Being a Missionary Brings Great Opportunities… And the Battle Belongs to the Lord

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My wife and I were sitting in a Sala (pavilion) at a temple for a funeral.  The younger brother of a good friend, and father of one daughter, was tragically killed in a road accident.

While we were sitting there, Mr. Somsak*, his very, very rich brother in law that we didn’t know personally, suddenly turned up and sat next to me.  He started off with this question: “How is it being a missionary in Thailand?”  An interesting question that you are not too often asked.

Mr. Somsak then shared that he read the whole bible once, though he still has many questions.  He shared some of his frustrations.  It was a very open and deep discussion for half an hour, by which God has really amazed me.  Then he finally had to go to perform some of his duties during the funeral.

After the religious ceremonies were over, he quickly returned to me, and we continued our discussion. But then I realized that his wife for some reason wasn’t happy, and she called him away.  I didn’t know why.  He came back two more times, but each time his wife would call him away again.  It was like the Holy Spirit would draw him again and again.  He wanted to hear more… The last time he said to me that we would need to change our language.  In English he said to me the following words:

“I would like to experience God in my life.  I am afraid that the powers of darkness did stop our good conversation.  I am sorry that I am being hindered to talk to you.  I feel so ashamed!  I am so sorry!  My wife doesn’t want me to talk to you as you are a missionary.  But I hope that God will give us another time.  I really need to talk to you again.”

The words of Ephesians 6:12, 19 came to my mind while I was in this discussion.
12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.”

• Pray for Mr. Somsak. May he call on the name of Jesus so that he will understand the mystery of the Gospel and live with Christ forever.
• Pray for seekers in similar circumstances, who are spiritually dry and hungry and are waiting for someone to share the truth of the Gospel with them.
• Pray for boldness for Thai Christians and missionaries when we have these God given opportunities.

* name changed

Emanuel & Barbara Zwygart

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