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Binh, Vietnam

My name is Binh and I am from Vietnam. I have been in the United States for almost two years. I want to share with you my journey in getting to know Jesus Christ. I started out as an exchange student. At first, my parents did not want me to be here. They were afraid. Everything was different; from culture to language. These were great differences. Financial resources were also a challenge. But in the United States you have a chance of becoming something, and in Vietnam, this is almost impossible. I never thought I would have the chance to set my foot on this land, but now, here I am.

We were told that we should not talk about religion or politics. But there was something very different about the people I met. They treated me so kind. In Vietnam, we have an idiom in life, “Nobody helps you in nothing.” It means if anyone helps you, they expect something back in return. But these people here, they didn’t expect anything back from me. They were just there to show me some love. At the time, I did not understand why.

About a year later, I decided to get involved in an exchange program. I received an invitation from a family to stay in their home. This family was so nice; I would not be here without them. This is how I became a Christian. While in Vietnam, I had heard the story about Jesus on the cross. We knew He was a good God, but we thought He was only for Western people. Eastern people worship Buddha. That is what we are supposed to do. Most people in Vietnam will tell you they are either atheist or Buddhist. Sometimes I would listen to fortune tellers and I would feel depressed and try to pray to Buddha. But nothing happened. Sometimes I would ask myself the purpose of life. What am I here for? Does life mean working, making money, getting old and dying? Is that all life is about? I didn’t know.

One day I was talking to my host dad and he told me he was very happy. I was surprised he was happy. I thought if I was in his position, I would not be happy because I would have to work too hard to make a living. But he told me that happiness is simple. He said that everyone has a hole inside of them and everyone tries to fill that hole with different things. I listened to him. He told me that he had filled the hole in his life with God. He said that God was the only one who could fill the hole in a person’s life. I then started to go to a couple of bible studies. I wanted to learn God’s word and meet new people. I saw how God could change a person’s life. So I decided to become a Christian. I received Jesus into my life and I found peace and security. I don’t know what my future holds, but I do know that God has a plan for everyone of us. 

This has been adapted from the original testimony of the student
and has been modified to protect the identities of those in secure countries.