IMG_6812The stories about the persecution of Christians in the middle east became real to me as I met with a group of believers on Sunday night.  Mind you, the believers I met with were Pakistani and yes I’m still in Bangkok.  Pakistanis of Christians decent have been temporarily placed in Bangkok by the UN as a means of helping them escape the persecution they have experienced in Pakistan from various religious groups.  In a sense they are here illegally (without proper immigration papers) and could be arrested and deported if they become too much of a problem.  Being Illegal they are not able to get a job, go to school or have a bank account.  Life becomes very difficult when you have as many as 20-25 people from various families living in the same unit.  If the kids make too much noise the Thai neighbors have no problem turning them in.  The situation is ripe with fraud and frustration.  The UN will keep each family unit here about two years until they can arrange legal deportation to a country that will take them (many are coming to the US legally.)

It just so happened that a Pakistani family moved in to a shop house (shop on street level, house above) just down the street from one of the only Thai Baptist churches in Bangkok just over a year ago.  Since then, many Pakistanis have been saved (they grow up thinking they are “christian” because they were born into a “christian” family).  They have a Pakistani service on Sunday night and they really enjoy the worship.  The clapping and singing communicates to God joy in the middle of their wanderings.  

Aaron interpretes for Pastor Kevin.  He hopes to receive his paperwork this year.

Aaron interpretes for Pastor Kevin. He hopes to receive his paperwork this year.

I had the privilege of speaking to them the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 8 as he counseled them on how to live for God’s Glory as they prepare to go to the land of promise.  They need to remember how God supplies for them and prepare to live for God not the promise of plenty in the new land.  It was a rich application of the passage.  They really enjoyed the sermon.  It was a great night of fellowship.  

Please remember to pray for Ricky and Tammy as they balance this new ministry which is complex and difficult.  Ricky and Tammy are pretty high profile with the Thai government because of their deaf soccer team and free English classes.  They are seizing every opportunity for God’s glory.

The kids are full of life and enjoyed the time after the service to let off some energy.

The kids are full of life and enjoyed the time after the service to let off some energy.