Today we're headed overseas again, this time to spend 6 weeks in Thailand and India visiting the 5 Children's Homes we support through The Sound of Hope. As we were preparing for this trip, we've been reflecting back on all God has done so far this year. Rusty wrote an awesome blog last week highlighting some of our successes, and I wanted to re-post it and share it with all of you. Please pray for us during this trip (especially with all the flooding in Thailand). We are asking you to pray for favor, for blessing, for traveling mercies, for divine appointments, for our health, for our work, for our partners, and for the children we care for. PRAY in EXPECTATION - we know God has big things in store for this trip!
It's been an INSANE year - traveling, weddings, moving, etc - lots of transition!
But in the middle of all the CRAZINESS, we've seen God show up BIG in our organization, The Sound of Hope. Here are just a FEW of the highlights ::
* We were able to provide winter uniforms for the kids in two of the orphanages we support. Why is this a big deal? Because, without those uniforms the kids could NOT go to school. One of the things we STRONGLY believe in as an organization is making sure the children get an education.
*Secondly, we met all the medical needs for 2 sweet little girls who are dependent on this medicine for their survival. For more on that story, click here.
* Nsoko is the poorest area in this country, which makes it the perfect place to invest in a community garden project. This is HUGE because not only will it benefit our carepoints and give the orphans and vulnerable children healthy food to eat, but it will benefit the people of the Nsoko community as well. We love this project because it promotes self-sustainability, something we strongly support. You can read more on this here.
* First, we were able to raise the funds needed to bring 13 new kids into The Refuge, a children's home in a refugee camp along the Thai/Burma border. The 13 kids came DIRECTLY out of the violence in Burma. Now they have a safe place to live, receive an education, and be exposed to a godly couple who run the home. More than words, Hebrew, and his wife Sernagay, LIVE out the Gospel - and that speaks loudly to the kids around them.
* Secondly, if you've been following our journey this year then you know we've been trying to raise a TON of money to build a children's home in Northern Thailand. This project is called the Promised Land. The plan here is to rescue and care for children who are potential sex-trafficking victims, plus provide a safe place for kids coming out of the violence in Burma.
I'm VERY happy to report that we have recently purchased a home that will be used for those purposes! This became official just a few weeks ago. We're excited - our partners are excited, and we can't wait to see the impact this home will have in the area. For the rest of this story, check out this blog.
God is VERY good!
Let me be clear - He absolutely showed up in a HUGE way for us this year. In turn, we've been able to pass the blessing along to those who need it the most. I'm seeing more and more that we are simply a channel, a funnel of HIS blessing! I LOVE it - it's all about stewarding God's resources!
We leave in a matter of days for another international trip. This time we're going to India, and then we'll swing back through Thailand. If you think about it, please be in prayer about this journey. Pray for God to be glorified and for us to be a blessing to the people we serve.
Lastly, I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you to all the people who have supported us and continue to do so. These are your successes as well. They would NOT have been possible without YOU! So lets celebrate them together!