Journey To Thailand
Well life is getting a little crazy now that there are only 2 weeks until we leave for Thailand. But amidst the craziness is also peace, a peace that comes only from God. We said goodbye to our friends at work May 10th, said goodbye to our wonderful church that Sunday and spent the remainder of the weekend visiting and saying goodbye to grandparents in Jackson, Michigan. It was very hard saying goodbye to so many people with our leave date still so far in the future.
We spent many hours last week packing and saying more goodbyes. It was a little crazy to see everything we owned piled in a corner and to look around see the kitchen drawers empty, the desk and shelves collapsed, and be surrounded by empty-pictureless walls. This past weekend we went down to Indy to celebrate in our friend’s wedding, and then drove to Pennsylvania to stay with Matt’s Family for the week.
It’s a nice rest from the craziness of the past week, just relaxing, and visiting and letting the reality of our ever approaching leave-date set in. We are doing very well with our support and thank all who have contributed. God has provided in ways we could have never imagined and given us both His peace and confidence about it.
Hello everyone! We wanted to update you on some of the great things that have been happening recently with out preparations. Earlier last week we purchased our plane tickets from Boston to Chiang Rai. The purchase of those tickets was the first step in applying for our work visas, which we finalized this week. The reality of our departure is really setting in now, as we tie up these necessary steps.
We have had the chance to fundraise in some exciting ways recently. These creative avenues of raising support have been a great opportunity to spread awareness and talk with others about the role that we’ll be filling in the fight against human trafficking.
Chai For Thai Fundraiser
One of our last update was about the Chai For Thai fundraiser which was a great success. We were excited to see so many people come out and support us. We had a blast playing music with friends, and everyone seemed to be enjoy the set. A big thanks goes out to Courthouse Coffee for hosting and helping us promote the event. One of the highlights from that night was getting to answer questions from those who came out. Everyone was so great, and we appreciated all the support.
Hey everyone! We wanted to give you a quick update that our prayer cards have been printed. We will be sending a stack of them to Lakeland Grace Brethren Church (Warsaw, IN), Buckhorn Bible Church (Ashville, PA), and Carriage Town Bible Church (Kingston, NH). If you would like one for personal use or a few for your church, please email us with a description of your request and your mailing address. We hope these help in sharing with others about Destiny Rescue and the work we will be doing.
The first run of Freedom T-Shirts came in today! The design is an outline of Thailand with the word “freedom” interlaced in it. They are made from a 3.2oz cotton/polyester blend, super soft, and a great fit. We have an assortment of sizes available and we can ship next day!
We are also selling tote bags with the same design. The totes are 15″ x 16″ on 6oz beige cotton canvas. We will be placing the order for the bags once we have an idea of the interest level, so they may take a little longer to ship, but order today and we will get you a tote as soon as possible!
Both items will help us get to Thailand and may be purchased through our support page.
We will be playing a live show at Courthouse Coffee in Warsaw, IN on February 22. We will be using this as an opportunity to raise money for our trip to Thailand. To RSVP and see who else is going, check out the Facebook event. The show will start at 7pm and will last about an hour. Lauren Schafer will be joining us along with a few other friends, so we are excited to play some full-band songs!
We will also be selling the Freedom t-shirts that Rachel designed. We will have a variety of sizes available and will be selling them for $20. All proceeds will go to support our trip. If you are in the area, please come out and support us while enjoying some great music!
We are moving to Chiang Rai, Thailand! We will be volunteering Destiny Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children out of sex trafficking. (for more information about them visit www.destinyrescue.org and for more information about exactly what we will be doing check out our mission page)
Right now we are in the preparation stage. We just made the decision a few weeks ago and are now starting planning as well as support raising. We are expecting to leave the first week of June, and will visit our families the two weeks before we leave.
We are so excited to be able to use our skills for such an urgent and worthwhile cause. It is amazing how God has been revealing this amazing future to us. We did not even know that Destiny Rescue needed a web developer until I (Rachel) had my interview. Once we found out they did indeed need front end web work full time, we both knew 100% that God wanted us to go.
It is a little scary, deciding to move to a foreign country that neither of us has ever been to for an entire year, but God has given us both his peace that no man can comprehend. The least scary place to be is where God can use you best, as different or as far away as that place may be, it will always be the best place. Still, prayers for continued confidence and peace would be greatly appreciated.