My Name is Chiraphone

Eternal and Everlasting Blessings

By Chiraphone Khamphuovong

Chiraphone Khamphouvong has served as the director of partnerships and resource development with World Relief in Cambodia since 2014. As a Lao civil war escapist, a refugee in Thailand, and an immigrant to the U.S. in 1982, she is devoted to a life of holistic international service to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the human family worldwide.

Part 1
Where Much Has Been Given, Much is Required

My name is a Sanskrit name given to me by my father's Buddhist monk teacher. The meaning of my name, "eternal and everlasting blessings", has shaped both my upbringing and my life today.

Part 2
Hearing "Pra Yesu" With my Heart

Hearing the word "Pra Yesu" to me at the age of 5 was not foreign. From my Buddhist background, it was cultural to respect and revere others and other faith beliefs without disowning your own belief.

Part 3
Coming Full Circle

At the age of 15, in 1989, after fully surrendering to Christ, I became very zealous with life. I wanted to live a life that embraced all cultures, customs, and traditions; a life where loving God and loving others was the focal point.