July 31 – August 9, 2009
Our ministry took us to The Thai Karen Bible Institute located in Pa La U village in southern Thailand. The goal for the school is to equip the students for evangelism and missionary work amongst their own people. The school teaches them about the Bible, church planting, discipleship, and leadership. The students attending come from surrounding Karen villages and have a strong desire to help their people and to reach them with the love of God.
The Karen are an ethnic minority who migrated south from Tibet into eastern Burma more than 1,000 years ago. Today more than 250,000 Karen live in refugee camps nestled in the mountains of western Thailand, not far from the Burmese border. They have sought refuge from brutal, Buddhist dictatorship. It has been over 50 years of war and hope is dying for many of the refugees. The old have little hope of returning to Burma in their lifetime and the young do not even know their home country.
Ministry opportunities to the Karen people are plentiful including: Bible training and teaching, children's ministry, teaching English, and evangelism and outreaches in nearby villages. Our team worked closely with Sharon Porterfield, a missionary to the Karen and close friend with King’s Harbor Church. One of the highlights of our trip was the gospel drama presentations we performed. One told the story of Easter starting with the Last Supper and going all the way through Jesus' resurrection. The other drama presentation focused on God's love and relentless pursuit of us in spite of how often we get caught up in the sinful desires of this world.
We would like to thank each and every one of our family, friends, and supporters. This trip was made possible by your love, prayers, and generous financial contributions. Praise be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving us the opportunity to participate in His Kingdom work. Please continue to pray for the Karen people, the persecution they endure, and how the Lord may be leading you to participate in His love for Thailand.
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