SERVING IN: Thailand, Asia
MINISTRY FOCUS: Church Planting
Brian and Mary Beth moved to Thailand in 2001 as newlyweds with a heart to reach the unreached. Along the way, they have been blessed with six children who were all born in Thailand. They lived and worked among the Southern Thai people of tropical South Thailand for nine and half years until 2011, working with local church plants and training local believers through an evening Bible school and later a full-time ministry training school. In 2011 they moved to a rural, mountainous region, bordering Laos in Northeast Thailand where they labored in a very isolated and unreached area for five and a half years. These years were spent reaching out through home-centered gatherings and discipling believers to reach and disciple families. They are now living in the city of Khon Kaen and work with a house church planting network in outlying rural areas. The Isaan region of Thailand is marked by drought, poverty, and lack of education yet the Gospel is beginning to flourish in beautiful ways! Among the 18 million Isaan people, it is reported that only .27% claim to be evangelical Christians. The Stubenrauchs’ heart and vision is to disciple disciple-makers. They long to see generations of Isaan believers spreading the love of Jesus through their communities until true multiplication takes hold and all of Isaan is aflame with the grace and glory of the Living God.
Working with the Frontiers Initiative Task Force at the Globe International office has been an opportunity to do something unlike anything we’ve ever done before. We’ve always been “boots on the ground” workers, so working in an office on the organizational strategy side of things has been a huge growing experience for us. We are determined to help get future Globe missionaries pointed towards the remaining unreached people groups in some of the hardest and darkest nations on earth. We are also helping put together strategies to help reach some of these same unreached people groups that currently have immigrant/ refugee communities within the United States!
We are continuing to learn more about member care and especially about caring for missionary kids. We are still working with the Frontiers Initiative Task Force at Globe to create strategy for getting even more missionaries to unreached people groups in the world. We are connecting with many people who are working with Southeast Asians here in the States. Thank you for all your prayers, love, interest and support in these new endeavors!
We have some big news for you! During our time in Kentucky, while waiting for Thailand to open back up to folks like us with volunteer visas, we had an opportunity to continue our work, reaching unreached people, come knocking at our door. Globe International has asked us to help form their new Frontiers Initiative Task Force. We have been given the privilege of working with an incredible group of 7 other missionaries to lay down some rails for the Gospel to get to places it has never been before. Our goal is to see indigenous disciple-making movements in places of the world where currently the people have almost no chance of hearing about Jesus.
May Emanuel, God with us, bless your home with sounds of laughter, shouts of joy, peace beyond your understanding, and stories of beautiful reconciliation this Christmas.
In Khon Kaen, the leadership training that was once two days a week in two separate villages have joined together for training once a week at our little village prayer house! Bill and Julie Hughes, our teammates, continue on with training and teaching the Word of God to the evangelists and house group leaders. We are so thankful that our friends in Thailand have been able to carry on sharing the Gospel, discipling new believers, and shepherding their flocks. They continue to have testimonies of salvation and healing in the places they go. They recently completed their Old Testament teaching which brought lots of joy and smiles all around!
We believe further training is on God’s agenda for our family’s next season of life. I began training for my certification as a Childbirth Instructor this month! I completed my training as a Doula several years ago and have wanted to pursue Childbirth Education in hopes of helping Thai women (and missionary women) understand their bodies, their births, and their amazing Creator! This dream has been a long time coming!
We are not yet sure when Thailand will begin to allow foreigners back into the country and how long we will need to be in America. We believe that the Lord is calling us to move again (on the mission field) to a place that is both strategic for reaching the unreached and also is able to provide Christian fellowship and community for our family. Please pray that Jesus will lead us to the place He has prepared for our family.