Samsok and Village
SAMSOK AND VILLAGE
It is really awesome how God works sometimes. I am amazed at how he intertwines people’s lives and His presence and doings in such a way that can make a world of over 6 billion people seem so intimate and close. Here’s what I mean: About a year ago, a friend of a friend told us about a Lao (friend of his) who was a pastor and was looking for support to be able to travel through villages and spread the Good News. So, for the past few months, Nic and Jess had been supporting this “friend.” As it turns out, during our trip to Laos, we traveled to a city very close to where “friend” lives... so naturally, he makes the trip over to meet us.
“Friend” is Samsok. He’s a 25-year-old young man who has gone to Bible College, and has a passion to preach the word of God! Thanks to support he receives, he doesn’t have to drive a taxi to support himself as he once did, and can dedicate himself completely to sharing the faith with numbers of people in many villages.
One Sunday, seven of us folded ourselves into a speedboat to go visit Samsok’s village. It was about a one-hour trip by speedboat (you can imagine how long of a walk it would be). Arriving at the village, we hiked up the dirt hillside, and alongside bamboo huts of varying complexity, past the two village waterspouts, and down to Samsok’s family’s home, which also doubles as the church.
Let me make a side note here: have you ever supported an out-of-country missionary, or maybe seen the TV promotions to adopt a child – maybe experienced something like with Compassion International where they send you a picture of the child and you get letters every now and then? Well, imagine you’re with that someone, in their country, in their town, meeting their grandfather! I mean, get out! How BIG is God? (These were my thoughts, and I’m not even the one who had been supporting this man).
This is Samsok. His grandfather is sitting in the chair ahead.