Adventist Review Online | I Was Sold to Human Traffickers, Now a Pastor in the U.S.

The Mizo people are an ethnic group native to South Asia. Joseph Zohming Thanga is a Mizo Seventh-day Adventist immigrant from Myanmar. Presently, he serves as pastor of the Des Moines Mizo Company in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. This is his story. — Editors

I was born in the small village of Tuingo. A third-generation Adventist, I was the second youngest of six children. My family was poor, and my parents supported us by working the rice paddies.

While I was growing up, my country was an extremely dangerous place, and in 2007 I sought asylum with the United Nations refugee agency in Malaysia.I stayed there for a year without legal papers, waiting for my appointment. One night I was startled out of sleep by the sound of security forces pounding on my door…

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