Ivy*, one of the cleaners in ARDA Vientiane, who is a Hmong. Most Hmongs are animists, they believe that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Before she accepted Jesus as her Saviour, she would be fearful of ghosts and even had experiences of seeing ghostly figure beside her at night. She also experienced ‘sleep paralysis’, where she was awake but unable to move a muscle. As a young Christian, she would wake up with writings on her neck, first time with blue ink, and red ink on a second time. She was fearful, but one day, she heard God saying to her, “Why are you so afraid? I am with you.” That’s when she decided to fight the evil spirits in Jesus’ name. From that time onwards, she no longer experienced those disturbances and she praises God for it.
Subsequently, Ivy shared her experiences with one of the cleaners who has been resistant to the good news so far. Ivy has been sharing with her friends telling them how powerful and great our God is. Another Hmong girl previously had similar experiences and she testified that she will never give up on Jesus because now she’s safe and free.
*Not her real name