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The Gospel & Thai People

by | May 10, 2016 | Missions Articles

Things are going amazing here in Thailand! The Lord is increasing my drive to know and love these people more and more every single day and it’s absolutely amazing. Between language victories, becoming more acclimated with the culture, and things that are happening in the worship team, the Lord has confirmed in my heart that this is exactly where I am supposed to be and who I am supposed to be serving.

Learning the language has been phenomenal! It was very hard for awhile, especially when the cultural norm is for the people to speak very fast. Then imagine translating from Thai to English to understand what they said, then translating from English to Thai to reply back and hoping that what you said actually made sense. A couple of Saturday’s ago, I had a significant victory. I ran into one of the house keepers at the skytrain station and as we were walking back towards the apartment, I had a full conversation with her in Thai and understood 95% of what she was saying! I didn’t even have to think in English. Being able to think in their native language and have it come back out so easily is a tremendously huge blessing and victory. One of the many signs from the Lord that I am where He wants me to be with this beautiful country of Thailand.

Another really amazing victory was actually at our worship leaders meeting last week. Right now I am teaching the worship leaders about music theory, and it’s going very well! But last week when I came into the meeting, all three of them looked tired and worn out. Each one of them works a full-time job and also live pretty far away. It was pretty out of the norm for them to look this worn out so I started conversing about it asking what was going on. One of them ended up talking about how she thought that you could only come to God when you’re humble. It was kind of heart breaking. The Lord started speaking through me right away. I asked “If your son was angry, would you want him to go away or come to you?” She as a mother responded “I would want him to come so I can help him and fix it.” Of course! So why wouldn’t God want the same? Jesus wants us to look like Him. How can we look like Him when we’re angry if we never go to Him when we’re angry? After we talked, I figured we shouldn’t do theory for the day and instead spend some time in worship. We started singing “Worthy Of It All” in Thai and then the Lord released an amazing freedom over them. As we continued to worship, the Lord started giving me a new song to sing and it was all in Thai! This was the first time anything like that had happened here and I just had to rejoice. The worship leaders joined in singing with me and it was absolutely beautiful. Each one walked out completely refreshed in the Lord.

This brings me to the burning desire to be able to share the Gospel with the Thai people. I am still aways off with the language barrier but I’m learning a great deal about their culture which is pivotal to being able to share the Gospel with them. They are a relational people to the highest level. Everything they do is out of community and relationship with each other. So when sharing the Gospel, it has to come from a place of relationship and cultural understanding. Unless you are willing to learn about their lives, where they work, they’re family, who they are, what and how they think, listening to them, honoring and respecting them in their culture, sharing the Gospel won’t be nearly as effective as it could be. One of the best things that I’ve ever learned about Jesus is that He knew exactly who He was talking to and how to speak to them. I’m a firm believer that Jesus always spoke in love, even to the pharisees. Think about how the pharisees spoke. It was harsh and hard words. Jesus understood this and so spoke their “language” to them to plead with them to understand, to get the message. Jesus was after all, the first real missionary coming to a foreign place to share the Gospel.

I am so excited for everything that the Lord is doing. It is but a small glimpse of what all He has in store. There are amazing things coming in Thailand and even more amazing things that are going to take place in all of Asia. God is so good!

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