Testimony of a Taxi Driver

Bangkok, Thailand

When Lek sets out to work in his taxi, he prays in advance for the passengers he will meet that day. He often plays an audio version of the Bible while he drives. If anyone objects, he simply turns it off, but usually they ask questions about what he is listening to. He tells them that the Bible is full of promises that give him courage and confidence to face each day. 

Lek enjoys chatting with his passengers. When a customer seems discouraged, he likes to share a cheerful Bible promise. On many occasions he has driven people to the hospital for medical attention. Sometimes he carries them in his arms because they are too weak to walk in on their own. When Lek drives patients home from the hospital, he has an opportunity to speak words of comfort and hope. 

Sometimes his passengers ask, “How do you know all these things?”  Lek tells them that he learned many good things from Pastor Paul and invites them to visit one of the church centers. 

One day a uniformed soldier got into the taxi. It was a long ride, so the two men began to talk. Suddenly the soldier told him that he was suffering from terrible guilt and deep remorse. 

He went on to say that he had been hired to assassinate another man. He carried out the order and was paid about $30,000, but afterwards he felt filthy and evil. Day and night he was burdened with regret. 

Lek told the soldier that it would be impossible to get rid of the guilt on his own, but there was a way to find forgiveness. During the remaining ride, Lek told him that Jesus could bring him hope and give him peace of mind. He invited him to visit the center and meet Pastor Paul so they could talk more about this. Lek never saw the soldier again, but he prays for him daily and wonders how he is doing.

As Lek reflects on how his life has changed since he became a Christian, he says he has never been happier. He believes that God called him to serve as a Christian taxi driver. He is grateful for the opportunity to witness whenever he can.

Please pray for Lek, Mai, Pastor Paul, and the other volunteers as they serve God in Bangkok.

*Lek is not his real name

May 2013

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