As you probably remember, a few newsletters back I shared about a girl whom Angel Dysonâ€™s team ministered to in the bars. Her testimony has been such an encouragement in reminding me why I do what I do.Â I hope that it will have the same impact on all of you.
My name is Thai. I heard about God when I was seven years old, but didnâ€™t have a Â relationship with Him. Â It was then my father died and I went to live with my mom. Â When she would go to work, I would be home alone and it was at this time I began to hear the voice of God. Â I would feel His loving eyes watch over me as He would teach me to wait and be patient. Â As a result I grew Â to love His voice. Â When I was nine, God had my mom and my five older siblings reunite with each other in Sa-Ââ€Keo. I was happy because my sister built a house for us and I realized I wouldnâ€™t have to wander from place to place. I knew as I grew older that God was continually taking care of me.
Up until this time I had no friends, but would listen and talk to God. Â When I was fifteen, I finished sixth grade and moved to Ra-Ââ€Yawng where I stayed at my brother’s house. Â At this time I began to have friends and would sneak out at night to go and hang out with them. Â One night my brother locked Â me in my room because I had been bad and I escaped by climbing over a barbed wire fence and ran away. Â I knew that God didnâ€™t want me to do that, and His voice told me to stop, but I was too angry to listen.
From this point on I began to do a lot of bad things. Â When I turned seventeen, I went home to live with my mom. Â Things became worse and I began carrying a gun and selling drugs. Â I looked for love in a relationship with a boy to fill the void in my life but it didnâ€™t help. Â If there was something evil, I was involved in it. Â My life was dark and unhappy. Â I was paranoid all the time because everywhere I went there was shooting and hopelessness. Â In time I got pregnant with my bad boyfriend. Â I thought when I met him that he would love me with the love of God but I clearly was mistaken. Â I was very sad about what I did and it made my mom cry. Â She promised that she would take care of my son and let me go to Bangkok to find work. Â There my life began to fall apart again. Â I spent all my money and drank every day making it impossible to hold down a good job.
One day I came to a breaking point when I couldnâ€™t pay rent and asked God to help,Â promising to quit my ways.Â Â I realized I hadnâ€™t succeeded in anything in my life; I had no friends and felt alone.Â Â When I went home my mom asked me what I wanted for my life since I was twenty-Âfive years old without any goals or direction.Â Â It was then I thought about God again and I felt his peace.Â Â I never thought God would come back to me again, but He listened to my cry and was not angry with me.Â Â God spoke to me and said, â€œMy daughter, I will pick you up when the time comes through the emblemÂ of a rose.
Awhile after this time, I decided to move to Chiang Mai and work in a bar. Â Even though God was good to me, I still refused to change my life. Â I continued to drink and disobey my authorities.
After three months passed I saw two rainbows in the sky at the same time. Â I told myself that God will come back to me again as He promised. Â A week later a team from the US came with two Thai girls and I heard God say, â€œChoose to go home.â€ Â I was excited when I heard this and I decided to be a good daughter. Â After a week, the team came back (Angel Dysonâ€™s team) and God told me to go out and wait for them. Â They shared Jesus with me and asked if they could pray for me. Â As they prayed I heard God say, â€œI have come to pick you up my daughter, it is time to go home.â€ Â I asked God to give me the white rose that He promised. Â After an hour, three girls walked up to me and handed me a white rose. Â It was on this day that I began walking and obeying Jesus.
Today I have a true relationship with Jesus who loves me so much. Â He forgave me when I was stubborn and never left my side. Now I live at Hannah House and work at Agapeâ€™s AIDS orphanage. Â I am happy because I work for God. Â I know He has a great plan for my life and will take good care of me.
You can see from the last paragraph Thai has been doing great! Â The photo is a picture of her baptizing her own first convert! Â I want to encourage you all to consider partnering with us by helping to sponsor Thai and our other four new girls mentioned in the last newsletter-Ââ€Ping Pong, Mary, Si, and Jan. Â We are looking forward to sharing more with you during our annual banquet in December.
May God richly bless Â you.
Jonathan Hawk and Sangla Jafoo
email:Â Â firstname.lastname@example.org
Â Â Â web:Â Â www.hannahhousethailand.org