Welcome – A little about us.

Sai is a native of Thailand, from a village (see “Images from Ban Dong Phlong Village”) in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, colloquially known as “Khorat.”  She emigrated to the United States in the mid-1970s.

 

Don was born in Florida and grew up in Connecticut.  Sai and Don met on a blind date in Cincinnati, Ohio in the early 1980s, and were married a few years later.  They had their first daughter, Amanda, in 1988, and their second daughter, Alicia, in 1991.

 

Don was an aeronautical engineer for 11 years.   Then, while Sai supported the family with her dog-grooming business, Don went to law school and became a patent attorney in 1995.

 

In 1997, the Hill family moved from Cincinnati to Charlotte, North Carolina.  At that time, Sai was still a Buddhist (at least nominally), while Don didn’t have any particular beliefs in terms of God.  That all changed when they started attending Harvest Community Church in 2002, at the instigation of Amanda and Alicia.

 

God had plans for the whole family to come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (like the Philippian jailer’s family in Acts 16:31-33).  Don was first to be saved (see “Don’s Testimony”), followed by Amanda and Alicia, and the three of them were baptized in the late summer of 2003.  Sai had a longer struggle because of her upbringing in Buddhism.  She felt like she was being pulled in two different directions.  That’s when God began to speak to her in a series of dreams, in which Jesus appeared to her and called her to join Him.  After much internal wrestling, she accepted His invitation and was baptized in 2004.  (See “Sai’s Testimony”)