I am really excited to move to Bangkok, Thailand. The more I talk to the friends and people we know already living over there, the more excited I get. The more I talk to people about it, the more excited I get! I know this is a blessing from God because I have quite a bit of apprehension moving from one country to another, especially so quickly!
As I talked to my friend in Bangkok, she assured me there is much to do in Bangkok, especially with my children. This is much different than in Haiti. She talked about meeting ladies at the park and developing friendships with them. Again, this reassured me and calmed my fears and anxieties about moving yet again to another country. But the point she made was even bigger. It is something I thought about while I lived in Haiti, but something I was unable to accomplish on the fullest level. Perhaps it was because I didn’t have the opportunity or perhaps it was because I didn’t act on the opportunities I was given.
Our children are a gift from God. He has entrusted them to us to raise them up in His Word and to be great leaders for His Kingdom. But He has also given them to us to make lasting friendships that open up doors to share the Gospel with those who do not know it or to help others deepen their faith by talking through it with someone who is going through some of the same things in life and can walk along side them. The Bible says so!
In Matthew 19, Jesus blesses the children and passed on the blessing from one generation to the next. This is where we must pass on our knowledge of the Bible and raise our children to know the Word and be warriors for the Kingdom of God. We also must not underestimate the power they have for the Kingdom. Whether through meeting others or sending them to school or them talking to their friends about Christ, we must remember that they are a gateway to sharing with others the love of Christ.
I know my friend has done a great job ministering to others through the relationships she has built through her children, and I pray I can use every opportunity God gives me to do the same. I am excited to go to Bangkok and fulfill God’s plan in this. BUT I also have to remember God has placed me here in the States for now, so I have to use the opportunities He has given me now too. I hope to encourage those of you who have children, both moms and dads, to acknowledge the opportunities God has given you to share the Gospel. And even if you are not a mom or dad or your children are grown, then still look for the opportunities God places in front of you to share His Word.