In a socially constructed world divided by racial groups, I identify myself as an Asian American. As refugees, my mother emigrated from Laos and my father emigrated from Cambodia. Southeast Asia was torn apart through communism and genocide during the 1970s. Approximately thirty percent of Cambodia’s population was purged in execution and torture camps. Although I did not experience the turmoil, being born in the U.S., I hold the stories my family shares of near-death experiences as part of who I am. My parents grew up as practicing Buddhists, and are still influenced by their traditional cultures after thirty years. During my time at Seattle Pacific University, I have had the privilege to be around people with hearts inspired by God. Their goodness has inspired me to explore Christianity.
When my parents speak of the long road to being free and coming to the U.S., I can’t help but to think God played a role in watching over their families as they escaped. Too many pieces of the puzzle had to fall in place for my mother and father’s family to make it out with all their siblings. My parents at the time have never heard of the Gospel or Christ. But after two years of trying to escape Laos, my mother’s family was sponsored by members of a Mormon church to immigrate to the U.S. as refugees. Through the grace of God, He worked through the Mormon Church to protect my family during a time of need.
Reflecting on God’s relationship with my family at the time brings up the question, “Does God play an active role in the lives of people who don’t know Him?” The answer is ‘yes’. Whether you are a person in an isolated area of the world, or a person who simply has never been introduced to Christ, we are all a part of God’s creation. God loves and cares for everyone in the world (John 3:16). God introduced Himself to my mother’s family through the Mormon Church. In the Bible, God guided His people out of slavery in Egypt. Through years of slavery, they had forgotten Him....
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