A friend of our teacher came to visit our class today. She told us the story of her family. She and her family are part of a group of people called the Hmong. She wrote it on the board and spelled it with an “H” at the beginning. But, she said you don’t say the H-sound. It is silent. So, her people are called the “Mong.”
Her family moved to the United States from Laos more than 30 years ago, when she was a little girl, when communism took control of the government in Laos. Back then, many of the Hmong were Christians, and they had fought against communism because communism says people shouldn’t believe in Jesus.
Her mother and father moved to the United States. But, her aunts, uncles, and grandparents all stayed behind. There are still Hmong Christians in Laos, but there are many Hmong who don’t believe in Jesus yet. She doesn’t know if her grandparents are still alive or if they have asked Jesus into their hearts. She wants to visit them and tell them everything she has learned about Jesus.
And, she wants to tell her aunts and uncles, too. But she knows it could be very hard for them to follow Jesus. Sometimes in Laos, when someone chooses to believe in Jesus, their family makes them move away from home. They won’t let them live with them anymore. She doesn’t know what might happen to her family.
“Dear God, please help the Hmong people, living in the United States, Laos, and everywhere else they are living right now. Please help them every time they have to move to remember that You always know where they are and what they need. Take care of them. Please help them trust You to bring lots of good things out of all their moves. And, please help the Hmong who don’t believe in You yet to understand and accept You as Savior. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”