The apostle Paul was "in the market place every day with those who happened to be present." Acts 17:17 This was one of the verses that we meditated on during our day of prayer and fasting on Tuesday, March 16th. The Holy Spirit was challenging us to go to where the people are. Well, we had our usual plans of evangelizing in the universities and with the school children, but due to the closing of the schools in this summer season all of our nearby "targets" weren't around.
So we changed our "targets". We followed Paul's example and went to the largest market in Chiang Rai at the busiest time of the day. We set up our group on the sidewalk and began singing songs and sharing testimonies. Our intentions were good, but it wasn't effective because the noise was so loud that nobody could hear our words.
Along walks a blind man carrying a microphone and speaker. "Wouldn't it be great if we could use that?" I thought. I made a joke about it to another person and they challenged me to ask to borrow it. I thought it was a little inappropriate, but after some prodding I finally went up to the blind man and asked if we could use the microphone and speaker. He agreed and now our words were loud enough for all to see. We shared the gospel of Jesus Christ to over a hundred people.
There wasn't a huge response to the gospel, but there was one woman who wanted to know more. I sat down with her and shared my testimony. There was no pause; she immediately wanted to accept Jesus into her life. We prayed with her and explained to her how she could pray to God herself and we blessed her.
Next week will return to see her and give her a Bible and teach her more about the gospel.
It's amazing how you read the Scriptures and put it into practice and results come through obedience to God's voice. May God receive all the glory for it was He who touched that woman's heart.
Say a prayer for her right now; her name is Chonladam.