CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Well, I hope everybody had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Truly God has blessed Hannah House and I trust you as well. I pray that this up-coming year will be a year of provision not only for you physically, but spiritually as well!
As many of you know, Esther Maston and I took a team from Christ Community Church to Chiang Mai, Thailand, in November of this last year. As was usually the case with our trips, God sent along a most diversified group of people. What was probably the most exciting thing for me was watching the team step out in faith and grow as they saw the power of God moving in and through their lives. My friend Daniel Rickert explains how our team operated this way:
“We were able to minister in the prisons, in the refugee camps, to the Hannah House girls, to local pastors and missionaries, as well as to each other on the team. Now more than ever I am aware of the power of “team”. It seems that God has ordained that the things that last, come through community. Another powerful thing that I witnessed on this trip was God’s power flowing though my teammates. It was amazing the way God united hearts for His purposes. We called our team “a bunch of mixed nuts”.
It consisted of one lady over 80 years old another over 70, two women who had been addicted to drugs, one of which by God’s grace was spared from serving major prison time. One man who has spent 25 years as a prison guard and another lady who spent 23 years working at a local college, a single mom, a man who has little or no sight out of one of his eyes, and my best friend from college. Outside of my friend Jonathan, I had only met one of the team members. It was amazing to see how God really made us “one” for His purposes.
A good example of this unity was when we went into one of the prisons. We were spending time as a team praying beforehand and it just “came to me” that one of our team members named Lonnie should share in the prison. Before I said anything, another person mentioned that they felt that God wanted Lonnie to share tomorrow and others said they had felt the same thing. It was truly amazing to see God’s power in ordinary people.”
But isn’t this the case? Isn’t this the whole message of the Scriptures? Jesus delights in confounding the wise by taking ordinary people and discipling them and then doing the unimaginable in their life. Jesus didn’t use those that felt adequate in themselves but those who yielded to His power. Daniel says to King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:17… “that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he wills and sets over it (the kingdoms of the earth) the lowliest.”
God moved through the faith of these ordinary team members and as they witnessed the power of God, it transformed their lives. While we were there, the ladies prayed for a Thai woman who was struggling to walk. She was miraculously healed in front of them and then began running around in the mall telling people she was healed! God impacted so many.
These events and many hearing the Gospel for the first time demonstrate how God is using Hannah House. God is calling ordinary people to simply hear His voice and obey by stepping out in faith. If you do this, you will see the work of God in your life and you will not be the same!
Lastly, I want to thank everybody who came and helped to put on the Hannah House banquet. It was a tremendous success! May God richly bless all of you this year!
Jonathan Hawk and Sangla Jafoo