A post from Sarah Gordon, intern at CTR while serving in Thailand, summer of 2013

August 2013

Dearest Friends and Family,

I write to share with you my joy and privilege to have spent this summer season serving in Thailand with Remember Nhu.  I wish to express my thankfulness to you, for your partnership in the gospel work, from the first day of my arrival until now (Phil 1). I have much to share about the goodness of our great God and the good work He is continuing throughout the Far East.  One of the many highlights of this opportunity as an intern with RNhu is a greater understanding in seeing and experiencing how Christ’s kingdom is furthered here on earth.

Another highlight was being used in a small way to help prevent the evils of human trafficking in young lives.  As God’s Word states in the book of Isaiah: “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? (Is.58:6)....’Then your light shall break forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard’(Is 58:8). Indeed, Christ was present because God was being glorified through the obedience of His children in this effort to loose the bonds of wickedness through sex trafficking prevention.

I lived in Chiang Mai for two months at RNhu’s newest home with fifty-two Thai girls whose ages ranged from four to twenty-two.  Part of my responsibilities as an intern was to get to really know the girls and love them.  Christ overwhelmed me with His love through these relationships which transcended language and cultural barriers.  I was given daily opportunities to depend on Jesus Christ to supply His power and perspective so that my labor would not be in vain.  Because of our commonness in Him, deep relationships began to take root with some of the girls and other interns in ways I had not expected.

The Lord used the circumstances to reveal to me more of His character and how He works for His children.  He didn’t need me to go to Thailand, He chose for me to go, having planted the desire in my heart.  My time at RNhu confirmed my desire to serve overseas in ministry for a season of my life, whenever and wherever that may be.  My relationship with those precious girls has touched my heart in such a way to anticipate a return to Thailand for a period of time in the future. In the meantime I am starting back to my senior year at Moody Bible Institute.  In due season, I believe God will lead me back.

Thank you for your willingness to share this experience in helping to send me to Southeast Asia.  God had begun His work in Thailand long before I showed up and has been using the ministry of RNhu to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with hundreds of girls and boys in that region. Through your abundant provision of prayers and financial support, I was 100% supported to go this summer. In this I am confident, that God was glorified in this venture!  

In Christ, His bondservant,
Sarah Gordon