THAILAND FLOODS AND BLESSING HOME
The severe flooding in Bangkok and the central provinces will be with us for a long time, at least 4 of 5 more weeks. In the meantime, several million refugees have had to leave their homes and find shelter in the homes of relatives and friends in other parts of the nation.
|Father and daughter hang on to back of pickup truck to get through flooded area.|
Blessing Home is located in Chonburi province, which is the first province east of Bangkok. Our province has been absorbing the inflow of a massive wave of refugees, most of whom are the impoverished masses that do not have resources to handle emergencies. Without employment, they are dependent upon help from relief organizations and government aid, both of which are in very limited supply. These refugees will be with us for a long time, because the floods are not expected to go away for another 4-5 weeks.
Food store shelves are pretty empty and what is available is very expensive. Some of this is because of supply and demand. The local population has mushroomed faster than the markets can receive supplies of food and drinking water. But the problem will not go away because up to 30% of the rice crops have been destroyed (including in other rice exporting nations like Vietnam). This will affect rice prices worldwide.
Pastor Banya and the staff and volunteers at Blessing Home face great challenges right now. Pastor Banya has to find and buy food enough for all of the children and staff at Blessing Home as well as other families in the slums surrounding Life Center UMC in Pattaya. He has had to go from market to market with a few volunteers. Food is many markets is being rationed, so it takes several volunteers to purchase a good amount of food. They purchase what they can at one market, and then they move on to the next until they have enough. Food prices have skyrocketed, so this is greatly straining our budget as we seek to feed the children. Prayers are in order and any donations during this crisis would be greatly appreciated.
Funds can be sent payable to TMM at:
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758
Or give online at the TMM website: http://thailandmethodist.org/donate.html
INTERNET VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
On another note: If you have internet at home and can spare some time helping, we need volunteers to help us on a database project. No skill or special computer knowledge is needed. If you use the internet, you can help us. Your volunteer labor on the internet will make an eternal difference, as more churches and individuals hear about what the Lord is doing in Thailand. If you are interested in more information on how you can help by being an internet volunteer, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLESSING HOME BUILDING FUND UPDATE
About $69,000 of the $144,000 needed to purchase a building for Blessing Home has been received so far. We hope that all of our supporting churches and individuals will take up Christmas offerings and remember the children of Blessing Home. The mission is a partnership, and we cannot do anything without your prayers and financial support.
Please make sure to write “Building Fund” on the memo section of any checks you send, so we can make sure to designate your gift.