Archive for June, 2012

Growth

Posted: June 25, 2012 in Safe Home

“So neither he who plants is anything nor he who waters, but [only] God Who makes it grow and become greater”. 1 Corinthians 3: 7

When we returned to Thailand almost a year after our first visit, one of the biggest things I noticed was the growth that had taken place. So many good changes have occurred since the last time I was here. One of the first things I saw was how big, strong, and healthy the rescued babies and children had gotten. Many of them look so grown up and are starting to mature physically and spiritually. I have also seen growth in the size of Life Impact’s national team, completed building projects, the progress on new building projects, and the beautiful growth of the trees and vegetation on the land.

Most importantly, one of the greatest areas of growth has been what God is doing in the hearts and lives of everyone involved in Life Impact International. From the youngest child to the oldest staff member, and from the newest missionaries to the most seasoned missionaries on the team, God’s tremendous work is evident in their lives. It is incredible to see and hear the dreams, visions, stories, and testimonies of what God is doing here. God is constantly demonstrating that it doesn’t matter how skilled, trained, or talented the workers are who plant and water the seeds, because it is He alone that is going to multiply the harvest.

-Kristen

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Keeping Families Together

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Rescues
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A huge part of what we do is not only rescuing children who are sold or vulnerable to being trafficked, but we also prevent these things from ever happening to innocent children! One way we do this is by supporting whole families and keeping them together if the situation is safe and it is in the best interest of the child. The following case is a truly refreshing prevention success story!

We heard about an old couple that was raising their 13 year-old, abandoned granddaughter. The girl’s mom abandoned her to her grandmother when she was still a baby. Her mother now has a new family and other children, but her grandparents have continued to raise her. They have worked hard their entire lives and continue to work in their old age. The grandmother would walk several miles to a field to pick vegetables to feed the family. The grandfather is going blind and frequently ill, so he can no longer work often. They are doing their best to send their granddaughter to school and give her a good, Thai education.

She was walking about one hour to school. Since it was getting more expensive to send her, she was going to have to start working in the summers to help pay for it. Also, the owner of the land their house was on sold it, so they were evicted and homeless. Her grandparents were trying their best, but struggling.

This girl was highly at risk because of her situation, age, and geographical location. On the border, she is a prime target for traffickers! Out of desperation or because her grandparents could no longer take care of her, they could be tricked to give this girl up to traffickers. Someone would promise to educate her or give her a job as a housemaid, but she would really be sold to Bangkok for exploitation.

Because of your faithful support we are able to feed, support and help keep this family together! Additionally, we have built them a new home and provided this young girl with a bicycle to help her get to school. She is safe, provided for, and with her family that loves her!

Youth Group

Posted: June 16, 2012 in Safe Home
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In our homes, the children come together to worship then break up into groups according to their age to learn the Word of God. Since many of our children are becoming teenagers, we decided to start a youth group. They are so excited about it!
It’s been so much fun teaching our youth and seeing their hunger for God and growth in Him. After we get together on Wednesday nights, I give them personal study questions and assignments. These are steps in teaching them how to own their faith, study the Word for themselves, and apply it to their lives.
For the past few weeks we have been doing a series called “I AM” where every week we study our Identity in Christ. When we reviewed the lesson “I AM fearfully and wonderfully made” from the week before, I asked the youth how they have taken this truth and applied it to their lives. One of our 14-year-old girls said, “Every morning before I go to school, I look in the mirror and tell myself that God made me verrrryyyyyy beautiful!”
Having a youth group is an exciting change that will help them grow and become all that God has called them to be!
-Larissa

Back to School

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Interns, Outeaches
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During the two-month summer break at the Farmhouse School, all I could think about was walking to the front of the classroom and hearing the students say, “Good Morning Teacher! Thank you Teacher!” Every time I do, I can’t help but smile.

On the first day, I was so happy to see all their familiar, beautiful smiles (and a few new smiles)! We made nametags, teaching the children to write their names in English. The nametags will also help us learn their names. They took turns sharing their names and something about themselves. The children loved to tell about themselves and have the entire class listen.

While I enjoyed teaching and working with the children of this school last semester, it is a different experience now with what God has done in my heart. Over the break, I spent more time ministering in the community and can now better understand the hopelessness and hurt in this village. My passion to make a difference in the lives of the children is greater than before. I am most passionate about sharing the love, joy, hope and eternal life that are found only in God. These children are so bright and have unlimited potential; I know deep in my heart that they will change their community.

-Katie

Beach Trip

Posted: June 2, 2012 in Safe Home

Last month, two of our boys and their house parents planned a trip to their village. Since it was close, they made plans to take all the boys to see the ocean in Phuket! Since the older girls showed so much dedication in their studies and were at the top of their classes, they were rewarded by joining the vacation!

After visiting the boys’ village, they went to get settled into the children’s home nearby where they spent two nights. The staff and kids said that was a highlight because they loved getting to meet new kids and spend time with them.

Early the next day, they took a longboat out to Krabi Island and saw Khao Tapu Rock, one of the most famous landmarks in Thailand. They got adventurous, climbed up a mountain nearby, and spent time exploring the caves. On their second day at the beach, they played in the water and sand all day. They swam and collected shells from 10 in the morning until 6 at night! They wanted everyone to know that they all got sunburned, because they said that shows how long they stayed at the beach for! They said that their favorite part was waiting for the waves to come and jumping over them.

While Larissa and Wanida were playing in the water, she bent down and picked up a handful of sand. She said “Look, P. Larissa! This is a lot of sand. God has even more thoughts for us. He has more thoughts about us more than the sand in my hand. God loves us so much!”

After their days at the beach, they visited a memorial for the victims of the 2004 tsunami. They saw the ships that had been thrown from the ocean to the mainland and still stand today. It was a meaningful experience for them to see the history and remember those that lost their lives.

After a good week of eating a lot a lot of seafood, a lot of candy, and watching a lot of movies, they were ready to leave because they were homesick. They said it would be perfect if they could bring the beach home because they love both so much!