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!

Creamy Coconut Oil Coffee

Creamy Coconut Oil Coffee is pretty good! If you use butter from grass fed cattle that is healthier. My daughter has a sweet tooth and likes to add some sugar. I like it just the way the recipe states. Give it a try and remember good coffee recipes always start with a great coffee like Hope Bridges Coffee! 

From the Coffee Shop

 

Baan Mai Dining Hall Fire

The Hope Bridges mission team left for Chiang Mai, Thailand on October 11th. We arrived safely on Saturday night getting some what caught up on our sleep over Sunday and then left bright and early on Monday morning to visit the two children’s homes that we are supporting. We arrived at Nong Tao and played with kids and had dinner. Then we slept over at Pastor Jon Tip’s house then left for Baan Mai home in the Omkoi District the next morning.
Our first evening with the kids at Baan Mai was fun and all about building relationships with the kids. The second day proved to be an excellent day. We had breakfast and then drove up a mountain and visited the kids home village. Then back down the mountain.

The drive was only 18 miles but took two hours one way due to the washed out roads. The only way to make that journey was in a pick up with 4 wheel drive. Once we returned to Baan Mai home we prepared our dinner and had a little feast of fish, rice and pumpkin. We all turned in for the night and then… (What follows is from Rachelle Morlok one of our team members.)

At 11:15PM, October 16th, I woke up to seeing flames blazing through the reflection of the window near my bed.  My first thought was this is a dream.  I turned to wake up Zeb (my husband) and said, “I think something is on fire outside.  We got up and hurried outside to see what was on fire, we walked towards the back of the children’s home to find that the dining hall was in flames.

Baan Mai Dinning Hall Fire

I ran back into the house to wake up Mike and to get the 4 girls up that were sleeping on the floor in the back room and got them outside to safety.  Then with the help of Mike and Sarah we were able to get all the boys out of their bamboo hut and to safe grounds.

Once we had all the younger kids together Mike and I went to the back to check everything out.  I was in dismay of what I saw; the fire had now gone from a small corner to a roaring flame of 10 to 12 feet high and dancing across to the other side of the bamboo structure of the dining hall.  The two oldest boys were on the ground with the water hose and trying to fight the flames from spreading up the side of the tree and along the top of the structure.  All the while Pastor Malachi’s oldest son was on the top of the roof fighting the fire with the help of Zeb handing him buckets of water.

The other four boys were inside the bamboo structure dining hall fighting the fire as best as they could.  While Pastor Malachi’s wife was trying to gather bowls, plates and cooking items that could be saved.  I saw fear and gladness in Pastor Malachi’s eyes that everyone was safe and accounted for.  However deep within I could see the hurt and pain in his heart that seemed to be saying why us?  He stayed very strong all the while and helped give order and direction on what to do next.

We pray that the Hope Bridges team became a family with Baan Mia children’s home that night.  We ask now for you to join our Hope Bridges Family and Baan Mai family to help support us financially with the rebuilding of the dining hall so that laughter can be heard once again.

The cost of the rebuilding will be $8,000. This will provide a concrete floor with cinder block walls and a metal roof structure so fires can not occur like the one that we experienced the other night. Please go online to donate and designate Baan Mai Dining Hall or mail a check to,

Hope Bridges
P.O. Box 4764
Olathe, KS 66063

Rice and Sewing – A Hope for the Future

Last Thursday we had the opportunity to witness and be a small, (very small) part of a rice harvest that the children and caregivers are raising and selling. They plant and harvest by hand. Very tedious work! They currently have almost 10 acres of rice growing. The typical rice field is about 4 to 5 acres. After the harvest they sell the rice and begin the next crop. They can do this twice a year. This earns them an income and it also helps with their food supply.

The following day Sharon led a sewing class teaching some of the older girls. It was all hands on for this class. They each made a bag that they could use for some of their things. The class was a success! It was very interesting to watch the intensity of these girls working on their projects. High school girls working diligently and not giggling and gossiping was impressive to me. This is the second or third class they have had on sewing and they need more practice but I believe in the future these girls could make items to sale for income!

There are a couple of significant things happening with the rice and the sewing class. First thing of significance is the breaking of the welfare dependency on handouts. That’s no small task to change a group of people’s way of thinking and believing. It also gives these children a new hope for their future!

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18

To see more photos of the rice harvest and sewing class visit our FaceBook photo page.