Arrivals

Julia Birkett

What is your current ministry?

I coach our new missionaries through their Thai language and cultural learning. I supervise six Thai teachers and we normally have about 16 adults studying full-time in Lopburi and others who are studying part-time after leaving Lopburi and moving on to their first ministry location.

Highlight of your term?

Moving into our new language centre and enjoying the new facilities which are a big improvement on the old ones. Our team is now all on one site which makes things much more convenient for everyone.

What are you most looking forward to about being back in the UK?

Going for walks. There are no footpaths where I live in Thailand and I miss the British countryside. It’s also too hot to enjoy walking so in Thailand I enjoy swimming outside instead. I enjoy praying, praising and thinking best on a walk in the British countryside! Of course I’m also looking forward to catching up with friends and family face to face. Modern communication makes keeping in touch relatively easy these days but you are still separated physically when you live abroad and aren’t around to help, for example with ageing parents or to join in with special celebrations.

What can we pray for your future and your field?

There are still so many places in Thailand without churches so keep praying for the Lord of the harvest to send new workers. Please pray that in my next term I will have a co-worker to train up to do my job.

Nathanael & Anna Ayling with Ethan (9), Micaiah (6), Boaz (4), and Apphia (1)

What is your current ministry?

Student outreach in Sapporo, Japan, known as fmZERO. We partner with KGK (Japan’s version of UCCF). Highlight of your term? Seeing one of the students go from no knowledge of Christ to becoming a committed, baptised member of our church.

What are you most looking forward to about being back in the UK?

Being able to understand people, communicate freely and preach in English!

What can we pray for your future and your field?

Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers because the harvest is ripe but the labourers are few. Many pastors are well past retirement age and struggling to keep going. Many churches have no pastor. Many towns and villages have no church. There are thousands of students with no Christian friends and no one telling them about Christ. Japan is the largest unreached people group in an open access nation. Pray for missionaries and pastors to be raised up who have a real love for the Lord and love the people God gives them to care for. Pray for us that we’d keep loving Jesus and have an impact for the kingdom on the community we will live in.