Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Last Night...

Last night's ministry in the red light turned out much differently than expected. The other YWAM team that we were going to meet up with ended up taking the night off so we went out much earlier in the evening (around 8) and came back earlier as well (done by 11). The red light district turned out to be much smaller than I expected, really just about a 200m stretch of bars a couple roads. I was glad to find out that it wasn't as "intense" as I had previously thought. There weren't half naked women running around or anything like that. Part of that may have been that it was still early in the evening. Regardless, we were very careful and deliberate about where we walked, where we looked and we didn't go into any bars. We spent most of the time prayer walking up and down the streets, singing some praise songs and stopping occasionally as the Holy Spirit gave prompting. We were happy to bump into George again, one of the guys that the students met when they took the cooking course, and give him a rapid fire presentation of the gospel from several different angles. It was rather hilarious actually, all four or us cornering him on the street and taking turns telling him how awesome Jesus is. He was very receptive though, is going to do some research on things we talked about (he's theophostic and considers himself a thinker) and we hope to bump into him again.
I won't take the time to describe every minor interaction but one of my favourites was when we were walking along and passed an elderly woman selling red roses. Instantly I felt like we should give them out to some of the prostitutes (the girls that is, it certainly wouldn't be appropriate for me to do so). At the same moment Malori stopped and felt an urge to stop and talk to one of the girls that was being berated by another girl for not being able to "seal the deal" with one of the guys that had been checking her out. She went in and gave her a rose and a Thai gospel tract (I had been able to pick up a bunch earlier in the day, Praise God) and spoke with her for a few minutes while the rest of us prayed outside. She seemed very touched and later on as we were walking by the same bar we could see her showing off her rose to everyone with a huge smile on her face.
I've gotta get going but there were a few other encouraging stories like that and we all felt very much like we were right where God wanted us to be and really gaining more of His heart for the people. It was a true privilege to be able to walk those streets and labour in prayer that Jesus would be revealed as the one who came to "seek and to save those who are lost".
Tonight we will be meeting with a YWAM team from Berlin just after supper and then partnering with them to go out together.
Thank you for your prayers and support! We feel the prayer covering very strongly and it makes a huge difference. You are a blessing and a vital part of this outreach.
God bless Thailand!

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