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Bringing the The Light

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Thank you for praying, thank you for giving to the Great Commission Fund, thank you for sending missionaries to light up a small part of Laos that was so dark.

“Light” may mean little to people from Christian countries, but for those of us who grew up in a world controlled by Satan, this word has deep significance.

God allowed me to be born to spirit-worshiping parents in Laos, a country in Southeast Asia, where evil spirits and their powers are so real that they controlled most aspects of our lives. The Hmong people believe that everything—rivers, mountains, trees or rocks—has a spirit. And we must make every effort not to offend any of them. If we do, whether intentionally or not, the evil spirits will come after us or our family. To make redemption, a shaman (someone who goes between the material world and the spirit world) is required. If a person gets sick, the shaman will determine the cause and decide the remedy: either an animal sacrifice or the burning of incense (considered money). Shamans can also send spirits to hurt other people.

While my parents were in such great bondage, they had five girls and three boys. The children were struck by demonic spells or evil spirits, and all died very suddenly, one after the other. Although they were yearning for a family, my parents feared that any more children they had would die the same way. My parents and close relatives were under this evil-spirit bondage for many years, not knowing what the future would hold. They cried out for answers and began searching for a way to be freed.

During this time, C&MA missionaries had already come to other parts of Laos, and many Hmong people had decided to follow Jesus Christ. As my parents continued to search for answers, God sent the Andrianoffs, who brought light and love to our small, remote village.

When my parents heard about Jesus Christ, they knew that He was the answer they were waiting for. My parents accepted Him into their lives and immediately found freedom. Through Christ, they conquered the power of the spirits and lived in joy and peace. After their conversion, God blessed them with three more girls and two boys. Of the total of 13 children, I am the youngest. Although one of my brothers died while we were fleeing the communists in 1975, I am sure that it was God’s grace that the four of us survived.

I am here today because someone cared enough to bring the good news—“the light”—into Laos many years ago. I came to the United States with my parents with the heart to seek God and to be educated. Who could have imagined that one day this lowly village girl from the high mountains of Laos would have this great opportunity to serve the Lord? I have been director for Alliance Women Ministries of the Hmong District for six years and am currently the assistant director for the National Alliance Women Ministries of the C&MA. I am able to serve Him in these capacities because others sacrificed their lives for me in the past.

There are still many living in darkness who need to see the light. They too want to be free. Romans 10:14 says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Today God is asking “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Will you answer Him as Isaiah did, “‘Here am I. Send me!’”?

Let us continue to pray, give and send so those who live in darkness can find light in Jesus Christ.

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