Thailand (June 1-29)

 

After having a month to process my trip to Thailand, I still feel inadequate to summarize my experience. God moved and revealed Himself to me in new and incredible ways. In addition, He answered all of the prayers I had before going on this trip. These were the previous prayer requests I stated in a previous blog post.

  • God to break my heart for what breaks His heart, during this trip. I want to die to myself.
    • My heart continued to break for the lost during my time in Thailand. Humans were designed to worship and that was made so clear to me in the hearts of the Thai people.
  •  Communication barriers to be broken and for the Good News to transcend both cultural and language barriers.
    • The missionaries I worked with valued the importance of Thai culture and stated their vision to have the Thai church look Thai. They understand and advocate towards the need for diversity in the church body in Thailand. Also when sharing stories of what Jesus did for His people (healing the blind, calming the storm, meeting the woman at the well, Parable of the Prodigal Son), the Thai students still connected with Him. Jesus transcends culture and language barriers. And He can speak for Himself! Let the word speak to His people.
  • One person to come to Christ.
    • TWO people came to Christ!!! Praise the Lord for He is worthy to be praised.
  • Guidance as to give-a-year location and His will for me after graduation.
    • Yes… more info about this to come.
  • That we would be a unified team sold out for Christ and His mission.
    • I was very impressed by my team. Coming as the only UVA student, I was nervous. But all of my team members were open and willing to give it their all every day to share the good news to the Thai students. They took initiative and broke off into pairs or even by themselves.

I also prayed for one more specific thing that I didn’t put in my previous post. I prayed that I would meet someone at the beginning of the month and be able to follow up with her for the entire month. AND OH MAN DID GOD SHOW UP!!! I befriended a girl named Pear who had recently graduated from PSU. By God’s grace, she ended up on our first outing to the waterfall. None of us had met her beforehand and the only reason why she knew about this trip was because a stranger who we had met earlier invited her to come!! She knew English and we hit it off almost immediately. And through more divine appointments, I got to meet up with her every weekend even though she had moved 2 hours away. God continued to bring her back to Hat Yai for work or a friend’s celebration ceremony.  I cherish this friendship and pray that God would provide a Thai Christian friend who would continue to share the truth of the Gospel. God loves her so so much and I just want her to experience that love.

The missionaries I worked with were all so wonderful and it was a joy to work with Kiel and Niina after meeting them at World Missions Summit. Along with Anna who was an absolute gem. God is so good at orchestrating things. I pray that they would start a Chi Alpha at PSU.

Thankful for everyone who financially and prayerfully supported me. Only 2 “real” adults supported me. The rest were recent grads or current college students in Chi Alpha. I was fully funded by my peers! How incredible is that? Despite having college debt to pay off and not having a steady income, they still gave SO generously. Talking to the other people on my team, I realized how rare this was. My teammates were all funded by family friends and/or “real” adults. God is so good. Despite not having a home church, He still made a way. He affirmed me going. He used me to help build His kingdom. He is faithful.

Main takeaways

  • I learned the cost of discipleship is real. Luke 14:25-33 has been weighing on my heart for a while now. I read it before going to Thailand and it has stayed with me since.
  • God is faithful in all situations and can speak for Himself. There is beauty in letting the scripture speak. His people don’t need everything to be translated to them. Christians should instead be good listeners and create space for God to reveal Himself to His people.
  • Discovery Bible study is a great way to share the Good News.
  • Jesus is the only way… And sometimes this weight can be too much for my heart to bear. I’m glad and so so thankful that He has made a way, but I find no joy in knowing that many will perish. There’s nothing special about me. I have done nothing to earn my salvation. I need Jesus. This truth of salvation in Jesus is open to everyone who accepts and that’s why I share the hope that I have and start the conversations that are hard to have/hear. We are all given a choice as to what we are going to worship in our lives (celebrities, academics, career, family, comfort, God).

What/who are you going to worship?

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