Cafe Hopper on Special Task Part 2

Right now I am taking my Christmas leave from the works in Korat. Although I was only in Korat for a few days but I have experienced much of the work there. I know that the work in Korat is extensive and I really respect people like Kim Yien and Pastor Dickson and the rest of the team for holding the fort there. I saw everyone so eager to do God’s work and they all contributed in so many ways big or small just to share the gospel with the community. Really a beautiful bunch of people.

After a few days there in Korat, I am having a clearer picture of my role there. I thank God for showing me clearer what I am suppose to do in Korat. I thank God for the people that I met in Korat, both locals and friends from Singapore. I am thankful to God for Mark and Angela for also ministering to me by praying for me before I leave for Bangkok for my Christmas break. They have been a tremendous blessing to me and I am sure to the people at Alpha.

So what did I do in Korat for the past few days. Honestly, The things that I am doing is only such a small fraction of what the whole team in Korat is doing. Basically for the past few days, I have been going for one Christmas event to another Christmas…and all these events are organized with just one purpose – that is so that the people can hear the gospel. For the past few days, I have been following them from Christmas party to caroling…then the Christmas service on Sunday. We also go to members house to pray and bless them. Then it was meeting at the university and at Boonwattana. The meetings were basically our way of building bridges to the various schools and institutions. Its been very exciting and I pray for God to bless the works of our hands. Unless the Lord build the house, the laborer would labour in vain.

Well, at night I am usually all by myself in the house of God. I live in the church and I will be living there for the second round when I am in Korat. Its simply amazing because this is really a dream come true. I always wanted to be a gatekeeper in the house of God and there you go…I am a gatekeeper for the past few days. At night I would do some housekeeping by washing my clothes and hanging them up. I would also iron my clothes so that I can look presentable at times in the ministry. I find worship in doing all of these. They are not chores but a worship unto the Lord. Sometimes I would help mop the floor of Alpha Cafe, which is at the first floor. I also helped to tidy up the place to make sure that the place is ready the next day.

Once all of those things are done, I will go to the Lord in prayer using the Book of Common Prayer. This is really my personal time with God and it has been most wonderful standing before Him and to worship Him; to give thanks to Him the day’s works. I do the same in the morning. I pray the Morning Prayer and offer the day to God and to His work in Korat.

For now, Merry Christmas to all my readers and May the Lord richly bless you!

the gatekeeper

Cafe Hopper on Special Task (Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat)

On the 19th of December, I followed Pastor Dickson to Korat after meeting him at Cornerstone Students Centre, Latkrabang. I stayed in Latkrabang for about one and a half week and had a wonderful time with the university students there. Although our times were short but I hope this brief friendship that was fostered will carry on for a good cause. Indeed, I am thankful for Pastor Andrew for giving me this opportunity to serve and to learn in the centre. To be honest, when I first came to Bangkok, I wasn’t exactly sure what the Lord would lead me to. Perhaps the whole sentiment of uncertainty and unsure-ness have made me feel a bit lost at first. However, as I seek the Lord during my time alone with Him, the Lord showed me clearer and clearer what He was leading me into. Like what Pastor Dickson said, the vision should get clearer and not more blur. I look forward to seeing the friends in Latkrabang.

On my way up to Korat, I had a very nice chat with Pastor Dickson. The first time when I met him, back in June this year, he was already a very friendly man and he was always ready to help in many ways. This time when I met him, I must say that I have a deeper respect for this man of God. On our way up to Korat, he was sharing with me and challenging me to continue to seek the Lord for what is the direction in my life. It was him who dropped me the idea of tent making ministry. I sort of know this concept but I do not know why it didn’t dawn upon me what the Lord is leading me to is tent making. He also cautioned me about being too indifferent towards expectations as some expectations are not expectations…they are obligations. They are naturally expected of us. I must say that the simple truth he was sharing to me really spoke to my heart. I felt that the direction now is clearer and he was like a light that suddenly shines on me and I suddenly see where I am heading to. He has also taught me about self-less giving in the mission field. I see this man as a giving man. He is always giving. There is not a single moment he is not giving. There was one day, Pastor Dickson told me one of the most important truth about leadership. He said that leaders are there to solve problems. There are not here to create problems. When there is a problem, it is always no-problem to a leader. Because of this principle, he always avails himself to solve problems.

Pastor Dickson has made me feel how small I am and there is so much I have to learn from this man. He is so simple and yet so profound in his faith to God. Its not easy for a man to leave his family in Singapore and come here all alone to avail himself for God and for His people. Yet at the same time, he has not neglected his family as well. Pastor Dickson, keeps reminding me to update my family about my whereabout and my well-being. I always assure him that I did call back home. I am determined to learn from this man about doing God’s work and to be more effective in my service to God.

I mentioned about tent making and somehow the Lord has allowed to meet fellow tent makers. Mark and Angela are so much more senior than me, and honestly through their sharing, I have learnt so much about tent making and how they give themselves in various ways to the mission field. They could have just enjoyed their retirement back at home and travel to many parts of the world. But they have chosen to avail themselves for God’s work. Beautiful people they are and again meeting them is really a humbling experience for me. This is my first update on my three months attachment with Anglican Church in Thailand and I know very well that the Lord will continue to speak to me and mould me and make me into the person that He wants me to be. Praise the Lord for all the people I have met and not forgetting Kim Yien and her team of church staff at Alpha Centre. They have done so much for the Lord and their works are sincere and full of love for God and for His people. I have deep respect for all these people. May the Lord have mercy on me and forgive me of my pride and arrogance. May the Lord have mercy on me and forgive me of my ignorance and stupidity in all of my previous ways. God help me!

the gatekeeper

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