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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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Myanmar Safe Home

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Interns, Safe Home

Last month, three of our missionaries had the opportunity to visit our children’s home in Burma.

Most of the children there were orphaned by cyclone Nargis. On May 3, 2008 the cyclone hit the country of Burma and left over one million people dead and another million destitute and dying. In the midst of this great tragedy, many children were orphaned, left as prey for human traffickers.

Miraculously, our team rescued 27 children from the devastated Delta region, just before the others were taken by the Burmese military junta who immediately gathered all the orphans to be used as child soldiers, child wives, or slave laborers.

Since the cyclone, the orphanage has become home to 18 more children for a total of 45. Children have been rescued from abuse, abandonment, and other desperate situations. Despite that these children have lost all they had, they are full of joy and full of hope.

A few members of the Life Impact Thailand team visit every four months. The spiritual growth we see in the children is astounding on each trip. They are growing up to be young men and women of God, shining lights in a dark place. We believe they will truly change their generation and their country for the Kingdom.

To find out how you can support this home, visit our current needs list.

Here is a glimpse into what life looks like here at Life Impact on the Thailand/Burma border.

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

Music Lessons

Posted: May 25, 2012 in Interns, Safe Home

Since the first night I spent here, one of the most tangible and incredible ways I have felt God move is through worship at the children’s home. The presence of the Holy Spirit floods in through the voices of the kids and it never ceases to amaze me. These kids have such an anointing over them. There is so much talent here, not just in music but also in so many other ways!

Just over two months ago I started teaching music lessons to the boys. During our time so far they have improved so much and have been the best students I could ask for. Just the other day, we were blessed with a new music teacher who will take over guitar and piano lessons while I focus on teaching drums. The kids are so excited to be learning their instruments. They have been picking up each other’s instruments, teaching each other what they’ve learned, and willingly practicing on their own time. They have been learning so fast and show great motivation. They are so sweet, appreciative, and always excited to start playing! They have started bringing different worship songs for me to teach them. I think in the near future if they so desire, they will be able to start playing together as a group, learning how to worship God in song and lead others into worship.

One of the older girls in our home, who started playing guitar long before I came around, is getting better and better by the minute and loves to play music in her spare time. She has already begun to occasionally lead worship with one of the house fathers, and she is doing an incredible job. It is so inspiring to me the way she sings, prays and loves Jesus in all that she does!

We are now practicing music in a brand new music room on the land! The kids love their band room and we get to make all the noise we want! We still have a few things to do to the room in order to get fully in order, but it is already such a blessing and we are definitely enjoying it.

-Jade

Clinic

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Interns, Outeaches

Every week, we have been going to a local, free, Burmese clinic to spend time with the kids. Some people sell everything they have to travel to this clinic on the border and get the medical attention they need. Walking through the clinic, you see a lot of poverty and feel the desperation for medical attention. It is nothing like American facilities; it’s not as clean and doesn’t have a lot of technology or resources. It’s amazing to see how they make it work, even without all of the things that we have and rely on.

Some of the children we visit are patients, and others the children of patients. We do crafts, music, and games with them. It is always a blast. The kids are so fun and love having their picture taken. One of the staff told me that most of the kids have seen a lot of violence or have been traumatized in some way. The clinic’s goal is to give the kids a safe place to come and play, and to receive the attention and love they may not be getting from their parents, so we try to do just that.

-Katrina

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.