06 Dec Back in the Land of Smiles
It has been so long since we last updated everyone! We had a fantastic time in the States celebrating two weddings, teaching at church, joining in on family vacations, catching up with good friends, and simply enjoying family dinners once again.
We arrived back in Thailand at the beginning of November and hit the ground running. I (Stephen) spent a week in Bangkok for a leadership training seminar with YWAMers from all over Southeast Asia while Angela settled back into life here in Mae Sai.
As soon as the other leaders and I returned to Mae Sai we began Team Training. Our whole YWAM Borders team had never all been in the same place before, because we gained two new staff members while Angela and I were in the States! We did team building exercises, rock climbed and ran a mud obstacle race! We then went on our annual Staff Retreat (this year up into the mountains). We also had two friends from the States come and spend a week with us! It is so much fun to show others a glimpse into life in Thailand and all that God is doing here. (Our house is always open! Come and visit!)
Something I really was praying about and felt impressed upon by the Lord was the importance of building and growing community with our team. The past month has been full of the Lord leading us deeper into community with one another. I am so grateful for Beer and Karen joining YWAM Borders and the dynamic they bring. We are all running the race of life and I am so thankful to be able to run alongside some amazing men and women. God truly is answering our prayers for a closer community that is learning what it means to be sons and daughters together.
We are still praying about the specifics for the training schools that we will have in January, but are excited about a time of learning and growing. The remainder of December will be filled with preparation for those schools and Christmas celebrations with our YWAM family and we are hoping to throw a big family celebration for the Loy. Please continue to pray for wisdom and guidance for the coming training in January as well as continued ministry among our Loy friends. :)