When we met Brother B. in April 2014, it seemed like just another common meeting until something significant happened. He leaned forward with focused interest, expressing through a translator his desire to see God’s Plan for the Church taught throughout Vietnam; but it was when he asked for us to pray for him that everything began to change in ways none of us could ever calculate. His passion became prayer, and God began giving Him strategies and favor with other leaders. God reminded me once again during this trip that the power of Pentecost invaded a prayer meeting. THEN the Great Commission of Christ became the Great Mission of the Church. (Acts 1:14; 2:1-11)
In Cambodia I was amazed how God broke through confusion and obstacles to do His work His way. I was reminded that the early church in Acts had obstacles far greater than I have ever known, but nothing was too hard for the Lord. God’s passion for the nations cannot be stopped because Jesus promised, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:9). Since hell itself cannot defeat God’s Plan for His Church, why should I allow small trials to affect me so much?
In Thailand I hear the words of our Lord, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). May God’s Plan for His Church multiply through a people who are forgotten by most, but never neglected by Jesus. (Randy)