We wanted to send a quick update after our Bangladesh audit trip – and to thank so many of you who emailed back to assure us of your prayers. We couldn’t respond to everyone individually, but thank you for praying for us…….
The audit went well – we started on the Sunday (7th February) and were finished on Thursday (11th February) – the end of the Bangladesh work week. It felt odd starting the work week on Sunday – but by Thursday evening it sure felt nice to know that it was already the ‘weekend’ whilst the rest of the world still had Friday to go!
I’d never led a SIM audit before (I’d been the assistant auditor on all my previous audit trips) and so I was a bit anxious about this audit…….but everything went well in the end, and I think we were an encouragement to the finance staff in the SIM Bangladesh office.
It was nice to have Sherree alongside me – she did some of the audit tests after I showed her what to do and what to look for – this was a help to me, and it was nice for us to do this together. But Sherree doesn’t feel called into finance or auditing work after this brief introduction!……and after 2 days of assisting me with the tests she could do, she carried on with her personnel work while I finished up the audit.
We also got to visit 2 of the projects that SIM Bangladesh run in Dhaka – a Theological Education project, and a ministry to street women and children. These were really encouraging (and sobering) and a blessing to see – we’ll share more about them, with some pictures, when we’re back home and able to send a fuller update.
On Saturday 13th we flew to Delhi (India) and have been having a couple of days ‘rest’ here, before flying on to Kathmandu (Nepal) this coming Thursday – 18th February.
(If you’re a Facebook friend, you might have seen some of our pictures from this trip – including that we’ve bumped into 3 friends in Delhi when we had no idea any of them were even in Asia!)
Please continue to pray for our safety in travels, and for our 2 weeks in Nepal – especially that we will sense which way God is leading us for our future ministry after we finish our current C-SEA roles in July.
Thanks as always for your love and prayers. God bless you,
Steve & Sherree
Phone: +66 818 156338 (Steve) or +66 884 151521 (Sherree)