Recently I was blessed to go on a vision tour to Asia as
part of the Discipleship Program.
Being able to go on this trip and see the work that God is
doing on the mission field and that my life has been a part during my time in
the Discipleship Program was an amazing privilege and a very impactful experience
God used my time there to give me a greater understanding of
the difference that the hope of Christ can make in the lives of those who are
without hope and in desperate need. As we travelled to different areas of the mission field I
saw much hopelessness and suffering and was reminded that Jesus is the only
I was challenged by the example of the missionaries I met
there whose joy was to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around
them, whose love for Jesus shines on their faces and whose unity and oneness
enables them to effectively serve as a team. Men like one of the brothers we
met who is serving in a slum ministry. This pastor has given his life to living amongst and
serving the hurting and needy people in the slum. When we met *Pastor
David during our visit there, I was struck by his love for the Lord and his dedication to reaching the people around Him with Jesus’ love. He and his wife
live with just the bare necessities of life in the same condition as those they
are ministering to in the slum.
Pastor David is the only Christian in his family. He shared
with us how as a young person he got into the wrong crowd and his friends were
a bad influence on his life. He was involved in lots of parties and drinking. A
pastor came to his area looking for young men to mentor and to send to Bible
School. He met David and some of his friends and began sharing about God’s love
with them. The pastor asked them why they were destroying their lives and told
them that God loved them and had something better for them to do. God used that
conversation to speak to David’s heart and he made the decision to commit his
life to Christ.
Now Pastor David is able to minister to other people who are
living in the same hopeless condition that he was. We had the opportunity to
attend a house church that he is leading in the slum and meet some of the
believers who are there. It was a
blessing to worship alongside them and know that even though our cultures are worlds
apart and we don't speak the same language, we can still worship the same God
together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
*For security reasons name has been changed.