Meet one of our new 2016 International Women’s Fund scholarship recipients, Mary Thosaengsiri:
“My name is Mary Thosaengsiri. I was born on April 26, 1993. I was born into a Christian family since birth. My father’s name is Pornchai Thosaengsiri. He is the current pastor at St. Paul Hmong Mennonite Church. My mother’s name is Dao Thosaengsiri. I have five siblings including me and I am the second oldest or second child in the family. I have three sisters and one brother.
I am currently attending and am a member at a congregation called, Koob Moov, meaning “Blessings” in Hmong. This was the church that my father planted before he left for the United States. This congregation is located in Kheknoi, Thailand. I am also the Children Sunday School Teacher there as well. Right now I am studying at Bangkok Bible Seminary and this is my first year there. I have class every day Monday through Friday. On the weekends I would help out at my church with anything that is needed.
Although I was born into a Christian family I did not believe in Jesus Christ. One day I prayed that if there is really God then I should be able to pass my class and test without studying much. After I passed my test and my class I believed in God and never tested Him again. From there on I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and started to study the Bible. This was when I was about 10 years old. After I had come to Christ, God had changed my heart and learned to love unconditionally. Not only that but I’ve became a better daughter for my parents.
I give thanks and praise God for giving me a chance to attend a Bible College and to learn more about Him. Please pray that I may be able to learn, understand and use God’s words to help other to come to Christ. Also please help pray that I may be able to find money to help cover the cost of my tuition fee so that I may continue my education at the Bible College.