I had to ask ate sharon (a missionary in Thailand who co-led our team outreach in Ubonratchatani) more about this young girl who seemingly struggled her way to finish the salvation prayer. It boggles my mind why it had to be that difficult for her. This is what I learned from ate sha:
“She’s 15 years old. Sobrang afraid sya sa parents niya kasi pag nalaman na nag change siya ng faith, papalayasin sya sa bahay nila. One year ko na syang assistant sa Sunday School and regularly nag aattend sya ng cell group namin sa school. Many times ko na din siyang tinanong if she wants to accept Jesus lagi nyang sagot di pa siya ready kasi natatakot pa sya sa parents niya until nung youth camp nga iyak siya ng iyak nung nakita ko sya habang nag aaltar call. Ayaw niyang tumayo pero gusto niya tanggapin si Jesus pero natatakot siya. Nung niyakap ko siya, sabi niya natatakot daw sya but I explained to her na di sya dapat matakot. Buti dumating si Kroo Gick, siya yung nakapag minister sa kanya at first.”
“Nung nag pray sya ng acceptance bigla siya tumigil nung nasa kalagitnaan ng prayer sabi niya natatakot daw talaga sya but Kroo Gick explained again and I kept on interceeding tapos ayun finanly she received the Lord. Praise God!”
“Last Sunday, hindi siya nakapag church. Hindi ko pa alam kung bakit and since Monday di ko pa sya nakikitang dumalaw dito sa school to get her school supplies pero yung mga friends nya nakikita ko naman.”
There are others with similar stories. There was one girl that I prayed for and I had the same impression about fear towards her parents. When I prayed for that girl, I didn’t know yet about this common fear they have.
I praise God for the breakthroughs but we hope that there will be more who will pray for Thailand, our missionaries, the new Christians, and the old Christians who have been set on fire…(yes, this is another story we have to ask our pastors over there for this) The battle continues. God send more laborers for the harvest!