It has been full steam ahead with our preschool program and we are so thankful that all of our students have returned safely and in good health.
We have been learning about how we can help at home, at school and in the wider community. We have been sneaking in random acts of kindness in each of these places too.
We celebrated valentines day with lots of love and we made cookies and cards to take home.
Miss Lolly is now helping with the accounts and Miss Kelley has come along to help Miss Suzi. We are so thankful for all of our amazing volunteers.
We have been having fun and developing our fine motor skills by using the 3D maker from Tech4kids . The children are delighted with their 3D models that they get to take home.
Taan is a budding musician who picks up any guitar that he can find and starts to play. His strumming resembles songs we sing and there is no one to teach him. I think if we had a very talented musician, we'd benefit greatly from lessons if anyone has the talent and the time!
FOOD, FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!
A huge shout out of thanks to our Norwegian friends who faithfully come each week to help us shop and pay the bill at the end too! Our tummies are full and our hearts are happy!!
Anni Sherman from ISE (International School of the Eastern Seaboard) has been coming twice a week to teach English to our staff and older scholarship students. The lessons are fun and the students have made tremendous progress already. Thank you Anni!
We are so thankful to the volunteers and teams who have come to work with us this month. There have been days where the prison is so full and in this heat the children suffer terribly. Thanks for all those who serve and pray for us.
On valentines day we shared the love and made chocolate brownie cakes for the police... mmm. They were very thankful!
We kick started 2016 with a few days of training with Pastor Troy and Lucas from the Hands of Hope and the Community of Faith Church in Illinois, USA. It was a great opportunity for the leaders and pastors to get together to celebrate our achievements, reflect on where our needs lie and how to move forward this year.
Our greatest needs in the Goh Pai church was for a worship team and a space to teach the children that was safe and well lit at night time. We are very thankful to the El Saddai family and the VBCI students who now come each week to worship and pray with us. One of the residents allows the children and Margie to use her home to learn and make crafts. By the beginning of next month the owner of the slum area will give us a permanenet room to use as she has witnessed the change that our church has had on the whole community.
We were shocked to when we arrived at the Thepprasit slum early this month to find acres of land around where we have our church has been excavated and prepared for a major building project. The sala that we use was also covered in mud and in a short time will no longer exist.
The residents of the slum are very concerned as they too will be evicted to make way for the construction, however the time frame on this is not clear. This area was one of the worst affected by the floods last year and this news has been devastating for them as they simply have no where else to go. Hand to Hand is currently working with the residents and the government for a solution. Please pray for these people as we know God can make a way when there seems to be no way!
We will continue to meet, worship and pray with this community. Twice each month on Saturday afternoon rather than Thursday evening due to the change in our meeting area and safety for our team.
KHAO TALO 8
We have been visiting this slum area for many years and building a strong relationship with the leaders and residents. Upon hearing the churches that we established in Goh Pai and Thepprasit they have been asking us to come and minister in their community also.
At our first service one of the leaders donated 1000 baht for food to feed the community as a welcome gift to us. We purchased all the food off the vendors in the slum, which was a double blessing to the residents.
We will visit this area twice every month on Saturday afternoons, ministering to the adults and hosting a children’s program as well.
It has been an exciting start to the year with 25 people from our churches being baptized. We were blessed to have pastor Troy and Lucas here to train us and celebrate with us. Khun Baad and Khun Panit were unable to attending the baptism service so we went to their homes and baptized them in their bed and chair. Already these people have amazing testimonies about how God has saved them from not only physical dangers but helped to rebuild relationships in whole communities.
ISE TRAIN TRIP
Our grade 3 friends from ISE went on a train trip from Pattaya station to the Pluta Luang station 45 minutes away. We were then transported by ISE vans to the park where we had the chance to eat and play together.
A huge shout out to our Bambi friends who raised 70,000 baht to help support our projects!
HELLS ANGEL'S FIGHT NIGHT
We had a very successful fundraising event with our Hells Anegel's friends who raised 100,000 baht to help support our kids and programs. These guys are strong on the outside and soft on the inside!!!
RAYONG LADIES CLUB
Thanks to the generous ladies in Rayong who kindly donated materials to enable us to continue to do art therapy withy our abused children!
TICINO RESTAURANT AND VESPA BAR
A huge thanks to Peter and his team from the Ticino restaurant and vespa bar for raising 19, 999 baht for the Hand to hand foundation. Great food, great place and a great achievement!
WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS GLOBAL FORUM!
We are very proud of Khun Pai who received a scholarship to attend the 'World Without Orphans Global Forum' in Chiang Mai. Many valuable connections were made with organisations all over the world and we are looking forward to the next meeting via Skype on the 18th of March!
GOODBYE ALLEN AND RHONDA
We were blessed to have some time with pastors Allen and Rhonda before they left for Australia. We love you and you will be forever in our hearts!
JELLY BELLY FACTORY VISIT
Hand to Hand and the El Shaddai family went to the 'Jelly Belly' factory for a tour and we learned how these famous treats are made. We also got to taste some and bring some back to the centre for all the younger children!
Hand to Hand and Rotary Club Pheonix Pattaya worked together to promote helmet safety with the children at the pre school. Rotary purchased 50 helmets and the police from the local Pattaya police station were invited to come and educate the children about wearing a helmet whilst riding a motor bike or bicycle. A picture of the whole community working together!
Hand to Hand was able to sponsor 25 women to go to the annual Victory Asia Women's conference. For some women they simply wanted to stay in their room and sit on their bed as they were so grateful to be staying in a 'real' hotel. Once they realised there was so much more for them at the conference they fully embraced the event.
A big thanks to our friends from Church on the Rock who came and ministered to our staff and slum communities before and after the conference. Your love and generosity was a huge encouragement to us.
We were able to host a creative arts room where ladies could connect with God in different ways. This activity was so popular that women were sitting on the floor and under tables. Thank you to women from all over the world who gave us their left over scrap booking materials that made this possible.
It has been a busy few months at the hospital with more abandoned babies coming in. Miss Anni has become the go-to for baby cuddles and she simply go to the hospital to love on the children who have no parents. If you are interested in helping with this please contact us.
We are thankful to all those who donate toys and teddies for these sick children. A small toy to hold can bring so much comfort to a child in need. Miss Lolly and Jiap continue to do an amazing job!!!
For our sponsors who give so generously.
For the the churches in the slums.
A long term (12 months or more) volunteer interested in our projects and administration.
For the health of all of our staff, students and volunteers.
For a clear direction for the government in Thailand.
For our grant application that we have made to purchase land and build low cost housing.
For baby Jo and his family that we help make the right decisions for his care and well being
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