Several years ago, Tongsin lost his three-year-old daughter. We might call it disease but the So people in Laos call it spirits. That is all Tongsin and his family before him has ever known – the worship of spirits and ancestors. Not only did the spirits take away his daughter, but they began to torment his mind, to the point where he was no longer in control of his mind or body. For a time he lived liked a demonized madman in the surrounding jungle near the cemetery. Come nightfall he would sneak into the village and steal food.
It became so dire that the villagers, for everyone’s safety, built a cage out of wood and bamboo to restrain him. Spirit doctors tried their best mantras and enchantments, but no one could help Tongsin. Nothing worked until a friend from a nearby village decided to “beg to Jesus” for him. His friend did not know much about Jesus (in fact he doesn’t even follow Jesus anymore) yet the prayer worked!
Tongsin was now in his right mind and began telling the villagers what had happened to him. Thinking he was still crazy, they caged him for a second time and for good measure they also bound his hands and his feet. At this, Tongsin prayed to Jesus and the bonds on his hands immediately fell off. No one could deny any longer that he was a changed man.
In the last two years, Tongsin and his family have led over 35-40 So people to the Lord.