Not long after surrendering my life to Jesus, God began to lead me to an understanding of the tragic fact that there are still people in the world that have little to no access to the Gospel, especially in their heart language. 2,000 years ago, Jesus gave his disciples and those who would believe in His name afterwards a “Commission.” (Matt 28:18-20)
He called them to go into all the world and preach the Good News of his cross and resurrection salvation power to all peoples and nations. He also said that he would not return until this “testimony” message went to each of these nation-families. (Matt 24:14). Only God knows when this scripture will come to pass, but my heart was captivated to be a part of the solution and not a part of the reason for the delay of its fulfillment.
This is one of the reasons that I am in Thailand today, and in the Northeast among the Isaan people in particular. There are 20 million Isaan people in and near Thailand, but according to “Peoples of the Buddhist World” only about 1 in 10,000 of them claim to be follower of Christ, and that is from any and all Christian groups.
Today I felt a little glimmer of destiny as I attended a village meeting and sat among Isaan people who came together for fellowship, worship, prayer, and to hear the Word of God. So simple yet so profound in so many ways. These people know so little of the depths of the Gospel and the power of God toward them yet, but they are hungry and they are growing.
As a part of the team, one of the ideas I had to help provide some momentum for them was to purchase a couple of “Saber” Mp3 units. I then pre-loaded them with recorded messages and music in their heart dialect of “Isaan” which is a Lao-Thai mix, as well as in the Thai language. It was an “experiment” in my mind, but I felt that even though I can’t fully communicate in the language yet, I had to do something.
My heart was filled tonight when I saw the look on an elder Isaan man’s face when he heard the messages coming out of this player in his heart language. As soon as I turned it on and he heard the Gospel messages and music in his own language he lit up and so did the rest of the room.
Most of these believers have only recently come to hear the message of Jesus Christ and believe. It’s my hope that I can, through this simple tool, be a bridge for them to hear the message of salvation and share it with others around them from the heart. This is the first “saber” player to go out and the beginning of my little experiment, but I hope that it will not be the last.
If this helps Isaan people who have never heard the message get a chance to hear it and respond then it will be worth it. And my dream of playing a part in reaching those in the world who have little to no access to the Gospel will continue coming to pass.