A SPIRIT OF FREEDOM
Prang and her family had a history with oppressive evil spirits. When Prang began knowing Christ, she finally felt peace and freedom from the spirits that used to plague her.
“She’s experienced many struggles in her life and has been really open about it,” says SIM cross-cultural worker Genine Thomas, who’s developed a strong friendship with Prang where they live in Thailand. “I see her more as a friend than my house helper. I’m thankful she can be open with us in sharing what she’s feeling, asking for advice, and reading the Bible. She’s growing more as a Christian.”
I began wanting to know more about God because I was having a lot of terrible problems with evil spirits that were bothering my family. My mother was a medium and she communicated for an evil spirit. When my mother was possessed by the spirit, she would predict the future for others and for her children. My mother would offer sacrifices of flowers and money to the spirit so that it would give her more and more power. She would go to the temples and shrines at Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surathanni to receive a blessing from the spirit. When my mother prayed, she could sense the spirit surrounding her. My mother knew something in the darkness was trying to tighten its grip on her and the longer she worked for the spirit the more afraid she became.
Four others in my family could also sense spirits, and if you were weak in heart or spirit, they would control you and make you their medium. Everyone in my family was very fearful and we all suffered because of these spirits. Those four relatives could not smile, could not laugh because they were suffering. We also didn’t have any males in the family because they all died in accidents, and if they didn’t die, they were disabled from the accident. My father, my older brothers, and my uncle all died or became disabled. Whenever I used to see other people smiling, I wondered how anyone could be happy when my own family had such suffering in our lives. Our family had no peace.
I first heard about God at Simon’s house. I worked for Simon’s family for eight years as the house helper. Three years ago, Simon had a lot of trials; he had problems with money, and he lost his house. But I saw a wonderful thing in Simon’s life – even though he had these problems, he didn’t try to run away from it. I became a Christian because I saw how Simon believed in God during his time of trouble.
Since I became a Christian, my life has peace. Because of Christ’s power over evil, the evil spirits can no longer bother me, and I have freedom from them. Now I work for Jonathan and Janine and they encourage me not to give up on my faith.
Even though they didn’t agree with me becoming a Christian at first my sister and now my mother have both accepted Christ and the spirits cannot bother either of them anymore. Many others in my family, though, are still troubled by these spirits. At the beginning my daughter didn’t want to spend time with me. My relatives have tried to distance themselves from me, they don’t want to interact with me. My older sister and my brother-in-law don’t want their children to come visit or play with me because they don’t want me to “brainwash” their children with Christianity. But I want to tell my family that my life has gotten better since knowing God, even if my daily life still seems the same. I want my family to see that I have a great God in my life. I have seen the power of God at work.