This past Sunday morning worship at Life Center UMC (the church that sponsors Blessing Home) in Pattaya was a great blessing.
This past Sunday, the women from the Tamar Center worshipped with us. The Tamar Center is a ministry of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Pattaya that helps women to leave prostitution and develops them to have new life in Christ through a residence program that teaches them other vocations, such as becoming beauticians or managing a coffee shop and bakery. The members of Life Center UMC have had a special relationship with this ministry, helping with vocational training, such as making greeting cards that can be sold to tourists. 12 women and 3 staff from Tamar Center were worshipping the Lord with us, and it was amazing to see how God has radically changed their lives, giving them hope and joy and a community of faith that supports them. Changed lives and hope in Christ is what our ministries are all about, and it gives a great feeling of satisfaction, knowing that God is working in the lives of these women. It is a privilege for Blessing Home to work together with other ant-trafficking ministries here at Ground Zero for sex trafficking in Pacific Asia.
We usually like to take pictures and post them on the blog, but we need to allow these women to have anonymity which they need.
Also, on Sunday morning, we heard the testimony of a follower of Jesus Christ who used to be Muslim. This past Sunday was Muslim New Year, and he attempted to call his mother to express his love for her. But she would not receive his call, which was expected. This man, named Moses, has been rejected by his family and cannot return to his home town in the Southern region of Thailand because he would most likely be killed for becoming a Christian. Moses is a brave man who has given up everything for Christ. And now his church family is his only real family. It is an honor to worship the Lord together with Moses. He is truly inspires us.