Take courage sons, , for me must go under the heart of darkness, and set them free. Bu don’t lose heart when you see the numbers, there’s no measure for, the faith that we bring// it’s given to us, to overcome. If we run, where the spirit calls us on, the greatest things, have yet to come, with the dawn, we will rise. –josh garrels.
God is so sweet to me in Thailand. Today I spent time resting, reflecting, and pondering the transformation God has already done. For one, he took my heart, which was so broken and messy two months ago, and he placed an anchor of hope in my heart, the kind that doesn’t disappoint, (Rom 5). Second, he puts me around hungry people. I met this girl, so eager to receive love (she is pictured below and I talked about her in my previous post.) She stood me up three times, and in one day called me thirty-five times. This girl is hungry for love, and come to find out, she is even a pastor’s daughter, but she is fearful. As a lover of Jesus, I get to tell who she is over and over, until she believes it enough to leave the sex industry, and her pimp. (She has the option of leaving, through a program we provide here).LOVE always overcomes. It is always enough. I could see the beauty of Jesus so clearly when I finally saw her on the streets, let’s call this girl Hope. When she saw me, she gave me a chocolate rose, with a tag that says, “I love you.” She was so sorry for not meeting me, and gave me a long hug. What?!! Hope’s heart was longing to be seen, even though she never came when she said she would. UNRELENTLESS. Jesus comes after my heart daily, beckoning me to be fully his all the time. He wants to ravish my heart with his love, that I would be fully possessed by him. In pursuing Hope, I have seen the Father’s heart so much, and I have been so encouraged, that though Hope calls me while she is drunk or high, or while she is with customers, she still calls, and she still wants to be heard. So here I am, willing, so willing to stand in the gap on behalf of those who don’t know that their voice is heard by Papa God.
Third, I met a girl while walking one day, who I’ve mentioned before. Let’s call her Rachel. When I met Rachel, she was dating a 65 year old man, and she is 23. I met this man, and while he was friendly, he was pretty controlling, and insisted that she quit her job to move in with him outside of the city. The day after I spent time with her, she texted me in broken English, and said, “I’ve been thinking a lot about my life, and I decide to break up with my boyfriend.” WOW. I didn’t even talk about Jesus, but he is stirring in her heart for sure. Please pray for Rachel though, because she recently got a new job, at a brothel, I am almost certain. Rachel has an amazing heart, and came to the city in order to make money for her family in the village, to send back to them. She has invited me to her village, and I have gotten to share the gospel with her, but pray that her heart opens to receive Jesus. I know she is searching a lot for hope.
Ok, last story… tonight I went with a group to prayer walk an area filled with brothels in the less touristic side of the city. So instead of the customers being foreigners, the customers are Thai men. It is hard to tell which ones are brothels, until the sun goes down, and then you see girls peeking out behind the doors. These girls are trafficked in from Burma, and are actually an unreached people group called the Shan. As we prayer walked, I felt the Holy Spirit wanted us to turn left onto this street, right by this one brothel. We stood in this alley way just worshipping Jesus, and crying out to him for justice. I asked God if we could go further into the alley way, but he said, “not yet.” Then, I looked next to me, and there was an angel around twelve feet tall standing at the entrance of the alley way. Now, I don’t see angels ever, but I definitely saw one tonight. God told me to welcome in his ministering angels into the alley. So we did, and as we did, the spiritual atmosphere shifted. I felt so much peace and joy. As the angel entered the alley, then God said that we could enter as well. As we walked down the alley, I could feel a lot of demonic presences, and we found more brothels, but I know that God’s angels were welcome, and something changed in that atmosphere that night because we stood in prayer and worshipped. Please pray for this area, as it definitely a poorer part of Chiangmai, and the group of people I ministered with tonight are opening a prayer house to intercede for the unreached people groups, and trafficked women in this part of the city. The area is very dark, but again, several girls also saw angels around the neighborhood previously this week, so God is on the move. This was a super powerful time for me tonight, and I felt to honored to be a part of interceding for the neighborhood.
Thank you all for praying and covering me in prayer. I can feel your prayers as some days I am very tired or overwhelmed, and then I have a burst of energy, or divine perspective on things. Peace like a river.
Here’s a little poem I wrote last year about God’s heart for justice:
It’s fetters no more
His heart realigns
With mankind he restores
To unity in him
He wants them to see
That they are new within
Always to rest and be free
This is Hope 🙂 On the far right is my friend Jessica, she loves Jesus, and has a similar heart for justice. Hope gave us both the chocolate rose seen below!
Yummy Thai food! Everything here is so fresh!
One of my new friends Josh. He was in Thailand for a conference. He brought me such sweet community.
This is a view of the Great Wall. I got to visit on my layover in Beijing. My friend my Summer, met me at the airport and paid for everything! I was so blessed. For reallll!
Here I am, at the Great Wall. Epic. Everyone should go.
A waterfall in Chiangmai. I love the beauty here.
A view of the city!
ChiangMai is surround by these glorious mountains!
Being silly. These little girls are at risk for sex trafficking. So the ministry I work with builds relationships to educate the kids in the slums to prevent them from trafficking!
Some precious girls I met in the slums.:)
A little area where I run in the mornings.
I am spoiled in Austin with good coffee, but I FINALLY found a place that is almost at good as the coffee in Austin at houndstooth, my favorite coffee shop, praise the LORD!