Happy New Year! I pray you all had a great Christmas season and end to 2021. As we end one year and start a new one, I look forward to what the Lord is going to do and thank Him for what He has already done. “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” (Psalm 28:7)
In our last letter, I mentioned our taking a quick trip to the U.S. for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We took the 30-hour journey from our home in Hua Hin to Brittany’s parents’ house in West Virginia. Judah did really well for that long of a journey. The last six-hour flight of the trip was the most difficult due to us all feeling exhausted. We were able to be with her family over the Thanksgiving holiday week. It was great spending time together with all of the family and for Judah to get to meet everyone.
At our home church in West Virginia, I had the privilege to take part in an ordination service for a guy I grew up with in California. It’s a blessing to see other young men desiring to serve the Lord. We also got to spend time with our church family and Pastor Bane, and I was able to update and preach in a service before we left. While on the East Coast, we were able to update several supporting churches. One of the churches had recently appointed a new pastor, so it was great to meet Pastor Lewis and fellowship with his church family in Virginia.
We flew out to California on the same day that my brother Nathan, who is a missionary in Chile, also arrived with his family. My sister, who has been battling cancer, also flew in that day. It was great to be together with them and my parents. Soon all my siblings and their families arrived for Christmas. In total, we had 28 people at the house for Christmas! We were also able to visit our sending church for several services and update another nearby supporting church, who also has a new pastor.
As most of you know, we were scheduled to head back to Thailand on January 8, but the day before Christmas, I started to get very sick. A few days later, Brittany started feeling ill also. With her symptoms being pretty severe and her being six months pregnant, we took her to the hospital to get checked out. Thankfully, the baby is doing well, but Brittany did test positive for the virus, and I’m sure I had it as well. I moved back our return date to January 16, but that could change depending on our health and if the Thai government gives us the pass we need to enter the country. Please pray that our health improves and that we pass our COVID tests, both here and in Thailand. Once we do arrive in Thailand, we will have to do a 10-day quarantine. If we test positive while in quarantine, we would be sent to the hospital at our own expense for at least another 10-day quarantine. We, of course, pray this does not happen. There are many variables when traveling abroad right now, but we are trusting the Lord! One prayer request answered is that both Judah and I were able to get the visas we needed while in the States. Praise the Lord!
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support for us. Thailand is home, and we look forward to returning very soon. We can’t wait to continue to minister to the people there and share the Good News.
In His service,
Jonathan Beil & Family