When all shops and factories closed, and everyone was asked to stay home, millions were affected. Many lost jobs, and “no work today”, means “no food tomorrow”. This drastic change brought many unwanted and unexpected challenges, yet God still uses these moments to draw our attention to Him.
A couple of years ago, Fred and Susan opened a church and community centre in a densely populated community in Bangkok. Opening their doors, their love spread to the local community, offering children’s programs, English classes, and other services. Many encountered the peace of God, discovered Jesus, and turned their lives around. These drastic transformations stirred even the most skeptical in the neighbourhood to find out how such change could be possible. The church continued to grow with new believers, and in two short years, many of them were baptized.
This church community was eager to gather and learn more about this Prince of Peace, and not even physical distancing would hinder them.
Now as everyone has been ordered to stay at home, the church community remains passionate and hungry for Lord, meeting regularly to gather with believers. Though the church building is closed, the people continue to grow together. Using technology, Fred and Susan continue to share and preach the word of God to their church each day! As well, many of the children in the children’s program, who would spend their after-school hours at the church learning English, singing songs, and learning about Jesus, also remain hungry for God’s truth. The children have asked to read the Bible together! Excitedly, they gather regularly to read, learn, and study.
Hope continues as the people of God are able to shine God’s light. Many are sharing their food with those in lack, and we pray that these would be opportunities for people to see God’s love and come to know Him.
Fred and Susan are Interserve Partners based in Thailand.
Names have been changed.