Tayida “Nam” Chaphue
“I didn’t even expect it to be real — I was just wishing.”
I committed my life to Christ when I was 14 years old. Now I am 19 and after all those years that passed by I learned how to follow Christ and look at Him as an example of how to live a life. I really trusted Jesus for the first time when I heard the great news from Papa Al Henson that I would be going to America to study. Before that happened, I had posted on my FB page that I wished I could go study in a foreign country. I didn’t even expect it to be real — I was just wishing. The next morning, I received the good news that I was going to America for high school. My prayer had been answered, and now I have been here in the USA for almost 4 years. I placed my faith in Jesus Christ and have trusted Him ever since. When I go back to Thailand I am ready to do whatever God has prepared me to do.
My life before I went to live at the Home of Hope was not a safe life. The village I lived in was full of teenage boys who were addicted to drugs. These boys were dangerous; they raped and attacked teen girls. It was not safe for me to live there anymore, and that was the reason I went to live at the Home of Hope.
Today I have two families: my American family and my Thai family. I sometimes get to talk with my Thai family, but their Internet is bad and it is difficult to reach them.
Compassionate Hope Note: Nam was able to attend high school in America, but is now returning to Thailand for her university education.