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To our supporters,
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  -Psalm 1:1-3

I love how this passage speaks of a tree that is planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season. Such a tree reminds me a lot of what a durian tree here is like in Thailand. In our old village we had a ton of durian trees. The fruit is hard to open with thorns all around it to protect its fruity flesh and it has a rather pungent smell. Once a year the farmers in our area  would go into the jungle and collect piles of them. People from all over Thailand would come to buy them and fill their trucks up with these amazing fruits. Now durian is an acquired smell and taste. Many people abhor the smell and in hotels around Asia it’s banned to be brought onto the premises. So why in the world would anyone torture themselves to eat such a fruit. The reward is found when you taste it. Absolutely amazing!

Lord knows I feel like a durian sometimes. It’s amazing this gift of the Holy Spirit that abides within us and I just want to share it with the world. But we are all sinners and our appearance often gets in the way of our witness. But even as unappealing as we may be on the outside, it is supporters like you all who see past our deficiencies and instead see Christ within us and using us for His glory. We can’t thank you enough for joining us in this mission to serve in Thailand and Burma. I am nearing ten years of service in the field and I feel as if I am just warming up. I want to thank you all for seeing past our imperfections and joining us in this mission. I speak for Rakchat, our family, the evangelists we support and the many other projects by simply saying “Thank you.” If I could say thank you to you a hundred times over, it wouldn’t be enough. We hope this report encourages you to continue to pray for and support Farthest Corners as the Lord leads you.

Many blessings and thanks,
Austin