Galatians 3:28 (Message)-In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.
Have you ever felt alone when going through a challenge in your life? In the midst of trials and tribulation, it’s easy to feel as if you are the only person in the world that is going through. Our emotions during the trial can make us feel as if we are by ourselves on an island.
This is how I used to feel. Over the course of my life I have had to overcome a lot of things from depression, to promiscuity, to drug abuse, and much more. There were times when I felt no one understood the pain that I was experiencing. When I came into the knowledge of Jesus Christ, I learned that I was never alone because God never leaves us, nor forsakes us. I also learned that Jesus could indeed identify with my weaknesses and temptations yet He did not sin.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (Message)-Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
During, this trip to Thailand it was confirmed yet again that what I’ve had to Overcome and Endure in life was not exclusive to Jennifer Lucy Tyler. I had the honor of sharing my testimony to Thai women who are currently working in the red light District of Patpong. Our mission’s team was able to contribute to throwing a party for these women at Rahab Ministries. Rahab is located in the heart of the red light district in between various bars. It’s the one place on that strip that exudes such light in the midst of darkness. Rahab is truly a light that cannot be hidden!
Matthew 5:14-16 (Message) “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Photo by Kristen Torres-Toro
Photo by Connie Rock
Our party consisted of singing, dancing, games, and laughter! It was simply amazing to see how although there was a language barrier, we could all communicate through games, laughter, and love. When it came time to share my testimony with them, Prai, the Director of Rahab served as my translator. Much of what I shared is in my current blog titled, “Stripped.” I was in awe as Thai women nodded their heads in agreement as Prai translated the words from my heart to theirs. I was reminded in this moment that although we maybe in different hemispheres of the world, we are all very much alike. We experience the same challenges, struggles, and victories. In Thailand they would say we are all “same same, but different.” The most beautiful part of this day is seeing this women respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ after the testimony was shared. Five, Thai women gave their lives to Christ that day becoming my sisters in Christ. They now have access to the same grace, mercy, and transformational power that I did when I came to Christ many years ago. We may have a different background, speak a different language, and live in a different place but as Christ makes us whole, we are yet “Same Same.”
Photos By Connie Rock and Kristen Torres Torro
Photo by Kristen Torres-Toro
Jennifer Lucy Tyler
Updates: I have some goodies from Thailand (Journals and Jewelry!) that will go on my website next week! All of the proceeds will benefit Rahab Ministries!
I’ll be sharing more about this amazing trip and some people who Dared to Believe this Saturday, June 14th at 5:30 pm for the Ingage Movement. Located at 5335 1st place NE, Washington, DC