“Miss N” is a 15-year-old Khmu girl. The Khmu are a tribe of people in Laos. Many Khmu are very poor.
Miss N finished ninth grade, but her family was too poor to send her to school anymore after that. Her parents also had to support her brothers and sisters.
So Miss N decided to leave her village to go to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, to look for work. She did not know that the city could be a dangerous place for youth who are alone. Some Khmu girls are kidnapped and taken to other countries to work as slaves.
Miss N rode a bus to Vientiane. But when she got to the bus station in the city, she didn’t know where to go. It was too late at night to take another bus back home. She sat down on her old suitcase and began to cry. A taxi driver and several other people surrounded her.
Just then, Pastor Paul, a Khmu Christian leader from Vientiane, arrived at the bus station to pick up a package. He saw the people around the girl, walked toward the group, and began talking to her in the Khmu language. She was happy to hear someone talk in her language.
Pastor Paul took Miss N to a place where other Khmu Christians were staying. She was excited to make new friends. On Sundays, she went to a Khmu church, learned about Jesus, and accepted him as Savior! Some church members helped her find a job.
Do you think her family was happy to hear that she was safe, had friends, and was working at a good job? Actually, they were not happy. They were upset that she had become a Christian. (Many Khmu people are spirit worshipers who fear spirits that they believe are in rocks, trees, and other places.)
Christians in Laos are thankful that they found Miss N before dangerous people found her. They ask that we pray about her problems with her family.
(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)