A young Christian in Myanmar was forced to choose
between faith and family recently when her relatives demanded that she recant
her faith. On Sept. 19, 2011, 21-year-old Ying was preparing to leave for
classes at an underground seminary when her relatives locked her in the house.
They threatened to disown her, beat her and withdraw support — including food —
if she continued to attend seminary or church. In addition, they threatened to
send her to a remote village with no known Christians if she did not recant her
faith. Instead of giving in to their demands, Ying ran away from home and left
her family behind.
Ying’s mother died when Ying was young, and her
father left her with an aunt and two stepsisters. Although she grew up and
lived in a Buddhist family, Ying became interested in Christianity. When she
was 20 years old, she overheard an evangelist telling a neighboring family
about Christ. Ying approached the evangelist and asked him questions about
Christianity. At 20 years old, she became a Christian.
Ying began to attend seminary immediately after her
conversion. Since leaving her family last month, she has had no means of
support. VOM is now helping pay Ying’s seminary fees and living expenses. After
she completes seminary, Ying hopes to serve as a missionary to people who have
never heard about Christ.
Source: VOM contacts
Posted: September 29, 2011
Updated: November 8, 2011