My son came to visit me

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Since the beginning of this year Uncle Kanhaa started to have more and more health issues. Almost weekly he was admitted to the hospital to receive treatment. At times he would be confused and discouraged. It was very special to see that coming to church or joining for worship together with other Christians at his house always helped him and his wife to cheer up. One Sunday he was not able to come, so the people from the church decided to encourage him by singing a few songs for him in the hospital. Can you imagine, a group of 20 people singing out loud about the God that created us and cares for us in a room full of sick people? Uncle Kanhaa was happily beaming and couldn’t get enough of it.

When Uncle Kanhaa fell sick a few years ago neither of his sons looked after him and both left home. The eldest son refused to visit his father and Uncle Kanhaa could not forgive him. We tried to reconcile them and after Uncle Kanhaa was admitted to hospital again, we called by to see him. “My son came to visit me”, was the first thing he said. He had been waiting for this moment for more than 3 years. Only a week later Uncle Kanhaa suddenly passed away and went home to be with the Lord.

The family agreed and entrusted the church with arranging a Christian funeral. Funerals are very important in Thai society. This would be the first Christian funeral in Nong Rua. We tried to make it as accessible as possible for the people in the village to come and join in with the different activities. The local temple did not allow a Christian ceremony to be held there, so together with the family we decided that Uncle Kanhaa would be buried at a cemetery in a city nearby.

In the days leading up to the funeral we gathered every day at the house of Uncle Kanhaa to worship and witness about the love of God and the hope we have through Jesus Christ. Many of our Christian brothers and sisters from other places also came to encourage the family. On the day of the burial we shared the story of the prodigal son. This story meant so much to Uncle Kanhaa and his family. We thank God for Uncle Kanhaa, his courage to be a witness and his faithfulness till the end. We pray that through his testimony in life and death, many more, and especially his sons, will receive Christ.

David and Grea van der Lee

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