Our first full-year furlough is coming to an end! There is a LOT of work and many expenses that are coming up in the next few weeks as we get ready to transition back to Thailand that we would like to share with you and ask you to pray about.
When we left for furlough we were not able to keep our house in Thailand, so the next few months will be very similar to our initial move and all of the setup expenses involved in that. On both sides of the world, there are a thousand things to do as we move out of our stateside home and arrive in Bangkok—without a home to move into.
Many our supporters have encouraged us to share when we have a need, and this is one of those times. Would you pray about helping us? Here is just a sample of some of these costs coming up:
- Plane Tickets for a family of 5
- Temporary housing on arrival
- Rental deposits on a new place (usually 3-4 months worth in Thailand)
- Storage and Movers costs
- Extra Baggage fees
- Paperwork expenses
- Renovations, utility deposits, house set up,
- Stateside tying up of loose ends (Cancelling utilities, phones, car rental, etc.)
We estimate the total cost to be ~$20,000.
Any amount given would be a great blessing and personal help to our family as we head back for our 2nd term of ministry in Thailand! Please pray for us during this time, and if you would like to donate, you can do so online at projectthailand.net/give or, by mail at Vision Baptist Missions PO Box 442 Alpharetta GA, 30009.
Praises from Christmas in Thailand
Thank you for praying for Christmas activities in Thailand this year. They had the largest attendance we have ever had—118! I praise the Lord for how he has used them this year. They are completely on their own now, and not only continue, but have grown in our absence! They have really stepped up and shouldered the responsibility this year, and I am thankful to be able to work with them.
A week ago, I got a message that said, “Pastor, Hurry back! There are a bunch of new believers here to disciple!” I praise the Lord for the foundation that has been laid, and look forward to what the Lord will do in our 2nd term! Pray for us as we transition back. God has been working while we have been on furlough, and I look forward to the next steps the Lord has for us in the ministry there as we seek to lead it to grow in health and strength when we return.
Yours for the Gospel in Thailand,
Philip & Lori Bassham
(Claire, Grace, and Emma)