Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Love Will Hold Us Together

I have found myself living amidst the most beautiful, united community of believers. They're incredible. Really. I am staying at a church in Northern Thailand that supports many ministries; teaching English to students, visiting HIV patients, playing an active role in orphans' lives, etc. In Thailand, a country almost completely Buddhist, being a Christian is a lonely lifestyle; so all the believers within an hour or so radius of the church seek refuge and company here. Sometimes when Thais convert to Christianity, they are shunned in their community, kicked out of their family. Sometimes when they convert to Christianity, they lose their fathers, mothers, brothers, we become their brothers, and their sisters, their mothers and their fathers. They have no community, so we create a new one together. They spend a lot of their free time hanging out here, at the church, because sometimes, this is the only place besides their own house that they feel welcome. The church office has a community table, and everyone brings an offering: homemade banana bread, octopus noodles, pineapple--and then we share everything an no one goes without.
When I arrived, I expected to be surrounded by mainly Thais because, hello, it's Thailand. Miss Obvious. So I was pleasantly surprised when I began meeting missionaries from Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Malaysia, Mississippi, Alabama, South Africa. The Lord had called the most diverse, unique people that each corner of the world could offer all to the same place, all at the same time. However, it's not so much that there are the Thais, then the Europeans, and then the Westerners. There's People. That have somehow come together.
Now, the church's CD stash is minimal, and we only have one WOW! Worship CD, so that disk gets played, and replayed, a lot. A lot. In the church vehicles, during church events, during any event that calls for music playing in the background, etc. etc. So we hearthe songs on that particular WOW! CD quite a lot, and a lot. Anyways, one of the tracks is that Matt Maher masterpiece, Hold Us Together. Besides just being awesome, it's kind of my anthem for the next two months, and how I view the dynamics of the awesome family in Christ I have found here:

"It don't have a job, don't pay your bills
Won't buy you a home in Beverly Hills
Won't fix your life in five easy steps
Ain't the law of the land or the government
But it's all you need
And love will hold us together
Make us a shelter to weather the storm
And I'll be my brother's keeper
So the whole world will know we're not alone"

Everyone here is such a role model for me. They really represent what it means to allow love to overcome language barriers, different lifestyles, and diversity so that they can be one body, accepting and welcoming and absolutely beautiful.


  1. I already know that you are going to be homesick for Thailand when you get back here. What a wonderful blessing to experience what you are experiencing. What a heartache to leave it in June.

  2. You are so right Elysa - she has her mothers heart and she is experiencing what we should all experience daily. Missions are what Christianity is all about and I pray for her heart to explode with new ideas and ways to keep serving when she comes home. She is and will continue to be an instrument for the Lord. Betsie I am so proud of you , you inspire me to be more than I am and I look forward to what you have to teach me when you get home. Although,I too can see you has fallen in love with this people group. Lord You continue to Amaze me with what You and only You can do through a willing vessel.

    Thank You Betsie for being Willing!
    I love you -
    Ms. Cindy

  3. Better to be Hold Us Together than Hickory Dickory Dock... Every Sunday for an hour while Laura and I teach Special Needs Sunday School...
    When the song finishes they just play it again. And again. And again.

    Share the Love over there Tink!

    Praying for you!

  4. We Believe in what you are doing. We are going to send you some music. My name is Cameron Wood by the way. I am a part of the band called TopherMan. Our lives are dedicated to the Gospel. Jesus is our everything. As far as I can tell He is your everything too. Be encouraged by others across the world who are praying for you, including us.

    Grace and Peace,
    Cameron Wood

  5. Cameron---This is Betsie's mom. Thank you so much for supporting her and the ministry thru your words and thru your music.

    I'll be going over to Thailand in a few weeks to see her. If you want to get the music to me either tell me here or fb me. I go by Elysa Mac.

    OR...were you planning on sending it thru Mt. Zion folks. Maybe you know Matt McDonald and Debbie Barron? They are also going over there soon.

  6. Elysa,

    We can get them to you if you would like. How do I need to go about doing this?