2016 August 5 – Update from Korea

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We are back in Korea now! We had an eventful summer and now we are getting  back into the swing of things here in Seoul. Bethany has been going to school for a week already doing teacher inservice as students will start back to school this Monday. The weather is very hot and humid, with rainstorms popping up now and then. The cicadas are loud, but since I have lived both in Indiana and Texas, I am used to that!

Bethany and I are looking to the future as well – please pray with us as we think through whether we will be staying in Korea next year or returning to the States or going somewhere else as the Lord leads. There are many factors for us – finances, family, friends, and ultimately, following God’s leading.

It’s been a faith journey for both of us – I am wondering what job opportunity is next for me, and how/if I can finish my Th.M. Bethany has continued to take care of me but it is hard when we do not know what the future holds, or even what is next. There’s sort of a rollercoaster between all the potential of our future and the little situation we are in for the present. I know the Lord will take care of us as He has, and He has a role for us to fulfill!

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Prayer for South Korea

In South Korea there has been an outbreak of a virus, called MERS [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome]. It is deadly in a few cases, and it spreads quickly because of the difficulty here in pinpointing and quarantining infectious diseases.
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Our church just canceled all meetings beside Sunday services and we are all wearing masks in our office. We want to exercise wisdom and best practice. This is a good opportunity to exercise our faith because we are trusting in God ultimately to shield us from disease but we are also trusting in God by not being afraid to appear cautious and take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and our neighbors in reflection of the gravity of the situation.

Would you please join us in praying for the government? It is difficult not to feel helpless and then to have to appear in control in the face of a situation like this. Pray that we all humble ourselves to the situation.
Please pray for the end of the outbreak, that the Lord would take away this disease and that no more would die.
Please pray that His will be done, and that we exalt His Name in all circumstances!

Thank you so much for all the prayers!