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Pressing On: An Update from the RMM Thailand Team

By Candice, RMM Worker in Thailand

Recently, our team gathered at a hotel in Kanchanaburi, near the home area of our teammate Dan. We met for worship, Bible Study, fun, to strengthen and encourage each other, and to talk about the future. At our first session together, it became clear just how much we’ve been struggling over the past months. As we listened to each other I made this list of troubles:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach problems
  • Loneliness
  • Dizziness
  • Discouragement
  • Exhaustion
  • Fear
  • Need for jobs
  • Lack of direction

It became clear as we shared many similar problems that we are walking through a dark time as a team. We talked about spiritual attack, about times of fruitfulness that can follow times of struggle, and about God’s faithful presence in it all. We talked about our own personal responsibility to feed ourselves spiritually and our responsibility to share in each other’s burdens. We believe that we can be content in any circumstance and that God can redeem anything negative that we are battling. We had some conversations that were not easy. We processed our sadness over losing our teammates Efrain and Sujen who are returning to Nicaragua in May. We enjoyed nature: listening to the bamboo clicking together, taking morning walks, enjoying trees and flowers. We swam in the wide, brown River Kwai. The guys and Naomi even made it across the strong current, swimming to the other side. Elephants bathed slightly upriver from us! Our Nicaraguan teammates made beans and rice, and the Americans made hot dogs and pasta salad. Our nights ended with games of Mafia, keep away in the pool after dark, and Midnight Madness.

We studied scripture and discussed topics like jobs and ministry, working with the poor, and patron and client relationships, in a mishmash of Spanish and English with some translation. Many of us shared our faith stories.

As usual, for our team, the darkness comes with a ray of light and although we talked about many discouraging things, we still have hope for Thai people coming to know Jesus, hope that we can work together productively as a team, and hope that things will get better for us emotionally and physically. We will be actively fighting the fear that we are feeling and truly trusting God with all things in our lives. When you pray for our team, please pray these verses for us all...

“Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7