Hi, my name is Aaron. I was born in the mountains of Thailand without nationality, as my family escaped the war-torn regions of SE Asia. We came to the U.S. in 1991 through a UN-sponsored Refugee Program. I now live in southeast Portland in Oregon. My native language is Mienh, a Chinese dialect.
My family had a long lineage of ancestral and spirit worship. As part of the belief practice we’d burn stamped, “spiritual paper money” to appease and buy what we needed from the spirits—namely health and wealth.
By the time I was born, my parents had decided to abandon their belief as they had already lost 3 children, were still poor, and another child was gravely ill. Some missionary had told them about a strange new belief, about a man named Jesus who was God incarnate, born of a virgin girl, was crucified, buried, came back to life, and is now seated in heaven. That He loves everybody dearly and is always eager to help those who call on Him. They said that this Jesus is stronger than any spirit that might want to harm us, and that he can heal any disease and can give us a new life. Strange indeed!
In short, since their conversion, my parents have had four children with no miscarriages and no child deaths. They never paid another exorbitant shaman fees. We later flew on wings of eagle to a land flowing with milk and honey—the USA.
So I was born into a bible-believing Christian home. But it wasn’t for me. I spent the first 18 years of my life doing everything that I wanted to do: lying, cheating, stealing, cussing, gambling—all kinds of things that I’m now not proud to admit.
At 19 years old, some friends from church invited me to a Christian Youth Camp where I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. So, by the grace of God, he found me in the mountains of Thailand and saved me.
I am by no means a good person, even today. I still struggle with all kinds of sin that used to hold me captive. But as I read and meditate on The Word of God (the Bible), as I pray and go to church, and as I have multiple brushes with death, sins dazzle me less.
As I see it, the scientific explanation that everything came from nothing (via Big Bang and Evolution) doesn’t make sense. And people of all religions hope to have their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds on judgment day.
But the Bible is very clear that we all have broken God’s Ten Commandments. We are all in danger of eternal punishment in the lake of fire. But Jesus Christ is our way out and our bridge to eternal life in heaven with God.
I care about you and hope that you will begin to follow Jesus.
Thank you for reading my story.