He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. - John 1:10-13
I had the most memorable Good Friday in my life on 21 Mar 2008.
The team spent the day preparing for a "mass-evangelistic" event in the village at Radion Shophouse, shopping for the food and preparing for the skit and programme. We were not able to predict who would happen, and could only pray and pray. BBQ food were served to the villagers and the gospel was presented to them through games, songs, a skit and a message. About 40 villagers turned up, and 11 of them prayed to receive Christ. God even provided a 7-year old boy to be our translator during the song presentation, and the village church pastor was there to pray for his own people. A lady with HIV whom we ministered to the day before turned up too and received Jesus to be her Lord and Saviour. Praise Him!
When I was waiting for my turn to appear in the skit and praying, a thought came to me: what if all the events, brokenness, trials, pain, joy... everything in my life was set up simply for this moment to present the gospel to these people? I told God, "Here I am, nothing much to offer, but use me."
As we looked back, we knew that it was everything about God as we witnessed how His hands were moving throughout the entire event. I was so moved by what God was doing in this place. At the end of the day, the team was overwhelmed with tears of joy as we gave thanks.
On Saturday, we brought the village children for an excursion to the river. The gospel was presented to them through a "magic" show and 15 children made the decision to receive Jesus. More details to come, with PHOTOS!
Thank you for partnering us with your prayers.
The visit to the refugee camp is next week, and we are really looking forward to witness more of God's work in the camp.
Have a blessed Easter Weekend!
Jacob Ng :)