Hanh is the wife of Danh*, a pastor in Vietnam.
I was born into a family that followed natural worship. There were numerous gods in which my grandparents and my parents believed. Whenever we had problems—for example, when one member in my family had a disease—my parents would offer sacrifices and beg those gods to save the life of the family member. Seeing my parents practice these things, I imitated them and believed these gods could save me too—even though I did not understand who they were.
Thanks be to God, He saved me by His grace from being a sinner who lived under the devil’s power to being His child and having a bright life. God caused me to meet a man who grew up in a Christian family. He and his family began to testify to me of the gospel of God and Jesus Christ. Afterwards, I confessed my sins to God and asked Him to save my soul. At that time, I became a Christian and have lived as one ever since. That man who witnessed to me is now my husband.
To follow Jesus Christ is not an easy way. Many things have surfaced with my family since I became a Christian. My parents strongly opposed my conversion. They said all of my relatives would be persecuted because of me; therefore, they threatened me and told me to give up that “American religion.” At the same time, my husband would usually have to attend the People’s Committee and go to the police station to make reports, updating them of our recent activities. Sometimes I would think that I could not put up with these things anymore.
But thanks be to God, these are stories of the old days. God has taken all of our burdens away! My parents’ family has actually begun to appreciate me following Christ—they respect what my husband and I are doing. By God’s grace, I testified of the gospel to my brothers and sisters. Two of them confessed their sins to God and have become Christians! I am so grateful to God! He has also made the authorities more understanding, and they let us do our ministry more freely. I am now an assistant who helps my husband in the church. My husband and I are always trying to do our best to become good servants of God, good examples to the church, and godly parents to our children. As His grace on my family is so great, it is my honor to serve Him.