We had been working with a ministry which cares for the elderly who live in the slums of Bangkok, and the work so far had been quite rewarding. Every day we visited homes to sit and have conversations with the “grandmas and grandpas” to give them encouragement and company. We had gotten used to the routine of house visits, which involved sitting, listening to the conversation while it was being translated from Thai, asking questions, and finishing with prayer.
However, as soon as we got comfortable with what we thought to be standard house visits, God threw us a curveball.
We were sitting on the floor of one grandma’s house and had just finished praying for healing over her eyes. She wanted healing because she hadn’t been able to see for the past six months and could no longer read the Bible. Afterwards, she started talking to our translator. They had a ten minute conversation, and as we couldn’t speak Thai we had stopped paying attention. Then, out of nowhere, our translator turned to us and said, “Okay, she wants to accept Jesus now”.
Apparently, what had happened during that ten minute conversation was a quick explanation of the Gospel. After two years of planting seeds, this (formerly) Buddhist woman had finally decided to choose God to be Lord of her life. Our translator led the woman in a prayer and then asked us to pray over her and her new faith walk. We each spent some time praying for her discipleship, her healing, and blessings throughout the rest of her spiritual journey.
After we prayed, we looked up and saw that the woman’s eyes were filled with tears. She said that she finally felt peace like she had never felt before, and although she lived alone she knew she would no longer have to be lonely.
As we heard her speak, we felt the truth and conviction in her words and couldn’t hold back our own tears.
If we had just been a part of one story like this and just seen one salvation, our entire outreach would have been worth it. We saw God move mountains in one moment in this woman’s life, in a country where the population of Christians is less than 1%. Our God is a God of impossible things, and He chooses His children to do His work with Him.
Accepting His call takes you on wild adventures and draws you incredibly close to the One who created you.
Through my YWAM DTS outreach I’ve had more opportunities to accept this call than I could have ever imagined, and it has brought me to the conclusion that God desires to do this in every one of His children’s lives.
by Caitlin Montgomery