LETTER FROM THE GM
THE WHOLE WORLD WAS WATCHING AND PRAYING
In the past few days, there has not been a bigger story than the Thai soccer team that went missing after going to a cave system in Thailand. The "Wild Boars" soccer team became trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. The whole world started watching and praying. It didn't matter what country you came from-- it didn't matter what color of skin you had and it didn't matter what faith you professed - the entire world was focused on those 12 boys and their coach. Every TV, radio station and social media outlet carried the story daily. It took a total of 18 days before the entire team (all 12 boys) and their coach were finally rescued and brought to safety.
It all started when a Thai soccer team made up of 11 to 17-year old boys and their 25-year-old coach became stranded in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system. When they entered the cave, heavy rain started to set it, partially blocking the entrance and exit. The entire team was forced to venture deeper into the caves and the waters started to rise. In a few hours, they team was reported missing and search operations began. The rescue operation lasted more than 18 days and involved over a thousand rescuers who ranged from volunteers to Thai Navy SEALS. "90 divers from around the world, the best of the best, came to save these boys, and in such a short period of time," said one of the volunteers. All of the boys were treated in a Chiang Rai hospital. Medical officials have reported that they were all healthy and mentally fit, despite the hardships they went through.
Celebrations were tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died while on a re-supply mission inside the cave. Just as that diver sacrificed his life to try and save those young people, so did a man named Jesus Christ die to offer salvation to our fallen world. Just as those 12 young boys and their coach were grateful for their rescue, I wonder how many in the world are grateful to our Lord and Savior for the rescue that He has provided. Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).
We thank each of you who financially support and/or pray for us which helps our radio ministry point the way to that small gate and the narrow road that leads to our rescue.