Outreach Week 5
Since we arrived here, we have been building relationships with members of the community and congregation but there are a few who lives and faith are making an impact on us!
Atchan (Pastor) Jum leads God Our House Methodist Church in Phang Nga. It is the fourth that she has planted yet she still wants to be a “full missionary” – just so she can reach more people for Jesus. She has a vision for a House of Prayer in Phuket and for more churches to be planted. Her commitment to loving people is compelling and inspiring. She coordinates our outreach activities as well as networked with the local schools for English teaching. She picks up and drops us off with her dark blue pickup truck that has seen better days. We call it “The Little Truck that Could” because it is such a valiant vehicle; it reminds me of Atchan Jum who tirelessly and faithfully does God’s work because of her love for Him.
Nong Esther (“nong” means little sister) is five years old, is tireless like the Energizer Bunny, and loves people. Atchan Jum has taken her in as a foster daughter, to grow in knowing and serving God – much like the Priest Eli who took in Samuel at a young age. She is precocious and smart, loves to go with the team on our outreach trips, and already knows and trusts God at her tender age. Her mother helps in cooking the meals on Sundays, because the church feeds the members after the services. One of Esther’s relatives has already promised to finance her Bible School after highschool.
Jay Aye is from Myanmar, married to Thantzin and they have a five-year old son named Jonathan. Thantzin is currently in Myanmar but Jay has been serving the Burmese congregation for almost nine years now. Through the course of meeting YWAM teams through the years, Jay longed to understand English and cried out to God, wanting to learn. God came to hear in a dream and said that he would teach her. Although Jay has never had formal training, she quickly picked up on the language and now serves as a translator for YWAM teams – English to Burmese. We are honored to serve the Burmese people and her service to us – through translation – is a huge blessing.
P’Cory is a lady from the Thai service who has opened her house for a home-church in Phuket. Her mother has donated land so that a church could be built on that land, because their district doesn’t have any Christian churches. We have prayed that all the documentation for the deed will smoothly be turned over. She has three children: Nong, the youth pastor of the Thai congregation; Kink (also called Esther), who is going to university next school year and serves on the worship team; and Peter, who is still in high school and plays the drums. Divorced from her husband, she has raised her children with grit and commitment, and has not lost hope that God will carry her and her children through life.
God is on the move! This past Wednesday we shared the gospel with a couple, and led a woman to accept Phra Iesu into her heart. We prayed for a deaf man and his hearing was restored! We also prayed for a man with atrophied legs, and now he is able to walk without holding onto the walls of his house! Our faith is increasing and we are seeing God’s power at work.