The last two Sundays have been full of joy for me. Easter morning dawned bright and clear in Thailand. Kyle and I had just returned from a week trip to Chaing Khong the night before and it was good to be “home” again for Easter, good to fellowship with our Thai church family and to be in God’s presence at Bethel Church.
For several weeks, there has been tension between a few members of the church. Several have taken offense to the leaders and have fallen back into old addictions. When your congregation is 20-30 people, you really notice the missing one or two. The spiritual attack was heavy, as was our hearts for the church and the people. But God was faithful and brought the sheep home. On Easter Sunday, the church was full. Not only were the ones who were fighting present to worship, but many of the new believers, like Not and Som Chai, had made sacrifices to take the day off of work to come to church.
Almost two months ago, I wrote a blog entitled, “Don’t miss the harvest,” about our friend Not who accepted Christ. He felt like he had to keep his coffee stand open and hadn’t been coming to church. It is a huge sacrifice to take the day off and go to church, and it often takes new believers a while to trust God to provide for them in this area. But Easter Sunday, he was there. Praise the Lord!
Today he shared his testimony in church. Last Wednesday, he called pastor Naat during the Bethel prayer meeting and said his mom, who had been in the hospital for several weeks, was very sick and near death. For the first time, Not prayed to God and asked him for 4 specific things: that his mom would wake up, sit up, smile and laugh. Within a few hours, God answered him. His mom was healed, and was sent home the next day! Not said that before, he was timid to talk about his new faith with his mom because she is a devout Buddhist, but after this miracle, he was no longer afraid to follow God. He even changed the name of his coffee shop to Coffee Hope after the Hope Center. He and Goi have tracts to hand out at their stand and are eager to tell their friends about the Good News. Here is a link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coffee-HOPE/450906734984904
We are praying for continued boldness for Not and that his faith will grow strong. We also believe that God has big plans for his whole family, including his mom! God brought her back from the edge of death for a reason. Pray with us that salvation will come to this family.
Prayers for “Resurrection Power” are still needed. God provided a sign of his faithfulness for Not, but many more need reassurance of God’s faithfulness and greatness. Please continue to pray for the 6 items listed in my last blog: the church leaders, intentional discipleship, multiplication of leaders, breakthrough, signs and wonders, and advancement of the Kingdom. God is good and he WILL do the things he has promised!