Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Born December 1, 1988, I was the only child of a farm couple in Kondal Province, Kingdom of Cambodia. All our family members were Buddhists. I was able to go to school and finished grade 12 in 2008. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to an English school and studied there from 2009-2011. Then in 2015 I completed my studies in Accounting at Human Resources University in Phnom Penh.
When I was 13 years old, a family from England came to our Province to share the Good News about God. We were not interested. We were Buddhists and didn’t need another God—particularly a foreigner’s God. I rejected their teaching and thought they were crazy!
But God did not give up on me. My love for Khmer cultural dance led me to some classes held at a church. Before the classes began, the church’s pastor would teach us about Jesus, tell us how to pray and how to study the Bible. When my Auntie became ill and was near death, I recalled that the pastor had told us if we trust in Jesus and pray when we had problems, He would answer us. So I prayed saying, “Jesus, if you are God, please heal my Auntie. I don’t want to lose her. I really love her. Please, Jesus, help me and please answer my prayer.”
Suddenly the doctor came and said my Auntie is OK now. It really surprised me and made me know Jesus is the Truth. God is not a foreigner's God; He is my God, too. So I started to believe in Him—step-by-step—and I began helping teach Bible stories to the children in the village. But it was so hard for me because my family rejected my faith and said I was crazy. I did not stop praying for them and showing God's love to them, and after I came to live in Phnom Penh my family became Christians!
I am really thankful to God that He chose me and my family. I want to encourage all of you by telling you God is faithful! So trust, obey, hope and believe in Him. Give yourself to Him, and He will show you the way of life as He did for me.