Prophetic Painting for the MST Project
“What!? Over 400,000 Thai men buy some type of sex everyday? Wait, I thought it was the foreigners who were the problem.” As I was sitting in a Christian coffee shop (Light House) next to one of the main sex “shopping plazas” in Bangkok, Thailand, Chris Lenty and an intern, Dan, from the MST Project talked about the sex industry here in Thailand. He explained how generally when people see a foreigner and a Thai girl, they think he is buying sex; but when a Thai man and Thai women are together, it is not easily seen so people don’t realize that the problem goes beyond tourism. It is deeply rooted in the culture. I listened to a man that has a heart for the restoration of purity in men’s lives, regardless of sexual sin. He sees sin as sin.
It was awesome to spend time with this ministry. I can write tons about his heart, his purpose and what God is doing; but if you’re interested, feel free to check out this ministry MST Project with YWAM Thailand.
A couple of months ago God put it on my heart to paint for the MST Project. To see and to paint. I believed as I walked with the staff of the ministry, saw what they saw, God would reveal what He wanted me to paint. In this process, we walked from the sky train to the different sex plazas. I was hit strong with the heaviness, the intensity, the brokenness and the hurt.
Afterwards, we debriefed and prayed for one another. When I got home, I built the frame for the canvas, stretched it, and wrote two verses on the back of the canvas that the Lord put on my heart (Psalm 101:1-6 & Lamentations 5:5-11).
As I have been working on this painting, it is clear that I have entered in to spiritual warfare. I have been attacked in my dreams, but I feel the Lord speaking to me throughout the whole process. This painting may take me a while, so please be praying for me and especially for the MST Project.
The Contrast House
Our ministry leader gave us the month of December off. This was around the same time that we had moved into a new little home in a new little neighborhood. In this time, we continued to take our Thai language classes, attend Culture and Language meetings in Bangkok, read a book titled “Working with Thais”, do our quarterly visa run, work on personal paintings both for selling and for prophetic purposes outside of our ministry, celebrate the holidays, get to know our new neighbors, and really press in to God on an individual level and as a couple.
We are now back in ministry and looking forward to all the changes that are coming for the year 2015.
When we first moved over to this new part of town, Khao Takiab, just outside of Hua Hin, we had two reasons on our hearts. For one, we wanted to have a little yard for Elijah to play in; and two, we wanted to be closer to the people in our ministry, as they all live over in this area. Little did we know that God had so much more planned for us. The house that we moved in to is owned by the next door neighbor. The house on the other side of us also happens to be part of the same family. So basically, we moved right into the middle of a little family. It has been an absolute blessing to live here. They have really made us feel welcomed and loved. They’ve invited us to birthday parties, family outings, and Thai holiday celebrations. The two teenage boys, Noon (14) and Nok (17), play ball every evening with Elijah. Shawn says that they have caused him to completely fall in love with the Thai people.
If you walk just 5 minutes north on our road, you will come across this little Burmese community. The homes and fencing are all made out of tin roofing sheets. The people are very poor and mostly all do cheap, manual labor for the Thais. We, as a family, intentionally walk through this neighborhood many times a week to be a light and to show love. The first couple of times we walked through, we felt very “off” in the Spirit. We felt unwanted and almost as if they thought we must be lost. I felt that it was important to establish a presence there. For them to know that we aren’t lost, that we are interested in them. So, if we are headed out to buy food or something, we make sure to take extra time to stop through, let Elijah play with the kids, the puppies, the older guys playing ball. Many times, we will have the entire community gathered around watching Elijah and interacting with him. He brings that joy that only a little one can bring.
- Pray that we can be a light in our community, that God would use us to show His glory, that people will be drawn to Him because of His presence in us.
- Pray that God speaks clearly to Shawn as he uses his prophetic gift to paint for the MST Project and future ministries.
- Pray for God to keep meeting our financial needs, as we are still far below the monthly support needed. (It’s also a major praise report that we have made it ten months here. God continually provides in surprising ways.)
- Pray for peace and guidance as we make big decisions for our future.