Visitors!

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 John 1:3 ~

It’s been a delight to have the Avondale teachers here for the past 3 weeks. This year we were required to sit in on our classes and observe the new teachers. I had a whole new perspective on being a teacher after just a couple of sit-ins. I remembered many of my earlier struggles and mistakes when first teaching. I have also learned many new things about teaching and have many new ideas to implement when I go back to teaching once Avondale leaves. I been able to have some wonderful spiritual discussions with a couple of the teachers, as well as hear some of their testimonies. It is always inspiring to see God working in other’s lives.

Gr 10 has been studying about the Second Coming - This is Sombeach and his awesome drawing of Jesus' Second Coming

Gr 10 has been studying about the Second Coming – This is Sombeach and his awesome drawing of Jesus’ Second Coming

Not only them, but we also had Dustin’s father (Pastor Dan), and brother (Jacob) here. Pastor Dan lead out in our Week of Prayer. A couple of our students, Sombeach (gr 10) and Phearom (gr 8) were able to take a part playing guitar for the songs. Those two students in particular have only really been learning guitar this year and have a wonderful gift from God for playing it that I hope and pray they will use to glorify Him.

Jacob, Pr Dan, Caitlin and Dustin - photo source fb

Jacob, Pr Dan, Caitlin and Dustin – photo source fb

I was blessed by the presentations during the Week of Prayer, and I know many students were also blessed. Emily told me that some students reported that when Pastor Dan spoke, they could feel God speaking to them through his words. We praise God for their visit and hope that the seeds they planted and the love of God they shared with us will continue to grow and produce a great harvest among the Khmer people.

Actually, because of a story that Pastor Dan told, Laura and I made some changes to the way we run our worships here in the girls dorm. Normally we would pray, sing and share a portion of Scripture. Now there’s nothing wrong with any of that, but we had noticed that most of the girls were not very engaged in it… in fact they seemed thoroughly bored and distracted. I’ve heard it said before that the key to raising young people that stay in the faith, is family worships. So we decided to take on board what he said and attempt to make dorm worship a time that the girls enjoy. The girls are divided into groups and a different one leads out at worship each morning and evening. Now Laura and I told them that they have some freedom to do different things in worship, so long as there is still time for prayer, and a reading from the Bible.

I wasn’t sure how it would go, but the girls raised themselves up to the challenge. We have had a lot of Bible Verse memorization, we’ve had drawing pictures. One girl read out the passage where Adam and Eve hid from God. She told us that we shouldn’t hide from God, and then lead us out to play a short game of hide-and-seek. As each person was found they had to recite a memory verse. My favourite one so far however was Srey Moun’s. She is a very creative girl who is also very good with the younger children and has told me that she wants to be a missionary. She divided us up into 3 groups and gave each group a Bible passage, which we then had a few minutes to prepare a short skit from. After which, each group chose a spokesperson to talk about their passage.

Our worships have gone from a short 10 minutes with girls begging us to say prayer so that it can be over, to sometimes up to 40 minutes with most of our girls engaged and enjoying God’s word. I am very thankful to God for sending Pr Dan and Jacob here to WPY.

Gr 7 students teaching Gr 2

Gr 7 students teaching Gr 2

On the Horsemanship Program that Ely and I are putting together (read about it here). We have met with Tim again and finalized the projected cost of it all. We are thrilled to have this opportunity and pray that God will continue to lead and show us His will in it all. If you have any specific questions about the program, or would like to be involved, please get in contact and let us know. We’re also trying to come up with a name for it, so if you have any ideas, share away! Our goal for the name is to have something to do with completeness in God, or our hope of an eternal future – and yet so it still sounds like it has something to do with horses.

May God be glorified in your life and mine!

 

 

Sabbath Thoughts

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~ Hebrews 12:1-2 ~

Am I really living as if I believe that God is real?

Am I really living as if I believe that Jesus is coming back?

If the Sunday Law was enforced tomorrow, would I change how I am living, and what I am doing each day?

Would I watch that movie? Would I read that book, listen to that song? Would I skip that Time with God? Would I say those words, go to those places, buy those things?

Would I be praying more? Would I be putting God’s Word into my heart? Would I complain as much about small sacrifices? Would I be taking more time to show Jesus to others? Would anything be more important than bringing God’s last message to a lost and dying world?

Do I live each moment of each day with eternity as my focus?

“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”  ~ 1 Peter 4:10 ~

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“And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” ~ Revelation 22:12 ~

An Opportunity

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~

Big News!

Over the past couple of weeks, my friend and I have been praying about an idea for a project that has recently come up. We have met with Tim (our Director) to discuss and brainstorm about it

The good news is that we have the go ahead! Tim has asked Ely and I to put together a horsemanship program for Wat Preah Yesu! It will be especially targeting at-risk young people, both from WPY, and from the surrounding villages. We believe that by working with horses, children can learn more about God, themselves, building healthy relationships, boundaries, body language, and gain some self-awareness, and self-confidence.

Studies have shown the therapeutic benefits of the horse to the human. They have assisted significantly in improving the lives of many: whether emotionally hurt, physically and mentally disabled, or someone who is stressed out and in need of a break. Horses are especially impacting the lives of thousands of troubled young people around the world today.

We already have here at WPY, a number of different programs that we involve the young people in to aid them in their spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical growth, but believe that this horsemanship program will also be beneficial in helping them grow into healthy, useful, whole citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

We have put together three, 12 week courses that will run during the school terms, and during the holidays we will have horsemanship/riding camps. We hopefully will be able to work with at least 50 young people each year. We want this program to bring glory to God and lead more people into a growing relationship with Him. We have a small piece of the property in which to set up a couple of paddocks, riding areas, and a small stable. It is exiting to contemplate the possibilities of this program and all the people that will benefit from it.

So we have come up with a list of needs that we ask you to pray with us for…

  • New teachers for the new school year
  • New boys and girls dormitory deans for the new school year
  • That God will continue to provide for the needs of the orphanage and school here at WPY
  • Guidance, supplies and equipment for the horsemanship program
  • That God’s will be done in all of this, and not our own
  • That God will be glorified in our lives, here at WPY, and by this new project
  • Also please remember to pray for all the persecuted people around the world – This week I’m thinking especially of Christians in Kenya and minority ethnic Muslims in Burma.

We will meet again with Tim next week after we have done a bit more research and gathered a bit more information that we need. I will keep you updated with the progress. I must confess that I am a little bit overjoyed, because when I came to serve in Cambodia, God asked me to give up my horse for Him. It was a difficult, but worthwhile choice to make, and I was sure that I would not, on this earth, have a chance to work with horses again, let alone use them to help other people! God is so good!

Thank you for your prayers.
May God’s blessings be upon you.

Grey Filly

June 2014 – an Update

“You shall not fight in this battle. Set yourselves and stand, and see the salvation of Jehovah with you…. Do not fear nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for Jehovah will be with you.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:17 ~

Well, what’s been happening lately?

Storm
We had a really good rainstorm with lots of thunder and lightning last week. It started during workline, which pleased my girls immensely. In fact, long before it rained heavily, while it was just spitting, the girls were already trying to stop work. These kids don’t work in the rain! The girls’ work is to collect sacks of leaves to put on the garden, and the leaves are heavy when wet.

Although they can’t work, they can PLAY in the rain. It poured down for a good 2 hours and they had all their soap and shampoo out and were running around in the rain having a grand old time. I joined them for the first hour, but then the lightning started getting closer. I was at the school with Francis and Donna, when lightning struck a tree beside the boys’ dorm, about 50m away from where I was. Thunder and lightning don’t normally scare me, but even I ducked when this one happened. The air was filled with a blue light and felt different. Fortunately no one was hurt.

Khmer are quite afraid of lightning, as many people have been killed by it – usually while working in the rice fields. As soon as it starts up they head indoors and turn off all electronic devices. If they are outside and thunder crashes overhead, you will see most of them hit the ground. Even indoors some of the students will drop to the ground and scream.

Whenever I see lightning I am reminded of the text that says, “For as the lightning comes out of the east and shines even to the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man.” ~ Matthew 24:27 ~

Lightning - by Francis

Lightning – photo credit – Francis

Horses
I went with the Pathfinder group to the Happy Horse Ranch one Sunday afternoon. We walked there, cutting across the rice fields. It was very hot, but oh so good to see and touch horses again. I have been to that place once before, when I went riding with Gemma a year or more ago. Well then some of our visitors decided that they wanted to go riding and invited the volunteers along. I was going to go, but at the last moment I decided that it would be good for Laura to go instead of me. So she, Thomas and Ely went with the visitors and had a wonderful time. Thomas, earlier had said to me that he wasn’t sure if he felt up to going, and I said he should because in my experience, no matter how bad I feel, I always feel better as soon as I am up on a horse. He reported back later to me that it was indeed as I said.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” ~ Winston S. Churchill ~

Happy Horse Ranch and some of their horses - photo credit fb

Happy Horse Ranch and some of their horses – photo credit fb

Cambodian Horses

Cambodian Horses – photo credit fb

Storm - fb

Storm – photo credit fb

I do believe that God provided animals for us to take care of and that relationships with animals can help people in every situation that they may find themselves. I have been reading up a bit on Equine Therapy programs, along with other forms of animal therapy, and it is amazing that God has given us many natural things to help us with all problems that we may face. I know He gave my wonderful horse, Ace, to me, right at the time when I needed him the most.

I also hope that where it speaks in Revelation about Christ returning on a white horse, and all the host of heaven on white horses… that it is literal, not just figurative of victory  🙂  I’m sure God loves horses too!

Students
I had an interesting experience in my Bible class (grade 10) the other week. I was trying to review my class and wanted them to tell me a word that we’d studied the day before that started with i (intercession) and they couldn’t think of it. One of my students, Huy, a very smart, but a bit arrogant student, was sputtering, “I… I… I…” and all of a sudden he blurted out, “I love you!” The other students laughed and laughed and teased him mercilessly. I embarrassed him a bit further by saying, “It’s ok Huy, I love you too.” and then got them back on track. (Just a note, I say that to most my classes or noisy students when they are being difficult/noisy or distracting or telling me that they hate studying or cursing me in Khmer)
Well a couple of days later they were in class and Huy was picking on one of the other boys, teasing him about a certain girl. I couldn’t get Huy to stop, and the other boy was beginning to feel a bit discouraged. So I said loudly, “It’s ok, we all know who Huy loves..” It worked and Huy stopped teasing and everyone settled down to study.

Then there are the many highs – when students start to understand something that they’ve been struggling with for a few days, or when a student decides they actually want to learn and do well in class. Or when they encourage and help each other. Sometimes the smart, but rowdy grade 7 boys surprise me and settle down to help each other understand the subject I’m teaching. Sometimes they surprise me with an unusually deep spiritual understanding of something that I’m trying to teach them. Oh and I’m always pleased when I’m able to bring God into my English and Geography classes in an unmistakeably clear way.
Then there’s all the snakes they bring to class to frighten the girls. Unfortunately many of the students are very cruel to animals… all animals. I am forever rescuing snakes, big geckos, frogs, toads… from my students and setting them free. I can’t stand seeing them tortured to death. The children aren’t intentionally cruel – I think – they just don’t know any better. Animals are often only valued as a potential food source here.
My grade 8 Geography class is always a challenge to keep them interested. They are very easily distracted, sometimes by the smallest things. Here is a picture of a ball that had the misfortune of being in the grade 8 class, where it sadly perished.
Chan Saen and the expired ball

Chan Saen and the expired ball

My students teach me so much, and I know I still have so much to learn. When I stop and look at my life, where I am today and what I’m doing, I am very humbled. I am so glad that God wants to use me in this way, to serve these precious people.
This Sunday, the Avondale student teachers arrive. They will teach at our school here, taking most of our classes for the next 2 or so weeks. This year we will have the opportunity to sit in and watch them teach. I am sure I will learn something from them.

As this school year draws to a close, I can look back on the many different challenges that I have faced, some failed, some I overcame by the grace and power of God; the different situations where God has used me to help or encourage someone else. God always amazes me with what He can do if we just let Him.

It is usually at this time of year that we begin to think of new programs and expansions that we could implement to better serve the people of Cambodia in ways that will lead them to the Savior. Please join us in praying for God’s will to be done here, and that He will not only show us what He wants us to do, but will provide all the things needed to bring them to pass. Please also pray for new volunteers for this place, and if God is calling you to go somewhere as a missionary – say YES! You’ll never regret obeying!!!

 

Evangelism Update

“Ye are the salt of the earth.” ~ Matthew 5:13 ~

Here is Tim’s write up of the Preah Vihear Evangelism program that was held last month. Be blessed and encouraged as you read.

Prayer Journal May 2014

Please keep the 12 people who requested baptism, and the Bible worker who will be working with them, Sros, in your prayers. We thank you all very much for your thoughts and prayers during this time. May the Good News of God continue to work in the hearts and minds of all those who came into contact with it during this time.

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Matthew 21:44

“And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken” ~ Matthew 21:44 ~

Pottery

“Come and let us return to Jehovah. For He has torn, and He will heal us; He has stricken, and He will bind us up.” ~ Hosea 6:1 ~

 “When you fall upon the rock and are broken, you will experience the power of Christ, and others will recognize the power of the truth upon your hearts.”  {AUCR, May 1, 1901 par. 3}

Call to Surrender

We are to surrender our hearts to God, that He may renew and sanctify us, and fit us for His heavenly court. We are not to wait for some special time, but today we are to give ourselves to Him, refusing to be the servants of sin. Do you imagine you can leave off sin a little at a time? Oh, leave the accursed thing at once! Hate the things that Christ hates, love the things that Christ loves. Has He not by His death and suffering made provision for your cleansing from sin? When we begin to realize that we are sinners, and fall on the Rock to be broken, the everlasting arms are placed about us, and we are brought close to the heart of Jesus. Then we shall be charmed with His loveliness, and disgusted with our own righteousness. We need to come close to the foot of the cross. The more we humble ourselves there, the more exalted will God’s love appear. The grace and righteousness of Christ will not avail for him who feels whole, for him who thinks he is reasonably good, who is contented with his own condition. There is no room for Christ in the heart of him who does not realize his need of divine light and aid.

Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). There is fullness of grace in God, and we may have His spirit and power in large measure. Do not feed on the husks of self-righteousness, but go to the Lord. He has the best robe to put upon you, and His arms are open to receive. Christ will say, “Take away the filthy garments from him, and clothe him with a change of raiment.”  {1SM 327,328}

Testimonies

This was written by Dustin, a fellow volunteer, during the Preah Vihear Evangelism. You can find the link to their blog on the sidebar.
May you be blessed as you read

Dustin and Caitlen with Teav

Dustin and Caitlin with Teav

We have now been in Cambodia 4 busy months! Let me share a few highlights:

This note at a glance…

1.     Skipping School for a Month – Amazing answered prayer giving clarity and
transporting us off to a different province for a month.

2.     Student-Led Evangelism – Innovative and multifaceted evangelistic programs led out
by students.

3.     People Hungry for Hope – Testimonies of God at work to bring Buddhist people
closer to Him.

4.     God’s Future Funding – Moving forward in faith and praying for God to provide the
funding.

5.     Unmuting God’s Word – Students making a decision that could impact their lives
forever.

6.     Training Trainers – Dozens of hours paying off when seeing the first peek into my
dream for Cambodia coming true.

7.     “Illustrating” the Gospel – Caitlin provides new tools to help spread the Adventist
message to Buddhists and Christians in Cambodia.

8.     A Changed Life – God changes the life course of oneof my students

9.     The Greatest Book Ever Written – Lessons in English literature from the Master
Teacher

10.  Prayer to Share – 10½ hours in the Bangkok airport was just enough time for a
amazing Divine appointment.

 

Skipping School for a Month

Since May 1, Caitlin and I have been in another province(Preah Vihear) on an evangelism mission trip with the 11th and 12thgraders. The fact that we have been able to come has been an incredible answer to prayer. Few volunteers could go, since school would still be in session. It looked like Caitlin would not be able to go because of her specialized classes.I (Dustin) had been involved in the planning with the students and was invited to go but didn’t feel clarity from God about spending a month away from Caitlin. For several weeks we prayed that God would make it possible for both of us to go, although it seemed very unlikely. Then one day about a month before the trip, Tim told me, “I think it will be possible for both you and Caitlin to go on the trip. It will be a very good experience for both of you.” A substitute teacher was found for Caitlin’s classes, and we praise God for this amazing answered prayer!

 

Student-Led Evangelism Program

Cooperating with God to share the hope of Jesus with unreached people is God’s desire for every believer. A major goal for this trip has been giving the students experiences to lead, grow, and share. Every student is in charge of one aspect of the multifaceted program that includes health expos (2 locations), vegetarian cooking lessons, Christian book selling and tract distribution, home visitation and natural remedies treatments, children’s programs, and radio broadcasts. The students have been using all of these opportunities to connect with people and invite them to the nightly meetings at the Seventh-day Adventist church that begin this Friday, May 9. The students will give health lectures, lead music, preach evangelistic sermons, show Biblical films,and run a vegetarian restaurant.

Please join us in praying for God to work powerfully in the lives of students and call many of them to service as missionaries for Him in Cambodia.

 

People Hungry for Hope

Preah Vihear city has about 24,000 in population and an Adventist church of about 30 active members. It has been inspiring to see God at work to draw people to Himself:

God providentially opened the door for us to put on a health expo in a nearby village in His perfect timing. A crowd was already there to go through the health expo as they waited for their ID card photos to be taken. In1½ days nearly 100 people eagerly learned the NEWSTART health principles. At the last station, “Trust in God,” many learned about God and prayer for the first time. “One woman shared with me how she is living in the present but her mind and heart are in the past,” Chhorvy shared. She could not move on from a painful experience in the past. Chhorvy talked to her about the loving God of heaven who could help her as she put her trust in Him. She shared how God could help her forgive the person who had wronged her and give her peace. “I want that! I want that!” the woman shared as they cried and prayed together.

During a prayer walk through the city last Friday, some students conversed with a shop owner in town. As they invited her to the health programs, they were surprised to discover she was already vegetarian because of her Chinese religion. They were also delighted to find out that she had a Bible and was open to learning more about it. Two students have continued visiting her and giving her Bible studies.

Please pray with us that God will continue to work in the lives of the people in this city and brings many out to the meetings to hear His Word and surrender to Him.

 

God’s Future Funding

This mission trip has been an exciting test of faith in the area of finance. The estimated costs for the evangelism trip are $8,000-9,000.The day we left, $1,500 had been donated toward the trip, yet we continue to move forward in faith that God provide the money. “We need to do what we know is God’s will. Providing the money is God’s problem,” Tim shared with the group just before we left.

Please pray that God will touch people’s hearts to join us in the evangelistic effort through their finances.

 

Un-muting God’s Word

In preparation for the evangelism trip, I was invited to take 15 sessions of Evangelism Class with the 11th and 12thgraders to train them how to preach. From a survey I conducted with the students,I discovered that 2/3 of them spent less than 15 minutes a week in personal Bible study (2 min. or less per day). Without an ongoing daily devotional life,it is difficult for anyone to stay faithful to Jesus, especially in the pressures of a Buddhist country. I brought the concerning results to Volunteers’ Prayer Meeting and we made the students’ devotional life a special matter of prayer. As we united together as one to pray for the students, I couldn’t help but praise God for answering another prayer by bringing unity among the volunteers. A couple days later during the training, I made an appeal, challenging the students to spend at least 10 minutes each day in God’s Word to prepare for the evangelism. Nearly everyone stood. The volunteers continued to encourage the students in their devotional lives. Although some have struggled, many have experienced incredible revival. One student shared,“After learning with you, I now try to spend more time with God then before.

Thank you for sharing with us.” Praise God for this answered prayer!

 

Training Trainers

The preaching training experience has been a tremendous highlight for me here. I poured thought, time and prayer into the presentations and activities and God blessed in wonderful ways. Along with testimonies about personal spiritual growth, many students expressed their excitement about preaching more in the future. I love dreaming about how God will multiply the sharing of His Word all over Cambodia through these students.

“My dream is that you all not only become powerful preachers, but that you become trainers that raise up many more preachers in Cambodia,” I shared with my students. Last weekend, I was delighted to see the first step of this dream come true. We conducted training with the local church members in preparation for the evangelism. I sat there beaming as two of my students each gave interactive presentations on how to share Jesus with Buddhists through friendship evangelism. They had heard me present the same topic sin Evangelism and English class and then made them their own. I praise God in faith that this is only the beginning of the Holy Spirit’s multiplying impacting the future.

 

“Illustrating” the Gospel

“We have the program, but no one knows how to use it.” This was the response given to Caitlin when she asked why the studio staff used Photoshop instead of the more efficient and specialized Adobe Illustrator to create graphics. The media center creates evangelistic resources in the Khmer language for Adventist churches all over Cambodia. Run largely by self-taught graduates from Wat Preah Yesu, Caitlin discovered a way she could help. She began training Niet how to use Illustrator, and through these experiences and many others they have formed a meaningful friendship. The manager of the studio asked Caitlin to provide training in Illustrator for more of their staff. Caitlin guided three more workers through a basic orientation to jump start them into learning the new program. We pray that God will bless the media ministry with effectiveness and efficiency to add to the severely limited Adventist (and Christian) media resources in the Khmer language.

Last Sunday here in Preah Vihear City, we visited several Christian churches and gave them a newly released DVD series of 10 Adventist Evangelistic Presentations. The gift was very gratefully received.

 Please pray that the Holy Spirit continues to lead our Christian brothers and sisters into all truth(John 16:13).

 

A Changed Life

“I feel like I have grown so much closer to God in the last year.” I was humbled as one of my 12th graders, shared with me that I had played an instrumental role in her spiritual development. “Last year I wanted all the nice things and clothes that other people had, so I wanted to quit school and get a job so I could start making money.” But God didn’t give her peace with that decision and through answered prayers led her to come back for one more year at Wat Preah Yesu. “Now I have started praying and reading the Bible more. When I wake up early to pray, I feel really good afterward.” Through that journey, God has changed the course of her life. She feels called to go to the Light Medical Missionary Training School in the Philippines next year.Her dad was uncomfortable with her decision and denied her permission. Through much prayer and a tactful visit by some volunteers, God has opened the door to make this possible for her, even providing the initial money needed for her to apply for a passport. Lin is on fire for God and lovingly shares her faith with others often. “I used to feel really scared to share my faith, but now I feel like God helps me do it.” Since learning in my English class about the FORT(Family, Occupation, Religious Background, Testimony) method of sharing Jesus in a conversation, she has put it into practice several times, finding meaningful ways to share with others what God has done in her life.

When given the assignment to interview a volunteer about their walk with God, she chose to interview Caitlin. She and Caitlin have also enjoyed working together to create the flyer for the evangelistic programs. Caitlin and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and have been inspired by what God is doing in her life.

 

The Greatest Book Ever Written

In my high school English classes, I often struggled to find the significance of studying many of the books that my teachers assigned. I never imagined that years later I would be in the teachers’ shoes. For the literature section in my 10th grade English class, I decided to teach a unit on “The Greatest Book Ever Written” – The Bible. We first looked at how the Bible was written and the various literary genres in the Bible. Then we read and studied the book of Ruth to learn more about historical narratives.I thoroughly enjoyed doing creative activities with the students while giving them a deeper understanding of the story of Ruth and the lessons we can learn from it. I was inspired to seek out the many more Ruth’s in the world ready to fully accept God and be used by Him to bless others. I was inspired to share with the Naomi’s in the world about the hope that God can restore even when it seems all is lost. I was inspired to point people to the antitype of Boaz–Jesus Christ–our Redeemer who has bought us back and provided us with sustenance,protection and a future.

 

Prayer to Share

“This is my first time sharing in front of people about Jesus,” Peith, my 11th grade student, shared with me about his nervousness just before speaking for student week of prayer. I offered to pray with Him and asked God to give Him peace, courage and boldness. “After you prayed for me, I felt a lot better and was not nervous anymore.” Peith told me afterward. Praise God for another answered prayer! In his sermon he spoke about the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 about going to all the world with the Gospel. He encouraged the students during the upcoming vacation from school to share the Good News with their Buddhist family members back home. That gave mean idea…

In English class the day before the students left on their vacation, we spent my English classes laying hands on and praying for each student to be filled with the Holy Spirit and have opportunities to share over the vacation.

When Caitlin and I left on our vacation to Thailand, I prayed that God would also give me an opportunity to share with someone about Him. God’s answer came in the Bangkok airport during our 10½ hour layover. A friendly man sitting across from us started up a conversation with me. It turned out that he was from Portland, OR. He thought he would never come to Southeast Asia after fighting in the Vietnam war, but now lives in Thailand with his Thai wife and son. He shared that he had made a lot of bad decisions in life and felt he had bad karma coming his way, so now he is doing his best to make good choices and be a good husband and father. “I read the Bible because I have found it helps me make better decisions in life, and the book of Proverbs talks a lot reaping what you sow. Our choices matter,” I responded. “But also we are affected by the choices of other people. On top of that we are affected by the choices of the Supernatural. But I am so thankful that God gives us the chance to start over, to have a clean slate, to be forgiven. There are so many people in Southeast Asia with no hope. They feel they will never be good enough to reach nirvana. But I’m so thankful that God gives us hope. It is not by us trying hard because we can never be good enough. As we rely on God,He gives us the power to be a new person. He can give you the power to be a good husband and father as you surrender to Him.” I could feel the Holy Spirit speaking through me (Matthew 10:19-20). We spoke for several more minutes and at the end I prayed for Him.

He asked for my email address and I readily gave it to him expecting nothing to come of it. A few days later, I received a lengthy email from him. He shared that he had grown up in church but turned His back on God for many years after some painful experiences. The night before our conversation, he had felt a deep conviction to come back to God. His email read, “So there I sat with this overwhelming desire to speak to God. I spent quite some time begging for his forgiveness for the many sins I have committed for so many years to so many people and God himself. I prayed for my soul and I cried like a newborn baby. Almost suddenly I felt as though a great burden had been removed and a feeling of total peace came over me. I prayed some more and asked God to help me – show me the way – help me to be the person should be and on it went for some time – and when I was done I knew God wasn’t – he was with me and he wasn’t going anywhere without me. I thought about this encounter most of the rest the night and early the next morning – I was truly amazed. This brings me to the airport…” He shared how he was sure that our interaction was much more than a coincidence and had been very meaningful to Him.

God is working on the hearts of people all around us. He invites us to work with Him in the precious endeavor of saving souls because He knows that we ourselves will be strengthened and blessed.

Try praying for God to give you a Divine appointment today. Ask Him for the opportunity to share with someone and experience the amazing blessings that result from it.