That is how LTC Sophomore, Mr. Somsak began his testimony. It was the night his father made a desperate decision that changed the trajectory of his life.
He was just six years old, but his young life had already been full of storms. From his earliest memories, he had suffered from night terrors. Most nights he couldn’t sleep or eat. He constantly missed school.
His parents tried everything. They went to doctors and tried all kinds of herbal medicines. They had consulted with the village spirit doctor and had done all the traditional sacrifices. Nothing worked.
But, that night, in the midst of a bad storm with the wind pushing against their bamboo hut, Somsak’s father watch his little boy cry and scream against an unknown enemy. He remembered the Evangelist who told him there was a Spirit more powerful than all others. He decided to seek him out.
Somsak’s parents listened to the evangelist and choose to put their trust in Jesus. From that point forward, Somsak never again experienced a night terror. As Somsak grew up, he knew his family were Christians. But, no one ever really explained it to the child. So, he grew up accepting that he was a Christian but never understood that he needed to make his own choice for Jesus. But, God was watching over him and sent another to teach him.
After finishing 9th grade, Somsak decided to move to a suburb of Chiang Mai, find a job and finish High School through adult education. It was there in Mae Rim that he met a friend who invited him to Church. And it was there that he met Jesus for himself. He committed his life to Jesus and got involved.
For the next 20 years, Somsak continued to grow and serve. The church leadership mentored him, sending him to short-term Bible Courses, electing him as an Elder and eventually sending him to plant a church in a nearby town. During this time, he married and had two sons. Life was going really well. Until the Lord Called him to pursue full-time service. Somsak worried that he was too old to go back to school. And how would he support his family? But, with his wife’s encouragement, he took the plunge, quit his job and enrolled at Lanna Theological Center.
The Lord provided a sponsor for his first year and he continued working with the church. However, during the COVID pandemic Somsak lost his sponsor. He called Lanna to tell them he would have to withdraw. Instead, Lanna suggested he apply for a Next Step Scholarship.
We are so thankful for those who have contributed to the Next Step Scholarship Fund. This Fund allows Lanna to distribute funds to students like Somsak. So often it happens that a student comes with the promise of sponsorship, but for different reasons the sponsor is unable to fulfil the promise.
The Lord continues to provide donations into the Next Step Scholarship Fund so that Lanna can jump in and help.
Would you consider making a donation to the Next Step Scholarship Fund? Any amount adds to the whole and will be dispersed directly for students attending Lanna. Click here to make a donation using paypal or send a check to C.M.O. PO Box 2363, Joplin, MO (mark for Next Step)