Ask our Missionaries (AoM):
If you had five minutes to preach right now, what would you share?
I AM WITH YOU
In Joshua 1:5 God tells Joshua, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” In the New Testament Jesus tells His disciples, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt 28:20) This comforting promise is given to us in many Scriptures throughout the Bible. No matter how we feel, we are never alone.
When one lives in another culture for an extended period of time, they go through what is called ‘culture shock’. Some call it ‘homesickness’ but the fact is, is that we are missing what we know and are uncomfortable with what we do not know and are experiencing at the moment.
We have an ‘English speaking Fellowship Night’ on Saturdays at the Oasis Coffee Shop. Being a Christian is not a prerequisite. Everyone is welcome, as we have had atheists, agnostics and people of various religions and denominsations attend. Some nights have been very challenging and very interesting. The main purpose for this group is to offer comfort and understanding for anyone going through a difficult time in a strange and sometimes perplexing cultural environment. We have seen people come with various religious backgrounds and watched them grow and blossom into committed Christians who now understand much more about our loving heavenly Father, His Son Who died for us and His Spirit Who empowers us.
Through the group’s love, fellowship and empathy extended toward them, people understand that they are not the only ones who are feeling alone or afraid or angry. They are not the only ones who have gone through communication and other cultural problems. They come to know that we are there to help them, encourage them and support them. They understand that God will always be with them even when they leave Mae Sot to serve God in other places around the world. If you are feeling alone, afraid, angry or fearful, be encouraged to know that God is with you always; He will never leave you or forsake you.