In the middle of nowhere

 In All

Gerjo KoningIt is getting darker and darker. Not only because the sun is setting, but also because traffic lights vanish the further we leave Khon Kaen behind. Khon Kaen seems to be the center of the Isaan Joint Venture, the team we will be joining next year. Today we had our first team meeting, this evening we are on our way to the district we hope to start our church planting work. Now it is dark outside and we know that all we pass on these roads are rice paddy fields. And we realize, by leaving Khon Kaen, we are also leaving a lot of convenience behind.

But the morning brings new light to our thoughts, as we wake to the sounds of cows and roosters and see bright green paddy fields. What a difference to the city of Lopburi where we are currently learning the Thai language!  It feels like we can breathe deeper here.

We receive a warm welcome from the members of the small church in Yang Sisurat – these people really have an open heart. But then we also see the enormous Buddhist temple grounds and Buddha statue. There is a huge Buddhist presence here, and only a very tiny Christian church. ‘Our’ district is only 20 minutes away from our team leader, but a proposed local Christian does not seem to want to renew contact with missionaries.

On this vision trip away from language school we realize that working here will be difficult. However, we have also experienced that we are not alone in this. We have seen God’s presence in the people we have met, and we know that He will be Light in the darkness.

Then Jesus cried out, ‘Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.  The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.              (John 12:44-46)

Ewoud & Gerjo Koning

  • cyrille kounde

    Dear Ewoud and Gerjo,

    May the Lord strengthen you everyday. The Isaan region is not an easy place to start a church. Villagers are strongly anchored to their traditional beliefs.
    In Acts 17:16, the apostle Paul felt uncomfortable in Athens, city full of idols. However in verse 34 of the same chapter, God open the heart of few people who believed.
    Isaan may be full of idols, but our Lord can indeed open the way for you.
    Be blessed


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