God’s Hand of Mercy – Pastor Sittichai
Posted by danneker on November 1st, 2020 | 4 comments
“If it hadn’t been for God, I probably would be in prison right now,” Pastor Sittichai shared with the congregation. He had just received his Bachelors’ degree from the Bangkok Bible Seminary the day before. The Mahapawn Baan Paeo Church was celebrating this milestone in his life and had asked him to share how God called him into the ministry.
“I was born into a Christian family but did not live much like a Christian. In high school I got involved with a local gang, even though I was in a Christian dorm.” Sittichai hails from the mountains of northern Thailand. The village had an elementary option, but the high school was a distance away in a larger city.
“There was one time I was ready to kill a rival gang member. I had the gun ready, but the guy took another way home. It was God’s hand of protection on both of us. Another time, the motorcycle I was riding had some drugs hidden in it, but I wasn’t caught. It was God’s hand of mercy.”
Sittichai struggled in school academically. He began to pray that God would change his life that was on such a dangerous path. He told the Lord that if He called him, he would serve Him. By God’s mercy, he managed to graduate from 12th grade.
“I sensed God was calling me to serve Him. I had heard about a Bible school in Bangkok and decided to enroll. But after one term, Bangkok was hit with terrible flooding, the school was damaged beyond repair and closed. Then someone suggested I transfer to Bangkok Bible Seminary (BBS). I applied and was accepted. The new term would begin after Christmas.”
But while Sittichai was back home waiting for the new term to begin, he changed his mind about further study. Shortly after that decision, Sittichai was riding his motorcycle on a gentle mountain road, when for no real reason he was thrown off the bike. His pants were torn but he was not injured badly. “That night, I heard the Lord say, “You have denied me.” I felt this great pain and sadness and decided to study at BBS.”
Sittichai saw God gradually change his life during that time at BBS. During his third year, he was of age to be drafted as a soldier. He decided to enlist for a year to take care of this obligation. He liked being a soldier and enlisted for a second year, this time as a teacher of new recruits. Again, he doubted if he should continue his Bible training, but the Lord confirmed His calling in his heart.
Entering BBS again in August 2017, Sittichai needed a weekend ministry position. Ed had just contacted the school looking for a Thai student to help us at the new Mahapawn Baan Paeo Church. What a blessing Sittichai has been, first serving on weekends, then doing his year internship, and now serving as our Thai pastor.
“I stand here today because of God’s grace. I am not worthy, but God is great. He can take someone lowly and insignificant like me, a terrible sinner, and lovingly change my life. I give Him all the praise!”