Archive for March, 2012

Meet the Interns: Katie

Posted: March 26, 2012 in Interns

Name: Katie Rutherford

Age: 21

How long is your trip to Thailand? I was originally a 3 month intern, but now I will be staying for 6 months total.

How did you get involved with Life Impact? I met Mariah, whose Dad is on the Life Impact board, on a missions trip to Cambodia last summer. She told me  a lot about her trip out her two years ago and she shared with me the vision and after hearing it I had to come!

What’s your favorite part of your work here? Teaching in the Muslim Slums.

What do you miss most from home? My family, mainly my dad. Also Three-D the young adult church I attend.

What’s your favorite Thai dish? Well considering I really haven’t eaten much Thai food since I’ve been here, I only have a couple things to choose from. I’d have to say Pad Thai.

What can you be found doing on a day off? Usually I am spending my day at Hazel (a local coffee shop) catching up on all of the homework I have put off during the week.

What’s your favorite Bible verse? We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28

If you could have lunch with any person—living or dead, real or fictional—whom would you choose? I would have lunch with my Grandma Jean. When I was growing up she had advanced Alzheimer disease, so I never had a chance to get to know her. I am told continually how much I am like her, so I would love to spend time talking to her and getting to know her heart.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? On Christmas eve my family all receives new pajamas and then we have a pajama racing contest to see who can get theirs on first. Then we open our stockings and watch a couple of movies together as a family (which doesn’t happen often because my brother and I are both not living at home)

What have you learned from your experience here? I have just learned so much about the journey that my relationship with God is. There is continually room for change and improvement. His love and grace are relentless. God has shown me so much about how important it is for me to show that same love and grace towards others, no matter who they are or what they have done. He has given me more pieces to the picture of the vision He has for my life. It has been so wonderful for me to see my calling to teach and my calling to missions come together. There is nothing that brings more joy to me than knowing that I am in the perfect will of God. When I handed my heart over to Him, He filled it with desires that I never imagine would make me feel like this.

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Meet the Interns: Katrina

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Interns

Name: Katrina Scherer

Age: 22

How long is your trip to Thailand? 3 months

How did you get involved with Life Impact? My associate pastors graduated from Rhema with Lana and I met her through them.

What’s your favorite part of your work here? the kids and the staff

What do you miss most from home? my dog 🙂

What’s your favorite Thai dish? pineapple fried rice

What can you be found doing on a day off? reading and laundry

What’s your favorite Bible verse? Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). Jeremiah 33:3

If you could have lunch with any person—living or dead, real or fictional—whom would you choose? Paul

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Just being able to be with my family. No matter where we are, we always come together on the holidays.

What have you learned from your experience here? The biggest thing would be how to trust God in every situation and allowing Him to be my more than enough no matter what.

Day Care

Posted: March 21, 2012 in Safe Home
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For the past year, Life Impact has been running a daycare program for our 19 rescued babies and toddlers. It is open Monday through Friday, run by our Thai and Burmese staff.

The babies and toddlers are broken into age groups to help their growth in physical, mental, social, and emotional development. The little ones love to go to daycare to sing and dance, play dress-up, learn numbers and colors, and learn about nature on our beautiful land.

The daycare also prepares them to start school. Our two and three year olds are learning how to read and write in Thai, Burmese, and also English! In May they will start going to pre-school at a local, Thai government school. We are excited to see them make this transition! We are also proud of our national staff for the great teaching and time that they have invested into our children!

Umpium Refugee Camp

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Outeaches
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This week, the forecast calls for rain. While most of northern Thailand is rejoicing—the pollution and dust will finally settle—fire victims at Umpium Refugee Camp are at risk. After they lost their homes and possessions, people are now living in crowded community centers and under tarps on their old plots of land.

We visited on March 8 to distribute canisters for drinking water and blankets, and to find out how we can support the people of Umpium. Please remember them in your prayers. Pray that they would be protected from the rain, that they will be able to rebuild their homes before the rainy season begins (usually in May), and that their other needs would be met.

If you would like to donate please click here. At the bottom of the page choose “Special Projects” and write in “Umpium Refugee Camp”. The last time we talked to the people they said they really need saws. They are around 4 dollars each and it is estimated that they would need 400 of them.

We are so blessed to have a mission team from Abundant Living Family Church here for the next week. Keep them in your prayers while they are serving the Lord in Thailand. During their trip, they will be working in one of the refugees camps (On February 23 a fire swept through the refugee camp destroying homes and displacing thousands of people. Read more about it here.); rebuilding homes; joining the dump ministry to do skits and play games with the kids; teaching bible studies, playing games, and loving on the Life Impact children; as well as doing outreaches in local villages. They have a full schedule, but are excited to see what God has in store for them and those they minister to throughout the week.

Team members: Kelvin, Cherly, Vincent, Bryana, Mary Anne, Elsa, Monique, Catherina, Norma, Jasmine.

We are also very excited to welcome Marty Vasquez, Lana’s father, who is here for one week. Praise God for this time that Lana will be able to spend with her dad and pray that it will be blessed!

Garbage Dump

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Outeaches
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Every Saturday we partner with a local Burmese church here on the border. Together we spend the day at the local garbage dump where about 200 people live. They have fled their homes in Burma, and have built their new homes in the middle of the garbage dump. They live there searching through the trash, looking for anything the can recycle to make 60 to 90 baht a day (2 to 3 dollars) to feed their families. The hardest part to fully grasp is that living in the garbage is a better situation than where they were at.

Each Saturday with the Burmese church, we play games, sing songs, teach a bible story, and feed them a hot meal. As well as hair cuts, baths, clipping finger nails, passing out rain boots, and taking people to the clinic. It is a great time of loving on people for the sake of Christ.

Please keep the people who live in the garbage dump in your prayers. Please pray for us and the Burmese church, that we will be able to serve them in the best way possible and that God gets the glory.