We just had a long weekend because of the celebration of the Queen’s birthday last August 12, Monday, that also the celebration of Mother’s Day for the kingdom. While some of the children went home to pay respect to their mother, half of the children stayed and we celebrated the occasion at the park. We had picnic and the children enjoyed their ride in a bicycle. For the actual celebration, my staffs arranged for a hearty meal to all mothers present in the hostel. It was a good deal of bonding and sharing time to all moms present. I received lots of kisses, literal kisses from my Hope House children telling me how much they love me.
August 7, we had an unexpected visitors from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It’s been a year since we submitted our application for Hope House to be accredited by the Department. They arrived complete with camera and taking photos even before they introduced themselves to us. Phupe (office staff) and Apple were busy in the office, rushed out to meet them. They checked the boys dorm and the girls dorm, our kitchen and toilets, our study area, music room and the office. Praise God they just advised us to take photos of all the facilities of the hostel and revised the documents. Apple will be the person in-charge for Hope House because of her qualification as a nurse. Once the documents are ready, it will be send to the Governor’s office and need to pass another inspection. Please continue to pray with us in this documents processing.
For many months already, we were praying for the Green Building opposite the boys dorm that we want to use as our place of worship since our worship hall is too small to accommodate us. Thank God for the provision (70,000 baht anonymous donation, one time) for the repair and processing of documents of water and electricity for the building. All our youths joined in with gladness cleaning the building. The building will also serve as our training center and a community service center open to the neighborhood. This is a friendly place to invite people in the neighborhood and serve them there.
It’s a group of people meeting regularly to build up and mentor the youth. We study the Bible and reach out so that others can experience the love of Jesus Christ, too.
Our daily morning worship and Sunday worship help our student to use their gifts and talents. We come together to serve God and serve another.
Every Friday @ 7pm, we have committed people who pray. Please send us your prayer items/requests, and we are happy to pray with your concerns.
Pray for Bobo
With the purpose to reach out and bring our children to rootedness in the Word, we appreciate helps and efforts in teaching our children to be Kingdom disciple. Thanks to SayBeng and team for coming over and training our students and even the staffs.This training will be an ongoing one and will cover a wide spectrum, which will eventually equip Hope House children/youth to be disciples of Jesus Christ for the nation of Thailand and beyond, to fulfill the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20
Sowing, and by God’s empowering grace, we can win people to Christ. The church that pleases God go and make disciples for His glory and honor.
New children accept Jesus to be their Lord and Saviour, and the rest decide to be a real follower of Jesus.
Meet Kalaya, Aruni and Nathika. They arrived in Hope House 10 years ago and were enrolled in Primary 1. Now, they can lead the worship and teach the younger children in our morning devotion. In Hope House, we have the opportunity to serve and use our talents for the glory of God.
We acknowledged the importance of prayer and intercession in advancing the ministry. We formed a prayer group that back-up the ministry of Hope House.
Every Friday, our leaders gather regularly to pray to our Lord Jesus. Indeed, we see how God works.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Serving is doing what we can with what we’ve got and leaving the rest to God. We are to serve God because we love Him, not to earn His favor.
We are now ready to serve the community.
We want to take another step of faith in the months to follow and we are excited about it!!! We are praying that God will allow us to rent this green building to be used as the Training center and worship hall in Hope House Maerim. It is at the back of boys dorm, across the road. We need a start up budget to fix the electrical wirings, water system and some repairs inside that will cost from 50-70 thousand baht. We pray that the monthly rent (5,000 baht) will be provided as well as the utilities.
Raising up a New Generation of leaders
It’s very clear to us that our calling is to raise up children and youths who lives transformed life by investing on them things that will lasts so that our Lord Jesus can use them to make an impact to the nations. During the Global Discipleship Congress in Manila, Luis Bush shared the strategy in reaching out to the 4/14 window, which we are now doing: reach, rescue, root and release.
REACH- we introduce to the children a life-changing relationship with Jesus;
RESCUE- we bring hope to a generation at risk by helping them to fulfill their dreams;
ROOT- we help them develop a faith that will last a lifetime, through intentional discipleship and mentoring;
RELEASE- we equip them to be agents of transformation.
Our regular Sunday worship provides for the children opportunity to serve. Our 5am daily devotion is now in 3 groups. The primary students led by the older ones (secondary students take turns in leading them); the secondary students handled by our hostel father; Jeph handles the potential and maturing leaders for intentional discipleship, these are the ones that will soon start a group of their own to disciple;
We are not far from releasing these children. Let’s pray that this new generation will really make an impact in the society for the glory of our Lord JESUS.
The bigger Hope House Family (picture taken after our Sunday worship)
Praise the Lord for new sport tee shirts, jackets and pants distributed to the all the children donated by a sister all the way from HongKong.
These are the boys from Hope House Chomthong
Praise the Lord for He’s raising a new generation of leaders
Our Prayer Requests
1. Wisdom from the Lord in leading the Foundation;
2. Favor from God and man in every endeavor that we do;
3. Unity among the staffs, good health and protection of all children and staffs;
4. Breakthrough in the hearts of the children:that they will stand up to be light and salt in their school.
As the new school year starts, the Lord has timely blessed us with a brand new truck which will be made into a school transport of Hope Alive Foundation. We thank the Lord for all who have prayed with us, labored with us and assisted us financially to be able to purchase this truck.
The following are the money that we received specifically for this truck (594,268.00 Baht)
Aj. Matt & Aj. Michelle 29,668
Aj. Gary M 17,500
Julz B 4,600
Wong Family 20,000
(For any unaccounted donation/s, please let us know. Receipts will be mailed by the end of the fiscal year)
At the Isuzu Office
Hope Alive’s new truck
I thank God for the gift of motherhood: a special opportunity to be mother to Jabez and Joy, the Hope House children and the children in the village.
Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there!!!
Back to school
16 May: First day of school at Ban Pranon Primary School (Maerim)
Having breakfast at HH
Before going to School
Dinner time at HH
Last Sunday (May 12) was our first Sunday worship in Chomthong for this month. We thank our Lord Jesus for our children and our staffs who led our Worship Service there. In the afternoon, we had fun time with the children in the sala and went out for a picnic at the nearby waterfalls.
We praise the Lord for his favor and mercy towards us. We also bless you all for being a part of this journey by being with us, helping us and praying with us. Thank you for being channels of God’s blessing to the Hope House Ministry. Thank you for your continuous partnership in the Lord’s work!
Nine years ago, Jeph went to Tadusuki Village to invite children who wants to study in the lowland. This year, 5 students from Hope House graduated in high school –and ALL of them have plans to continue their studies! Four of them were hand- picked by Jeph from that village at the age of 6 to start their schooling for Primary school. In their village, students walk for 30 minutes to 1 hour to attend to the nearest primary school. While the other one was sent to Hope House when nobody to take care of him because of his father was in jail and the mother leave them to work in Bangkok.
It was really a big challenge for these students to compete to the lowlanders but in the end their eagerness to finish school pays. They finished high school but their dreams didn’t stop there. While some of their friends back in the village didn’t continue their studies anymore, these children from Hope House follow their dreams.
Kalaya passed her entrance exam to take her pre-uni years majoring in Mathematics and Science. She wants to be a nurse someday. Aruni and Nathika were enrolled to take Food and Nutrition for 3 years before entering university. Samochai and Wichian were enrolled to technical schools for Motorcycle Repair.
Our students are dreamers. They never stopped pursuing their dreams. They never focus on what they don’t have but instead motivated to run the race of finishing high school. Though parents has no idea what to do with their child’s dreams, proper guidance and hope will lead them to be victorious ready to face life challenges ahead.
This coming May, SY 2013-2014, we have new batch of young dreamers joining our Hope House Family. In Hope House Maerim, we will be around 40 children. Our family of hopeful and dreamer children is really growing!!!
“I see him, but I neglect him. I treat him as a real nuisance, a distraction, a trouble-maker and irritating little one who I constantly have to feed, clothe and spend money for his daily needs. I spend more time building my dreams and ambitions to earn more wealth and respect than spending time listening to his thoughts, help fulfilling his hopes and dreams…. simply because he’s a child”. – parent
Sadly, there are countless of children who do not experience having a complete family or may have families but do not experience the loving attention and acceptance they deserve. So they seek those needs elsewhere. Most of these children are guided by bad friends and social network portals that influence the way they think, feel and behave. Sex, violence and gambling shown in every technology imaginable had affected their moral values and point of views. Therefore more and more pre-marital sex, rape, abortion, juvenile delinquencies, child prostitution and child abuse are taking place in this immoral society. Despite this string of bad news, there is hope. These children who are poor, unwanted, and victimized are the most receptive to the Good News.
This is basically why Hope Alive Foundation is passionate with what they do. We want to be an agent in transforming the lives of these children and teenagers for Jesus Christ by providing them opportunities for educational services.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.-Prov 22:6
Hope Alive Foundation is an offshoot of Hope House that provides the needy hilltribes children opportunities to educational services, promoting their standard of living through knowledge of theory and practical experience.