I am very blessed to have been a part of the 2017 Myanmar Trip. This was my second trip to Myanmar and I thought at the time that I more or less knew what to expect. But God worked in my life far beyond any of my expectations.
As it was in my previous trip, I struggled with feelings of inadequacy. I was tasked to lead worship on one of the mornings but it didn’t turn out as I expected. I felt horrible. But someone shared during the morning devotion about the dangers of getting so caught up in the “doing” that we miss out on what God is really trying to do and say to us. I realized that God was speaking to me about being open to Him and those around Him.
That willingness to be open was tested on the last day of our medical missions when I was tasked to share but there was no translator. I used whatever little Burmese I could speak to interact and pray for whoever I could. As I prayed and shared, I really felt the love and compassion of God for these people flow through me, and I could identify with His grief when they refused Him.
During the flight back, God gave me an opportunity to share the Gospel as I found myself seated beside a Burmese man. I tried to interact with him but it was in vain because he didn’t seem to be able to speak English. However in the last 15 minutes of the flight, I found out that he did speak a little English. I seized the opportunity to share with him about the love of Christ. He did not accept the message, but I believe a seed was planted.
Throughout the trip, I prayed that God would help me to stay focused, and make everything about Him and not about me, purifying my every motive. I began to suddenly feel God working through every prayer and moment of worship. I finally found the encounter I have spent years searching for.