A Thai Teenager Discovers a Simple Way to Love Her Friends

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About The Film

This film was produced in partnership with filmmaker Chris Sinclair.  Filmed over 5 days in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Por’s story is about a high school student we met through friends at the Baptists International Missions Board (IMB). Though we didn’t focus on it in the film, Por came out of a gang lifestyle and had a radical transformation less than two years before we filmed with her. Her faith is refreshing, creatively bold, and challenging in its action. We are so grateful she allowed us to tell her story. 

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[location: Thailand, length: 4:45]

A teenager pursuing her faith in Thailand, a country where most everyone is Buddhist.  [location: Thailand, length: 4:45]

This film was produced in partnership with filmmaker Chris Sinclair.  Filmed over 5 days in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Por’s story is about a high school student we met through friends at the Baptists International Missions Board (IMB). Though we didn’t focus on it in the film, Por came out of a gang lifestyle and had a radical transformation less than two years before we filmed with her. Her faith is refreshing, creatively bold, and challenging in its action. We are so grateful she allowed us to tell her story. 

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Por:
Does God want me to be Elijah in my high school? My name is Por. I'm 17 years old. I'm still a teenager and I'm trying to figure out my faith. When I try to talk to other people about God, it's really difficult because of the culture I live in. Thailand is deeply rooted in Buddhism. This is a tradition I've grown up with all my life. My dad is an elder at a temple. Every time I go to the temple, everyone worships the Buddha, but I don't. The older people look at me and are pointing at me to bow down, and I just smile and say, "Oh, that's okay." Every time I go, I feel like I am revealing my faith. I just sit still and listen and try to learn what they believe so that I know how to be a better witness with them and with those around me. For a long time, I've colored with nail polish. I like nail painting. One day my friends and I wondered if we could use nail painting to share our faith with others. It might sound strange, but I believe God can use what we like to do for His purpose. This is Aang Kaew. It is a park at Chaing Mai University. It is the place where I was baptized. We set everything out and then wait. I am not sure if anyone will show up. While we are waiting for people to come, people just keep walking past. They're afraid to come sit down. I feel like, so awkward.

subtitles:
“Sit, sit…what color would you like?”

Por:
but eventually girls show up. They’ll ask, "Why is it free?" and so I say, "We are doing it for fun and just want to make new friends.” We want a real relationship with them, so we talk to them with love first. It's difficult to find someone you've met for the first time. Even though we don't know them, we love them and wish they would find God. We come out here because we hope they will see our lives are different from others, different from people who haven't met God. I don't care if people say 17 is too young. I don't know how much time God gives me, so I just do what I can. I spend my life on others as much as I can. That will be enough.

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