United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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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.

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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.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

First week of school at Blessing Home Isan

TMM missionary Carol Fare, Prau (assistant to Carol and Vicki), Frame (Prau's younger son), and TMM missionary Vicki Brown
The new school year had begun at Blessing Home Isan and we are very excited that the second Blessing Home center is now fully operational.  It is through the ministry of TMM missionaries Carol Fare and Vicki Brown that middle school and high school students will now stay in school through graduation rather than be sent to Pattaya and other places to work and send money back home to their extended families.  The trajectories of the lives of these teens at Blessing Home Isan is being changed so that these children will not be trafficked.

These are 14 of the 17 at-risk students who are receiving scholarships at Blessing Home Isan for this school year.
Carol and Vicki are helping teens at Blessing Home Isan to thrive in two ways.  First, they are providing scholarships to at-risk teens to keep them in school.  Teens that cannot afford to stay in school end up in Pattaya and other places, and they are at great risk of being trafficked.  Carol and Vicki have discovered 17 teens and children who are most at risk and given them scholarships to attend school.  These scholarships cover their school uniforms and shoes, books, transportation, and food.

Second, Vicki and Carol teach English to a group of 32 students (14 of these are scholarship students) so they will have extra advantages in education and vocation.  English is the language of international commerce, so Thais that can speak fluent English can get jobs that pay very well.

Vicki Brown teaches English to the teens at Blessing Home Isan


Altogether, there are 35 children in the Blessing Home Isan program in its first week.  What a great start!  Thank you prayer warriors for praying for this ministry.  Please continue to lift up Carol and Vicki in your prayers.