Letter from Carol Fujii, serving in Thailand
Dear Family in Christ,
“I used to work at the bars, but felt ashamed and I didn’t want to be that kind of mom for my little girl . . . .”
“Yes, I’ve tried to commit suicide before, twice, because I was so stressed and overwhelmed . . . .”
“I used to deal drugs and recruited girls to send to customers.”
These are few of the stories from women I meet with at the Well, a Christian foundation for women at risk. These precious “diamonds in the rough” have such painful stories of brokenness and bondage, but they have been introduced to Jesus. The process of life transformation is often discouragingly slow and with frequent relapses. These women need to be loved, believed in, and given multiple chances to begin again. I am sometimes discouraged but, desiring to keep on loving and believing in them, I am reminded that our heavenly Father measures fruitfulness by a different standard. As I minister, I am worshiping Jesus. If all I do is for Jesus, then his affirmation is enough, whether or not I see results. God is the One who brings change, healing and wholeness, not me. He is working in ways that no eye can see or measure. And so, by faith, I learn to simply partner with our wonderful Counselor in his transformative work both in my life and in these women.
One woman named Oh, once trafficked, is now ministering at the Well. Oh came to the Well around nine years ago, when Jim and Judy Larson, founders of the Well, began this ministry. She understands that the road to recovery is a long one. It is beautiful to see God at work in Oh’s life, bringing healing and wholeness, and now she’s giving back. She ministers to the newer students by taking them under her wing. A growing artist, Oh leads the girls through art therapy sessions twice a week. As the women create, they begin sharing and opening up about their past and present struggles. Oh says, “Doing art together helps me see their hurt and needs more readily. I just want to love them in the way I was shown Jesus’ love.”
Oh inspires me. I’ve asked her to come alongside as I meet with the women individually. Seeing God’s wonderful work of grace in Oh’s life gives me hope for what he can do for every woman. Oh says, “It takes a long time to see change, but look at me—look what God has done in my life.”
Thank you for standing with us. Thank you for your faithful prayers, financial support and correspondence. We are grateful to be able to know and be loved by our Lord Jesus and to love and serve the Thai people together with you.
Blessings to you,
Carol for the Fujiis
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
1. For a sincere love for the women at the Well and wisdom from God in knowing how to respond.
2. That God would sustain and give great grace to the Larsons and the team ministering at the Well. (See servantworks.com/the-well/.)
3. That God would break strongholds of addiction to men and to substances, and that the love of Christ would control instead.