Samantha Nicole Sanborn
Wow! It's hard to believe that Samantha is 14 weeks old! She is growing so fast and just gets cuter by the day. She is stealing hearts with her smiles, laughter and cooing. She also replies to "I love you" with "Aboo" which we take to mean "I love you, too." in baby language. Currently, her favorite eye-candy is her parents. She will watch whatever we are doing and follow us around the room with her eyes.
It's true that parenthood is exhausting, but at the end of a long hard day, we wouldn't trade her for anything. Thankfully, she settles well at night and even though a full nights sleep is still a dream, Anne is getting at least 4-6 hours straight most nights. It'e been a challenging time, but absolutely worth it.
So much has happened over the last 3 months. It's hard to believe we had time for anything other than taking care of baby. Sean says that having a baby has really brought out a sense of wonder in his life. That is to say, he is constantly wondering when in the world will our daughter stop crying. The Thai’s tell him this will make her a good singer. He says he’s not sure if this is something he’ll be able to appreciate because he thinks he’s beginning to go deaf. And he's not the only one.
Our Big Life Change
The Lord has Provided.
On Wednesday June 6, Sean was able to purchase our new Toyota 2002 Tiger Hilux 4 door 4WD truck. The Christian dealer gave us a fantastic deal because he knew that we would be using it for ministry. It is so exciting to have a vehicle we can use for ministry! We have been praying for this truck for 7 years, and God provided just at the right time. Thank you to all of you who so generously gave towards the purchase of this truck. We hope someday you might be able come and visit and we'll take you for a spin... Our other truck was in the shop for 5 months (you could either have air conditioning OR be able to drive it, but not both!) We decided to donate the old truck to City Gate Church, and they have been using it to transport many people to their Friday night healing services and Sunday Worship.
Come on. Our New Truck has plenty of room for more.
Conference of Frontier Missions (CoFM)
As part of his responsibilities in the Indo-China/Philippines Frontier Missions Regional Leadership Team (FMRLT), Sean has been asked to help with promotions and communications for the Conference of Frontier Missions (COFM) to be held in Chiang Rai next April. We are excited about this Conference, as the focus will be "Extreme Mission", targeting the Youth of our region, challenging them to take the Gospel to the Frontiers (where the name of Jesus has not been heard). We want to make the conference affordable to young men and women from the surrounding nations which means that we need to pray money in to make it a success. Each day there will be teaching and practical application as well as an outreach in the nearby villages and ministries. Please keep the preparations for this conference in your prayers. Pray that many young nationals will be mobilized and churches will be challenged with a vision for missions also. You can find out more details about the COFM by visiting: http://www.cofm08.com/
My Friend Tanin from Musakee
School of Frontier Missions (SOFM)
Another exciting adventure for Sean is the School of Frontier Missions. We have had a heart for training and mobilizing national missionaries for many years, and have been seeking God about the best way to go about it. In October 2007, the SOFM will return to Chiang Mai. Sean is currently on the leadership team, as they decide the focus and purpose of the School. He has also been involved in the promotion. Sean will attend the first school from October 15, 2007 to Jan 5, 2008, and in the future will be the director. While this will be a bi-lingual school, the focus is to train nationals and work alongside the National church to mobilize missionaries and ministers in this region. Visit our website for more information: www.ywamcmthai.org/sofm/index.htm
This is another ministry that we need to pray in finances for since we will have set-up costs such as desks, beds and fans. We also need staff and students. We need at least one Thai speaking female to staff and at least 3 English speaking students to attend to meet our budget. If you, or anyone you know, is interested then please let us know.
Hey you! Come to Thailand. We need you.
Villages and Outreach Teams.
In June Sean had the privilege of taking care of a YWAM Montana team for 2 weeks. His first order of business was to load them into our new 4WD and put the new truck through it's paces. That's right, they drove to Hoi Da Top village. It was a lot of fun for Sean, but the team may have been a little nervous about the experience.
The Montanna DTS did a great job.
While they were in the village, they planted 500 coffee plants to add to the 300 plants that were planted 2 years ago. They visited house to house, showed the Jesus film in their language with a projector and laptop, and took some extra time to visit a neighboring village (MaeTien). After a brief break, they were off to Musekee, which is the same village that Sean took his cousins to in January. The team was able to minister to the locals and teach English in the school and orphanage.
Planting 500 Coffee plants in One Day
And to top it all off, Sean found himself flat on his back again, with some mystery illness. After a few days in bed, he broke out in strange spots, and the doctor suspected Dengue Fever. Thankfully, it was not the case. While there has been a flu going around lately, I think that it is linked to the village trips. It seems that any time Sean goes to the village, he falls sick a week or two later. Please pray for protection for him in the future. About 2 weeks later, Anne came down with the same mystery illness. The doctor decided it was allergies, as she didn't have a fever like Sean. We were both skeptical about the diagnosis, as we'd never heard of anyone catching an allergy... Thankfully, it was not passed on to Samantha.
The Spirit Doctor Bo Ngun Has been having
dreams of prosperity for the village.
August was a Big Month!!
So far, August has been full of meetings and business - and it was all out of town. On July 31, we drove to Khon Kaen in North East Thailand for our YWAM National Conference. Surprisingly, Samantha traveled very well, and she enjoyed the new environment so much that she slept for 10 hours 2 nights in a row. What a blessing!! The conference was a wonderful time of catching up with friends who serve in other parts of Thailand. On August 5, we drove to Nong Khai (on the border with Laos) for 3 days of FMRLT meetings. If you look at a map of Thailand, you will see that we covered about 2/3 of the country within 10 days. The trip was exhausting, and we're glad to be home.
Traveling in Style
Anne's Father & his new Wife coming to visit.
Anne's Father was remarried in December 2006, and we are excited that Dad and Christa are coming to visit us in August. They have been in Germany the past 6 weeks, visiting Christa's parents, and will be stopping in Chiang Mai on the way home. Dad is excited to meet his first grand-daughter, and we are looking forward to meeting Christa, the woman who stole his heart.
Sean’s parents Art and Ellen, have been so busy starting YWAM Tampa and Trilby Baptist Church that they are only just now able to come and visit their first grand-daughter. Art was so excited that to meet her that he introduced her around to everyone he met at the mall.
I want to visit
First we want to say a big THANK YOU to God for our precious little Princess Samantha, and for our new vehicle.
- Pray for all our health. That Sean will not get sick in villages, and that Sam and Anne will continue to be healthy and strong.
- Pray for preparations for the COFM and the SOFM.
Thanks for your love, prayers and support.
Sean & Anne
Ps- So now we are wondering when you are going to come and visit us and Samantha and hold our lovely sweet-heart so that maybe we can get some rest. You'll have to shout to let us know your interest. We don't hear as well as we use to.
Hey now, you come Thailand or what?
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