Thank you for supporting vulnerable kids in Thailand and around the world. We’re excited to share what God is doing through you. Here’s an update from our teammate Jason Glass—
At least 600,000 migrant children in Thailand live on construction sites.
These children are particularly vulnerable to child labor and abuse. They live a hard life, searching for work and food to provide for themselves and those they love. This lifestyle takes a heavy toll on families who are doing everything possible to stay together.
Very often children end up separated from their parents or left to fend for themselves.
With your help, we partner with indigenous leaders in Thailand—like Pastor Vino—to share the Gospel, to disciple kids in need, and to develop sustainable opportunities for migrant children and families.
Because children of migrant workers often do not have access to formal education, we provide opportunities within our learning center to learn a range of academic subjects, physical education, as well as health and hygiene initiatives. We also help students discover and develop life skills such as cooking, gardening, and communication.
And we do all of this while teaching them the truth of Jesus and what He has done for them in the Gospel.
While there are many disadvantages to the living conditions found on construction sites, we’re seeing God bring together a unique blend of knowledge and skill as our students and their families grow and learn together.
Because of what God is doing through you here in Thailand, we’ve outgrown our space! Also, we’ve been renting for several years and know it’s time to find something permanent. By the grace of God, He has given us a new piece of land, and we have a great group of workers who are able to help construct new dormitories for our expanded learning center.
Unlike typical construction sites, this one bursts with excitement and anticipation—not just for the finished product, but also for the opportunity our team has been given to use their work as a means to serve the Lord. The older boys who are part of our learning center are not only gladly serving as part of the work crew, but are also learning a host of new skills in the process!
It’s a winning opportunity for everybody involved!
Here’s what a few of our students had to say:
The work is fun because this is my first chance to serve God on a big project. —Koi, 16
The work is difficult, but I am excited about the larger building being able to support more people, including my two sisters! —Watana, 14
I’m excited for all of the kids—including my siblings—to have a bigger space and more room for activities. —Prasan, 16
I’m happy because the new building will prevent flooding and we won’t have to wake up in the middle of the night anymore to clean up water. —Joseph, 18
I’m happy for the improved living space and the opportunity to glorify God’s name with this work. —Saw, 16
Would You Pray for Us?
As the deadline to move off our current plot of land is quickly approaching, please join us in praying that God will continue to bless the work being done and also bless the wonderful bond of unity God has given us.
In spite of our short timeline and the amount of work to be done, Pastor Vino continues to steadfastly begin and end each day with Bible study and worship, with everyone getting a full rest on Sunday for extended worship, special music classes, and time for games and fellowship.
We are choosing to rest and to believe in God’s promises in Zechariah 4:6 and Psalm 127:1—
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit…” and “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.”
May the Lord continue to ‘affirm the work of our hands’! (Psalm 90:17).