Our driver, which I said was our “tour guide” , was a close friend of the couple we stayed with. He had a full time job with the police force where he an officer in charge. Most of his free time was spent driving us to and from villages.
He listened to our conversations as he drove and we talked about the goodness of God. He played praise and worship music and sang along. He observed us give freely to those in need. Saw the Joy of the Lord filled us as we took the long short cut through the mountains and tracked elephants (the pot holes were so big, I thanked him for taking us on an elephant tracking adventure!) Smiled as he took us to explore the night market for gifts after a long 18 hour day already.
Our last drive was to the airport and the Lord opened the door for us to share with two very special people who were in the vehicle. Jenny had been planting seeds into these two for a long time. And it was time for the harvest. Conversion from buddhism is not an easy thing. Often times it means that you will be ostracized from your families. So to take the step to receive Jesus as Lord is one that often will be of great sacrifice.
As we shared about the great Love of God that had us praying and then sent us to Thailand, you could see the hearts open wide up. We talked about how they served us by being there to drive us around, or watch Jenny’s two children as we ventured out for days. That we could not possibly give any earthly gift that would come close to expressing our thankfulness for them. We shared about the priceless and matchless gift of Jesus that is given freely and is the highest and best thing we could give. It was the Love of Jesus that compelled us to go and serve.
We prayed with Wong P, the friend who watched the children, as we pulled up to the curb at the airport. Our beloved driver, Kassi, gave me the honor to pray with him after he unloaded our bags from the truck. Jenny smiled really really big. As we walked to check in, she told me that Both Wong P and Kassi had both asked her that morning to know more about the Bible. One plants, another waters and God gives the increase!!!
Thank you Lord for making the pages of Your Word Alive to them.