Kim’s work includes overseeing five Christ-like ministries for tribal people who are coping with the problems caused by AIDS, disabilities, and migration from their traditional villages to urban slums. Lack of land and employment has forced people from rural areas to cities to find work. They are often exploited on the job, and are at risk for being infected with the AIDS virus. The Thailand Karen Baptist Convention sponsors these ministries.
Kim writes: The House of Blessing (HOB) is a preschool program which targets needy children from ethnic minority groups who might otherwise not attend school. Now in its 8th year, the program has some impressive statistics, including the fact that 88% of the children who have graduated from the daycare program are now enrolled in Thai schools. Recently, we have refined our vision and mission statements for this project, and I wanted to share them with you, so you can have a better sense of what our purpose is, and be praying for the project and the staff that faithfully serve these children.
Vision: The vision of House of Blessing Daycare is that the rights and protection of children and persons will become a shared responsibility of families, communities, and government.
Mission: IMEMF is a Christian organization with the purpose of strengthening ethnic minority families and communities through promoting education in the areas of children’s rights and protection, through ensuring care and shelter, and through providing basic schooling in order to have a positive impact on their long term future.
Praise and Prayer Points:
· We are grateful for fish soup! In preparing the fish ponds to start raising our own fish, the HPTP staff discovered there were already fish in the pond! Unfortunately, they are the type of fish that would love to eat the baby fish we will raise for meat—so they have been caught and made a wonderful Thai fish dish that has been enjoyed by all.
· Please continue to pray for the general health of the children at the House of Love and at the House of Blessing Daycare. Last week, 10 children were kept home from school, either because they themselves were feeling ill, or their classes had been cancelled because a classmate had swine flu. We are grateful for our children recovering quickly, but you can understand why it is a continuing concern for us.
· The Health Project staff is busy working on the plans for the October camp for our HIV-infected children we support. The hope this year is to have everyone stay at the new House of Love—and so we would invite your prayers to again pray for good health for all of the children so that we would not have to cancel this looked-forward-to event.