For The Love of Siam

Moving On…

It has been a long time since we wrote an entry to our blog.  We do have good reasons and we will be sharing them with you over the coming months.  Since there has been a time lapse, we feel we need to go back before coming forward.

“And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.” Acts 20: 37 – 38

Family bond

When God says it time to move… You’ve got to move!  We shared with the churches we visited during our Home Assignment in the UK between June – July, that we have now left NightLight.  It was a decision that was very hard for us to make, we prayed, we shared with our Life Group (Small Group), we listened for God and His perfect timing.  When God’s clear answer came, it was a bitter pill for us to swallow…

The ladies at NightLight have become our family, and God was telling us it was time to leave them.  Over the 5-6 years we were there, we witnessed God’s transformation in many of the women lives, seeing them step into freedom, accepting Jesus, getting baptised, moving forward with confidence, self worth and stepping into leadership roles.

Just like a family we had many joyous occasions, where we would laugh together to the point of happy tears, barely able to catch our breath.  When the times of sorrow came, we cried together baring each others pain.

Our last weep together – Gathering in prayer for us

Whilst we were there, God taught us so much about ourselves.  We had the great honour of pouring into the women, however without realising it, many of the ladies also poured into us.  God has an amazing way of surrounding you with people, when you need it most.  We counselled and prayed for each other, sharing deep and personal areas of our lives that could only be shared when an amazing family bond had been formed.

A few days before our last day at NightLight, they prepared a leaving gathering for us.  It was the day we had been dreading, the day when the reality that we were actually leaving kicked in.  Nothing could have prepared us for wave of emotions that we felt.  Many of the ladies shared how we had impacted their lives, what we meant to them and how much they were going to miss us.

There was not a dry eye to be seen; another but final moment when we would all weep together.  I (Sarah) was a blubbering mess with tears and snot everywhere (sorry, it was not a pretty sight!).  I don’t think I have ever cried so much when leaving a place of work…even Paul shed a tear!  The women have left a huge stamp on our hearts, which we will never forget.  We will miss them dearly.

Since leaving we have been able to keep in contact with some of the ladies and those we know really well, have invited us to their homes.

So, God says it time for us to move on… So in obedience to Him, move on we will do.  We do not know all the plans for our next stage, but God is revealing the puzzle to us a little at a time.  We sense that God is calling us to start up a Business as Mission company, of which we are completely looking to God for guidance.  We will still be with BMS, and they are supporting us through this next stage.  We are not sure if we will remain in Bangkok or if it will be another location in Thailand.  As we step into this unknown and a new journey, we do know that it is all in God’s hands and by His grace, he will reveal all to us in His perfect timing.

We will be sharing with you how God’s plans have been unfolding over the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime can you please pray for us, as we seek His will with all the preparation, business planning, the location in Thailand, finances, our visas, our Thai business partner and finding a retail space.

Thank you for all of the cards and emails we receive from so many of you.  They always arrive, when we need a boost of encouragement.

 

 

 

BMS World Mission Bringing faith in Christ and the life only he can provide

 

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7 responses

  1. gandmtubbs@btinternet.com

    Dear Paul & Sarah, Thank you for your news we shall continue to follow you with interest and prayer, I cannot imagine what it must have been like altho’ we did leave a church on retirement where we had a happy 23 years. But we are still in touch with them and they are only 58 miles away, so it is a very different situation. I gather the Lord is already showing you your way, He usually does this a stage at a time, as I’m sure you can see when you recall how you found you way to Thailand. So our warm hopes for the next steps and assuring you of our continuing Prayer here an Nansen Road. Yours, Gordon.

    26/09/2018 at 2:37 pm

    • Hi Gordon

      23 years is a long time, that might have been hard to leave behind. God uses so many people in our lives to greatly enrich it.
      Thank you for your words of encouragement and prayers, we really appreciate it. Blessings

      26/09/2018 at 7:31 pm

  2. Christine Corver

    When praying for you both I have had you placed in my mind with your ladies. But You both are listening and you have entrusted your lives to God, so in obedience you are willing ( despite the pain) to move on with Him.
    He will bless you both mightily for that!
    We wait in excitement for the next
    stage!
    Christine Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church.

    26/09/2018 at 2:41 pm

    • Hi Christine

      Thank you for your message. Thank you so much for your prayers and words of encouragement. Please say hello to the wider congregation of Chipping Sodbury BC. Blessings

      26/09/2018 at 7:23 pm

  3. Remembering you both in prayer. Dave. x

    26/09/2018 at 2:49 pm

    • Hi Dave

      Thank you for your prayers. They are appreciated. You are in our prayers also. Blessings

      26/09/2018 at 7:19 pm

  4. Anthony Tyler

    Thanks for the update Will continue to pray for the next chapter in your ministry. Praise God for all that he has done through your ministry. Amazing! Love and hugs TT

    Sent from my iPhone

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    26/09/2018 at 10:52 pm

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