In 2016, Christian and Georgia made their first trip to the Phusang Village of Hope in northern Thailand to conduct a one-week VBS program with their home church Cypress Point. Children attended not just from the Phusang home but also several other CHF homes in the area, with around 100 kids across many ages represented. That first trip altered the trajectory of their lives forever and ignited a fire for serving God through international missions.
Returning the following year for their second trip, the Holy Spirit began to stir their hearts and lead them towards exploring the option of moving to Thailand and dedicating themselves full-time to this important work. Following much prayer and self-reflection, they committed to relocating to the Phusang Village of Hope for a one-year stay starting in October 2018.
That year abroad served as their “missionary internship”, where they experienced many aspects of what it meant to serve hurting people in a foreign land. They integrated within the Lanna Christian School on campus as teachers of English, art, and computers. They also drove school vehicles to pick up students from nearby villages, or to take CHF kids to the hospital for check-ups and dental work. They developed and led daily Bible teachings for the kids every morning and helped lead worship for church on Sundays.
In addition to learning how to interact within their new Thai community in Chiang Kham, they experienced life in Laos and Malaysia as they travelled to neighboring countries to renew their visas every 90 days. But most impactfully, Christian and Georgia became houseparents to seven girls aged 5 through 9 that were among the youngest and most emotionally vulnerable on campus. The transformation each of these girls experienced by the end of that year was fresh evidence of God’s redemptive power through obedience to His call. And the transformation Christian and Georgia personally experienced cannot be understated as well.