Sherri, Anthony, and I will be heading to Thailand on Oct. 31st, if all works out. There was a mess up on Anthony's plane ticket, it had the wrong last name so a new ticket had to be ordered. It has still not arrived and it is just 3 days before we are ready to depart.
Please also pray that we will be able to have changes made to our visa once we get to Thailand. Right now we have a one year - single entry visa. What this means is that if we leave Thailand, we lose our work visa and permit and must start over. We would like the ability to visit neighboring missions, especially in Cambodia, and be able to come back for Jim's graduation from Berea College in the Spring of 2007. Please pray that we may obtain multiple entry visas.
We have a new e-mail address. It is firstname.lastname@example.org -- we would love to hear from you.
We will be taking off on Oct. 31st and will arrive in Bangkok on Nov. 2nd. We will have a flurry of chores to do once we arrive. We must register with the American Embassy, go to our bank in Thailand, enroll in Language School, set up our house (hopefully we will not have to wait a long time for our belongings to come), find a doctor and set up our medical care, register to receive utilities and services, meet with church members and leaders, purchase computer and office equipment and household electrical goods (we must purchase new household electrical goods because Thailand uses a different voltage and hertz than the U.S.) and numerous other duties. About 2 weeks after we arrive, we will host our first VIM team from the Rocky Mount District of North Carolina. There will probably be a few weeks before we post again.
We thank you for your prayers. Without your prayers, we can do nothing. With your prayers, all things are possible!
May the Lord Bless You,
Mike, Sherri, and Anthony