Meet one of our new 2016 International Women’s Fund scholarship recipients, Prakaifo Thosaengsiri:
“My name is Prakaifa Thosaengsiri. I was born on October 27, 1990. I have five siblings including me. Out of the five children I am the oldest. There are four girls including me and one boy. I was born into a Christian family. My father’s name is Pornchai Thosaengsiri and he is the current pastor at St. Paul Hmong Mennonite Church. My mother’s name is Dao Thosaengsiri. Right now I am currently studying at Bangkok Bible Seminary and this is my first year there. I have class everyday Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday I would help with duties at my church. The church that I am with is called, Koob Moov, meaning “Blessings” in Hmong. This church is located in the city that I am from which is called, Kheknoi, Thailand.
Although I was born into a Christian family it was really hard for me to believe that God really exist. I’ve always questioned how do you believe and put your whole life into something that you cannot see? One day I was really sick and had a really bad headache. Instead of taking some medicine I’ve decided to just pray to God that if He is really real and that if He is there then to heal me and my headache right away. As I was praying this I felt a gush of wind touching my forehead and then I realized that the pain was fading away. Right at that moment I knew that God was there and He did it. From that experience I know and trust that God is always listening and watching at all times. He hears and He knows all things.
After I had accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I can see how my life slowly started to changed. I was always a person who wanted everything my way and things had to be done according to my opinion. Not only that but I could not find myself to love someone who did not benefit me in any kind of way. I was only able to love those that love me such as my family, but anyone else I could not find myself to love them and understand why I needed to love them. But after I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart I was able to love others without wanting them to love me back. Through God’s grace I am able to love others unconditionally and gracefully. Not only that but I’ve learn to changed myself that not everything has to be my way. Through myself and my experiences I can testify that if anyone wants to changed, the only and truthfully way is through Jesus Christ. With His blood our sin are wash, the old has gone and the new is coming.
I would like to thank God for the opportunity that He had given to my father. When I was 13 years old God had called my father to study at Phayao Bible College. During his study there our whole family was about to stay on campus with him. Through this opportunity I was able to learn more about God. On September 1, 2014 God had called my father, mother, two younger sister and brother to the United States. One of my younger sister and I had to stayed back. In all my life, this is the very first time that our family had been separated for this long and this far across the world. No matter how sad and how much my sister and I missed them we know that this is God’s plan and we trust that He is faithful always to us towards the things that happen in our life. I believe that one day God will reunite our whole family together again. Please keep our family and my studies in your prayers. Please help pray that through my education and study I can share the Good News and help lead others to Christ.