Published on September 1st, 2010
“Kids at school make fun of me and call me a ‘Jesus kid,’” said Bua, a 13-year-old Christian girl who is a member of the Khmu tribe in Laos. “They told me not to hang out with them, not to go find food with them, and not to walk to school with them. I ride my bicycle to school.”
Khmu families are often poor. They get water from a well, and they eat food they find in the jungle. Bua cooks soup with vegetables from the jungle and rat soup with rats that have been trapped or hunted.
Sometimes non-Christians in Laos wonder if someone is paying Khmu people to be Christians. “What do you get for being a Christian?” kids in Bua’s class at school ask her.