Souliyavong, better known at The Well as Ohn, came to Thailand with her family in the late 1970′s as refugees from Laos. She was moved from place to place, “hired out”, from a young age. As she got older she worked various jobs to get by, always with a wary eye watching for the police. But although she was never formally educated, Ohn learned to read and write fluently in Thai.
Ohn met The Well in August 2005, when a volunteers with a mission team from the Chicago area met her at her workplace, and invited her to a concert. When they invited her to “come home” and meet Jesus at The Well, Ohn knew she had found what she was always looking for.
Several years ago Ohn began to discover a hidden gift inside her: a special ability to find and paint metaphor. She has since been developing her gift, and a volume of work to show it.
On May 17th, Dton Naam Ministries will open the first gallery exhibit of Ohn’s work at their own Antique Cafe in Bangkok. For all of you far from Bangkok, we will be opening an online gallery of Ohn’s work very soon.