Author: Yolanda Ortega, GTN missionary to Thailand
My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die.
Philippians 1:20 (NET)
The Bible is full of stories of men and women who, because of their boldness to speak His words, brought forth His mighty Kingdom on earth. Boldness wasn't something that came from the people themselves, but was a result of the Spirit of God moving through them. In the Old Testament, we see how His Spirit came upon people for periods of time to do certain acts of boldness. In the New Testament, specifically in the book of Acts, we see how the Holy Spirit came to infill the disciples. There we see that Jesus' disciples had an encounter that moved them from a place of fear, silence and being paralyzed after Jesus' death to being people of great courage and boldness because the Holy Spirit empowered them to do great exploits. They took risks and spoke His word with boldness knowing that it could cost them their very lives. In Matthew 11:12, it speaks about the violent taking the kingdom of heaven by force and one cannot be forceful without boldness.
As a missionary in a spiritually oppressive nation, Thailand, I've had moments to be bold and speak truth over situations. Just like Jesus' disciples, I've had my own journey of finding my voice, embracing my God given authority and being bold to share His heart with others. This didn't always come easy for me because God had to remove old mindsets that kept me paralyzed from speaking His truth over myself and others with boldness. But because we serve a faithful God who turns everything in our lives for our good, not only did I find my own voice, but He also empowered me to help others who have been exploited find their voice.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray for missionaries all over the world who are walking in obedience to the call over their lives. I pray that they would completely rely on the Holy Spirit to not only walk with wisdom, but also with boldness, to speak His word fearlessly, so that His Kingdom may be established on earth.
Yolanda, a graduate from the Advance School of Missions at Christ for the Nations, first started working with GTN in 2010 when she did the Timothy Internship in Ilolio City, Philippines. After the internship she continued serving in the Philippines for almost two years before God moved her to the nation of Thailand where she ministers to victims of human trafficking and those who've been extorted.