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Hi. We’re the Loftises...


We’re going to Thailand. Not for a holiday. To live. Call it a life transfer for our whole family. Call it a calling. For us, it’s another step into the unknown God is asking us to take.

Officially, we’re moving to Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) so that we can serve missionary kids and their families through counselling at a centre called “The Well”. Chad will also gather stories of God’s work in South-East Asia for our mission SIM and spread them as far and wide as possible. Unofficially though, God seems to want us there to do other things too: get to know Thai people, learn from them and hope they can learn from us, serve the Thai church however we can and, in doing that, serve the church here.
Since we’re going as volunteers, we’re depending on the church where we come from to help us help the church where we’re going. That means forming a team that will support us spiritually, practically, emotionally and financially. This website is to help us recruit for and keep in touch with that team.
Hit the “blog” tab for up-to-date info about what we’re doing, go to “join” to support us financially or join our mailing list and hit “contact” to get in touch. You can also use the buttons in the top right of the screen to check out our presence on Facebook and Twitter
Keep checking back here for more about us and the ways we hope to serve in Thailand...

Ok, so this is where we ask you to give us money...
We’re going to Thailand as volunteers and, since we don’t have any rich, almost dead uncles, we’re depending on our community - local and global - for our living. It’s not really your money we want, though, it’s your involvement. In other words, when you click on one of the links below - ongoing financial support, “just for now” financial support or newsletter sign up only - or offer to support us in some other way, you’re offering to join our team. We want your help, encouragement, wisdom and prayer too. Joining, of course, comes with a few “family perks” like being first to get our regular updates and having access to the “Executive Lounge” (read: spare bedroom) right in the middle of a live missionary home in Chiang Mai, Thailand*.

*Note: Lounge use is hypothetical (i.e. we don’t have a house in Thailand yet), subject to availability and may, at our discretion be offered to non-members.

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Thanks...
By signing up to our newsletter you're expressing an interest in what we’re doing. To us, that’s literally as good as gold. We’d love it if, once you start receiving our updates you took the whole thing a step further and prayed for us. You could even drop us a line now and then to let us know you’re alive, how you’re doing and what we might pray about for you. It’s as easy as clicking “reply”.

To make this easy, we’ve suggested some monthly amounts that might suit you. Otherwise you can set your own amount or go back to sign up to our newsletter without contributing financially.
To make it easier, here’s some suggestions of things you might want to help out with. A description of each one drops down when you click it. If none of these appeal to you, then just hit “Pay for Something Else”.
$20
$50

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It’s Pretty Simple...
If 250 people sponsor us for $20 Australian a month, we’ll have all the financial support we need.

“What’s all that money for?” you ask. Well, SIM Australia, our facilitating mission, will receive the funds every month and apportion it for medical insurance, superannuation, travel expenses and our basic monthly income. They also take out 15% for administrative costs so they can continue to help with our finances, visas, housing and all the other practical support we’ll need overseas and whenever we return.

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It’s Pretty Simple...
If 100 people sponsor us for $50 Australian a month, we’ll have all the financial support we need.

“What’s all that money for?” you ask. Well, SIM Australia, our facilitating mission, will receive the funds every month and apportion it for medical insurance, superannuation, travel expenses and our basic monthly income. They also take out 15% for administrative costs so they can continue to help with our finances, visas, housing and all the other practical support we’ll need overseas and whenever we return.

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It’s Pretty Simple...
If 50 people sponsor us for $100 Australian a month, we’ll have all the financial support we need.

“What’s all that money for?” you ask. Well, SIM Australia, our facilitating mission, will receive the funds every month and apportion it for medical insurance, superannuation, travel expenses and our basic monthly income. They also take out 15% for administrative costs so they can continue to help with our finances, visas, housing and all the other practical support we’ll need overseas and whenever we return.

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So...
we need to raise a little over $5000 a month in support. It seems like a lot, we know, but it pays for much more than just our salary - that amount covers our housing, schooling, travel, full medical care, visas, contingency funding and administrative costs for SIM. Any amount you think you can contribute to that would not only encourage us hugely it will help God's kingdom to be built throughout Asia.

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Since we can't fit our whole family into an affordable ocean-going kayak, we have to fly to Chiang Mai. If you've ever flown overseas you know it isn't cheap. We're committed to saving as much money as we can on our flights but we need your help anyway to book them. If you like we'll even think about you for the whole 15 minutes of the flight you've sponsored!

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As a family of 5 we won't be able to do many of the things we need to do (for our ministry and our life) without a car. Unfortunately, even though most things in Thailand are cheaper than in the West, cars are actually a little bit pricier. Your sponsorship toward our future car will make life a million times easier.

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Story trips will be a crucial part of Chad's media-based ministries throughout South-East Asia. With money donated here he'll travel to places like Mongolia, Nepal or the Philippines to collect photos and stories about what God is doing in those places. (Money given under this category will be used to buy plane tickets, accommodation, rent/buy equipment and publish and distribute the final products).

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We realise you might not want to commit to ongoing support right now (or ever) but there are plenty of extra ministry expenses that we could use your help with: media equipment and travel, car/motor-scooter maintenance, counselling and therapy supplies (art supplies, toys, puppets, resources etc.) and lots more we haven't even thought of yet. Please indicate your chosen amount and indicate in the note field what you'd like it used for (if you leave that field blank we'll use it where it can be most helpful).

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Get in touch...

Chad and Erika Loftis
(Leif, Piper and Asher)
93 Lonsdale Circuit
Hoppers Crossing
VIC, Australia 3029

+61 430 362 921
chadnerika@loftises.com

Suburban Baptist Church
152-154 Bellbridge Drive
Hoppers Crossing
VIC, Australia 3029

03 9749 0264
office@suburbanchurch.org

SIM Australia
Level 1, Penshurst Street
Penshurst
VIC, Australia 2222

02 9580 1422


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