Benjamin in Myanmar felt like there was no hope for him. There was only darkness. His father passed away before he was born, and his mother left him in the hospital as Benjamin was born blind. Benjamin’s childhood memories are of living with an adopted mother who was a nurse. “She wasn’t very nice,” Benjamin recalls. “She would force me to go to the market and beg for money.”
Benjamin was a quiet child and very timid because of his blindness. He was lonely and never had a friend. Because of his disability, Benjamin was subjected to verbal and physical bullying. He remembers feeling unwanted and like an outcast.
“Because I hated life back then, I always wished I was dead,” Benjamin admits. “But something inside reassured me not to give up.” Finally, Benjamin decided to seek God. “Praying for the first time in my life, I opened up to God,” Benjamin shared. “I made a challenge to Him to talk to me, with all that I had inside of my shattered soul.”
Then, one night, the Living God gave Benjamin a dream. In his dream, he saw a Holy Man (Jesus) coming toward him in glowing white. The Holy Man had a book in His hand. As He handed Benjamin the book, He smiled upon him.
Three weeks later, Benjamin met Pastor Mark, who offered to give him the Burmese Treasures audio Bible so that he could listen to God’s Word. Using the 4-band radio with USB/SD and the audio Bible chips Pastor Mark provided, Benjamin heard the Gospel for the first time. Immediately and without reservation, Benjamin gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. “I never saw a man who received the Gospel with such joy,” Pastor Mark observed.
After Benjamin received Christ, a dramatic transformation took place in his heart, and his life was radically changed. Benjamin notes that his favorite Scripture verse is from John 8:12, where Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Benjamin acknowledges, “Now I know that God is all we need. The more I draw close to Him, the more I realize that nothing and no one else can give me the peace, joy and abundance of life we all need other than God himself.”