Southeast Asia 2015 Summer Mission

 by Kenton T.

Sixteen individuals. One team. One mission. One God. This summer I had the chance to minister to the people of Southeast Asia through Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru. From applying to serving overseas to support raising to serving the people in Southeast Asia, one thing God taught me was how to trust in Him with all of your heart as King Solomon writes in Proverbs 3:5-6. This trip was the first time I was travelling overseas and that in itself is a huge leap of faith, leaving the comforts of America, my home. I knew nothing about the country that I was going to except for the fact that less than one percent of the country were believers. One percent…less than 900,000 people were Christians. That’s about the size of the city of Detroit. We travelled to a country where 99% of its people have not heard the Good News or the name of Jesus Christ. How could that be in a world where information is available at our fingertips?

By God’s hand, the sixteen of us were chosen to be laborers in a field where the harvest was plentiful. It was more than plentiful, it was abundant! People were eager to hear our stories and about God. As we continued to share in our weekly English Club, we began to develop friendships with the students and with our helpers who would translate for us and were also believers in Christ. God truly broke down the language barrier and allowed us to speak into their lives, sharing His goodness, faithfulness, and love for this world. Not only did we impact the lives of the students we met at English Club, but we were able to impact our helpers and help them grow closer in their relationship with God.

As Pastor Victor shared in his message “Like a pilot who is not willing to fly”, we have to set our minds on things to come and not things of this world; we have to have a kingdom mindset. Our calling as God’s people is to follow Jesus wherever He goes and trust Him enough to know that He will sustain us (Isa.46:4), make our paths straight (Prov. 3:5-6), and give us hope for the future (1 John 5:9-12).

 “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” – Matt 8:20