Turns out (stay with me while I connect the dots), he just relocated to Bangkok with his wife for some work she does. They haven’t found a church yet, so when he was walking past the Bangkok Christian Guesthouse and saw that a church met there on Sundays, he went in to inquire about it at the front desk.
As he was about to leave, he asked if by chance they had ever heard of an organization called Compassion. (Compassion is the Christian ministry that I work with, and we help poor children in developing nations around the world by working through the local church.) The man had sponsored a child in Thailand for many years through us and wanted to get in touch with us to see if we knew any recent information about her.
The person at the desk thought he was part of our meeting and said, “Compassion is tomorrow, not today.” Surprised and a little confused, he asked some questions and found out we were having a meeting at the guesthouse, so he returned this morning to talk with us, tell us stories about his sponsored child and show us her picture.
He doesn’t sponsor her anymore, because she is now 27 years old, but we took his information and are going to see if the Thai office can get the former sponsored child and her sponsors connected.
Some people believe in coincidences. I don’t. It was no accident that this man wandered past our hotel the day before we got here. God was planning a reunion!