It was indeed a marvelous experience and a tremendous blessing sharing the Good News to the non-believers in the border of Thai-Myanmar where thousands are still living in spiritual darkness. The last two months, March and April was a moment of heart touching in witnessing the life’s condition of the down trodden people in the remote villages and at the same time a blessing in confronting with other religious leaders and in sharing, teaching and preaching the Gospel. Since yesteryear’s these people have been practicing either in Animism or Buddhist and therefore it is not easy for them to do away with their religious practices and embrace new faith.
While having a conversation with the people in defending Christian faith and helping them from their quarries about the differences between Buddha and Jesus because they simply categorized Jesus Christ into Gautama Buddha level. As I mentioned, Christianity is not a religion but it is more than a religion, it is a relationship between God and man. The word “relationship” pricks them and I had drawn their attention. In other religion “man seek god” but in Christianity “God seek man” we do not love God first but vice versa. While travelling from one village to the other some of the people are ready to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and on the other hand some are still confused. I am planning to visit again in December because God has a plan and purpose for these people.
In this evangelical mission trip I had learned that it’s not enough to preach once or twice and leave them on their own instead, we need to constantly stay with them to strengthen their faith and enlighten them. It is so heartening to hear that some of the people are half Christian and Animism/Buddhism, although some of them had embrace new faith in the past but since there is none to uplift their spiritual faith in nurturing and strengthening thwm with the living word of God they go back to square one or either parishes. We need more missionaries who are ready to come out from their comfort zones and not just a pulpit ministry, who do not only focus to serve God in towns and cities, on the other hand not just a one timer servant of God but willing to stay with them constantly in the remote villages/ borders and save precious souls. The question is, can I? Can you? Are we willing to sacrifice ourselves from the materialistic world and be a servant of the Lord in whatever circumstances?
We need to fulfill God’s mission, and what is this mission? Is it not saving souls? The redemptive act of Christ, the selfless sacrifice and the blessing that He bestow upon us need to be shared. As the book of John clearly mention “one flock one nation”, so the basic principle of mission is to share the blessing to others. Christ is the reason of our life, and therefore we need to have a resurrected life and live a life for Christ.
The first Sunday for Evangelical Mission in a Thai-Karen Church at Mae Sa Riang.
At Htee Hay Klo village, the village chief pouring tamarind water to the villagers and blessing them for good health and prosperity. They say, they are half Christian and half Buddhist.
Five to six pieces of Tamarind kept in a bowl and mix with cold water and salt, then the village chief will chant and sprinkle around before he bless the people. They will drink a little bit and then soak on his/her head.
Worship service at Whea Ngu village, around 15 people gathered where I preach from the book of John 3:16.
Distributing clothes to the needy villagers, specially to the women. We ran out of clothes and blankets, so some had to wait for few more days before they get their share.
On my way to O Top village, carrying mosquito nets, soaps, toothpaste etc.
Taking a short break before driving in the river for around 20 kilometers. The journey was tough but the blessings is marvelous.
After the worship service at Mae Tee Klo village we distribute mosquito nets to the villagers.
Singing a Karen Gospel song at Tha So Kwa village. At times being a a foreigner and singing in the local dialect gets more attention and becomes more easy to deliver the word of God.
Preparing food for us so that we can travel to the village. Though they are poor yet so generous for the travelers missionary. I was so touch when they packed rice and dried fish for us for the journey. May the good Lord bless you richly.
Worship service at Whea No Wai village, the lady Pastor at Whea No Wai Baptist Church prayed for me before I delivered the message.
Ever celebrate your birthday this way? where there is no cake but plenty of watermelons!! An unforgettable birthday and a moment to be cherished forever, I had a great time. Thank you Lord Jesus because “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14).
God bless you all.