Volleyball - Thailand
It has been ELEVEN days since the THAIeam returned. I went to go pick up those who flew into the Columbus airport on the 12th and loved seeing them sporting patterned elephant pants and smiles despite the 36 hours of travel they just endured. They adventured through Thailand for 16 days, following God in every gym and conversation. God moved people to say yes to Him. God worked within the team. They grew, they pressed in, asked the hard questions, pushed through the language barrier and trusted God.
In Matthew 25, the team learned, on tour, about how God asks us to invest our talents. He doesn't want us to hide or bury them. He wants us to invest them, use them to make a profit, to impact His Kingdom. All 21 people on this team intentionally did just that for 22 days together! Something I know they will be doing the rest of their lives, wherever they are. But I imagine in this moment the Lord is well pleased with their surrender and faithfulness to Him in joining Him in what He is doing in Thailand. I believe in this moment He is saying to them, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things." (Mt 25:21)
The group message that the team is in has buzzed on day after day, since they returned, with prayer requests, praises, inside jokes and more. It is clear that they really dove into their family THAIme together and have bonded deeply as brothers and sisters in Jesus. A bond that won't just last a lifetime, it will last into eternity!
Their THAIme together has concluded, for now. But what a THAIme it was.
We pray, and please pray with us, that God would cover and lift up our AMAZING in country staff, Sao and Fai. That He would bless their ministries, their walks with Him and that He would guide them in their follow up with the contacts and decisions for Christ that were made while the team was there with them.
And we, also, pray for the team, that God would continue to fuel their fire for Him, that He would guide them in the mission fields He has placed them in long term and that He would protect and cause their faith to flourish more and more.
Thank you for journeying with us and for your faithful prayers.
For the team,
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Read more of this year's blog: Volleyball - Thailand 2017
Read last year's blog: Volleyball - Thailand 2016