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Foursquare Missions Southeast Asia

Last September we were able to meet with the newest director of Foursquare Missions International and with missionaries from throughout the region. During that time they put together a little promo video for Foursquare churches, and since our little superstar steals the last scene (and because it’s full of info on all the wonderful things God has been doing in SE Asia) we wanted to share it with all of you!

VernonVidcast #1: Furlough, Family and Framerates

It has been over 2 months since our return to Thailand and we’ve hit the ground running. The soundroom is nearing final completion and the Akha Outreach Media projects are beginning to take off. These projects, along with homeschooling, family events (2 birthdays and an anniversary) as well as our village ministry, pulling teeth, and designing book layouts have been keeping us busy. Take a look and listen to our video update for a few of the highlights:

Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us, feel free to drop us a comment below or a message on facebook so we can stay connected to you!

Life with the Akha (Video)

As we’re wrapping up our first furlough since beginning our service as Foursquare missionaries, and our first trip to America in the last 3 years, we want to say thank you to all of our family, friends, pastors and partners that we’ve been able to see over the past 3 months. We’ve really enjoyed our time here and are amazed at the way God continues to provide for our daily needs. Although we are sorry we couldn’t spend more time with each of you, we are looking forward to going back to Thailand and moving forward with our vision for future ministry.

For those of you who haven’t heard the update on the direction we will be moving in ministry over the next few years, please view our update card, or contact us on facebook. We’ve done a number of presentations over these three months and wanted to share with you this slideshow of images of our work and life with the Akha people of Southeast Asia.

Paul and Lori Vernon 2011 Update

Paul and Lori Vernon Ministry with the Akha

This image was created for an introduction/update printing we are about to do, but we thought that it would be a great thing to share with all of you here as well.

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Paul and Lori Vernon
ministering to the Akha people of Southeast Asia

We are Foursquare missionaries partnering with a ministry in Northern Thailand called Akha Outreach Foundation. We have been ministering full-time with the Akha people of Southeast Asia since 2005 and speak the Akha language, which is unique to the 2.5 million Akha people in China, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

Our ministry began by living in a bamboo hut in an Akha village, working directly with the local Akha church, and serving the pressing needs of individuals our region. The Lord has used this experience to show us the heart of the Akha people and to prepare us for a new ministry to serve the Akha church.

The new ministry we are undertaking is called Akha Outreach Media, and will focus on the translation, dubbing and creation of audio and video content in the Akha language to equip the local church with evangelistic and teaching materials that will be distributed to the Akha people throughout the five nations in which they live.

Traditional Akha Vocals :: presented by Akha Outreach Media

We have been asked numerous times about traditional Akha music and singing. As we cannot even begin to imitate this beautiful musical style we haven’t been able to fully communicate what it is like.

However, for the AOF 10th Year of Ministry celebration we cut a recording of one of our Akha pastor’s wives singing her version of John 3:16 in the traditional Akha style. We hope you enjoy it!

Traditional Akha rendition of John 3:16
Recorded for Akha Outreach Foundation’s
“Great is Thy Faithfulness 10-Year Jubilee”
by the Akha Outreach Media team

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