Over the past few years I have been going to a nail salon owned by a Buddhist family. They are all from Vietnam. Vietnam is a communist country which just recently climbed three spots on a list of the world's worst persecutors of Christians. Out of 89,000,000 people in Vietnam 9% are Christians. Over 56% are Buddhist. This is certainly an unreached nation. Please pray for Vietnam and for Vietnamese people living in other countries.
The owners of this nail salon (I will refrain from using their real names) are Gina and John. They are both in their early 50’s and have 2 American born children. 1 girl and 1 boy. They work extremely hard to provide for their family. I am so thankful to God and blessed by Him to have been given this opportunity to share the gospel to these people. Yes…each and every time I step foot in this salon is an opportunity to do so…to be the light, the salt of the earth, the hands and feet of Jesus. Regardless of how I am feeling that day or my selfish wants to “just relax” and enjoy my pedicure, I may only be the “Jesus” they see.
I have people ask me why I go to this salon? They say, “it’s dirty, it’s old, they are Buddhist, go to so and so…she attends our church and is a sister in the Lord.” I could very easily go somewhere else but I won’t. I know God has a plan for this couple…for their family. I know He is at work in and through me…if I will just let Him continue. If I just continue to take up my cross and witness to this salon. If I just keep going. Nothing done for the kingdom is a waste! He will use it to advance His kingdom and bring glory to His name. He is worthy of it all!
I am constantly amazed at Gods timing. His timing with even the smallest of details. Sometimes these small details get over looked… Like how at the right moment I would be the only one in the salon, or I just arrived back from the missions field and this family would have a list of questions lined up to ask me, or how the wife would break down and cry about an issue she was going through and I was the only one to give her a hug and offer advice, or how I would pray over her, the family and their salon filled with their golden idols, the list can go on and on. We must always walk in the perfect timing of the Lord. Only then can we have what is necessary to reach our destinies. He has a plan for ALL of us. Jeremiah 29:11
Last night was nothing short of a miracle during my visit to this salon. You see, I have never been to this salon during the week. It has always been on a Saturday. I will share the miracle but first you need to know…2 months ago “Gina” moved her ill younger sister from a Denver nursing home to live with her. Her younger sister had brain tumors and underwent surgery and then was placed in a nursing home. She is not mentally or physically able to care for herself. I see this. So last night I walked into the salon. I looked around and learned I was the only customer in the salon. Gina greeted me and routinely asked me how I was doing. Despite the fact that I have become very ill, I just knew I couldn’t talk about me. I felt in my spirit that I was there for her. For a reason far bigger than anything I could possibly talk about. I just knew she needed to tell me something. So I asked her how she was doing. Tears began to flow. It was as if someone opened a fire hydrant and the pressured water was finally being released. She was sympathetic about crying and “ruining my relaxation time.” Little did show know that God set this moment up. :)
Mind you…I have shared my faith with her before. It all started when she randomly told me she goes to church on Christmas and Easter “because that’s what Americans do.” She knows I am a Christian and she knows I go to church every week…not just on Christmas and Easter. Come to find out she never knew who Jesus was. He is the central point of both Christmas and Easter!!! For the embarrassment of the church she attends twice a year I will refrain from using that name as well. So sad but back to the story…She has a lot problems in her life right now. She is lost, she is feeling alone, and she doesn’t know what to do. I listened to her as my heart was about to explode because I knew her answer. I Know The Answer! After what felt to be the longest 10 minutes of my life I told her that God…the One True God…cares so much for her, that He died for her and that He has a plan for her. God softened her heart to hear what He wanted to say through me. I promised to bring her a Viet bible (She can’t read English even though she speaks it very well) and I invited her to my church. Yeah God!!!! If anyone knows or is involved with ministry to Viets or the nation please send them my way.
But just think what might have happened if I stopped going to this salon? Yes I know nothing can stop God plan but sometimes we get in the way. Friends, the very next person you meet might just be one of the dearest people in your life. Or the one you lead to Jesus. Don’t resist it. With revelation comes responsibility. It requires action. Walk out your faith. Show people the One Who Saves.
God set eternity in the human heart (Eccles.3:11) A longing for “home.” He wants His people to dwell in His place amongst His presence. That is His plan for humanity. The ONLY way is through Jesus Christ. Don’t be mistaken; it’s not by works, or buying your way in or even rationalizing your way in. Jesus said it Himself in (John 14:6) “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” I know God is at work in and through me each time I visit this salon and I am trusting that He will redeem His people so that they too can live eternally with Him. I am anticipating and expecting break through. Psalm 42:11 says, “Oh, my soul, don't be discouraged. Don't be upset. Expect God to act!” Isn’t that a great promise?! Happy New Year!