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Have you ever wished you didn’t have to go to school? In a village in Thailand, you’ll find a ten year old girl who tells her friends that she knows God loves her because now she gets to go to school and study. That might seem crazy in your world, but not in Aorm’s life. She now often has a smile on her face, but that hasn’t always been the case. For the first seven years of her life, she didn’t have very many reasons to smile. She lived with her mother and sisters who are prostitutes.* *(or you might want to say, “She lived with her mom and sisters who made many wrong choices and brought men into their home who made bad choices too.”) One of her sisters has two small children and no husband.
Aorm spent her childhood days taking care of the small children, cleaning, and working around the house. Her grandmother wanted her to have a better life where she could have more food, go to school, and have better examples to follow. Her grandmother was one of the only ones who noticed that Aorm looked sad most of the time.
One day things changed for Aorm. She got to leave her home where she worked and barely got fed to come and live in a VisionTrust learning center. When Aorm was first brought to the learning center, she did not smile and looked grossly underweight. She was registered in a primary school and stayed in the dormitory next door. After a while, she gained weight and her smiles returned. Through living away from her family and being cared for by Christian adults, Aorm is thriving as a fast learner. While her grandmother saw her sadness, we also know that God saw her too. One of His names in the Bible is El Roi – the God who sees me. He saw Aorm just like He sees all of us.
She is now talkative, polite, and eager to learn more about the God who rescued her. She asks a lot of questions during Bible studies and her understanding of God’s love is transforming her life.
Last summer, Aorm chose to stay back at the dormitory instead of visiting her mother and sisters since her grandmother would not be there. She seems to know what is good and what is bad for her in this situation. So Visiontrust was glad to make arrangements for her to continue living in the dormitory.
Aorm’s journey of following Jesus will not always be easy, but she finds hope in the God who rescued her. She is grateful to be able to go to school and Bible study where she can learn more. So the next time you are thinking about how much you don’t want to go to school… remember Aorm and say a little prayer thanking God for the opportunity to learn.
Questions for discussion:
What other things in your life can you thank God for even though you don’t always enjoy them?
How does it make you feel to know that God always sees you?
In Thailand students don’t wear shoes in their classrooms at school. For more info on Thailand, check out http://www.oocities.org/teacherkab/countries/thailand.htm
Current prayer requests:
Praise God for the changes in Aorm’s life. Pray for Aorm’s mother and sisters. Pray for more people to come to know Jesus in Thailand.
Ways you can get involved:
Sponsor a child like Aorm through Visiontrust in Thailand. Check it out here: https://www.visiontrust.org/sponsor/
“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13