Stories from Beyond 来自远方的故事
Statements that begin with "Stories from Beyond..." may sound a little eerie...but that is exactly what life beyond the borders may look like for our workers in the fields! We hope that through these snippets extracted from their prayer letters, you will get a glimpse into their lives, understand their circumstances a little more, and pray for them more meaningfully.
A SIM worker in Asia
God’s Response to Unified Prayer
These are hard times for my country. In the recent election, a leading political party is bringing much heartache as it gains power in state after state. In May, a Christian leader mobilised Christians via WhatsApp to pray for a crucial election in one state. The result? The ruling party lost by a very small margin! However, they defied the results and chose a Chief Minister. Believers across our nation fasted and prayed. There was a deep sense of unity. During that time, as I read from Daniel 2, I felt God would break the foundation of lies and injustice. The governor of the state, also of the ruling party, delayed his decision. Ugly drama in the parliament went on and on, but so did the prayers. After one week, the illegitimate CM acceded to defeat, and the leader for whom we were praying was announced as the new CM.
This experience of community prayer at work has stayed in my heart. Even as I recall that time, I experienced the presence of God.
Praying with the ostracised and vulnerable
In Gushegu, Ghana, widows are among the few believers in a small church. Life for them is hard. Considered “witches” in the community, even the church avoids them, fearing responsibility to care for them with limited resources. My wife and I began spending time with them; listening to their stories and needs, so we could at least pray for them. Witnessing their plight was painful. We invited them to our house for a weekly prayer meeting; praying with them for God to provide. Despite their struggles, gratefulness and joy characterized these women. But I struggled, “Why are You taking so long to answer our prayers?”
But God had a plan. Just as the pre-harvest months began – a time of food shortage – I travelled to Accra. A godly man inquired about our ministry. Hearing of the widows, God moved him to supply their needs. This year, God’s daughters will not be scavenging the market place at dawn for anything that resembles food. His timing is perfect.
R & P (Thailland)
“I want to remove the sacred images in our room that I worshiped daily in the past. But I fear the wrath of the evil spirit if I just throw them away,” said Sao to us on one of our visits.
Sao was a medium and a spirit was passed down to her from her great-grandfathers. After she and her husband, Wuth received Jesus two months ago, they wanted to get rid of the images. They were, however, afraid to do so by themselves. So we prayed with them, and told them to remove the images as soon as possible.
It was not easy to arrange a time for removing the images, as problems arose in the family that needed immediate attention each time an appointment was made. While waiting, Sao tried giving away a few of the images to some of her relatives - following the rule that the spirit must be passed on to a family member. Her relatives, however, returned the images to her, complaining of severe headaches because of them. This left Sao undecided on who else to pass the spirit to. Her only option was to throw the images away, but she was afraid.
We went to visit the family a couple of weeks ago and prayed for God’s protection from the evil spirit and for them to remove the images from their house. God answered their prayers. When we visited the family again, they told us they have removed all the images from their house. Sao was encouraged by the fact that God is the Creator of heaven and earth and that the evil spirit and the images are just objects. She therefore decided to break the rule and stop passing on the spirit. Sao and Wuth took the images down and threw them away. They are no longer under the power of the evil one. Praise God.
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
这是我们国家的一段艰难时刻。执政党在州选举中节节获胜，但却让人民感到失望和心痛。今年五月，一名基督教领袖透过 WhatsApp 动员基督徒为其中一州的关键选举祷告；结果，不得民心的执政党以很小的差距输了，但他们却无视选举的结果，擅自提名一位党员为新任州长。于是，全国各地的基督徒一起禁食祷告，大家都有一种很强烈的团结感和合一感。那段时间里，当我读到但以理书第二章，我觉得上帝一定会打破这个谎言和不公正的选举。结果，该州原来的州长（属于执政党）迟延了新州长上任的决定，而这段期间，议会里不断地上演着丑陋的剧码，但我们的祷告也不间断！一个星期之后，终于那位违法的州长放弃担任州长念头，我们所祷告的领袖被宣布为新任州长。