Archive for October, 2012

Dance Lessons

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Interns, Safe Home

Betsy served with Life Impact International as an intern for one month. She blessed the ministry in many ways, including teaching our children dance and drama.
One of the ways I had an opportunity to be involved with Life Impact was teaching dance lessons. I taught the girls ages 7 to 15 beginning ballet and jazz for the past two weeks. I have instructed dance classes in the US, however, I never taught girls quite as dedicated. They practiced everyday, even when they were not in class. They worked together and by themselves, always eager to perform for anyone. The smiles on their faces as I taught them the techniques and the hugs at the end of class warmed my heart. I hope that because of the dance lessons, they will see more opportunities that God may hold for them in the future.

-Betsy

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A Walk Worthy

Posted: October 16, 2012 in Events

A Walk Worthy was a great success. Thank you so much to all those that participated in the event; we look forward to walking with you again next year!

Team Season 2012

Posted: October 12, 2012 in Teams

As our team season comes to a close, we would like to thank all those who came to Thailand and served along side of us. We had some incredible teams this year! Many came to labor with the desire to meet the physical needs of the ministry, such as constructing a fence around our fish farm, building an addition onto our boys home, and fixing our sand volleyball court. Other teams focused on meeting the spiritual needs of those within Life Impact as well as in villages in the surrounding area. We hosted evangelistic outreaches to unreached villages, provided medical treatment, and distributed hygiene bags. Regardless of the roles each team played, everything they were a part of was done with excellence and lots of love. We are beyond honored and blessed to have shared our ministry with each person that visited. We pray that God blesses them greatly for the time, finances, and energy they invested into the Kingdom of God. We wait in great expectation for what God will do in the  2013 team season!

Rescued: Ky

Posted: October 5, 2012 in Rescues

In January of 2011, we heard about Ky, a baby girl with Down syndrome that was being left in a hammock all day while her alcoholic mother went on drinking binges. The neighbors heard a baby crying from their bamboo hut from hours on end. At 13-months-old, Ky weighed about 10 pounds and her development was close to that of a newborn. Her only food was sporadically given breast milk with alcohol still in her mom’s system.

By the time we got word of Ky, she was in a near death situation. In addition to severe malnutrition, she also had a congenital heart defect that required open-heart surgery. Too unstable for an anesthetic, she needed to gain weight before the operation could be performed. Her mother missed her doctor’s appointments and didn’t follow through with the feeding plan they gave for her to put on weight.

After a full intervention, her mother relinquished her to the care of Life Impact. Since this was an emergency situation, she was placed in the care of a new missionary couple who had just come to work with Life Impact. It was love at first sight and Ky was instantly considered their very own. The first day the couple had her she was very lethargic and could hardly pick up her head. As she ate and absorbed more nutrition, she quickly got stronger and more energetic. It wasn’t long before she was rolling over and playing.

By April of 2011, she gained enough weight to have surgery. Two weeks after a successful operation, she began to sit up on her own for the first time. Since then, she has been growing and developing rapidly. She is healthy, happy, and couldn’t be more loved.  Her new missionary parents are praying that one day they would be able to legally adopt her.

Here on the border we not only rescue children from exploitation and abuse, but literally intervene for their lives. This is a child who would otherwise be dead if we weren’t available and in the right place at the right time.

Please continue to pray for us that we would always be in the right place, at the right time on behalf of the other “Ky’s” that need rescue and intervention! Thank you for your support that keeps our door open and enables us to intervene for these treasures in darkness!