Love Your Enemy
We lost a project of 200 acres of tea and 50,000 pine trees ready for harvest in the Shan States of Burma, December 2010. We lost them to Suh, a cartel leader many battalions strong. It created great hardship and pressure on our child soldier rescue and care programs.
Leviticus 26:7-8 “But you will chase your enemies, and they will fall before you by the sword; five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand.”
I would like to put a New Testament spin on this Old Testament passage: You will chase your enemies with the life-giving words of Jesus' love and grace, and they will fall before you. Even five of you joining together will route a small army, and if one hundred of you paint big targets of Heaven’s love on your enemies, then the fame of God's family will grow in the earth.
God began to use this difficult time to teach us to pray for Ai Su. A time when Ai Suh and Rong, Ai Suh’s second in command, confiscated our land and trees. Rong also bought out many of our staff at 2-3x the going rates and constantly threatened conscription of our children. We shed a lot of tears those days.
Rong’s wife is Mong. She was caught trafficking drugs in Thailand and was imprisoned. During this time, a small prison ministry led her to Jesus. She reformed her lifestyle with gladness. Subsequently, her 10-year sentence became shortened to one and a half years for good behavior. When she was released, she crossed back into Burma (Myanmar) and reunited with Rong.
In the Fall of 2014, Rong became extremely sick. His body ballooned from high blood-pressure. He was peeing blood from kidney failure. His current boss, Pang, was an infamous Christian hater best known for torching a large church to the ground and thousands of Bibles along the Thai/Myanmar border. No one on his core team was allowed to follow Jesus.
Mong was desperate for her husband’s life. She had heard that Sammy, our apostolic leader of many years, was in the area. She begged Rong to go get prayer, but he refused. Finally, when he was too sick to care, she brought him to us in the dark of night. Sammy boldly had him kneel and pray, repenting for the days that he made our people suffer. Then he prayed for his healing.
The next day, Rong was completely healed. He brought all sorts of gifts to Sammy for the children. Then, he had us share good news with his commander. Commander Pang turned red in the face but could not deny Rong was healed and allowed him to remain in his new faith. In his house, there are already 10 new believers; a small but awesome harvest.
Was the loss of a 1/2 million dollar project worth it for one man’s life to be redeemed? Rong now supports the very work he harassed and ground into dust. His story has rocked the region. Long suffering, love-filled prayer will one day resurrect from the place it falls into the ground. Love your enemy and see what God will do.
At my ordination in 1993, James Goll, one of our spiritual papa’s gave us Leviticus 26:6-12. It has remained an important scripture for us over the years, but I didn’t understand this part about loving your enemies until now.
I’m asking the difficult but transformative question about how to love and pray for your enemies. Consider staying with us on this journey! Feel free to share this with your friends, comment or send us your thoughts in an email.