“Everything that is done in the world is done by Hope.” -Martin Luther Thousands of refugees from Myanmar have moved into 9 different refugee camps located along the western border of Thailand. Myanmar civil wars over the years lead the people to travel down to Thailand after their villages had been destroyed by the Myanmar army. Continued violence in Myanmar makes it impossible for the refugees to travel back home, so the refugee camps have become a permanent home for them. Can you imagine being forced out of your home by violence? Being forced to move into a refugee camp
Kinship means surviving together, helping each other, and working with one another to solve a problem. The people in our Kinship Projects have taken this philosophy to heart and are living it out every day. One Kinship Project that is working to solve a problem in their community is the Manasseh Kinship Project. Along with providing a home for orphans, the Manasseh Kinship Project focuses on ministering to women and children from the Pokot tribe. The Pokot tribe believes that women are only good for child bearing and shouldn’t be involved in meaningful discussions or community engagements. These beliefs have
Innocent Innocent is a 14-year-old boy who has never met his parents. His mother died during childbirth, and his father was killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). When Innocent was born he was given to his blind grandfather who would become his primary caretaker, until he was killed too. While Innocent was still a young boy the rebels came and raided his village. During the raid the rebels killed the elderly, raped women and took young men and children forcing them to become child soldiers. Innocent’s grandfather was killed during this raid leaving Innocent alone and in danger of
Kinship is more than a home caring for orphans and widows. It is a whole community caring for each other. When you help a Kinship Project, you’re not acting as a missionary on the outside, but you come into their family and become part of it! Kinships are tribal communities often deeply rooted in traditions and family origin. But their membership extends far beyond bloodlines and borders. Kinships throughout Africa and Asia are working through hardships, such as war, violence, or disease, to care for their orphans and widows. Kinship Projects that are strategically located in these communities work alongside
Veronica, 10 yrs old Paul and Veronica’s parents were murdered, and in an instant, they were orphans. Thankfully, their family was there to help…or so it seemed. Paul and Veronica’s aunt took them to her house to stay with her. But her intentions were far from good. As soon as they got there, she put them to work. While their auntie sent her own children to school, Paul and Veronica stayed at home to work around the house every morning. In the afternoons, they were sent into the fields to keep monkeys away from eating the crops from her garden.