Monday, November 24, 2008

My Missions Trip in The South Of Thailand

Sriracha Train Station just before we left.

Just recently, I have returned from a Southern Thailand mission’s trip with the rest of the VBCI students.

We left our home base (Sriracha, Chon Buri, Thailand) on the 27th of October by means of train. After 22hrs of a hot and humid train ride we found our destination in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. A local pastor there provided us with a place to stay at his church. The same pastor also led us in our missions during our time there.

Students praying over a woman mourning over the loss of a close relative.

The further South you go in Thailand the more Muslims you will find and the more radical they are too. There is much tension between some Buddhist and Muslim radicals. Over the past several years there has been reported bombings and attacks against each other. The area where we ministered in was safe from any such attacks for the dangerous areas were a few hours south of us. But we still had to exercise caution when we shared the gospel.
We had so many opportunities to minister to the sick, poor, demon possessed, as well as the Buddhist and Muslim people in the area. We also saw a couple of beautiful waterfalls and beaches on our trip. Our first day there we went to visit several sick people in their homes. We prayed as a group over them for healing.

Our first day some of us students played with some kids after a funeral service.

Khao Nan Waterfall. This picture only shows 1 of the 5 levels this water fall has.

Throughout the rest of the trip we had more opportunities to minister to other people. Several times I shared my testimony and spoke to different groups. One day the students were given the responsibility to lead a church service, where we led in worship, shared testimonies, and preached to local churches.

I was sharing my testimony at a local church in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. Som on the right was our Thai translator throughout the trip.

As we ministered to others during this trip God was ministering to me. God has been teaching me to be bolder in my walk with Him: to step out of my comfort zone and into His realm spreading His truth to the lost. God will use you if you put your faith into action. I’ve seen this truth through the healings and the many conversions to Christ I have witnessed on this trip. I thank God for opportunities like this, where I can see the true power of God work miracles into reality in everyday life.

He has opened my eyes to the many lost souls of this Asian nation. These people are held captive by lies of false religion and there is such a strong need for more prayer and outreaching in this nation.

One of the most exciting things for me is to see someone become a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. We saw an entire family come to Christ one afternoon after eating at their restaurant. In this pic we are praying for the family.

I have gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be serving God and believe that the great commission in Matthew 28: 19-20 applies to all of us believers in Christ.