After the floods in late 2011 millions of people in and around Bangkok were affected and a team from Iris Relief joined a group from a local church and came to help out. Knowing Iris Ministries they didn’t just provide aid but also shared Jesus and He transformed a whole village in a single visit. The chief of the village got saved along with many of the villagers and many people got healed, blessed and given hope. Last week we got the privilege of being able to revisit the village and check it out. We returned to see a thriving church of local Thai people filled with faith and a passion for Jesus. God has worked powerfully amongst them and they knew it.
Firstly we spent a week in Bangkok and it has been great to witness the different and hidden ways Jesus’ love is shining in the city. His love works in so many ways whether through Nightlight or The Well ministering to female prostitutes or even through a group called Dtonnaam specifically focused on helping Lady-boys. We got to meet and work with a ministry which works specifically with the men (who are creating all the demand) in the sex trade. This ministry is called MST and is one of its kind. It was great to hear the volunteers hearts and realise that actually the guys who are over here to pay for sex are just broken people who need Jesus too.
In summary it has been a great trip so far, we have been really busy but it has been such a rich experience and we have learnt so much. God is slowly putting the pieces of the puzzle together and we continue to trust in him to guide us in what our next steps will be after our fact finding trip with the team ends.
Next we are off to Cambodia, we fly out tomorrow with the team to spend time with a newly established Iris presence there and to learn from them. They will be working to minister to victims of child exploitation, the same areas which God has put on our hearts so we are looking forward to learning from them and finding out a little more of where we might fit in all of this.
Thanks so much for reading our update. We really love and appreciate all of you. Lots of Love from Steve and Mollie x