Stephanie: When I was 18 or 19 years old, my dad went to Thailand and came home with video footage of his experience of the country. I thought it was the most beautiful country and that I had to go someday. I believe that was the beginning of God stirring my heart for a bigger calling in my life. At that time, I was not a Christian, I just wanted to travel and see the world. When I became a Christian, I wanted to start doing missions. I did a few small mission trips here and there, and completely forgot about Thailand. Then, when I was about 22 or 23, I had an opportunity to teach English overseas. I never did end up pursuing that avenue, but the spark was rekindled. All of a sudden, I had a burning passion for this country. I didn’t know specifically why, I just knew I had this heavy yet exciting burden to get over there. It was so strongly on my heart that if I had it my way, I would have gotten my passport expedited, hopped on the soonest flight and just landed there without a clue of where to go or what to do. Thank God that His plans are better than mine because a whole year later I finally got there, but it was His way, not mine. (It was during this year that I met and started dating my incredible now-husband.) In August of 2011 I joined YWAM Thailand’s Discipleship Training School. On the outskirts of Bangkok. I gathered with 20-something others who desired “to know God and make God known”. I spent three months at this location, 2 weeks in China, and 2 months in other parts of Thailand. A lot happened, in my surroundings and in my own life, but the one thing that stands out is that upon returning to the States, my heart remained in Thailand. I really felt like my time there was unfinished. So, I came home real quick, got married, had a baby– and now it’s time to return!