Hannah House exists to provide room and board for underprivileged college and Bible school girls in Thailand. It seeks to follow Christâ€™s example of discipleship by ministering to the girls through daily quiet times, weekly Bible studies, church, and outreaches. Hannah House was started by Jonathon Hawk of Holtville, CA.
What a trip! As many of you know Angel Dyson, a team from ImperialÂ Valley, and I were recently in Thailand. While we were there, we were able toÂ spend time with the girls in the home, the girls who graduated, and the four newÂ girls that came into the home. We had such a great time helping our graduatesÂ step out into the callings God has for them and we were also able to spendÂ quality time with Jonah in the prisons.
I want to take time to share a couple of amazing stories of people beingÂ impacted by our â€œradicalâ€ obedience. The first story is about a man namedÂ Abbi. One of the teams from the States who that had been out witnessing foundÂ this young jobless Muslim man hanging out on the streets. He shared that heÂ had lost his business and was looking for work. Jonah stayed in contact withÂ him and desired to bring him into his house.
Meanwhile, I believe God was preparing my heart for what would takeÂ place next. I had recently read Isaiah 58 which talks about bringing theÂ homeless into your home; which for me sounded pretty â€œradical.â€ Helping themÂ financially and bringing them into your home are two totally different things!
When I thought about this man, this chapter came to mind. If you are like meÂ your mind quickly races to all kinds of concerns like: â€œWhat if this guy just gotÂ out of prison?â€, etc! However, in prayer I felt a peace about it and I realized IÂ was in Thailand trying to teach Jonah how to walk in obedience to theÂ Scriptures. What better way to teach than by example! The older I get the moreÂ I realize transformation comes through modeling and not in a classroom! So IÂ allowed Abbi to come and stay with Jonah and me. Day in and day out he wasÂ able to see our love for him as we prayed, encouraged, and fed him. You couldÂ see he couldnâ€™t understand the grace we showed him. We were continuallyÂ giving our lives to him though he had no way to repay us and he struggled withÂ that. It made the presentation of the Gospel so much sweeter when we
explained the love we had for him was really Jesus loving him through us. ItÂ was truly an amazing experience that impacted all our lives.
This second story is probably one of the craziest yet most productive Â outreach stories we have had yet while ministering to prostitutes. Angel and theÂ July Newsletter
team decided to take some of the Hannah House girls to minister to prostitutesÂ so they broke up in different groups. Angel, Brittany Westmoreland, andÂ Sanglaâ€™s group went into one of the bars where Angel sat down with a womanÂ and began to share Godâ€™s heart for her. After some time, Angel got up to payÂ but Sangla said she had already paid for Angelâ€™s drink. The woman Angel hadÂ been ministering to grabbed the money out of Angelâ€™s hand. Things continuedÂ to escalate and this woman began to break bottles in a fit of anger. In a rage sheÂ charged Sangla and tried to punch her. Angel quickly got in the way and got aÂ fist right in the face! As I talked to Angel later I thought she would be prettyÂ shaken up and call it a night, but she said in essence, â€œIâ€™m not going to let thatÂ little Thai woman stop me!â€ She then proceeded to go on sharing about Jesus!
Later she shared with me that that encounter instead of making her angryÂ actually saddened and broke her heart for the woman.Â At the same time across the street Gloria Anderholt, Jenna Lyon, andÂ Dada were sharing with a girl named Thai. Thaiâ€™s heart was soft for the thingsÂ of God. Dada invited her to church and later on she gave her life to the LordÂ and was baptized! Thai shared with us thatÂ she wants to get out of this lifestyle andÂ come to Hannah House so she can study toÂ be a nurse! I praise the Lord for the
willingness of Jonah to bring Abbi into theÂ home and the willingness of the women onÂ our team to reach out to the prostitutes.
Because of their â€œradicalâ€ obedience livesÂ were affected and changed! Please pray thatÂ Abbi will give his heart to Jesus and that Thai will have a good transition into Hannah House.Thank you all so much for going and supporting and making testimoniesÂ like this possible. May we all be encouraged to step out boldly into whereverÂ God is leading us.Blessings,
Jonathan Hawk and Sangla Jafoo
Jonathan Hawk and Sangla Jafoo