Ren’s New Identity in Christ | An Update from Thailand

Ren (middle) smiles next to his two younger brothers.

Growing up, Ren and his two younger brothers moved often due to their father’s ongoing search for work.

They transitioned from school to school, struggling to succeed academically. Without consistency in their education, they could not learn. At night, Ren was plagued by fear.

During the pandemic, Ren’s father lost his job as a chef and got sick. When our team in Thailand became aware of the family’s situation, they provided household supplies and food.

As time went on, Ren’s father’s condition grew worse, leading him to leave his family so he could seek treatment in Japan. Since then, Ren’s family has lost contact with his father.

In September 2022, without a sustainable way to provide for her three boys, Ren’s mother brought them to Lifesong to live in our children’s home.

Ren and his two brothers began to thrive in their new environment.

For the first time in their lives, they could attend school consistently. At 13 years old, Ren completed first grade and learned to read, write, and tie his shoes. As he continues to learn and grow, he now has goals to attend university.

Most importantly, Ren received a new identity in Christ: one of faith, not of fear.

Through hearing God’s Word and attending daily worship services, Ren has learned to recite his favorite verse, Psalm 23:4, whenever he is afraid:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

—Psalm 23:4, NLT

Ren cooks food for the other children.
Ren serves food he cooked to a young girl.

Today, Ren spends his time learning at school, helping prepare and serve meals for the other children, and playing badminton. He hopes to become a chef one day and wants to serve God.

Will you help children in Thailand know Jesus and receive an education?