On April 25, Bambi sat and listened to our missionaries to Vietnam, talk to the staff about their work with the youth in Vietnam. She was in awe as she learned about their vision ‘to change the nation of Vietnam tomorrow by doing ministry among the children and youth today.’ Their goal was to lead one million children to Christ by the year 2020.
After their presentation, Bambi went to them just to say ‘hi’ and they immediately extended an invitation for Bambi and me to help them with an Awana teen leadership boot camp (300 teens in attendance from June 18-23).
We have known these missionaries for over 15 years now; they were in our first couples’ bible study here at EvFree. We have had the opportunity to watch God change their hearts through the years to eventually go back to their home country to serve as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. Vietnam is a communist country of 96 million people, with a great percentage not knowing about Jesus and His saving grace.
I confess that when I first heard of their invitation, my mind was immediately filled with reasons why we could not go. I agreed to pray for the Lord’s leading, trusting that He would direct our paths. Then I listened to Darin speak about sacrificial giving and one by one, my reasons for holding back disappeared. My worries and hesitations quickly changed to excitement as the prospect of making the trip to minister in Vietnam began to take shape.
We are scheduled to leave on June 15 returning on June 25. Our tickets have been purchased and our visa application to Vietnam is already in process. In the meantime, we are in desperate need of prayer. PRAY for all the youth in the camp to draw closer to Jesus. PRAY that we would be totally surrendered and dependent on the empowering of the Holy Spirit. PRAY that the lessons on prayer, Bible, attributes of God and Jesus’ salvation would be etched on the hearts of those attending.
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Bambi & Gerry Encarnacion