From Lisa: We are sending a quick note with two specific prayer requests. First, we applied today for visas to enter Thailand. While our hope very much continues to be to serve in Malaysia, Thailand has opened its borders to tourists who are willing to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel. We had been waiting to pursue this until we were vaccinated. When we received our first shot, we quickly began to pray and work toward entry into Thailand, to at least get onto the same time zone where we will both be teaching courses this spring. The past ten days have been a whirlwind of efforts to track down the multiple documents required for the visas. The team at St. Paul’s Theological College in Kuala Lumpur continues to warmly welcome us, and they are very happy about this plan. They are hopeful Malaysia’s borders will open in the next 2-3 months.
We are so grateful that we were able to pull all the documentation together before we leave this Wednesday for a visit to my newly vaccinated mom and our daughter and son-in-law in North Carolina, and Rich’s sister in Kentucky. If the visa application comes back with a green light, we will have just two weeks to pack, say goodbyes to friends, and be ready to fly on April 16. So, we would ask for your prayers for that Thai Visa approval and the many details it would set in motion.
Secondly, Rich will begin teaching his Sketches of Leadership courses in a few new places this spring and summer, and so is pursuing getting them translated into several more languages, including into Chinese and Hindi, both of which will be useful in Malaysia, and in other countries as well. This would greatly expand the reach of his curriculum and teaching. Please pray for these new opportunities, and for the teaching and translation processes which he is working on from a distance.
Thanks so much, and as always, we love to get notes in reply here.
Rich and Lisa
Rich and Lisa Lamb