Our testimonies glorify God and demonstrate the life of the Spirit in the body of Christ. Because of that, testimonies have the power to inspire and encourage us. This year, we begin the monthly “God at Work” series to feature testimonies of those who have witnessed God’s work or experienced spiritual breakthroughs in their lives.
Aldran Wong, our church intern, and his wife June, participated in the Chiang Rai mission trip in December 2016. In this “God at Work” series, he shares about the importance and power of prayer.
I started my internship with the church since October 2016 and I’m thankful for the programme’s well-thought structure which allows me enough time to serve and rest, read and reflect. Working in the church office also made me grateful for the consistent and steadfast service of the administrative team and the faithful service of many volunteers.
In this internship, I am also given the privilege to be part of many ministries, allowing me to have a front-row seat to witness God’s hand at work in PSPC. One of the more impactful work that I’ve been involved in was the recent Chiang Rai mission trip which took place in December 2016. This opportunity brought me from the safety of home, all the way to the front-lines of God’s kingdom, not just as a witness, but as an instrument to carry His light to the unreached regions in northern Thailand.
Complete with the blessings of prayers and financial support from members in PSPC, our team of 25 partnered Ban Klang Baptist Church (BKBC) to reach out to the neighboring villages within the region of Chiang Rai. This team had a singular ultimate mission: to fulfill the Great Commission by telling those who haven’t heard of God’s love and forgiveness available in Jesus Christ and giving them the opportunity to receive Him.
Prior to the trip, I remember having a discussion with Rev Darryl on my concerns of spiritual attacks on mission trips. He shared that while we are on mission trips, we are at the front-lines of God’s kingdom and as we advance, the light of God will overcome darkness. This means, that if one person is saved, that person will be a glimmer of light in that village. And if a witch doctor of a village is saved, that glimmer of light will be a strong testimony of God’s victory. Therefore, because of this, we can expect retaliation from the evil one.
Retaliation may come in the form of bad weather, logistical mishaps, sicknesses, either on a tripper or a person related to the tripper back home. But the greatest retaliation to team is disunity. Imagine the team as a spearhead; when we are united, we are like a sharp spearhead, an effective, piercing instrument for God’s use.
We were constantly aware of this, so through our daily morning devotions and group discussions, we prayed for one another, encouraged each other and reminded ourselves on the importance of prayer. The bond of love among team members grew stronger and stronger because of this. And by the grace and protection from God, despite the long days and short rest periods, the entire team remained united and was able to serve with such joy, passion and enthusiasm, travelling from village to village, from rally to rally.
During the trip, there was this memorable night at the rally in Hui Pu village. This night rally was held on the 6th day of the trip. The stage for the rally was set up on an empty plot of land just outside the village. The stage was also near to the entrance of the ritual site of the village witch doctor. Not many knew that the ritual site was hidden within the undergrowth of a forest, but for those who knew, they kept a lookout to make sure that no one wandered near to that entrance.
In the midst of the rally, we were told that Justin, Joseph and Adriel were tasked to follow Pastor Li to the home of a newly-converted villager to help remove the idols that he used to worship. Truly, that was a moment of victory worth celebrating, but then, I could sense the apprehension of our three team members as they walked with their torches into the dark and unlit Hui Pu village.
Never before had I felt so strongly for the need for prayer.
The team prayed whenever they can for God’s protection over the audience, over the team members back in the village, over the team members remaining at the rally and for open hearts to receive Christ during the altar call. And thankfully, by God’s faithfulness, our prayers were heard. The three of team members returned safely, noticeably impacted by the experience. That evening’s altar call also brought several more villagers back to Christ. We also found out later that the plot of land where the rally was held had been purchased for the building of the new church. Hui Pu village used to be in spiritual darkness. Now, there are glimmers of light. Soon, in the years to come, the completed church building will be a new beacon for God’s kingdom.
So let us continue to pray, not just for the people in this village, but for all of the Lord’s people. Let us continue to pray, not just a few times a day, but at every possible moment.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:16-18)