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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