Meet Nok: Reaping more fruit from the school outreaches
Posted by danneker on February 2nd, 2020 | 7 comments
Saturday morning, I was busy setting up for the kid’s outreach. Ajarn Sittichai mentioned that a friend of Manao’s stopped by earlier. She would be back a little later. The kids started to arrive. As I was then busy having the children do the first activity, Nok, (second from the right in the picture) a young lady in eighth grade at Manao’s school, came in the church. We chatted as the children worked on their pictures. I asked her if she remembered seeing us at her high school on Christmas day. “Oh yes!” she said. “I was one of the ones doing the dance before your group started their program. Do you remember seeing me?” I remember the dance, but there were ten other students up there with her, and I was focused on what our group would be doing next. It was announced at the end of the Christmas outreach that at church on Saturdays, we teach music to teenagers, if anyone was interested. We also told the 850 students that Christmas morning that they were welcome to stop by church if they would like to know more about Jesus. Nok finally connected with Manao, who’s in eleventh grade. “I want to learn how to sing,” Nok said.
Nok joined me with the children as I began the lesson. Soon Manao came and sat with her. After the children’s program was over, Bale came. Bale is a gifted singer and one of our main worship leaders. Bale began to teach Nok the basics of singing. After we had lunch with these three teenagers, we began worship practice and invited Nok to join in and learn some worship songs too. After worship practice, I went home to finish getting ready for Sunday.
Bale and Manao then proceeded to share their faith with Nok. Nok said she had first heard about Jesus two years ago when the short-term team from the Glenview Alliance Church (Glenrock PA) did the English outreach at her elementary school. She would have been in sixth grade at the time. She was interested then, responded to the message, but did not know how to find out more about Jesus. Then our church did the Christmas day outreach at her high school last month. Not only did we hand out contact information about the church (address, phone number, Facebook page info), we also introduced Manao who comes to our church regularly. “Or you can ask Manao…” if you are interested. Praise God, Nok did. And praise God, Nok was ready to ask Jesus to be her Savior.
Sunday morning, Nok came early for her first ever Sunday School and Worship Service. Everyone welcomed her warmly as the newest member of the church family and prayed over her at the end of the service. I started discipleship Bible study with her after the fellowship lunch: assurance of salvation and daily devotions. She is an eager learner.
Please pray for Nok as she now grows in her newly affirmed faith. I am planning on having Manao disciple Nok with me. The seed was planted two years ago by that short-term team. The Christmas outreach watered it. But God made it grow. May God receive all the praise.
I Corinthians 3:6 “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”