Good Afternoon Team,
We have exciting news for you!
As of today, we have plane tickets to return to Thailand!!!
We plan to fly out January 2, which means we will arrive in Thailand on Friday, January 4.
God has very graciously provided a number of new supporters over the past few weeks, including two new churches! Thank you to all who have supported us and all who have been praying that our support would arrive in time to leave in January!
While we have permission to leave, we are still just a tiny bit short of 100% funded. We still have $50/month to raise to truly hit 100%. If we don’t raise this before we leave, we will need to find some way to trim this much money out of our budget.
So we would appreciate it if you would prayerfully consider giving to our work or give a few dollars extra. This is only 10 people giving $5/month, or 5 people giving $10/month! If you'd like to give, please click HERE.
Please pray for our next...
I have some wonderful news to bring to you, for which we can all praise God!
When we started this “100% by Reformation Day” support raising campaign, we were at 82% of our total monthly support needs. This meant that we still needed to raise another $1950/month!
Over the past few weeks, God has blessed us wonderfully!
We are currently at 86% of our monthly need, which means we only have about $1485/month left to raise!
I know…that might still seem like a long way to go. But let’s look at the bright side! In just a few weeks, God has provided nearly $500/month. That’s no small thing! This is especially true when you consider that every one of those dollars came from generous people just like you!
We still have a way to go to get to 100%. But God is faithful.
Let me encourage you with this reality…every single dollar counts.
You don’t need to give $100/month in order to make a...
There are lots of great causes to whom you could give your money. There is a lot of need in this world and a lot of organizations working to alleviate the need.
So we all need an incredible amount of wisdom to know how to give our gifts...our money, our time, our talents, our influence, etc so that they have the most impact in the most important areas.
We would like you to share a video with you that describes an incredible area of need in the world...reaching unreached people groups.
The Thai people are still an unreached people.
You'll have to watch this short-but-powerful video on why giving to help reach unreached people, like the people of Thailand, is so crucially important.
It will surprise you!
If you'd like to learn how you can help us join with people from around the world who are trying to reach unreached peoples, click below:
Thank you for your prayers for Thailand and for our...
The video I shared with you all on October 1st made some people nervous. A number of people were concerned about me driving while talking to the camera. Some people read the headline of that introductory email and wondered if we were announcing that we were pregnant! :D
No...we're done growing this part of our family!
But we are definitely still working on growing our spiritual family...and yours.
That's why we're working so hard to get back to Thailand.
Today I just wanted to give you a quick update on the 100% by Reformation Day campaign. I was hoping to be able to give you specific dollar amounts that people had pledged to give during the month of October.
I can't give you specific numbers, but what I can tell you is that we've seen progress in a number of ways:
I'm sorry I wasn't able to send you a "100% by Reformation Day" update last Friday. I was not feeling well that day.
But I am excited to share with you that we did have one family share with us that they will be supporting us! We praise God for this wonderful gift!
As missionaries, we never work alone. There is always a huge team of people who help us get to the field, stay healthy, do our work, and make sure we have what we need to do what we do.
Along with the people who partner with us through prayer and financial gifts, we find this support and partnership through our mission organization, Serge.
Today, I wanted to give you a glimpse into who Serge is. What does Serge believe? Why do they do missions the way they do? What makes this wonderful organization tick?
We are very excited about how the culture and passions of this organization will help us reach the people of Thailand with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
To see a short video...
People often ask us what a typical day looks like for us in Thailand. The short answer is...
There is no such thing as a typical day for us in Thailand
Our work often has us doing a very wide range of activities:
But behind what can often feel like a very random, very cray schedule...there is a plan. There is a method to the madness.
There are very important convictions that guide what we do and how we do it.
We've created a very short video explaining what we do and why we do it that way.
We would love it if you'd check out this video by clicking below:
If your heart and convictions resonate with what you see...
Happy October Team!!!
We have some very important news we'd like to share with you regarding our ministry in Thailand. This news is so important and timely that we created a "breaking news" video to explain the latest and greatest. You can find it on our website by clicking below:
Thanks so much for taking a few minutes to watch and pray!
Ben and Becca Johnson
P.S. I promise I kept my hands on the wheel and my eyes on the road at all times!!! :)
When we left Thailand back in early December 2017, it was our plan to return before our kids’ school semester launched in mid-August, 2018. But as you can tell, God has better plans for us!
It’s been quite a while since we sent our last update. And this might just go down in the record books as one of the busiest few months we’ve ever had!!!
In the beginning of March, Ben and Becca attended Serge’s Assessment and Orientation. This was a week for Serge and us to see whether we’d be a good fit for one another. It was a week of pouring out our hopes and dreams for Thailand with the leadership of Serge and praying they would see the potential of opening a brand-new Serge field there. But it was also a week of Serge pouring out their vision to see missionaries, global church planters, and Christians from around the globe healed, blessed, and led by the truth of the gospel. By doing so, they ministered very deeply to our own souls as well.
On our way home from Serge’s serving center in Philadelphia, we picked up our Thai friends and ministry partners, Pastor Ogaat and Khruu Taay from the airport. ...
There has been a lot going on in our family and ministry, so we wanted to fill you in on all the latest and greatest details.
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been using Oostburg, Wisconsin as our base of operations. First Oostburg Christian Reformed Church was incredibly kind to outfit the church’s youth house as a place for us to live. It has been a wonderful blessing as a place of work and rest for us.
In early January, Ben returned to Thailand for a week and a half to support the ministries of Pastor Boonchu. Pastor Boonchu’s support committee, called Karen Advisory Partnership (KAP), held a meeting in Chiang Mai where we discussed important issues related to Pastor Boonchu’s ministry and how we support him.
Ben also had the opportunity to teach at a conference in the mountains for Karen ministry leaders. Along with two other American pastors, taught from 1 Corinthians 3, helping them to understand how to work in unity...