that we have here.

In personal news, Peter's grandmother passed away on the 1st of February in the Netherlands. She was 97, and we are happy that she is now with the Lord -- but we still miss her. We have been thankful for God's grace in helping us to process the passing of our closest grandmothers in the last months even though we have been so far away.

Thank you for upholding us in prayer.

With much love,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + baby Tuck

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Prayerupdate January 2009

Time is flying! January is almost over and we are two weeks from moving down to Bangkok to wait for the baby to be born. He is due in 5 weeks. We have a reasonably urgent prayer point: the baby is not lying in position for a natural birth but has been lying transverse or oblique. Please pray that he will turn to lie with his head down, in a good position for a natural birth -- we would rather avoid a caesarian delivery.

Our language study is going according to plan -- our last check before we go to Bangkok is scheduled for February 5th for both of us. Please pray for concentration and clarity -- especially for Kelly who is finding the combination of increasingly warm weather and increasingly pregnant state challenging for her language study.

We will be part of an annual language school retreat (a weekend of spiritual and teaching input) from February 5-9. We are scheduled to plan and lead the morning worship session twice. Please pray for inspiration and anointing and that we will find the time to prepare well in the midst of everything else.

Lukas is in the process of being toilet trained -- not entirely a project we had planned to start right now (it was started at his childcare programme) but we thought it best to be consistent at home too. It is not going too badly but also not entirely smoothly and is an added stress on us all at this time. Please pray for Lukas that he can learn how it all works and be able to communicate clearly and for wisdom and patience for us.

In 2006 OMF committed to pray to mobilize 900 new workers in the next 5 years. Please pray that those whom God is calling would step out in faith, even in the face of the current economic situation or other things that might be holding them back. There is so much that any dedicated Christian could do here in Asia! This weekend (at the end of January) is MissionsFest weekend in Vancouver, and OMF will have a booth there. Please pray for good interactions with those who have an interest in missions both short and long term.

Thank you so much for your faithful prayer support!

Many blessings,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + baby Tuck


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Prayerletter December 2008

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The busy month of December is upon us all! In Thailand, Christmas is the best opportunity for spreading the gospel and talking about Jesus, because it is the one Christian event that most people know about. Churches usually have outreaches this month. Teams from the Language and Orientation Training centre (that's us!) have been invited into many schools to do presentations, so we'll be busy with that besides our regular language learning and church activities. Our local church is caroling at several locations (among other things), and we're planning to join in too!

December is perhaps the most difficult month to be away from family, but even more so because Kelly's grandmother passed away on the 4th of December. She was 96, and we are happy that she is now with the Lord enjoying a much higher quality of life -- but we still miss her.

We feel we are growing spiritually these days, and God seems to be speaking into our lives. It has been exciting to read about the world house church movement and to ponder its potential for the urgent spreading of the gospel in Thailand. Also, we are having daily family devotions around a 'Jesse tree' this Advent season, and Lukas really looks forward to these!

Both of our field trips went well, and we've been processing all we've seen and learned along the way. It was great to get to know our fellow workers better, and to see the actual work. We sense a clear leading from the Lord, but have yet to meet with the national director to make a final decision. Please pray for unanimous convergence of God's will for our designation.

Many Advent, Christmas and New Year's blessings to you!

With much love,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + baby Tuck

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Prayerupdate November 2008

A short mail right before our departure for South Thailand. We're leaving tomorrow, and will return on the 25th. Pray for protection, good health and good contacts along the way. Kelly is asking special prayers of protection for the baby, as she has a rhesus-negative blood type, and the baby might have a positive type (like his daddy).

We will be hosted by the regional leaders Jeff & Belinda Callow, an Australian family with 3 boys of primary school age. The objectives are getting to know the team there better, as well as the region, which has its own unique character (about 15 hours traveling by train from Bangkok). Whether we will go to Lampang in the North or Paak Phanang in the South in July 2009 will be decided in January.

Life in Lopburi and our language study are going well. We do increasingly have the feeling that we do too many things and aren't able to rest well enough. Mondays are our resting days, but it is tempting to try to catch up with our email backlog for instance... Pray for good priorities and peace from God!

Lots of love from all of us and God bless,
Peter & Kelly + Lukas + baby Tuck


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Prayerletter October 2008

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Thank you for your support! We realize once more how great a role you have to play, not only in getting & keeping us here, but also in praying for fruit. Yesterday we watched the new OMF docu-movie about the life of James Fraser, titled Breakthrough (available from OMF). He was an OMF missionary among the Lisu tribe who saw great spiritual breakthroughs when people back home started to pray for the Lisu with the conviction that they were given the authority by God to engage in the battle for their souls. James Fraser started sending regular prayer letters from China to England, inspiring and informing prayer warriors back home. Prompted by love, people started to earnestly pray together. Peter was greatly inspired by James Fraser when he left The Netherlands to go to missions college. We hope & pray that in due course we will be able to inspire & inform your prayers more effectively..!

Kelly has started to meet regularly with a Thai woman who wants to learn English. Pray for Noot, that she will desire to know Jesus. We are inspired by the wide range of ministry opportunities that we see in the lives of more experienced missionaries. But for the most part, we really need the Thai language in order to build relationships and communicate with people on a deeper level. We have learned the basics of reading & writing now, which is exciting, but we have much still to learn! Pray that we will be able to invest a lot of our energies in learning Thai, and that we will develop relationships where we can practice language. We are encouraged that we are getting to know some people at church better. Also, Kelly is feeling well in the second trimester of pregnancy and baby Tuck is dancing around!

Love and blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas + baby Tuck

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Prayerletter August 2008

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While writing this we are enjoying the last few days of our rest & retreat in Southern Thailand. We have been staying in the OMF Centre called The Pines, located on the beach at the narrowest part of Thailand. We thank God for His goodness to us in providing this time to process the changes in our lives, unwind and evaluate. We have gained a renewed sense of how to bring God's message, and also a fresh perspective on family life and how to raise an active and willful toddler. On top of that, we've discovered that we're expecting an addition to our family early March!! For Kelly this has meant being repulsed at times by smells and tastes, but this seems to be improving now as we are moving towards the end of the first trimester. Incidentally, Peter's intestines haven't given him any more trouble, for which we really praise our God!

The language learning has been going well, we're both enjoying it, and we've managed to finish module 2 before our retreat; Kelly has been going especially fast through the material. We feel blessed in enjoying life in Lopburi, Lukas loves the daycare in the morning and playing with other kids, and we have really treasured the focused study time that gave us. The fellowship with fellow students and staff has also been a precious blessing. We have really gotten involved in church life, Peter has been doing a session with the worship team on harmonious singing, and Kelly will be teaching Sunday school (in English, but for the first time in her life!) for ages 1-4 on a monthly rotation. We have an increasing eagerness to be able to speak Thai, which will enable us to build significant relationships.

We greatly value your prayer support, and hope you are well.

Love and blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas

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Prayerletter May 2008

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We had a great send-off both in the Netherlands and in Vancouver, and we were very encouraged by all the people that came to say goodbye to us. We did manage to do almost all the things we had hoped we could do in terms of leaving for Asia, and God graced us with timely visas and travel mercies. The only thing unexpected was, that we missed our connecting flight in Hong Kong. The upside was, that we got to see a bit more of the city because we spend the night at a YMCA. And then on our last leg towards Singapore, we met another Candidate (also from Canada) on her way to the Orientation Course!

It is a blessing to be here and meet many likeminded people, some with decades of experience and with a tremendous anointing for their work. The lectures, interviews, house visits and general times of fellowship are really rich, and it is great to see some of the OMF work ethic displayed in daily life. Every working day, the whole International Head Quarters is gathering to start the day praying for all the work in a systematic fashion.

It is surely a time of transition, and the hard work we had to put in to make everything work is starting to take its toll on us physically and emotionally. We are also realizing that the months ahead of us with its single focus of language learning is found to be taxing by most people. But it is also exciting and settling at the same time to think that in June we will be in our new home!

We greatly value your support, and trust that the Lord is keeping you.

Love and blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas

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Prayerupdate April 2008

Our time in Sweden and The Netherlands has been rich and full and varied. We are now into our last week in The Netherlands. Our schedule for his week is very full of meetings with people. We are looking forward to seeing everyone but are also feeling quite stretched in terms of stamina and energy.

We are thankful for:

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Thank you for your support!

Love and blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayerletter March 2008

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The time has come! We have been given the green light to go! Our apartment is clean, our bags are packed, our tickets are booked... and we are flying on Monday! "But wait", you may say, "we haven't had a chance to say goodbye and send you on your way!" Don't worry, we are not going for good yet. Are you confused? Let us tell you the whole story.

Just over two weeks ago we received the news that we had been given our medical clearance, that the financial clearance was pending and that our place was booked in the OMF International Orientation Course in Singapore starting in early May. We have been waiting for that news for a long time and are so thankful that the Lord has flung wide the door. The drama is that the "go" came just over two weeks before our departure for The Netherlands on a farewell trip we planned in faith that the clearance would come. We will be connecting with and saying goodbye to our family and supporters there and will be sent out by our Dutch home church.

So suddenly from a stance of waiting we have been thrust into full speed ahead. In about two weeks we have had to confirm our trip, make our plans, pack up and move out from our apartment whilst trying to keep straight all the different strands: Europe, Singapore & Thailand, moving out, moving in, storage, and more importantly, saying goodbye to dear friends and supporters. It has felt very chaotic to us, and at first it all looked impossible, all the more so because Kelly & Lukas have been sick with colds and infections for the last three weeks. But God has provided the energy needed and generous support from people around us. As we write, we sense that some of you will be bewildered by the speed of this and we want to apologize for not sending out this message sooner; the urgency of packing obscured the importance of communication. But we are coming back from The Netherlands to Vancouver, from April 22 - May 4, to wrap up here and be sent out from here and say goodbye.

Invitation to our commissioning service and farewell party
We will be sent out from Granville Chapel (5901 Granville Street, Vancouver) on Sunday, 27 April 2008. The service starts at 10:00 am, with a celebration after the service with food and goodbyes. If you are able to, please come, we would love to see you and celebrate in fellowship with the community that has gathered around us in this venture of faith.

Love and blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayerupdate February 2008

We've just received some great news! We have been cleared medically, and the financial clearance is just a technicality. So we are going to continue with our plans to start in Singapore in May, and we'll arrive in Thailand in June. Our tickets for our ministry trip to Europe are being booked.

We have to make some important decisions about how to best use our time in the weeks ahead, so we'd like to ask you to pray with us for those. We will have to empty out our house and have packed for Europe in the next two weeks. Then, when we return, we'll have almost two weeks to pack for Thailand.

Praise with us for God's faithful provision in opening the door and please pray that we would be able to trust him day by day and moment by moment in the daunting task of preparing to leave and bringing closure to our lives here in Vancouver in such a short time. We are looking forward to seeing His mighty hand at work and seeing many evidences of His power and glory for truly "we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the all-surpassing power is from God and not from us!" (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Many blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayerupdate January 2008

Best wishes for a blessed 2008! It is getting more and more certain that we will leave Vancouver in March, but we are still waiting for the official word to "Go!"

We are thankful for the International Student Christmas Camp: the atmosphere was positive and open, everyone was very interested in the talks around the Bible passages about Christ's birth, and there were no accidents in any of the sporting activities! Praise the Lord for His good gifts and pray that what He has begun in the hearts of those who were there will grow even further.

We have struggled with sickness over the last weeks: Lukas got sick the night before we were to leave for Christmas Camp, so Kelly and Lukas stayed at home in Vancouver while Peter went to lead the Camp. No sooner recovered than on New Years Eve Lukas got a tummy bug of some sort, which he passed on to us... Needless to say Kelly has fallen behind in her desk work and administration that needs to be done even more urgently now. Please pray for good motivation and organization for all the administrative tasks that need to be done, as we are also busy with rounding off our activities and involvements here in Vancouver.

It seems that the closer our departure comes, the greater the resistance against us fulfilling God's call in our lives to spread His truth and grace. Please pray for protection and health for the whole family and extended family too. Kelly's mother was in a car accident right after New Year's; by God's grace no one was hurt badly but please pray for complete healing and restoration from the effects of the accident.

In terms of our departure, we are still waiting for the final medical clearance. Please pray that the last medical report would be quickly written and that there would be no communication or postal glitches as the reports and decisions are being transferred across the continents.

In terms of our finances, praise the Lord for how He has provided for our outstanding Outgoing Costs and growing regular support. Things look really positive but please pray for the official financial clearance and for the last percentages of regular support to come in order.

We are hoping and praying that we will be able to stay in our apartment until our departure in mid March. Please pray for favour around the decisions that will be made regarding us and our accommodation.

From family life, please pray for a sense of peace and security for Lukas in the midst of all the busyness and stress of the changes going on around him. Please pray that he will sleep better at night and wake less frequently and in the mean time please pray for Kelly that she might have all the energy she needs to encounter positively the daily challenges after nights of broken sleep.

Thank you for your support!

Blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayerletter November 2007

First of all, we would like to begin with a big thank you to all of you for your ongoing support of us in prayer and for walking with us during our waiting time. It seems strange to think that the last time we wrote we were looking ahead at a full year of waiting in terms of our Thailand plans. Now, six months later, the wheels of actual preparations to leave are creaking back into motion.

Looking back, we can see God's hand of mercy and wisdom in guiding us to pause in our plans. These past months have been important months of personal growth for all of us, particularly of strengthening health for Kelly. She has experienced a steady increase of energy and stamina that seems to be holding even in the midst of busyness and unexpected strains, such as moving apartments (again!) in the midst of other commitments. We can see God's power released in prayer at the root of her return to health. In December Kelly will be examined to obtain her medical clearance.

Lukas continues to grow and develop from a baby into a toddler. He is very active, running around and discovering the world. He understands more and more in both English and Dutch and is also using words in both languages. While we enjoy seeing his growth, we especially love to see how he has his own ministry of blessing others. His wonderful sense of humour and delightful laugh bring others real joy, and his tender heart blesses others. We experienced a special moment with a dear friend who was dying of cancer when Lukas came up to her while she lay on the couch and patted her hand and then lay his head on her arm. We are excited to see how God will continue to work in and through Lukas.

Peter spent a lot of time looking into Bible translations, in order to find a helpful one for ESL students. In this quest, he found a translation for personal study use that he is really blessed by. The English Standard Version (ESV: general editor J.I. Packer, 2001) conveys a lot of the original languages and it is a great pleasure to read. He finds himself spending much more time reading with renewed enthusiasm. Heartily recommended!

As our plans for Thailand paused last spring, our actual ministry activity greatly revved up! You may not have realized that Peter changed status and became an Associate with OMF. He is being lent to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) to be involved with outreach and ministry to international students. So, we are in vocational missions at last, our current mission field being the world at our doorstep!! All summer Peter has been active in planning events, mentoring volunteers and connecting with new students. He directed a camp over the Thanksgiving weekend and he has just started a new Bible study on the basics of Christianity, which already has drawn a number of interested students. The next big event is the Christmas Camp, which will provide a view into the real meaning of Christmas and the experience of living in a Christian community for about 100 internationals. Have a look at our website! www.internationalfriendship.net

While all of this is exciting, we are even more excited to start missions work in Thailand in 2008! The months are rolling by rapidly, our departure in March 2008 is closing in. There is a lot of paperwork that needs doing, and we still need strengthening of our support network. If all goes well, we will be sent out from Vancouver at the end of March 2008, stopping in the Netherlands in April 2008 to also be sent out from there, and then arriving in Singapore for our four-week OMF Orientation Course in May 2008, finally arriving in Thailand early June 2008 -- maybe on Lukas' second birthday!

We are very thankful for how the Lord has provided 85 % of our financial support so far -- please pray that He would continue to raise up those who would be willing to partner with us in ministry both here with international students and for our church planting work in Thailand.

God has been connecting us to Thailand through people in Vancouver. We have been blessed by a Thai friend who has been volunteering with the international students this past year. We have recently been encouraged by getting to know Tim & Brenda Noble and their two boys who are serving with OMF in Central Thailand and who have come to Vancouver on home assignment. They have decades of combined ministry experience, and have been living in the city where we will spend our first year! It has been wonderful to hear more about what life and ministry there are like. We have asked them to share their knowledge of the work that we will be doing in Thailand during a special luncheon:

A luncheon with Thai food (!) will be hosted at Granville Chapel (5901 Granville St, Vancouver) on Sunday 25 November 2008, after the morning service (which starts at 10:00 am) from 12:00-14:00 pm. You are warmly invited to come (if you can!) and have a double taste of what our life and ministry will be like in Central Thailand. Hear from us and from the Nobles!

Thank you for your partnership with us in this endeavour. More than ever, we realize that we can do nothing of value without God's presence, and likewise we need the support of His Body in all that we hope to accomplish.

Love and blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayer Mail July 2007

We are glad to be able to share with you a number of praise items in this update.

We had a wonderful time in The Netherlands connecting with our family and supporters there. We were able to spend time with all of Peter's parents, siblings and his grandmother too. We even got to be a part of an annual holiday weekend with Peter's mother and all her children and grandchildren, which we often miss by being out of the country. In terms of supporters, we visited our home church, and also a daughter church which is interested in maintaining a connection with us. We dedicated Lukas in our home church and we visited two small group Bible studies that have 'adopted' us to support by prayer and keeping in contact and also three prayer groups from our church, one of which has specifically adopted us through a connection with our support committee. We had wonderful fellowship at every meeting and were glad to be able to participate in the studies and prayer times and deepen our relationships with other members. We were also able to visit a number of supporters individually, including some new supporters. We felt so blessed to be able to have this time of personal connection with people in The Netherlands and praise God for the rich quality of our relationships with people there, even when we only get face to face contact on a yearly basis at most! Lukas was a star-traveller adding to his transport-resume: long-haul flights, trains, buses, ferries and bikes (front and back seat!). Kelly managed very well in Dutch, probably her best ever to date, and spoke Dutch about 95% of the time we were there. We have much to be thankful for.

Our thankfulness continues in that we have received news that we may stay in our current lodgings without a major move, although we will be moving across the hall at the end of September. This has lifted a great weight of uncertainty from us and we are grateful not to have to go apartment-hunting in the very competitive Vancouver housing market. Also we are very encouraged with improvements in Kelly's health and energy. We are excited that things are going better with her and this gives us hope that things will continue to improve until she is at full strength.

We are also very thankful for Peter's ministry among international students. He is really loving his work and enjoying the opportunity to build relationships with students and team members. At first he was wondering how it would be with the decades of age gap between him and many of the students but he is finding that this is actually not a disadvantage but an asset -- several of the young men have approached him seeking mentoring regarding life issues and decisions. He is finding that he is both active in encouraging and strengthening believers in their faith - for example, one student who had grown nominal in faith is experiencing renewed interest in and commitment to his faith. Also several students interested in the faith are coming to a weekly Bible study to investigate and discuss the gospel.

Please praise with us for all these things, and continue to pray for:

Thank you so much for praying with us and for us!

Many blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayer Mail May 2007

Here are some prayer points to accompany our newsletter.

In the coming week:

In the coming month in The Netherlands:

In general:

Thank you so much for praying with us!

God bless, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayer Mail April 2007

We apologize for the long delay in sending this prayermail. We have been trying to get a clear view on the situation we have found ourselves in more than a month ago. So, we're still learning to share our journey as it unfolds, with the vulnerability that goes along with it.

We will not be going to Thailand until 2008. This is because of some concern about Kelly's health, and OMF wants to make sure she is back to full health and strength after some post-partum issues. We want to emphasize that we are still fully committed to and excited about going to serve in Thailand, and OMF is fully behind us!

We value your prayer regarding these issues:

We feel we have grown a lot through our wrestlings these last few weeks, and at the moment, all is going really well with us.

Have a blessed Easter - the Lord has risen indeed!

Lots of love, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayer Mail January 2007

Greetings in the name of our loving Lord Jesus! We feel we really need your prayers. A few exciting things are ahead:

- This Friday evening we have a gathering with old friends telling them about our mission to Thailand and being prayed for.

- This Saturday is the OMF Day of Prayer, and Peter will be sharing devotions to the faithful & missions veterans..!

- The Alpha course at Granville Chapel has just started up on Tuesday evenings, and we're bringing a few friends (who brought a few friends themselves!). This can lead to baptisms..!

- Next week, Peter will be teaching ESL again twice a week, level 3 this time. These are mostly non-believers, so it's exciting to also have some time with them studying scripture.

- On February 3rd, we're having a get-together with another group of old friends where we will be sharing about Thailand and being prayed for.

- At the end of February we'll be in Victoria sharing with an OMF prayer group there, and hopefully meet some other friends but planning wisdom is needed.

- We're also excited to participate in the Alpha marriage course in February and March! We pray this will be a blessing to our marriage, but also hopefully useful for future ministry.

- We are also planning a trip to Alberta in March to visit friends and family and share about our future plans too. Here again, planning wisdom and mercies needed.

- Meanwhile, we're still involved with our home group, and with the ministry among international students. And Kelly is involved with a mothering peer support group, mostly non-believers, so pray she will be a good example, as they all know she's going to be a missionary in Thailand.

We praise God for all these people and activities that are a part of our lives and we pray that we will be open channels for God to minister through us and receptive vessels for His Spirit to be at work in us. We want to be a blessing to people here even as we prepare to for Thailand.

We are now two-thirds on the way for our financial support, so we do need more if we are to go for Singapore in May (and Netherlands in April). We see God moving, which is always great and encouraging!

However we also experience some resistance that we would value your prayers for. Whenever we undertake things that are related to our future mission, it always seems to take a lot of energy and go slowly or with difficulty, while other ministry related involvements seem to be no problem. One example is Peter's huge inbox of mails that he wants to respond to personally, but it only seems to be growing. We would like to see Jesus fully reign in these areas of our lives!

Thank you so much for your support.

Many blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayer Mail October 2006

We have much to be thankful for at present. We had a wonderful time of fellowship, meeting prayer warriors, and great presentations at both the Victoria and Vancouver OMF Heart for Asia conferences within the last 6 weeks! Roy Comrie's talk really encouraged us again to once more totally devote ourselves to God's purposes for our lives, no matter the cost. We were reminded that our discomforts are insignificant compared to what others have suffered for their faith, and even more so in the light of eternity, and in the light of what Jesus suffered to get our admission into God's kingdom. And He died to bring not only us, but many more into a personal relationship with the Living Creator God!

Please pray for more opportunities to share our plans and God's heart for the Thai people. Now that our departure is moving closer, we are focusing more clearly on the compassion that Jesus has for those that don't know Him. We would love for you to be able to pray more for the people of Thailand, that they will stop believing in the doctrine of reincarnation that keeps so many people in spiritual bondage. On one hand, it keeps people from totally going off into hedonism and materialism, on the other hand it causes people to disregard the importance of this life, this one unique chance that they're given to get right with God.

On another note, praise for how God is providing for our family, we're all healthy. Lukas is in the 99th percentile for weight for his age - already 20 lbs (9 kg) at just over 4 ½ months of age!! Thanks for all your prayers! He might be starting to teethe, and is quite fussy at times, and difficult to put to sleep. Would you please pray that it would be easier for him to fall asleep and that we might find some ways to help him fall asleep, beyond carrying him around whilst bouncing up and down. It is a great work-out (!!) but one that we wouldn't mind phasing out - especially in the middle of the night!

In terms of finances, we still need lots of pledges towards our regular month-to-month support. Our one-time outgoing costs have all been covered, so that is wonderful! For the regular support, we are between 25-30% of our needs. By the end of December, the decision will be made if we get to go to South-East Asia in March. We will need well over 90% of our support pledged, otherwise we will have to wait and aim for a May departure. So please pray for people to be moved by God in generosity. We feel it would be a miracle, but for God this is an easy thing. We lay it in His hands.

Thank you so much for listening to us. May God clearly speak to you and give you faith & vision to pray for some of these needs!

Many blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Praise Mail, June 2006

Peter's dental surgery has gone remarkably well, there was hardly any swelling or pain afterwards, and the nerves are all still functioning! It appears that he will be able to function normally (apart from chewing for now).

Lukas is doing great, and Kelly seems to be really recovering well now. We're praising God!!

Many blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayer Mail 4, June 2006

We're glad to report that Kelly's uterine infection seems to be taken care of, and that she could keep feeding Lukas!

Could you please pray for the dental surgery that Peter is having on Friday between 1 and 2 pm. For medical clearance with OMF, his 4 wisdom teeth and another tooth need to be extracted. There is a risk of permanently damaging the nerves in the lower jaw which could result in the loss of movement in the lower lip area.

Please pray that the nerves will not be permanently damaged. Also pray for his recovery without getting an infection. His father and sister will be visiting for a week, arriving on the 28th, so we hope to be able te spend some quality time with them.

Thank you so much, Peter & Kelly + Lukas


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Prayer Mail 3, June 2006

Kelly seems to have gotten infected and started a course of antibiotics this evening. She's not feeling too well. Please pray that she'll be able to keep feeding Lukas.

An item of praise: he gained a pound on his birth weight already, so he hasn't been lacking so far!

Thanks for your enduring willingnes to pray!

God bless, Peter & Kelly


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Prayer Mail 2, June 2006

It is accomplished, our son has been landed after more than 24 hours of labour. A more detailed announcement will follow, as we've decided to sleep on the name. Pray that we'll choose the most suitable name! Please also pray for Kelly's stitches, that they will heal well and there won't be any complications. Naturally, we're very much affected by the whole proceedings, but we praise God for His goodness.

Abundant blessings, Peter & Kelly and -for now- the sprout


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Prayer Mail 1, June 2006

The delivery has been set in motion. Kelly's waters broke at 6.30 pm, and contractions are at this point less than 10 minutes apart. We hope to still get some sleep tonight, but the contractions have started to be more painful.

Please pray that the baby -still very active- will settle in the optimal position, and that we will be able to have him at home.

Thanks for 'labouring' with us!

Love & many blessings, Peter & Kelly and the Sprout


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Praise Mail May 2006

Thank you for praying for our presentations, both in the service and at the luncheon at Granville Chapel. They all went well, and we were positively overwhelmed by the response of all who came to the luncheon! The Lord does indeed work mightily through His people. It was also great to see so many people helping in different ways. We feel very loved, which is wonderful.

Please pray that we'll be able to stay in touch with our Dutch supporters and the church there. It's more difficult because of the distance, but also it's almost like there's an invisible barrier that shouldn't be there!

Also, please keep praying for the (home?) delivery to go well. The time is drawing near..!

Thank you for your kind hearts!

Love & many blessings, Peter & Kelly and the Sprout


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Prayer Mail May 2006

Sorry for the long silence - we have been feeling rather swamped since we returned from The Netherlands 6 weeks ago. Moving into our apartment, getting ready for the arrival of the baby, continuing with preparations for Thailand and the rest of life that keeps going on!

Regarding our continued partnership development, we are now turning our attention to communicating our plans here in Canada and specifically at Granville Chapel. We have been given the opportunity to share a powerpoint presentation in the Sunday services on May 14, with a luncheon to follow the services on May 21. There are also a two homegroups who have invited us to come and share our vision with them. We are hoping that these opportunities will be good times of communicating our vision and relationship building.

As part of our partnership development process we need to keep track of those of you who are committed to praying for us as OMF wants to make sure that we are sent out with a solid base of pray-ers praying with us. You are on our list, but if you don't want to commit to praying for us in the future, please let us know.

Things to praise God for:
- that the trip to NL was full of good fellowship and contacts
- that we all continue in good health
- for settling well into our new home
- for all those who are interested in our plans and are supporting us in various ways

Prayer points:
- wisdom to know how and what to prioritize amongst the lengthy "to do's"
- for communication that reaches people in the presentation at the luncheon on May 21
- for good time of fellowship and communication with one of the homegroups who have invited us on May 17
- that God would stir up His vision in us and those with whom we share
- for continued health for Kelly and the Sprout in the last weeks before his birth - he's due on June 2!

Thank you for all your support!

Love & many blessings, Peter & Kelly and the Sprout


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Prayer Mail 5, September 2005

Thank you for being willing to support us in prayer. Tomorrow we fly to Holland for our almost 6 week trip to communicate our vision for mission. Our main prayer is to reconnect with our church, friends and family, and invite people to partner with us in our mission endeavour in Thailand.

Other prayer requests:
- Kelly's back on the flight, on New Year's day she strained it
- Peter's back, it got sensitive after a day of skiing...
- The baby's health on its first intercontinental flight :-)
- Kelly's energy in coping with jetlag and cultural adjustment
- The arrangements to meet with people in The Netherlands

Thank you very much for praying God's will for us! Many blessings, Peter & Kelly


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Prayer Mail 4, September 2005

Praise the Lord!! We just heard from the council that we've been accepted as members of the OMF fellowship. The interview was a great time of confirming God's calling on our lives. We felt we were able to answer all the questions with clarity and confidence in God's presence.

Tomorrow we'll have a debriefing, and we'll learn more about our next steps. We'll also be working on a few assignments, including a 4 minute presentation which each of us will present to the group on Saturday.

- Praise God for confirming the path we have been pursuing for the last few years.
- Pray for energy and focus as we work on our assignments, as we're quite tired by now.

With much happiness and praise, Peter & Kelly


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Prayer Mail 3, September 2005

Thank you for all your prayers. We have felt upheld and encouraged by them over the last week which has been quite intense. We have been on the receiving end of LOTS of information and things to weigh and consider which has been stimulating but also a bit overwhelming. We have been able to ask many questions and have gotten more clarity on a number of issues so thank you for your prayers - God is answering them!

We've just heard that our interview will be held on Thursday evening at around 7 pm (4 pm Pacific Time; 1 am! European Time). First they will meet with us together and then with Kelly alone and then Peter alone. Afterwards they will deliberate without us present and make a decision, which they will then communicate to us along with some recommendations for future steps for us. We are very aware that our future lives are being formed in these next 24 hours.

Please pray:
- that we will be well rested as sleep times have been shorter than usual.
- for peace and clearheadedness for us during the interview. We've at times felt quite emotional during the last few days, especially Kelly :-).
- for the ability to answer concisely and choose which details to include and which not.
- for the council to decide and advise wisely and according to God's plans.

All love & blessings, Peter & Kelly


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Prayer Mail 2, September 2005

We have arrived safely in Toronto and have been able to acclimatize here a bit although our sleeping schedule is still largely on BC time. Tonight we had our first session and we got to hear the stories of the people who are leading the course. Two of the candidates weren't able to come so there are only seven of us. We are looking forward to getting to know people better as we spend time together and as we each have a chance to share our stories with the group in the evening sessions.

The schedule is quite full and there will be a lot of material to interact with. Also we will need to prepare an assignment - a four minute presentation that we will be able to use in the future to communicate about our plans and vision. The next few days will be mainly spent attending seminars about things like the history and founding principles of the organization, finances, team interactions, living in another culture, medical concerns in another climate. Our interview with the council will be on Thursday afternoon/evening, at which time the decision will be made about our membership with OMF --both by the council and us-- keeping in mind that the decision has already been made in the courts of heaven!

Prayer points:
- God's clear guidance for both the council and us leading up to the decision on Thursday
- that we would be able to interact with the seminar material personally and have the presence of mind to come up with relevant questions we need to ask

We do have email access here so if you have any questions, comments or insights please be in touch.

Love & blessings, Peter & Kelly


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Prayer Mail 1, September 2005

Thank you for praying for us as we take this important step in our lives. We really appreciate your support. We thought we would give you a few more details so that you can pray in a more informed manner.

We'll give you some thoughts for our first few days and then hope to update you part-way through the course once we know more what is on our plates. The course runs from Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 25th.

- good relationships with the other candidates and staff
- sensitivity to God's leading in regards to our field placement
- that we stay peaceful and be ourselves
- God's guidance for making contact with people outside of the course

Thanks!

Love & blessings, Peter & Kelly


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Prayer Mail March 2004

This is just a short mail to keep you updated about our moves and to give you fuel for prayer. We will be in South-East Asia from 21 March to 21 April to join a team from an international organisation. We will be teaching English in a school as well as visitin some orphanages.

And we hope that above all we will enjoy what God is doing in this place and among these people.

Thank you so much for your support.

Blessings, Peter & Kelly


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Prayer Mail January 2004

Welcome to our prayer letter! As Peter is accustomed to send out a prayer letter to his friends every once in a while, we thought that now that we are together we would include some of Kelly's friends too.

Short update:
When we came back to our apartement in England after our Christmas vacation it was so wonderful to feel like we were coming home instead of facing newness everywhere as we did in September! It meant that we had more energy to spend in catching up with friends from college — and studying too, as Peter had an exam in the first week to perpare for! At the end of this term, Peter will write three exams, in New Testament Theology, Old Testament Texts and Sociology of Religion. Kelly will also write the New Testament Theology exam but the other two she wrote last year already :). Kelly is also taking a Pastoral Studies course that includes leading a class seminar for assessment. Both of us must also write an Advanced Religions Paper — an essay about another religion which is 'advanced' in that it is self-directed. This year we have been placed in Christ Church Ware, an Anglican church in the town where we live, about an eighteen minute walk from our home. Peter has his practical ministry church placement there and helped with the Alpha course that they ran in the first term. This term and next term he will be preaching in the evening service a couple of times. We are enjoying the worship and the community there.

Prayer points:
Thanks points:

Thank you very much for all of your interest and support! In case you don't want to receive these prayer mails, please let us know with a mail in response (we won't be offended!).

God's blessings, love, Peter & Kelly


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