Dear Brother and Sister in Christ.
I wrote this up many days ago not knowing what to do with it. Then this morning I needed to update a little on the Project. I had no intention to combine them together. Also last night I was messaging Phimpha. And I was surprised at how what she had said fit together with what I had written, so I am sending it as one. I really hate this part of my work here. If anyone wants to come live here to write these updates for me please come.
This is just my opinion on what I see in the bible and the things that are heavy on my heart. I am not looking to judge anyone. Only God knows the heart. It has taken me years to get to where I am today and I still have a long ways to go before I would feel comfortable in saying that I am following in the footsteps of Jesus. I speak only to get this stuff out as I feel led to speak, in the hopes that it may help someone to gain salvation.
I was so blinded in my daily living when I was in America. The longer I am away and the less I have the clearer it is to see how lost I was. I thought being a good person by not hurting others, doing what I could to help people, being a good neighbor. I thought I would certainly make it into heaven. I think most people believe they will make it but what does Jesus say about it. I have read these passages many times and never realized what it said. Jesus is talking about the: Day of Judgment. He himself is seated on the throne and judging everyone.
Mat 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.
Mat 25:32 All the nations will be assembled in front of him, and he will cull them out, one from another, like a shepherd separates sheep from goats.
Mat 25:33 He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left.
Mat 25:34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who have been blessed by my Father! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,
Mat 25:35 because I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.
Mat 25:36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
Mat 25:37 “Then the righteous will say to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
Mat 25:38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or see you naked and clothe you?
Mat 25:39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
Mat 25:40 The king will answer them, ‘I tell you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’
Mat 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me, you who are accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!
Mat 25:42 Here’s why: I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink.
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t welcome me. I was naked, and you didn’t clothe me. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
Mat 25:44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or as a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t help you?’
Mat 25:45 Then he will say to them, ‘I tell you with certainty, since you didn’t do it for one of the least important of these, you didn’t do it for me.’
Mat 25:46 These people will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
If we follow what he said and love our neighbor as ourselves we will naturally be following the commandments because they are founded on Loving your neighbor. Who are our neighbors? They are other humans, all humans. Not just the ones living next door. Not just the ones in our own country, all people. God created us all and loves us all and wants all of us to be with Him but not many will be. He said a few will find the narrow road. Just before this He was talking in parables but not now. He is speaking of judgment. He Himself is sitting on the throne to judge. All nations of the earth are before him. All that ever lived. He separates the sea of people. Then how does He judge them? By their wiliness to help others! Love your neighbor as yourself. Wow! Why would He use this illustration? Is it accurate in itself? If Jesus said it, I believe it will be the most important thing to be judged by. Why? Because all of the other commandments of God are based on loving your neighbor as yourself. Think about it. In order to really carry that out we would want all people to have what we have. We would have to be willing to let go of our wants. Our needs are food, clothing, shelter, the basic things to live. The “wants” are comforts. The wants we believe we need to be happy, we believe we deserve. Why did God bless King Solomon with wealth and all the desires of his heart? Maybe as a bad example? I don’t know but in the end king Solomon himself said it was all nothing but chasing the wind. It did not bring him satisfaction. Happiness for a time but not satisfaction for his life. I have been here 11 years now. I don’t have much in the way of wants. The longer away from the wants the more you realize they are worthless. Yes they would bring me some happiness for a time but the gilt is not worth it in the long run. There are just too many that have true needs that must be met. Don’t get me wrong I fail too. I need to weigh everything I want to spend money or time on. Is it just for me? Is it selfish or do I need it to survive? Do I need to take time off or travel great distances to see my family or is it being selfish? Hard decisions. I can easily justify my desires.
Will we be on the left or the right had of Jesus on judgment day? If we do what Jesus said and take care of the least important we will be with Him on the right. Yes there are a thousand excuses we can come up with to not follow. Are they truly in need or why don’t they get a job and work, are they are just lazy and they waste what we give and what we give does not end up in the hands of the needy. On and on and on we can go. But Jesus didn’t say anything about excuses. So is our salvation pinned to these verses? If we have said the sinners prayer and accept Jesus into our hearts isn’t that enough as John 3: 16 says? I don’t know. But I know when I accepted Jesus into my heart I began to change. Things that were ok in my life became not OK. I could not justify it by my ignorance any longer. It caused me to look at myself. Or do we avoid looking; hoping we don’t see and then we won’t be accountable?
Mat 19:21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you own and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me.”
Sounds pretty harsh but Jesus told the rich man this after he had said he followed all the commandments his whole life.
Mat 19:20 The young man told him, “I have kept all of these. What do I still lack?”
Jesus knows the heart. Just looking good on the outside will not suffice.
If someone told you that you had a choice. Loose one of your hands or loose every material thing you own in this world? I don’t think anyone would be willing to have their hand cut off to save their house or car. Yet Jesus said if it causes you to sin cut it off. Mat 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. It is better for you to lose one of your body parts than to have your whole body go into hell.”
What are we willing to give up to be sure of eternity. It is not about money and stuff it is about the heart. Do we care more about our wants than those in need?
I had a few minutes to speak with my wife “in person” yesterday and I pried a little more information out of her on the Project she is working on. She calls it a restoration center but it will be more than that.
She is looking at a large conference hall because it is almost impossible to find one in the area. They are in high demand.
There will be large classrooms available for public as well as for us to use. She has many burdens. She wants to help those looking to go into ministry. More of a hands on approach than book knowledge.
There will be rooms for some children from families that the parents are in jail for one reason or another. She is already working with those children in the communities. Some have a place to live some are not in a good place to live.
There will be those who are looking to break away from the drug scene. A place of safety away from that lifestyle.
A large house type of setting for Missionaries to come and rest up and regroup.
Also a few smaller houses like a hotel room for those coming for a short time or for conferences.
A public park out by the main road.
All of this will take time to get built. It will be ongoing as God directs it.
The next payment on the land is the 2nd of September. Roughly $23,000.00
We have no money on hand for that right now. Prayers for it are appreciated.
I did not get permission from her to say what we talked about last night. By messenger. So I will probably be in hot water for this. She is not one to speak of herself. I was asking her about fasting. My heart was surprised at her feelings toward her work.
I knew she had been fasting every day because of the heavy burdens she has with the work there and the project. Eating only once a day. I asked her if she was still doing that?
She said : “I do. It’s why I lose weight”
Then she went on.
She said: “I even don’t want to eat when the needy call me asking for help.”
She said: “I give all what I have even for my own food.”
That my friends, is Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself.
Is the substance of things hoped for. It is totally believing that you will receive what you are hoping for. It is not hope. It is the assurance you will receive it beyond all doubt. You know it will happen. That is why we only need a small amount of Faith to move a mountain, because we are certain it will move. We don’t just know God is able to do what we ask for, we are certain He will do it.
Looking at it from a worldly standpoint it is crazy. Who would buy land, start to work on it and plan to build a large complex without any funds to start the project? Someone who has Faith! If you know God is telling you to buy it you must sign the papers to buy. If He is telling you to start working on it before it is paid for then start. If He is telling you to wait, you wait, but He said start.
God told us to start this project. We live by following His word so we started on Faith alone. God is providing for the project through those who have the burden to expand His kingdom here on earth. The purpose of that is to save souls from final damnation.
This is what He has done so far.
The price of the land is 3,000,000 Baht ($90,000.00 ) We have paid 780,000 Baht so far so the balance is 2,220,000 Baht ($66,640.00)
The price for the contractor to move the dirt was 560,000 Baht ($17,000.00) we paid 360,000 Baht, we owe them 200,000 Baht ($6,000.00)
The land was originally rice field and needed to be raised up so it does not flood every time it rains. It is much cheaper to dig a hole and use our own dirt to cover the land than to buy dirt. So now we have a large pond on the far end of the property. The land is roughly 4 acres in size so it was a lot of dirt to move. They raised the level of the “filled land” about 40 inches.
We also bought cement culverts to put under the access to the property. They were 54,000 Baht ($1,600.00). They had to be large because the water runs to other properties all around the area.
We will continue to push forward by Faith. Many of you reading this disagree with what we are doing. If God was telling you to move forward and you knew it was from God I pray you would move. We know what it is to be persecuted for our faith. We ask you to join with us in prayer. Not for just us and this project, but to pray for the lost. It is why we live. Our life is not our own we belong to God and without God and salvation we are lost. With God and salvation eternity awaits us.
Your Brother and Sister in Thailand
Rodney and Phimpha