Thailand Awaits…

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For those that follow this blog, this may come as a surprise, but to those who know us personally, well, you know that we never shy away from adventure. Especially if it means following the promptings of God and where we believe He is asking us to go. That means our lives have been in a state of flux and change. This blog will continue in its current form, but we have also started a separate newsletter dedicated solely to our work in Thailand and the beautiful country and people of Thailand.  With that said, below is a quick snapshot of what we will be doing over the next years.

Follow Our Journey Here:   http://www.darrenherbold.com/thailand-adventure/

The Quick 411

  • This Summer, our family will be moving to Phuket Thailand. Planned departure is early August.
  • We will be working with the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Canada, which is the great denomination we get to serve in and that we are currently part of with our church family at Beulah Alliance Church.
  • We have signed on for a 4 year term as an initial serve.
  • We have been given the mandate to learn the language (need prayer for that one please) and also begin to research ways the Alliance can be involved in the area of social justice in that area. We are praying for God to show us how He would best use our gifts and abilities in this area. We are also excited to be joining a new international church that is just forming in Phuket and to join our past ministry experience with the leaders already serving. (You can follow along with All Nations Church here)

Please Join Us!

If this topic and this part of the world is something that has been on your heart for sometime or is something that is just beginning to stir within you, we would like to journey with you.  Here are three ways you can follow along and participate.

  1. Pray
    • We cannot over emphasize this. We have been reminded again and again over these last few weeks that none of this is about earthly issues but heavenly ones and that we need strong prayer support. Please add us to your prayer list, on your fridge, car, etc.
      • For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
  2. Help Spread the News
    • Helping us share our adventure with other like-minded people is crucial. If you have, friends, family or colleagues that may have a heart for justice work, ministry and this part of the world, could you share our newsletter with them? We are praying for strategic partners. You may be the one? We know that we cannot do this without the church, the body of Christ, and people on mission to make a difference in this world.
    • Our newsletter link (Please sign up and share) – http://www.darrenherbold.com/thailand-adventure/
  3. Financially

A Final Thought:

A few weeks ago I shared a sermon at Beulah about an “Obedience that Goes Beyond”. You can listen to it here.  I’ve continued to ponder the statement of Peter to Jesus, “Because you say so, I will” (#BYSSIW) and the impact this type of obedience unleashes in the life of a follower of Christ (Luke 5). Peter had no clue what the plan and outcome of his life would be, but he knew that Jesus was trustworthy and he obeyed, even though it didn’t make a lot of earthly sense at the time…and because of Jesus, the world was never the same again.

Today, I wonder, what is God asking you to do? What is the small step that you can take to obey and honour Him.  He is worthy and it is simply unbelievable that He chooses to use us, and yet He does and He has gifted you for such a time as this.  Would our response always be, “Jesus, because you say so, I will.

The best is yet to come,

Darren & Naomi
#BYSSIW

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Comments

  1. Gerald & Susan Prinsen says:

    This is a big undertaking for you & your family, but with God at your side what can go wrong if you feel God is calling you there! Will be praying for you’s, have been already, may God give His travelling mercies, it’ll be very exciting to see how God will use you there! Go in Gods strength! We have very much enjoyed your messages at Beulah! I like to give you Joshua 1, especially verse 9. In Christian love. Susan & Gerald Prinsen

    • Thank you so much. We are looking fwd to what God may have in store, but also looking fwd to staying connected with our Beulah family. 🙂 Your prayer support is greatly appreciated. Blessings, dh

  2. Peter Leenheer says:

    Dear Darren, Naomi and family,

    My word to you from God was that nothing is impossible for God. That was the message. It is exciting to see you live it. That as you put it definitely is an adventure. You have been blessed with an incredible faith because you will need it. That also is evident. You have an undaunted spirit and that is an even further blessing. How you put your life on the line for others is definitely service as Jesus gave. Your courage also is incredible. Yes I know that there are times when all this may go sideways, backwards, or seemingly go awol, but as David says at the end of each psalm God is still God and he still loves me and takes care of me.

    My prayer goes up for you often. It is basically that in the face of this massive, oversized, humongous vision that you talk about, that you will have an unshakeable faith that grows exponentially with every trial that comes your way. You are like Gideon who with an army of a few slew thousands. It is God who wins the battle for himself and for us. He just needs one to step out in faith. I pray that God will bolster your faith daily, and make it bubble over the edge of the pot. Stay connected to God no matter what!!!!

    The verse that says I did not come to be served but to serve is not always seen in its entire meaning. We often see it as a command to serve and it is. The first part I did not come to be served is as important. Christ came not for his own glory but to do the will of God. He understood that celebrity status leads to pride and a fall. So he always said do not tell others when he had performed a miracle. As a result of that not happening he had no place to lay his head because people would not leave him alone. As we see with today’s celebrities, the paparazzi hounds them and so do the crowds. They do it more for themselves than out of honor and honest admiration of the celebrity. In Jesus time people were no different.

    So I pray for your humility as you achieve the dreams that God has put on your heart. God wins the battles, not Darren Herbold or Peter Leenheer. I pray that you will stay in God’s grace and watch with fascination how he operates and makes his will come true. King David never lost a battle because he always consulted God and God fought for him. God fights for you too Darren and He is always way ahead of you.

    Love reading your email updates.

    Peter Leenheer

    • Peter,

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Yes, may all of our actions always bring glory to Christ and His plans and purposes in this world.
      Thank you for your continued support in so many ways.
      May He continue to bless you and have His hand upon you as you serve Him.
      Blessings from Phuket

  3. Peter Leenheer says:

    Hello Darren,

    You mentioned how you bemoan the fact that you do not pray enough. Am reading the book of Luke from the point of view of prayer. Jesus usually goes first thing early in the morning to pray to the Father and get his instructions as well. For me, getting up early and spending time in God’s Word, and prayer makes my day. I feel lost without it. Perhaps a scheduled time is necessary for you. Remember that God does not need your help in achieving his purposes. He is using you, but sometimes we fall into the temptation of thinking we are indispensable. It usually begins in the smallest of ways (Deut. 17:20) God always wants the tithe off the top. He also makes many references about giving him the first fruits. So I contend that we should give him the ‘first fruits’ of our time as well. The morning for many is the most productive, so I give that to God. I find he redeems the time, because my productivity does not suffer. The question for me always is “Who is on the top of my priority list”?

    I am praying that you and your family will become more Christ like. The more Christ replaces the sin and its strongholds in our lives the more we are obedient to God. Obedience is the prelude to love. We have to start somewhere. ” Christ likeness is the witness Jesus was referring to in the Great Commission. If we are Christ like our witness is incredible. The fruits of Christ like ness are being unoffendable, humble, submissiveness, intercessory prayer, and a mature redemptive attitude of the heart. The consequences of Christlikeness is unity, power, conversions, healed families, miracles and eternal life.” This is not a direct quote but comes from Francis Frangipane’s writings on the subject.

    In the task God has put before you in Thailand, being like Jesus in every respect is most likely invaluable. It is who you are in Christ that will determine the realization of your humongous vision. In John 14:12 Jesus says to us that we will do greater things than he did. The only way this is possible if Christ totally lives in us. It is what I pray for daily for you and for myself.

    Please tell me what you think.

    God bless you and your family!!

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