I grew up in a Christian family. My parents were farmers in the mountains. There was no high school in my village, so they sent me to a live at a Christian Dormitory. At the dorm I grew in my knowledge of Jesus and eventually gave my life to Him. But, I wasn't really very serious in my faith. As I finished my senior year I didn't know what I wanted to do next. All I knew was what I didn't want to do. But, that was exactly what my parents were pushing! "Go to Bible College!"
The missionary at my dorm I offered to pay for any Bible college of my choice. My best friend decided to go to Lanna Theological Center. At that point, I had no other option so I tagged along.
I loved my time at LTC. My teachers, classes, and practicum experiences all worked together to open my heart to God's call to service. By the time I graduated I was excited and ready to jump into ministry. I had it all planned out. I would work with a mission located in the city. There was no way I wanted to return to the mountain village. I don't remember praying about my plan. But things started to fall into place. I was offered an internship with the Prosperous Youth Foundation in Chiang Mai.
Then my sponsor took me aside and told me she had prepared an internship for me as a children's supervisor at a youth home i
n a mountain village.
I didn't know this village and I did not want to go. But, my classmates prayed with me and I soon realized God had spoken. So, I packed my bags and went back to the mountains. It was a hard year, but I learned to watch for God's activity. It wasn't my first choice, but I soon realized that I needed to be there. God was teaching me dependence.
Following my internship God gave me the chance to spend a year in Australia. I worked with a youth camp. I improved my English skills and learned tons of new youth ministry ideas. When I got back to Thailand I had no idea where God was going to send me next. After 6 months of waiting, I was finally hired. The very organization I was suppose to do my internship hired me as a full time staff. My job is to work in their brand new Bi-lingual preschool. The goal is to develop relationships with working families in the city in order to share the Gospel.
Looking back what I thought were No's were actually Yes's. God knew the tools I would need to accomplish the original dream. He took me down the necessary detours, prepared me and set me back on the path. Despite all the detours, I had come full circle.
God is amazing!