“Could you please come and visit my nephew? Something is wrong with him, but we’re not sure what if it’s mental, physical or spiritual. He has been to witch doctors, medical doctors, the Buddhist monks, and no one has been able to help him.”
After meeting with the young man, our team determined his need indeed was mental, and encouraged his family to help him take the proper doses of medication consistently. Because we believe that the physical, spiritual and mental are all related, our team laid hands on him and asked God to heal him from whatever the root issue was. There was no immediate transformation, and our team left him just as they had come.
One week later his family called and said their son was healed! In the past, even when he was on medication, he was never really ‘normal.’ Now he was completely in his right mind. After extensively talking with him, it was determined that he clearly understood the Gospel and his need to be saved from his sins. He nearly begged to be baptized.
Several months later, this young man’s parents felt that they had seen enough of the power and truth of Jesus, and that He was worthy of their total trust and faith. In spite of the fact that they initially refused to believe in Jesus because of the fear of persecution, one day they called our teammates and asked if they too could be baptized. And there would be no waiting – they wanted to be baptized that very day! A whole family committing to follow Jesus is a very rare thing, and we praise God for His work in their hearts.
Our prayer and hearts desire is that as many Tai Lue wrestle with so many dark issues, that they would be open to seeing Jesus at work and be willing to receive His help. We often pray for entire households to come to faith – as it is especially difficult for Tai Lue to persevere in their faith if they are the only ones if their social circles to believe.
“…he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God — he and his whole household.” (Acts 16:34b)
Father, please bring salvation and healing to entire family units, that they would follow You together. We long to see You do the same thing as You did with the Philippian jailer and his family in Acts 16.
There are about 1.2-1.5 million Tai Lue, living in Southwest China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. Less of 1% of that population knows Jesus. Learn more about the Tai Lue here.
Will you please pray with us for the Tai Lue during these 11 days (14-24 April)?