Naw Zar Mon knocked at the door of the tiny house and waited as the fortune teller opened the creaky door. With a nod the man invited her in. She sat down at the table and waited for the man to look into her future.
The man wrinkled his eyes and told her, “Someone cares for you.”
“Who?” Naw Zar Mon asked urgently, leaning toward the man.
“I don’t know the person,” he said thoughtfully, “but I see the love.”
As Naw Zar Mon returned home, loneliness seemed lighter. “Whoever you are,” she whispered to the unknown someone who loved her, “please look after me.”
Naw Zar Mon’s husband serves in the military, and they move frequently. Naw Zar Mon hated moving. She hated saying goodbye and having to make new friends in a new place.
She paused to stretch as she emptied boxes in their new home. Her eyes fell on a picture the previous tenants had left hanging on the wall. She had been told it was a picture of Jesus, the God of Christians. Although Naw Zar Mon wasn’t a Christian, she felt drawn to the picture. She stepped closer and studied the Man’s face. Was that love she saw in His eyes? she wondered. Every day she looked at the picture. Surely the Christians’ God is loving, she thought.
When she learned her neighbor, U Chin, was a Christian, Naw Zar Mon asked him, “Is the Christian God loving?”
“Oh, yes!” U Chin said. “He is a loving God!” U Chin opened a Bible to Psalm 23. “Read this,” he said. “This is what God is like.”
Naw Zar Mon’s eyes moved over the comforting words. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, . . . Surely your goodness and love will follow me” (NIV).
“Please keep the Bible,” U Chin said. “Read it for yourself.” As Naw Zar Mon read Psalm 23 over and over, she found herself drawn to Jesus, the kind shepherd. Jesus is the someone who loves me, she thought. Naw Zar Mon stopped bowing to the images in her home. When her husband understood her desire to worship only Jesus, he removed the images from their home.
But not everyone was sympathetic toward Naw Zar Mon’s desire to follow Jesus. When her husband was assigned to a dangerous post, he urged her to take their children and go live with her parents in the capital city. Her parents welcomed her until they learned that she was worshipping God rather than their gods. They sent her away.
She went to live with her husband’s parents, but her father-in-law refused to allow the Bible in his home.
Naw Zar Mon found an empty house and asked about the owners. “They are worshipping in the house church over there,” a neighbor said, pointing to a nearby building. Naw Zar Mon was puzzled, for it was Saturday. Don’t Christians worship God on Sunday? she wondered. But she returned later and rented the house.
She began attending the house church near her new home. There Jesus became very special to Naw Zar Mon. The more she studied the Bible, the sweeter God’s love became.
When Naw Zar Mon’s husband was reassigned to a new base, she and their children joined him. He welcomed his family back and supported Naw Zar Mon’s faith. But life on the military base was difficult. When Naw Zar Mon was told to work on Sabbath, she refused to give up her faith. “I must leave again,” Naw Zar Mon told her husband, tears glistening in her eyes.
Naw Zar Mon’s husband took his family to her parents, but when they learned that she still followed Christ, they told her to leave. Her husband’s family agreed to take her two sons, but not her or her daughter.
For months Naw Zar Mon was virtually homeless in the city. She could sleep in her in-laws’ home only when her husband was present. But her faith continued to grow.
Today Naw Zar Mon and her children stay in a single room at the Adventist school. Naw Zar Mon hopes to complete her high school education and provide a Christian education for her children as well.
“I’ve found the Someone who loves me, and I’m not willing to let go of Him,” Naw Zar Mon says. “It’s difficult right now, but I want my children to know that they can trust God’s love to sustain them, just as I have.”
Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help enlarge Yangon Adventist Seminary, the church’s primary and secondary school in Yangon, Myanmar. Then even more students can experience God’s incredible love.