United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Monday, August 11, 2014

TEAM THAILAND 2014

TMM missionaries Carol and Vicki were just beaming when they told us the story of Bo, who is a member of Almighty God UMC, the church that worships at Blessing Home Isan.  Bo is a 19 year old who comes from a family of subsistence farmers.  Her parents sacrificed greatly to provide for her to graduate from high school and she was a top student in her class.  Bo was admitted into nursing school (the Thai equivalent of an LPN degree and certification), but her family had no way to pay for her to go.  Bo and her family were devastated that she would not be able to go to college.  

But we just received a mission team of United Methodists from South Carolina and Kentucky called Team Thailand.  Two Team Thailand members who are members of St. John UMC of Aiken, SC brought a financial gift to be used for Blessing Home.  This gift came just in time to send Bo off to nursing school to help pay for tuition, books, board, food, and uniforms.  Bo is the first in her family to go to college, and this will change the life of her and her family for generations.  All Bo and her parents kept saying was “Thank God!  Thank God!”.


Bo received a Blessing Home scholarship for the nurse assistant (LPN) program at the Panomwan School of Health Technology.

Bo's mother cries as she helps Bo unpack her belongings into her dorm room.

Bo is the second student to receive a college student to receive a college scholarship from the Blessing Home ministry.  We could not do this without your prayers and support.  Thank you and special thanks to the generous Christians at St. John UMC of Aiken.

TEAM THAILAND 2014 was a great blessing to us and the mission.  They painted the second and third floors of Blessing Home Ground Zero, lifting the spirits of the staff and Pastor Banya.  They taught English to the teens at Blessing Home Isan.  They visited and uplifted members of the Pattaya Akha UMC who live in the most humble of circumstances yet have victorious spirits.  The team helped to pour concrete at the Ta Phraya church near the border of Cambodia.  And they lifted up the spirits of the TMM missionaries.  They worked hard in the tropical heat and were a great help to us.  TMM missionaries and the staff of both Blessing Homes thank them for their service and we hope to see them again. 


We will be sending information on next year’s mission team opportunities some time in the future.

TEAM THAILAND members help Carol and Vicki teach English at Blessing Home Isan.


One of the TEAM THAILAND members will be serving as a volunteer at Blessing Home Ground Zero for the next two months.  Shelby Gillespie is the daughter of our good long time friends, Darren and Paula Gillespie.  Darren is an Elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference serving at Radcliff UMC.  We have known Shelby since she was a baby, and it is a great pleasure to have her serve here with TMM.

Shelby leads the older Blessing Home Ground Zero students in fun English songs.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Three Praises! God is Good!

We have been back in Thailand for 5 weeks now, and this is the first week we have been working from home.  It has been a slog of hard traveling and we are very happy to be in one place for a week.  It gives us time to get recuperate and to do things like writing this blog, which we have wanted to do for two weeks now but did not have a chance.

All praise be to God for answering your prayers on behalf of Vicki Brown.  Vicki is feeling much better and both Carol and Vicki are doing well now because of your faithfulness in prayer.  Prayer warriors like you are the powerhouse of the mission.  Thank you.  And all praise belongs to the Lord.

Carol and Vicki are servants of the Lord who do life-changing, life-saving ministry at Blessing Home Isan.  Last week Sherri met with Saow who is a member of the Almighty God UMC in Nonsomboon.  Saow has a 17 year old daughter named Khawpoad and a 13 year old grand-daughter named Namdaan who are provided weekly services through Blessing Home Isan.  These two girls receive full scholarships for uniforms, books, transportation, and school fees to attend school as well as after-school English classes with Carol and Vicki.  

L to R: Namdaan, Maeng, Saow, Ann, and Khawpoad


Saow and her husband Maeng are subsistence farmers who also work odd jobs to live from day-to-day.  They are Christians and their lives have been transformed through Jesus Christ.  Saow radiates the love and joy of a new life in Jesus Christ to all around her, and she is great blessing to all of us.  But the crushing poverty and illness in her family caused them to run out of funds for school for the children in their household.  If it were not for the ministry of Blessing Home Isan,  these two teenage girls would have to be sent to the big city to find work because they could no longer educate or feed them.  These girls would be in great danger of being trafficked.

When Sherri met with Saow, she wept with tears of joy and thankfulness for all the help her family has received.  She said that Blessing Home Isan has changed the lives of everyone in her family.  Then Sherri told Saow about all of you in the States who support the ministry with your donations and your prayers.   And Saow wants to say thank you to you.  So now we are relaying Saow’s gratefulness for your generosity which is making all of the difference in the world to her and her family.

Carol and Vicki have not only been teaching English to the teenagers who are served at Blessing Home Isan, but they are also doing finance training and micro-loans with members of the Almighty God UMC.  Saow has been receiving business training and we believe that her family will pull out of poverty in the future. 

On another praise note, Pastor Nampon of the Almighty God UMC recently married Joy.  Joy is a friendly hard-working young man who was Pastor Nampon’s first love many years ago, before they were Christians.  They were separated for many years, and since then, both of them became followers of Christ.  They met earlier this year at a Christian training event in Northeast Thailand and things took off from there.  We had the privilege of attending their wedding, which took place in the fourth building which is being built at Blessing Home Isan.  This last building will be the sanctuary for her church.  At the time of the wedding, it had a concrete floor and a roof but no walls, making it a perfect “picnic shelter” for the ceremony.  Since that time, construction has restarted, and the walls are being built.

Thank you for your prayers and support.  May the Lord Bless You.

L to R: Prauw (assistant to Carol and Vicki), Vicki Brown, Pastor Namporn and Joy, and Carol Fare

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Final phase of construction at Blessing Home Isan

The final phase of the Blessing Home Isan (our second Blessing Home center which is located in Northeast Thailand) is under way.  The sanctuary/large training center is currently under construction.  This building will be used as a sanctuary for the Almighty God UMC as well as for large training events for Blessing Home Isan.  The church has been using the classroom building at Blessing Home Isan, for Sunday worship but it is crowded.  This new building will give much more room for the church to grow.

Here is a video that TMM missionary Carol Fare posted a few days ago of the foundation being poured by mixed and poured by hand.

video

Please pray for TMM missionary Vicki Brown, who has been having health problems.  Living in Thailand can be a challenge for anyone's health, especially if you work with poor children and families.  Serving at Blessing Home taxes the immune system of missionaries and staff alike, so your prayers are needed.

Carol and Vicki sent out a delightful newsletter from Blessing Home Isan.  Here is a link to download it.