Kids Korner – Nong Tao

We are excited that the children’s home in Nong Tao now has a third adult caregiver for the 42 children living there. This is definitely an answered prayer! This allows the caregivers some respite time! Hope Bridges would like to provide for a small salary of $125 each month for the new caregiver in addition to room and board. Unfortunately, we haven’t obtained a source of funds to do that yet. 

Dar is a graduate of a four-year Bible school, which would be equivalent to high school. The opportunity for her to work at the children’s home keeps her from having to return to her village where there would be little chance for sustainable employment and more of a chance of succumbing to the ravages of poverty such as illness, trafficking, and drug addiction.  She is currently helping the children with their schoolwork and learning Thai language because their native language is Karen. She also helps with meal preparation and general adult supervision.  

Please be praying for Dar’s funding and if you would like to help with this you can donate here. You can also send a check via mail if you prefer.

Hope Bridges
P. O. Box 4764
Olathe, KS 66062

Our employee, Sarah, continues to visit the children’s home in Nong Tao twice a month during the school year bringing food and other necessities which are provided for by your generous gifts. She also provides some tutoring, health information and anti-trafficking classes.

Kai Muk

The season of rain was in full effect the day Kai Muk’s mother went into labor.  It was August 12, 2014, and the heavy rains caused the village roads to turn to mud, cutting off travel and access to healthcare.  Kai Muk was born that day, but her mother bled out and died giving birth.

In Kai Muk’s culture, many hill tribes believe that if a mother dies in birth, the infant is at fault and regarded as demon-possessed.  The baby is then placed underneath the mother’s body and left to die, and they are both then buried. 

In God’s great kindness, the caretakers at Baan Mai heard about Kai Muk and what was happening and went to see her right away.  The caretakers were able to convince Kai Muk’s father to let them adopt her, and when she was five days old they finally took her home with them.  She hadn’t been cared for at all up to that point; she was malnourished and hadn’t been given a bath, which meant she was still covered in blood from her birth.  She was barely alive then, but as you can see in the pictures Kai Muk is now a healthy and thriving little girl. 

Hope Bridges currently supports Kai Muk and thirty-one other children at Baan Mai. Please consider a gift to Hope Bridges and these children and be a part of growing them into strong, healthy adults!

The Harvest

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Luke 10:1-3

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Luke 10:1-3

The disciples that Jesus sends out in this text are not unique in that they do not have a masters degree in divinity, have super powers or some kind of status above other Christians. What equipped them was their knowledge of Jesus’ saving grace. We can learn from the 72 that we ought to be using our talents for the kingdom. I believe it’s important to know God at a deep level and then respond to His call of making disciples of others.

Jesus tells the 72 to pray for more labors using the analogy of harvesting. As the farmers would harvest their grain the 72 are to harvest people to work building Christ’s kingdom. The first step in building Christ’s kingdom is to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus. Then teach them about who Jesus is and how he calls them into building His kingdom. 

In verse 3 he gives them the imperative to go as lambs among the wolves. I know that is really exciting, right? For the 72 it was a dangerous mission because of the radical grace that Jesus ushered in. Many people in Christ’s day didn’t believe. Many people still do not believe!  Jesus is sending us out to tell of His saving grace. So as we “go out” to build a school, paint a house or visit children’s homes let us go with prayer trusting God to help others find Christ!

Cinnamon Infused Coffee

This cinnamon infused coffee is great! The cinnamon gives a little more Asian flavor and the brown sugar gives it a sweet flavor. I like a little less brown sugar simply because I’m not into sweet coffee. But this cinnamon infused dark roast coffee is smooth and would make a great dessert coffee. Give it a try and remember good coffee drinks always start with a great coffee like Hope Bridges Coffee! 

From the Coffee Shop