Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Oudomxay



I will call to God most high,
to God who fulfills His purpose for me.
     -Psalm 57:2

Who would have ever thought a relatively poor, (although thanks to my travels I now realize how incredibly rich I am) prejudiced, uneducated, untraveled country boy from the cotton fields of Louisiana would end up on the other side of the world in Oudomxay, Laos?  And on a mission of love at that!

Plenty of ‘good ol’ boys’ from my generation found themselves in these Southeast Asian jungles a few years ago.  They were sent here to fulfill the purpose assigned them by our U.S. government to stop communism from sweeping over Southeast Asia and the world.  Their weapons were guns and bombs–bombs by the millions –many of which are still killing the Lao people even today 50 years later (200 in 2015).

May the light of God's love dawn over this shrouded land
I’m here in the jungles of Laos today to fulfill a different mission–a mission of love.  A mission to rescue these people, not through strength and superior firepower, but through prayer and the power of God’s Word and God’s love.   I’m dropping ‘love bombs’ of God’s Word while praying the Lao people will be truly overwhelmed by ‘shock and awe’ as God’s love explodes into their hearts and lives. 
 
Just as our physical bombs are still impacting lives five decades after someone, some single, anonymous person, dropped them I pray these ‘love bombs’ will impact Lao lives for generations to come.  I pray God will use my prayers and his Word to call out Lao workers into his harvest fields and these workers will teach millions for generations to come about the God who loves them.

Millions of young men and women served their country during the Vietnam War without knowing how their individual efforts and sacrifice could help.  I too am here serving a higher power in ways I do not understand, I cannot comprehend.  How can my being here help anyone?  How can my small effort and insignificant sacrifice affect the lives of an entire people group?  How can my prayers and a few copies of God’s Word impact eternity for these wonderfully warm and friendly people?

I do not intellectually know the answers to these questions but I have deep experiential knowledge of how God used these very things to save me and call me to himself.  And I do know his purpose for me is to be here praising him among these people, singing praises to him among the nations.

Psalm 67:1-3 is the prayer of my heart for this mission,
May God be gracious to us and bless us;
look on us with favor
so that Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, God;
let all the peoples praise You.

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