God is doing some incredible things in the heart of Southeast Asia drawing people to Himself who are the first persons in their entire family history to become followers of Jesus. Many of those people give their hearts to Jesus during a very pivotal period of time in their lives where they are the most inquisitive time of their lives, the time between 1st year at the university all the way up until their last day at university.
Let me tell you about one of those university students who became the first person in their entire family to follow Jesus and who now serves God on our NTIM Thai Staff team. He, like the rest of my staff, is one of my Thai heroes.
Ball became the first person in her entire family to become a follower of Jesus while he was in his 3rd year as a university student. Ball began going to an English outreach of Grace Language School at Rachaphat University called “English Corner.” The relationships he developed led him to a Christmas program at Baan Athitan Church where he received a scholarship to study at GLS and became one of Michael’s students.
Many people spoke into Ball’s life and all of us rejoiced greatly on February 25, 2015 when Ball made the decision to become a follower of Jesus. Michael had the privilege of baptizing Ball on September 13, 2016 at Baan Athitaan Church. Here is a short video clip of that day.
“Lord, thank You for loving us enough to send someone into our lives to tell us about the gospel. We thank You for loving Ball enough to send someone into his life to tell him about the gospel. We thank You for loving others enough to send people like Ball into the lives of others to tell them about the gospel. We want to take this moment and ask You to bless Ball in a very special way. Help him to be salt and light in all that he does. Help him as he serves You faithfully through NTIM at Grace Language School and at Baan Athitaan Church. We ask that You would be pleased to use him to help reach his family, his friends, his neighbors, his own people group, and even other people groups. Thank You for his work with NTIM and how he faithfully serves You each and every day. We pray that You would give him great love and wisdom as he pours his life into discipling young university students there in Northern Thailand. We pray this in Jesus name.”