RETURN TO THAILAND!
Covid-19 Complicating our Return to Thailand
Just like almost everyone else in the world, the Coronavirus is affecting us in several ways.
The most important one is that it is hindering our return to Thailand. Currently, Thailand has shut its borders to all foreigners entering the country, so that puts our return a little in limbo until it opens back up.
Internally, Thailand is pretty locked down right now, as well, so even if the borders were not closed, the logistics of an international move would be difficult with all that we will have to do that first month!
Pray everything will open back up soon so that we will be able to get back to the field!
When things started getting locked down, we were in a missions conference in Illinois, and in the middle of the conference the events were cancelled, and they moved to online-only services while there. It was definitely the most unique conference we have been in! The next week we were scheduled to be in Ohio, but that was also cancelled. Most every meeting we had scheduled before going back has cancelled, in fact.
Bangkok During Covid-19
The church in Bangkok is doing well, though having to do online-only services for now, like many others around the world.
Bangkok as a whole is very locked down, and the church is in the most densely part of the city where there are 22,000 people per square kilometer — so the breakout risk is similar to that of New York City and they are taking precautions accordingly, including nightly curfews.
Re-Entry Expense Needs
I know many have financial difficulties during this time, but want to share with you our current needs for our transition back to Thailand, and ask that you continue to pray with us about our re-entry expenses.
This situation will not last forever. I anticipate our return only being delayed by a month or so, so the need for funds to be able to return to ministry in Thailand is still urgent.
If you would like to help with these needs, you can give online at projectthailand.net/give or, by mail at PO Box 442 Alpharetta, GA 30009.
We are grateful for your support and special prayer that these needs will be supplied!
Yours for the Gospel in Thailand,
Philip & Lori Bassham
(Claire, Grace, and Emma)