“How Ploy became a Christian.
When I was 12 years old, Dr. John Middlewood came to the school at our village and said that he would like to take care of some students who could enter the English Program at the secondary school in Nakhon Phanom city and come to live with him. He said he would teach English to us and help us with the semester fees. Yes, Parn and I would like to enter the English Program! Dr. John came to my house, he talked with my parents. At that time I felt very afraid to leave my home for the first time in my life but my father said this is the good chance for me, some chances will come only one time and never come again. I should not miss it. So, after graduation from the elementary school, Parn and I and another 2 girls came to live with Dr. John and Maeo. We studied English very hard during summer and even while we were studying in the secondary school we had to study English after school and on the weekend. Dr. John looked like a very tough person to me. We felt like we were in the army and training to be soldiers. It was a very hard time for me. I missed my parents and my old life.
Dr. John didn’t force us to join the church but I wanted to work for him, I didn’t want to feel bad to get money without working. That was the first time that I worked for God and I knew that it was God’s plan for my life. I went to visit poor people, sick people and held English in some schools which didn’t have much chance to learn English. These let me see how great our God is, through Dr. John. He worked hard for people; he gave love to them even if they didn’t do anything back to him. I wanted to be like him. Working at the church helped me learn about God, I had started to believe God when I was 14 years old. Sometimes I used to leave God and go back to my house, I had quarrels with Dr. John and would leave everything but a few months later I would come back and say sorry to Dr. John and Maeo. He would smile and hug me. He said he was very happy that I was back. This reminded me about a story in the Bible in Luke 15:11-32 about “The Parable of the Lost Son” God loves us, no matter how much we sin. He is happy when we come back.
When I was 17 years old, Dr. John passed away and we had to continue the church, we reduced to about 50 percent of what Dr. John had been doing. Bee led the team and when she graduated, I became the leader. It’s was very hard for me and even now it is still hard. I always pray for CMN, I want to continue the church, I always pray for good ideas to carry on the church’s activities and the team and for people who will come to the church. God always answers my prayers. Thank you for Ernie who is always beside us and helps us. Thank you Maeo for supporting and taking care of us. Thank you to our brothers and sisters in Christ who always pray for us and help us too. I’m very happy that I became a Christian”