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Father and Son

We first met Uncle Kanhaa during door-to-door outreach in our village. He had suffered a stroke and could not use his hands and legs anymore. He also had kidney failure and needed dialysis four times a week. On top of that his daughter had passed away recently and his twenty-something son had not been in contact for more than a year. He was very depressed. 

Uncle Kanhaa’s problems seemed to prepare his heart to respond to the Lord. One of the first things he said to us that first day was, “What do I have to do to become a Christian?” Not long after that he trusted Christ. As he got to know the Lord better, he started to walk and his speech improved. When we visited him, he always said, “God is helping me. I’m feeling stronger. I’m feeling better.” Uncle Kanhaa’s wife, Auntie Angun, saw the change in her husband and she also believed.  

One day while talking about Uncle Kanhaa’s son we taught the story of the prodigal son. We wanted him to know that his Heavenly Father knew about him and his son. We prayed together that his son would come home. Songkran, the Thai New Year, was a few weeks later. Many Thai return to their homes at this time to bless and honor their parents by pouring perfumed water over their hands. We decided to do this at Uncle Kanhaa’s house since there would be no one else doing it. When we got to his house, to our surprise, we were welcomed by Uncle Kanhaa’s son! The prodigal had returned home!

Now a year later, the young man is still living with his parents, sharing a part of his earnings with them. Uncle Kanhaa was baptized a few weeks ago. His wife will be baptized in the near future. Together they hardly ever miss a Sunday service. Wherever Uncle Kanhaa goes he tells about how God has changed his life.

David and Grea van der Lee

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