Time was short. There were 18 families to visit and only 20 minutes to spare. “Do we have enough time?” whispered Karen softly under her breath, “Will they receive Christ?"
Sales manager Karen Zhu, 28, was among the 28 youths from The Zone (Youth) Ministry of New Creation Church who were in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a missions trip from 3 to 8 November 2013.
The trip was a fruitful one. By day five, the team had already conducted an English camp with Wat Nong Lua, Wat Sri Don Chai and Baan Huay Naam Khaaw schools. They also visited nine at risk students and their families, blessing them with daily necessities.
Kids having fun during their English-cum-gospel lesson.
Our team ministering to a student’s family.
With less than 24 hours left before departing Chiang Mai, the group had another nine homes to visit. One of them belonged to Apasara, a Primary Six student from Wat Nong Lua School.
The minute Karen and the volunteers stepped into Apasara’s house, they were told that her mother was partially deaf and mute. According to Apasara’s grandmother, Apasara’s mother was born a healthy child. However, at the age of three, a persistent fever robbed her of her voice and part of her hearing. Since then, she had not spoken a single word.
Overwhelmed with compassion, the team began to share how Jesus bore their sicknesses at the cross. This wonderful news of God’s salvation plan led the entire household to Christ!
Before leaving the house, Karen felt impressed to pray for Apasara’s mother. To everyone’s amazement, after three decades of silence, the mother spoke her first words — “Pra Yesu” or “Jesus” in Thai!
“I never thought this would happen. But God did it!” exclaimed Karen, “What a privilege to be chosen to participate in this miracle!”
Praying for a student’s mother during a home visit.
Looking back at the whole journey, Cindy Tan, 27, an executive with our church’s children’s ministry, Rock Kidz, was deeply touched to see God move in their midst.
“During this trip, I saw the children whom we ministered to going back home to share the gospel with their family,” shared Cindy, “This made it so easy for us when we visited their homes. Many of them received Jesus with open hearts.”
Young souls saved for Jesus!
Truly, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Despite the tight schedule, 29 precious souls were saved during the home visits. This was in addition to the 166 children who gave their lives to Jesus during the English camp. What was impossible with men became possible with God! Praise the Lord!