“He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” – Luke 9:2
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Luke 11:9
The simple act of knocking on a door can be petrifying. Will the door be opened? Who will open it? How will they respond?
These are questions new believers had during our recent outreach to Phitsanulok (pronounced peace-a-nu-lōk´) in Northern Thailand.
Our team spent the outreach with two churches helping to build relationships with residents in their respective communities.
One church is established in its current location, but members felt called to visit with neighbors in a nearby village. We split into three teams and accompanied church members to three neighborhoods to pray for the sick, encourage new believers, and share with non-believers about the hope in Jesus Christ.
Our team went to visit an older woman who was led to Christ through her daughter who married a man from Switzerland 15 years ago. The older woman explained how God had transformed her life of debt and poverty to a life of hope and prosperity because her daughter never gave up on her. Every time she and her daughter talked on the phone, her daughter would say, “I will pray for you,” but the mother was reluctant to accept Jesus.
Her debt got worse, as did her relationship with her daughter.