Leviticus 24:22 ESV
You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the Lord your God.”
She helps me daily doing chores at my home
She is lent to me usually for two years by contract
So far I have chosen her from Indonesia, Philippines, or Myanmar.
There was a stretch in time, when one from Indonesia stayed with us for ten years
We were blessed as she was a child of God from Indonesia She was a good cook, a conscientious housekeeper, “green fingers” gardener She had a cheerful and positive disposition and we were truly blessed She was a worship leader in the local Indonesian Christian assembly and was a Bible study cell group leader, until she had to return home as both parents who looked after her children at home passed away.
The next stranger was from the Philippines -her contract was terminated after 6 months as she could not agree with my four year old nephew (then a daily visitor to my home while his parents were at work ) from whose lips we heard in shock, ”I want to kill her”.
What had she done to this young child behind our back, which drew such harsh response we could not fathom, neither if she had taught him those words.
She had to go, for such strong negative feelings for murder by our four year old was not acceptable nor tolerated, even though she tried her best to please me her employer.
And there was no repeat of those fateful words again after she left as we noticed a wonderful change in my nephew from rebellion and disobedience to respect and obedience when the next Filipino maid came to us for 2 years.
Next came a crafty “Christian” Indonesian. At our home she was treated as a family member, she ate the same food we ate, with rest time, kindness and love. Such freedom and access so liberally given, till one day after 18 months we found she had taken too much liberty with unauthorised access to my father’s wallet and my purse. We had trusted and she betrayed our trust and denied till we laid a trap and the marked cash were found undeniably in her possession .
Still in grace we told her we did not report her to the police for she would be banned from ever entering Singapore as a worker to earn a living. We allowed her to end her 24 month contract with the condition that she repaid the ill- gotten gains and would not steal again. We hoped that she would have learnt her lesson that her sins would be found out and it did not pay to steal.
Today we have a wonderful Myanmar maid – the ideal worker – conscientious and cheerful, full of initiative, I could not ask for a better cook, compassionate carer for my aged dad and my able assistant. Her contract will soon expire and we pray she will extend her service contract but that will be God’s will for her and us.
As a young Christian, I have coached her weekly to draw close to The Lord through His Word. Just two weeks ago I learnt that she was troubled – should she return home at the end of her current contract in January 2014 to marry her non- Christian boy- friend (for which she is unprepared), an arranged match by her mother, or should she continue to work in Singapore to earn sufficient to buy a home in Myanmar before her marriage? Should I share with her the Word that says she should not be unequally yoked? Yes in time but it may be too late. This stranger even after 18 months of blessings has really not learnt enough due to limited knowledge of English, to stand on her own in The Lord, at home in Myanmar. I pray for her daily and had the privilege of sharing what it is to be in the centre of God’s will and life’s purpose. In these remaining months this stranger will be taught more of the Word and will be prayed for. God’s will be done though we certainly wish she will take her time to share the love of God with her future husband so that she will be not unequally yoked. We do hope an extension of one year of her current contract, an option we have offered her, will afford her time to be appropriately prepared for marriage. We must commit her to The Lord and submit to His will.
We remember that we have an accountability to The Lord for every stranger He sends to our home. We remember that we have the privilege of working in His harvest field yea, even though it be in our home. We must remember that we must sow His Word to every “stranger” in our homes whether they be unsaved spouse, child, family in- law, relative, or just a tenant.
May The Lord help us to recognize the harvest field in our homes and respond in His compassion, love, patience and lead them to The Lord.
The harvest field need not be on foreign soil.