The Cry

Phase II

6 October 2009

MINISTRY

During the time we spent volunteering with another organization, it became obvious a very real unreached need are the children and families who beg on the street. It has sadly become known to us that these little girls and boys begging or selling trinkets in the red-light districts are at risk and being propositioned for sex. They spend their time aggressively approaching tourists to get money, food or sell some item.

We have in our time of casually stopping by, while living near where they beg, built some pretty solid relationships. We hope that a year of intense visitation on the streets will help open doors, inform our ministry and lead us to the ways to meet the needs of these children. We hope to break the cycle of begging and to prevent the eventual path to prostitution

Our tangible plans for this phase are to visit the streets 3 nights a week and visit slum communities where they live. Learning from them what they need, want and desire for their lives. We also hope in this year to plant one drop-in resource center in a squatter community.

FINANCES

It amazes me and I feel blessed that of all the concerns we have faced this year raising support has not been one of them. We left with substantial surplus in our account and so have been able to maintain our presence, fund some ministry, and pay for many of the initial large startup costs such as language and visa’s.

However the many costs of the first year have drained our support account substantially. Generally monthly we run a deficit, from $200 to $600 dollars, with the occasional month surpluses. Additionally to begin to fund our own ministry and this potential drop in center we need to not only raise our own personal support but support for the field as well.

We must raise within the next two months $2000 dollars to cover costs of continually renewing visas and the travel this entails, our support account is currently at only $400.00. We also must raise our field budget of $6,000.00 by 2010. If you would like to give to us as a family indicated Hupe support account, if you would like to give to the Thailand field indicate Thailand Field Support account. Please keep these needs in prayer.

TEAM

We will begin our active role with Word Made Flesh as Servant Team leaders as well as our other roles on the field. We have welcomed our first team and are excited for the potential growth that will come from having 5 people to serve alongside us.

We will welcome two teams a year for a total of 8 months. These teams will live and serve with us, helping us to create community and to increase our time and capability to visit and reach out to families on the street.

FAMILY

Our girls continue to thrive. Elijah speaks so much Thai it is amazing, all of our neighbors say she speaks perfectly clear. Arielle is quite the talker for only 1 year old, probably because she has a mom and sister who never stop talking! Tim just celebrated is second birthday in Thailand and we had a great little party on our street with lots of friends, we feel truly blessed by the friendships we have been given.

We continue to find our rhythm of work and life here. There are lots of little parks and play areas to bring the girls, this is a huge blessing. I will be running a half marathon with a friend in September, Tim this past year did two road races. Thailand feels more and more like home everyday. The heat doesn’t bother us as much anymore and obviously we loooovee the food.

As always thank you so much for serving along with us, it is making a difference in so many lives.

Much Love,

Amy

3 Responses to “Phase II”

  1. Teri says:

    Hi Amy,
    It’s nice to ‘meet’ you and read of your work in Thailand. My daughter, Meredith Layne hopes to be joining you there in December. I am quite excited for her. It’s so encouraging to read that God is still works miracles and changing hearts one at a time with his love!
    By God’s grace,
    teri >

  2. Terri Drahn says:

    Sawadeeka Amy,

    I recently met Chris Hueretz in Abuquerque, NM, this past October. Needless to say, I was deeply moved by the work of WMF. I have a special interest in Thailand as my husband and I were Peace Corps Volunteers there in 1984-1987. I was on the southern border in Yala and my husband , on the Northern border in mae Hong Son. I am so happy to hear that you and your family are there in the red liht district of Bangkok– shining God’s light and reflecting back to the young women there their own light and goodness. Thankyou!
    If there is someway to be of help to your ministry, I would love to do so. I will try to make a donation to your ministry this year. Someday I hope to return to Thailand and bring my own three children–would love to visit. I still practice my Thai but am very rusty!! chok dee na-cha!Blessings on you and your team. Terri Drahn
    terri Drahn

  3. John Lee says:

    Hello there,

    My wife and I are interested in supporting a sex trafficking ministry. Is there a number I can call to get your more information. Thank you.

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