Published on November 5th, 2018
Vang was a teen gang member in Laos. Besides joining his gang in violent activities, he drank a lot of alcohol and beat up his brothers and sisters. “It seemed like I had to be bad,” said Vang. He had no control over his own behavior.
A friend told Vang about a powerful God who created the world. Hoping to find a new life, Vang went to his friend’s church. After the service, the pastor explained how Jesus could change Vang’s life if he gave his life to Him.
“I will try Jesus for two months,” Vang thought to himself. “If He is not God, the pastor is a liar and I will burn the church down.”
Vang prayed a sincere prayer dedicating his life to God. “After I said ‘Amen,’ it felt like a wind came through me,” he said. “From that day, I’ve felt peace and joy.”
Vang’s parents kicked him out of their house when they found out he was a Christian, and he has continued to suffer persecution for his faith. But the peace and joy of Christ rule his life.
(Source: November 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity and age appropriateness.)