It's hard to believe that my little girl will be heading to the other side of the world in just under two weeks! I am so excited for her and we are making lists of all our last-minute preparations.
About four years ago, Keely became interested in Thailand missions as a result of several college graduates from our church who moved there to serve and work. These 'kids' were Keely's Sunday School teachers and helpers, and she was impacted by their heart to serve and fulfill the great commission. Keely expressed her desire to go to Thailand on a mission trip, and Kevin told her that if she'd save up half of the cost of a plane ticket, that we would go. Well...about a year ago we realized that it was really going to happen, and we'd better start saving, too! The original plan was for me to go, too, but because of our little 'surprise', that, of course, won't be possible. But I am thrilled that Kevin and she will be going.
They'll be there for two weeks working with CFPM. Kevin will be working on translation and videos for the website, and Keely will be hanging out with the kids and taking some day trips with them. I think they're also planning to visit the prison where some of the children's mothers are incarcerated. They'll be in Chang Rai for most of their two-week trip, located in northern Thailand.
Would you be kind enough to begin praying for them? Please pray for safety as they travel and spend a day in Bangkok (which I'm a little nervous about!). Pray that they will be a blessing and encouragement to the staff and kids at CFPM, and that they'll be able to serve practically and that Kevin will accomplish much during their time there. Pray for Keely: that she will grow in her love for the Lord and for others as a result of her experiences. I'll be posting updates and pictures at some future time to share how things are going!