Late last year, August Fricke was a guest speaker at my church. I was amazed at the extent of the work he was doing overseas, not by himself, but by empowering pastors and lay people to go and do short term missionary work or to financially support missions.
His enthusiasm was contagious. However, I tried to remain aloof. I didn’t want to get involved. I had too much on my plate already. So, after church I avoided putting my name down on his clipboard of people who wanted to receive information, and I made sure I was talking to people in a reasonable distance away from where the guest speaker was having his cup of tea.
Then, to my surprise, August came right up to me, looked me in the eye and asked me if anything he talked about had interested me. I was trapped. I had to tell the truth.
Well, August did manage to get my name and details on that clipboard, and one thing lead to another till I was feeling deep in my spirit that I needed to go to Vietnam, however, at no point did I feel the least bit elated. In fact, I felt completely out of my comfort zone as the ‘mission’ was to teach already practicing Lutheran Pastors in a Bible College type of format.
Soon, August was speaking to my pastor, Dr Edgar Mayer, and the church leadership discerned the matter together – the end result being that five people from our church would be heading off to Vietnam in July, and it included me.
As reticent as I was, I got on the plane and God’s purpose started unfolding. One significant thing was that Pastor Edgar had only been willing for us to go if the subject being taught was “the Holy Spirit”.
When we presented our introduction and it was revealed that the subject matter of the four-day teaching would on the Holy Spirit the Vietnamese pastors were elated as they had been ‘praying for someone to teach them about the Holy Spirit for three years’.
The pastors heard and received the teaching and the Holy Spirit and asked for Baptism of the Holy Spirit which they received hungrily. There were words of knowledge and healings of all kinds, and there was a commitment to go back to their parishes and teach their people about how to hear from God and live by the power of the Holy Spirit.