Sunday, November 12, 2006

A Little Piece of Heaven

Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The church we have been attending is taking next 2 weeks to focus on those who are persecuted and pray for them. This morning 7 men stood before the congregation and sang a song about sending missionaries to their people so they could hear about Jesus. They were from the Hmong tribe which is scattered through out several Asian countries. These particular men had all walked (yes, walked) to Thailand from Vietnam to escape persecution for being believers. (Check out this website to see how far Thailand is from Vietnam: They are now refugees here because the King of Thailand has made Thailand a place for religious freedom. He is the "protector of all religions." One of the men shared his personal testimony of how the Lord had saved him, used him to start several churches, then suffer years of terrible persecution. These men would meet for church from 12:00am-3:00am so they wouldn't get caught.

Following their testimonies we were served communion by these same Hmong men, rice cakes and tea. What a humbling experience...The lights were turned low and we shared communion in a dark room just as they would have shared in communion in the middle of the night. It was a sober moment to contemplate what might be required of us to serve the Lord in the future.

We closed with more worship songs. One in particular happened to be a favorite of ours from Payson, In Christ Alone. Standing there in the middle of all those people from all over the world (this church has people from 40 different nations), my mind, as it has many times before in this setting, began to think of Heaven. Just think. The Gospel is touching lives in so very many places all over the world in hundreds of different cultures and languages and some day I will stand in heaven not only with this body of believers in Bangkok, but also these Hmong brothers, our dear family of believers in Payson, and believers from EVERY other nation. Wow. What will worship be like there? I wonder. I think it will be breath taking. To realize to the fullest the love that saved and assembled all those different people and the to see that Love Himself and to be apart of the multi-culture choir that sings praises to Him without any restraint from sin is beyond my comprehension. God will be glorified. I can't wait...

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

"Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb."

All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:

"Amen! Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"

Revelation 7:9-12 (NIV)
Are you ready for heaven?


karen said...

What a neat experience, Merri! It is truly amazing that every tribe and tongue has the opporutnity to receive Christ. I know that here in the states we take for granted the freedom to worship and carry out our lives as we wish. It is so easy to forget those that are dying and being persecuted for Jesus.

What a neat service and wonderful thoughts. I truly am longing for "a better country" these days. The Spirit and the Bride say "COME!".

Anonymous said...

Wow Merri, what a humbling experience for me just to read what you have put down. May God receive all the glory and what a wonderful thing he has done in you to share with us. It is so easy to forget what is going on all around the world. I get so frustrated in the Utah culture but look to those who are seeking God in their persecution. It gives me so much excitement for His ways. I cannot wait to come and visit you someday. I am learning so much and I am wanting to pull up your blog to teach Spence and Hailey about where Helen and Daniel are living. Thanks for keeping in touch with us. Love you Amy

Anonymous said...

It is good to hear that you and Pun are getting more used to Tailand. Michelle and I really enjoy reading your posts. We still think about you guys often.

MY SISTER GOT SAVED!!!! about a month or two ago she(Joy)accepted Christ. What a wonderful turn around in her life. Praise God with us. The Lord is good!

Love, Eric and Michelle

Merri said...

Hey Eric and Michelle! Thanks for your comments. We heard about Joy and are SO Thrilled for you all! What a great blessing for you and Joy.

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