Rage and abuse dropped like tornados, devastating Suong’s early childhood. Her father, an alcoholic, terrorized her mother until she could bear it no more. Suong’s mother divorced her father and took off with Suong’s younger brother, leaving 6-year-old Suong behind. Eventually, Suong’s father remarried, and unbeknownst to the hurting little girl, transformation waited just around the corner. When her stepmother, a Christian, entered Suong’s chaotic life, Jesus came with her. Her stepmom’s kindness comforted the girl bruised by years of turmoil. After several years, the seemingly impossible happened: Suong’s father surrendered his life to Jesus. Their home was transformed. “When my father [embraced] Jesus, our home became a home of happiness,” Suong shared.
A spirit of peace replaced the atmosphere of fear and anger in which Suong had been nurtured. Instead of cursing and criticism, prayer and praise became the family’s vocabulary. They went to church and prayer meetings, joining in the rhythms of God’s people. Suong, now 12, attended Sunday school, learning about the fathers of faith, such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The people and places in God’s Word transfixed Suong, who had never heard anything like it before.
Friend’s Life Impacted
The spiritual transformation in Suong’s home had a great impact on her close friend, Cahya. The forgiveness displayed by Suong’s stepmom toward her husband testified to the love of God, and the radical change in Suong’s father was a testament to the power of God…
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