It’s been over two weeks now since returning. How easy it is to just get caught right back up in the busy-ness of life! I want to hang on to what I experienced in Thailand, and prevent regular life from washing over and removing the impact I experienced. I want to be changed forever!
Safe? Yes. Praise God, we all returned safely and in good health.
Sound? Well, God wants to shake us up, right? So I think soundness implies a certain fixed stability that maybe isn’t so good anyway!
Love: the over-arching theme
Instead of sharing of specific moments or favorite times during our trip, I thought I would pick one theme and share how it permeated the entire trip.
That theme would have to be the Presence of God. The Kingdom breaking into the world.
From the time we first gathered as a team, the Presence was evident. We were encouraged and prepared for the trip by the love that Mike and Emily poured into us. We were met at the airport in Thailand by Lana’s team, in love, with lais of dainty sweet smelling flowers. We were lovingly welcomed into the Life Impact family.
The Kingdom = Love
Throughout the trip there were a lot of tears shed as the spirit overwhelmed us and gave us a glimpse of the kingdom. The kingdom is surely breaking in and dispelling the darkness in Thailand and Burma. So what is the Presence, really? What is the kingdom? If God is Love, then isn’t His presence, his kingdom, love?
Love is what permeated our time together. Love is what permeates The Promise Land. Love is what permeates everything Lana is doing to spread the kingdom in Thailand.
Love is evident in the laughter that rings out whenever she is around. It is evident in the hopes and dreams being built along with the worship center, new facilities, and visions for the future. The future includes restaurants and motor bike repair shops being run by the children rescued and grown into adults on the Land. Love is evident in the worship at the Land, at FourSquare Church, in missionaries’ homes, and everywhere the gospel is taught. Love is evidenced in each and every child rescued by Lana. It is evident in the house parents who have sacrificed so much in order to live on The Land and be mom and dad to strangers. It is evident in the missionaries who have given up successful lives in the West to endure hardship, isolation and loneliness in order to minister to those in need. Love permeates everything Life Impact touches.
The major theme that I don’t want to have fade away from my own life, is the love of God, the love of the kingdom, that I am so blessed to have been able to see and experience in Thailand.
Now, my eyes are fixed to see the love of God right here, the Kingdom all around!