"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Ryan’s A Refugee!

Posted in Day-To-Day by matt on Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I have mentioned my friend Ryan Lei in previous posts, haven’t I?

Hmmmm. I don’t remember and I’m too lazy to go back and check.

If I haven’t, I’ll try to sum up his back story for those of you who don’t know it. His dad was an evangelist in China and had some contacts with churches Stateside that the government didn’t like. The government then systematically stripped he and his parents of everything – identity, property, and even contact with relatives.

So they’ve been living under the radar in Bangkok for about 3 and a half years now. Ryan was 17 when he began supporting his whole family through odd jobs working as a janitor or volunteering at the refugee center. He learned English at Newsong (our church).

He’s also become one of my best friends in this city. He’s like a younger brother to Cayla and I, and we have him over at least a couple times a week for dinner.

He’s brilliant, he’s passionate about God’s redemption, and he’s finally got a shot at getting his life back! Last week the UN granted he and his family ‘official refugee status’. That means they can now begin the process of relocation to either the US or Canada. Ryan is finally going to finish high school, and then he’ll go make a 4.0 at some university.

Congrats buddy! We love you!DSC01221

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  1. Aunt LeeAnn said, on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    We shared Ryan’s testimony at our Awana missions study last spring. Yap, that means our church has been praying for him too. Yeehaa! Thanks for the good news. I’ll pass on the praise.

  2. matt said, on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Aunt Lee. I know he and his parents are grateful for your prayers.

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