Sa-wat-dee kraup! (Hello! in Thai) Welcome to the very first serving of
'Thai Noodles!' Grab yourself an ice-coffee and enjoy our story.
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How do you prepare a move to Asia?

Hi friends! We're now in the pre-launch phase of our move to Thailand. In just a little less than three weeks we will be pulling a trailer out the gates of beautiful Restenäs where Veronica and I have served the Lord for 13 good years of our lives. We'll spend the Christmas holiday with Veronica's parents in the north and then fly out to Thailand in the beginning of January. There are a lot of emotions swimming in our hearts these days. After 13 years, a place can do that to you! We'll miss Restenäs, its people, and the memories that we've created together.

moving boxes
Moving boxes wait in our guest room, ready to be shipped to the north

Heading into the great unknown

This is the first time our family has 'really' moved. And so far it's been a bit like herding cats, with many things to consider. Here are just a few: applying for school for the boys, getting vaccinations, finding a house to rent, choosing a language school, raising more support, deciding what is and isn't available in another land, like cheese slicers? But, so far, it's gone pretty well. My last day of work in the media office went so smoothly, I had to pinch myself to see if I was only dreaming. And I wonder how many lessons we'll take with us into this new culture. I moved to Sweden 13 years ago, and I feel I'm only still a baby when it comes to understanding the culture that has become my home! And what about the spiritual stuff? What sorts of challenges will we confront in the coming years? At least after reading this entry, you'll have a small idea of how to pray for us!

Three weeks & 3,000 miles

Private ranch road on J59 road to Merced
J59 is one of my all-time favorite roads in California. And this is one of my favorite views facing the Sierra Neveda foothills.
View pictures from my trip!

I just returned from the USA after three weeks of non-stop meetings in preparation for our move to Thailand. As usual, my parents graciously loaned me one of their cars so I could travel up and down the Golden State and touch bases with family, friends and supporters. The car was not the only one in overdrive! I set up appointments, meals and coffee meetings with as many people as possible. One of the reasons was to raise money for our upcoming move. And of course the other reason was simply to spend some time, if only a few hours, with friends. Looking back, I can say that I had an excellent time! I only wish I had more of it. So a big 'Thank you!' to everybody for freeing up your busy schedules to meet with me. Mostly, thank you Mom and Dad for allowing me to use most of my visit to do what a volunteer worker needs to do to keep doing what he does. Your sacrifice of not having your son around as much as you would have liked did not go unseen. I love and appreciate you both!
More pictures from my trip!

A really awesome Christmas gift!

Waiting for Spring book coverHave you checked out my photo book called Waiting for Spring? I made it this summer and it's for sale now at blurb.com. I hope you'll order a few copies and pass them out to your family and friends for Christmas :-) FYI I'm not making a bundle of profit on this book, it being my first and all. I just want to see it get into peoples' hands who might need an encouragement, or who might enjoy some pretty landscape pictures.
Blurb thumbnailAnd don't forget, if you don't want to spend the money on the paper version, there's always the eBook for $4.99!
Waiting For Spring would make a nice stocking or iPad stuffer, just in time for Christmas!
Note! Only currently available for iPad, iPhone or iTouch
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Thailand Details - from our previous newsletter

After several months of prayer, research and thinking about our future, we've decided to move to Chiang Mai, Thailand at the end of this year. This is something that we have peace about and are excited to move towards as a family.

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Chiang Mai is in the north of Thailand, about three hours from the border of Burma

Why Chiang Mai?” you might ask. Well, for starters, we love Asia and the people of Asia. And ever since we got married we've always thought that, at some point, we would move there. Asia is a place with fantastic personality, color and charm. But it's also a place with so many needs and injustice, and so few people who know Jesus. So we want to be a family of hope who can use our gifts and passions there.
To learn a bit about the city we'll be moving to, you can read Lonely Planet's take on Chiang Mai.

We plan to spend the first year studying the Thai language and adjusting to our new culture. We have a saying in mission, “Language learning is ministry!” meaning: Language learning isn't just a necessary evil that helps us communicate with the locals. It also shows that we care enough to make the time and effort to learn their language and their culture.

We'll continue working with YWAM, and most likely in a ministry called Create International which is located in Chiang Mai.
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Create makes films and other audio-visual resources for unreached people groups in the *10/40 window. We're very excited to have found a ministry where Rob's passion for photography and visual communication can be used in such a tangible way. And the staff at Create were also very excited to hear that Veronica has admin skills.


Another thing we might be involved in is a Christian Thai School called Hope International School that works with trafficking prevention.
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Many of the children that attend this school are so poor that they're at risk of being sold into slavery if the school didn't offer them free tuition. The school has some very specific needs within graphics and administration that we'll consider being part of.

We found a good school for the kids too, called Grace International School.
Grace school banner
Rasmus will be in first grade there, while Lucas might go to a pre-school.

Well, These are our plans so far. Feel free to call us or email us with any questions or input you might have. And please pray for us! There are lots of things that need to fall into place before we move. After we send this email to all of our closest family, friends and supporters, we'll include the same message in our Swedish Meatballs newsletter!

* Thailand is located in the '10/40 window'. Of all the people groups in the world (16,655), 7056 of them are considered unreached and most of them live in the 10/40 window.
1040 window
These people have no Bible written in their own language and/or no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize it’s people. They make up
2.84 billion people or about 40% of the world’s population. To top it off, only 1 out of 10 missionaries live among these groups.

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Pray with us

Preparing for our move to Thailand – We have lots of details to sort out before our departure. We found a house and health insurance! Thank you God! But we still need to: buy a car and a motorcycle, choose a language school, pack our things and move to the north, and raise more funds for our move.

Family health – Please pray for good health during this super-busy time. Especially for the boys during cold and flu season.

Heart surgery news - Just think; It's already been a year since my surgery! My back is doing much better, but it still has a way to go. I continue to have tight muscles in my back and shoulders and between my shoulder blades. The good news, I no longer need to take Metoprolol! The medicine I was told I have to take for the rest of my life.

CAUTION! DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE EASILY SWAYED!

Now, if you chose the dangerous path to keep on reading, we invite you to consider helping us in our move to Thailand by either joining our support team (by donating regularly to our ministry), or by giving a one-time donation towards our move. The cost of our move is approximately $20,000US. That sounds like a lot and it is. But before you gulp too loudly, let me explain that some of that raw cost is already covered by things like potentially selling our car before we leave Sweden, and some gifts that have already come in.

Here's how you can help support our ministry:




We love what we do, serving God with our gifts and talents as volunteers in YWAM. But we can't do it alone.
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Would you consider making a donation to our ministry?
$10, $50, $100 or another amount

Here are some things we need to raise money for:
car
A car and motorcycle
for getting around town, going to work and transporting the boys to a from school
plane
Flight tickets
We'll be doing travel for work and furlough trips on regular intervals.
plane
PAID!! Boys' school fees

Do you have questions?
We'll be happy to share with you if you're interested. Just drop us an email.
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