02 Sep 因主耶稣的牺牲而谦卑 (Humbled Lives at His Disposal)
Are we willing to be further refined to be used by God?
From 22–30 June 2018, our humble team of five students, three from NUS, one from NTU and one from SIM, embarked on a journey of living and serving with the missionaries and communities in Northern Thailand. This trip was planned as a missions exposure for students from the Chinese CFs of NUS, NTU and SIM.
We spent four days each at the foot of Chiang Rai and in the mountains of Hui Zhong Po, engaging the youths at the youth centre in activities designed to forge stronger understanding and relationships among them, with us, and most importantly with God. At Chiang Rai and Hui Zhong Po Kindergarten, we led some ativities and also conducted English lessons. On the mountains of Hui Zhong Po we had the opportunity to join the evening family gatherings, as well as visit and pray for individuals and centres such as the Faith, Hope, Love drug rehabilitation centre, and an orphanage.
Through our experiences and the lives we met, God taught us about the need for commitment in missions. From preparation to the actual trip, from programme plans to our deeper attitudes towards God, commitment ensured we did not compromise on serving God with our best abilities, time and effort.
The importance of commitment was evident in our team’s daily spiritual disciplines. Morning devotions were done individually before we did it as a team. Evening prayers involved thanksgiving and praying for matters that weighed upon our hearts. Through these small commitments, we experienced tangible sustenance and rest through God’s Word. The Bible passages we encountered at specific points of our journey were so timely, it was more than mere coincidence. Especially when doubts or tiredness neared us, our effort to hold these commitments were part of God’s equipping and refining work in us, which flowed into how we served and interacted.
Lastly, the missionaries and their testimonies of God in their lives inspired us greatly. We will always remember Teacher Chun Lan’s nervous driving, calmed only through her reliance on Jesus to protect us through the narrow and crowded roads. Teacher Quan Hua’s hearty laughter at the smallest jokes and his presence among the individuals we met cheered us on. These were real people who shared meals and laughter with us, and with whom we shared a connection. We could see Christ clearly in their lives, but not in an overglorified fashion my mind used to imagine missionaries as. They were simply humbled lives willing to be used by God.
The question then comes: Wherever we are, are we willing to be further refined and humbled to be used by God as well?
Written by Lum Yi, NUS for Impetus August 2018 ( FES E-newsletter)