Oct. 16-18. Early Thursday morning, we were picked up at the hotel by the faithful three. We dropped Tim off at the airport for his flight to Chiang Mai. These are always difficult moments for me as I feel so inadequate on my own. No one will ever understand what a “brother” I have in Tim. This is a proof of why God has created the church, the Body of Christ as He has so that there is interdependence, yet uniqueness. I will see him again on the 26th in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
I was taken to a different location in this big city which was some distance to the west. We passed through what they call the Chinese section which is very evident by the signs on stores and buildings. We stopped on a small side-street and waited for several men with motor cycles to pick us up. I wondered why this extra step since we went from the van only a short distance, but then we turned down a very narrow alley unable to hold a vehicle. At the end we drove right into the first level of a home. Again, I figured this was a security move. As the tradition is, we took off our shoes and went up to the second floor where they had a room set aside for the local church. The room was crowded with about 30 chairs, a table at the front and a white board. Worship began and was led using music on a computer. Brother B. introduced me and I had T. at my side for translation for the next three day.
I must interject at this point a very personal note about B., T. and their families. There have been many special people God has put into our lives through our ministry. But these two are rare. I have never felt such love and personal care for all my needs and even those I didn’t think I had. I was never allowed to carry my bags. Coffee, tea, meals and many other things were provided at no cost! I was so humbled by their sacrificial love and their oneness with the Spirit in the teaching throughout this week. May their tribe multiply around the world!
By noon on the first day, I sensed the Holy Spirit moving among the twenty six who were present. As we were finishing the first day, some were convinced that what they were seeing in Acts was what was needed in the church today. The evidence of their conviction was manifested by many tears and a prayer time at the end which I have never experienced before. Such openness of heart continued for the second and third day. Doing the lessons in Chapter Six was welcomed and when they shared their observations, it was clear that the Scriptures were becoming clearer in meaning, power and application. Several freely confessed sins that had hindered them from making progress in spreading the gospel like it did in Acts. At the end of day three, I saw something that had never happened quite like what was taking place with this group. Many said they did not want to leave though they had to travel long distances to their homes. They stood around discussing how soon they could complete the lessons and gather again to do the project and build a strategy for quickly spreading these principles throughout all of Vietnam. We must have stayed another hour or more talking to individuals and answering many questions that arose from the three days. As we left, there was a spirit of exhilaration and thanksgiving in the car as we drove over an hour to my hotel.
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