Fountain of Hope Orphanage (Chiangdao)

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Monday morning, bright and early, our team traveled 6 hours from Phitsanulok to Chiangdao by Sung-Tao (a red truck taxi, common for transport in Thailand). Along the way, we picked up our translator, Beer, a university student who will accompany us for this portion of the journey. Beer worked with a team RIM had in Thailand during June, and we loved her so much. Beer (black t-shirt on the right) is just starting to learn about who Jesus is, and it’s so good for another team to get to connect with her and share more.

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Once the team arrived in Chiangdao (chee-ang-dah-oh), they settled in at Fountain of Hope Orphanage, run by Sai and Aaron, a married Thai couple. Sai (pronounced “see”), the wife, has loved children and had a heart for the broken and abandoned ones her whole life. As a single woman and university student, she adopted an orphaned 3-year old boy, even before she met her husband. When Sai met Aaron (“aaa-rone”), she told him that she wanted to always have a home where they took in the children that no one else was helping. If Aaron wasn’t on board, that was a deal breaker for her as far as getting married. He agreed to share her vision and since that time they’ve been helping as many kids as the Lord gives them opportunity.

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Presently, they rent a large house and have 13 orphans staying with them. They have also purchased land, which they farm to provide food for their LARGE family. They have a dream to one day build an orphanage on the land they own (a project that will cost about $15,000 US), dig a well, and add some animals to the farm (pigs, chickens, cows). They aim to be pretty much self-sustaining. But for now, they take it one day at a time, trusting the Lord to provide for their daily needs. Each month, it costs about 30,000 baht for their rent and food for everyone. They have a regular income of 5,000 baht from Aaron’s job and one monthly donor. For the rest of their funding, they trust the Lord…

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For many of our team members who meet them, this trust really shines of an example of what our faith and dependence on the Lord should look like. Sai and Aaron have stories every month of how the Lord provides the rest. Sometimes he gives them a creative way to earn money. Other times a crop is harvested at the farm. Occasionally someone makes a donation. But for years now, they’ve been trusting the Lord and he’s been caring for 100% of their needs. An amazing example for us to follow when we feel the Lord leading us to action!

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While our team is in Chiangdao, they “do life” with the orphans at Fountain of Hope. This means rising early to read the Bible together at 5am each day, helping with chores (cooking, laundry, cleaning, etc.), helping with homework, and having fun and fellowship in the evenings.

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In addition, the team will be teaching English and/or facilitating English camps at the four public schools the orphans attend. They’ll also spend a day on the farm helping Fountain of Hope either prep the land or plant a crop for whatever is next to grow this season. (RIM’s June team chopped down bamboo trees and built frames for growing cucumbers! Perhaps this team can check to see how our crop is progressing…)

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RIM is also considering the possibility of starting a child sponsorship program for the orphans. Several team members have volunteered to take photographs and write down stories about each of the children to help us if we pursue this venture. We’re prayerfully waiting to see how the Lord will open doors!

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English Camp in Phitsanulok

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The opening chapter of our journey takes place in the historic city of Phitsanulok. One of the oldest cities in Thailand, founded more than 600 years ago, Phitsanulok served as the country’s capital for 25 years. Now, it is still a strategic crossroads both politically and economically.

 

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Thai culture abounds here as the city is know for both its art and literature. Dragon boat racing is common as well as football (soccer) and Thai boxing. Temples and a deep Buddhist heritage are also present.

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Since their arrival, our team has prayer walked throughout the area. They also traveled to a nearby village where they partnered with a local church to host a two-day English camp.

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In addition, they partnered with Compassion International and got to see the behind-the-scenes ministry to the children who are sponsored through their programs.

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So far, the team is enjoying their time, very excited about how the Lord is moving, and looking forward to the next few days here!

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Peter’s Story: One Teen’s Perspective on Short Term Mission Trips

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Check out this awesome video!!

Peter, a high school student from Oklahoma, shot this footage while serving in Guatemala with RIM several times… You’ll soon see why he keeps going back!

Through his eyes, you’ll experience our 2-week Evangelism Trip, our 1-week Medical Trip and our 4-week Outreach trip. Even though this video takes place in Guatemala, it will help paint a picture of what it could be like for you to serve in any of our ministry locations this summer! When you’re finished watching, check out our upcoming trips:

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Fishing at the Tea Farm

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Doi Wawee, Thailand – July 19th

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Tuesday morning we walked to the tea farm of Um’s family, about a thirty minute walk, every step of the way surrounded by the incredible beauty of the mountains. God is amazing!!!!

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We fished for lunch, and pulled weeds from around young tea trees. It was a fun community effort for the 13 of us. We enjoyed a great lunch in the covered area at the farm, and then we took a rest before going back to work.

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We worked hard, but the day included lots of laughing too! Overall, a fantastic day together. Tonight, we’ll finish with prayer and worship together.

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Thank you so much for all your prayers and support!

Cooking in Doi Wawee

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Chiang Rai & Doi Wawee, Thailand – July 18th

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On Monday, the team drove to Chiang Rai, about 2.5 hours away. We met with Rung, a Thai woman who runs a children’s home about an hour north that RIM teams have worked with the past two years. Also with Rung were of few of her friends. All of them work with the children in north Thailand. We had lunch and prayed together.

Later in the evening, the team picked up Um and Wan from Chiang Rai airport. These are the same two Thai girls that the team met in Bangkok when we first arrived in Thailand. Both of them are alumni of Home of Blessing in Chiang Kham, which we be the team’s final stop, our last week in Thailand.

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Afterwards, the team headed up into the mountains to Doi Wawee, to the house of Um’s family (they’re of the Akha tribe). There are three girls in the family, all are alumni at Home of Blessing. The team will partner with the family in ministry and encourage the family.

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Upon arriving, they welcomed us warmly, and we enjoyed a great home cooked meal together. The food up in the mountains in this Akha village is different than the Thai food we’ve eaten thus far… everything is so incredibly fresh, we only use chopsticks, and everyone shares from bowls together. Wonderful!