God is faithful
Our team recently finished running a weeklong Thai language photography camp called Engage Camp. Last year, we held an Engage Camp, which taught media skills to young Thai Christians, but this time our camp also focused on non-believers. A total of 18 students attended, with ages ranging from 14 to 47. Even with such a large age gap and the mix of Christians and non-Christians, we became close and had a wonderful week.
Thirteen of our students were non-believers; in fact, many were strong Buddhists. Arthit, our oldest student had Buddhist tattoos and wore a Buddhist idol necklace. Initially, our team felt nervous about how our Buddhist students would receive our Christian message and time of worship. Although the students were not required to arrive early to worship with us, we certainly invited them. Arthit seemed quite confused the first day, which caused me to assume this was his first experience with Christian worship.
When day two came, Arthit and his daughter (also a student) showed up early again for worship, which surprised our entire team in the best way possible. He paid close attention to the lyrics on our screen with a curious look on his face. By day three, Arthit began to clap along. He never missed our worship time, and by the end, Arthit even sang along. On our final day of class, a fellow staff member—Ryan—shared the gospel message with the students. He read from the Bible and explained how God created us for a purpose and what Jesus had done for us. For many students, this was their first exposure to the Good News of Jesus. After Ryan shared, I felt led to tell the students my reason for living in Thailand (my heart was beating so fast).
“Does anybody want to know more stories from this book? Does it sound strange to you? Or wrong to you? Or make you curious? If you want to know more and you want to read this book for yourself, I would love to buy it for you as a gift. Feel free to ask me. This is the reason I am here living in Thailand. What I believe, the story in this book, it’s too good to hold only to myself in Korea. It changed my life, and I want to share this good news with all of you!”
Right after class, Arthit approached me and said, “I want to know more about this book. Can I have one?” That day I gave him a Thai Bible and a book called From Buddha to Jesus. When I gave it to him, he pointed to the sky and asked me to pray for him and his family. Of all my experiences in Thailand, this was one of the most touching.
The next day, one more student named Yot asked for a Bible. God is so faithful. This is the reason why our MediaLight team is here. God loves Thailand so much and so do we.
Please pray for Arthit and Yot and the rest of the students who heard the Gospel last week!