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If we had left Bangkok the day before Christmas as we had done the year before, we would have most likely been on the beach when the waves hit. Those waves had destroyed many lives. I could have been the little girl missing that day. It’s been more than 10 years since the Christmas tsunami. The experience shook me as a child, but today it encourages me to be grateful for each day. Sometimes terrible things happen—yet through it all, God is sovereign and I have to keep trusting Him. Each day is a journey with its own waves. Big or small, I want God by my side.
My first day in Thailand.
Enjoying Christmas at the beach one year before the tsunami.
Me (right) with friends at Bangkok Adventist International School.
This photo was taken the day after the tsunami.
Missing persons poster board after the tsunami.
and well. To our horror, they were reported dead. As I sat next to my shocked mom, I heard the sound of someone sobbing. A man sat at a computer near us, staring at the screen. In his hand was the same poster I had seen at the 7-Eleven. Was that the missing girl’s father? I headed to the playroom with my sister, Caroline, for fresh air and some mental relief. This was too much for our little minds to handle.
Brazilian-born Daniele Kuhn and her family have served as missionaries in 10 countries. She is currently studying to become a missionary doctor.
Kayla Ewert is a communication projects manager for the Office of Adventist Mission at the Seventhday Adventist Church world headquarters. 7