Andrew and Julie and their six children returned to the UK from Uganda in 2018 where Andrew had been a teacher at a Bible College. Prior to that they had spent nine years at Therfield Chapel where Andrew served as pastor. Sensing a call to Asia, they moved to Thailand in 2021, arriving during the pandemic, days after surgery for Julie and shortly after family bereavements. It was another big step of adjustment for the children.
It’s a joy to partner with this unique family.
For the first 18 months they focused on serving the mission community through Grace International School but more recently God opened doors through their church, Chiang Mai Christian Fellowship (CCF), where Andrew was asked to become Associate Pastor. This involves pastoral care for the growing congregation, preaching and involvement in the church’s outreach ministries. The church also has a significant Chinese community, and as not all are English speakers, it’s a challenge at times. Through its Lahu Living Word ministry, CCF supports believers in neighbouring Myanmar who show inspiring faith through very trying circumstances. Food is particularly scarce along this flood-prone borderland with Thailand where refugee camps proliferate. There are many opportunities to supporting the wider community in Thailand and beyond but they need wisdom to know what to prioritise.
Julie’s creativity as a drama teacher and encourager has been a great inspiration to many children. Through many changing circumstances in their family life, it’s sometime difficult to know where you belong, but Thailand is increasingly becoming ‘home’ for the Carter family. Pray for continued settlement and blessing for the whole family.
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