Lessons from Thailand
This past Tuesday evening, I returned to Mineral Wells after a 2-week missions trip to the Isaan region of Thailand. Our small team was able to partner with several local churches to share the gospel in villages and schools across the area. This was my first time in Thailand, and it was a wonderful experience. Here are a few reflections:
Jesus brings more than forgiveness.
The people in this region of Thailand are constantly aware of the presence and power of spiritual beings. Many fear these “gods” and try to appease them in all sorts of ways. It’s a joy to be able to share the good news that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, to crush the head of the serpent, to bind Satan in order to plunder his kingdom. At the cross, every principality or power that exalts itself against the knowledge of God was defeated and put to open shame, so that those who are in Christ no longer need to fear the attacks of the enemy but can live in the power of the Spirit. We are more than conquerors through him that loves us!
Practice makes perfect when sharing the gospel.
Because of the unfamiliarity of the surroundings, it felt like I was sharing the good news for the first time. I found myself distracted by the language barrier and I stumbled over my words. But after a few limping attempts, the Lord helped me find my voice to share his authoritative message. I know you may feel uncomfortable opening your mouth and sharing the gospel, but the more you do it, the easier it will be.
God cultivates a diversity of gifts in his church.
What a joy it was to see the gifts that God has given to each member of his body! I was blessed to watch each member of our team minister in specific settings at just the right time, in ways that no one else could do. The same was true of our partners who live in Thailand. God grants each of us unique gifts so that we might partner with one another in accomplishing the mission. It’s a blessing to see that diversity worked out in real life.
Short-term missions are not enough.
God is sending people to Thailand and thousands of other places across the globe for both short and long term missions efforts. His vision for the world is big. Is ours? The truth is that we need to continue to send our fellow believers on short term trips and commit ourselves even more to supporting those who drop everything to engage in missions fulltime. Are you open to what God is calling you to do?
I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve in Thailand and am grateful to be back at Indian Creek this week. See you Sunday!
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