One of the most shocking differences between Thailand and the U.S. is the fact that there seems to be church buildings EVERYWHERE here. Everywhere we go we meet folks who claim to be Christians and we see references to the Bible and the gospel all over the place. It seems so strange after living in Thailand where less than 1% of the people claim to be Christian.
It reminds me of a quote by Oswald Smith who said, “We talk about the second coming of Christ. They haven't heard about the first coming yet. Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice before everyone has heard it once?”
There are still millions of people that have yet to hear the Good News that Jesus lived, died, was buried and rose again. Without someone going they will never have an opportunity to hear. The Gospel is worth sharing. It’s worth living for. It’s worth dying for. It’s worth eternity.
We will never reach the nations by staying in the U.S.A. The overwhelming number of lost people, 3 billion, exist outside of America. This doesn’t mean that everyone must go to a foreign mission field but it does mean that we all must be involved. The pioneer missionary, Hudson Taylor said, “the Great Commission is not an option to be considered, it is a command to be obeyed.”
Thank you for your prayers as we spend these next few months here in the states. There is much to do while we are here and I am already wondering if it can all be accomplished before we return to Thailand in 2018. We will also be traveling extensively and we look forward to seeing many of you in the next few months. Please continue to be in prayer for the ongoing work of the gospel in Thailand.