The Thailand New Life Foundation was founded in 1995 to help meet the needs of Thai children at risk. It was born out of a simple act of kindness when a missionary named Steve Allen noticed some children begging on a footbridge over a busy street in Bangkok. Steve reached out to the children’s father and invited this family to a small church service in his neighborhood. A short time later, the children’s father was put in jail for drug use. The younger boys had started sniffing glue and their living conditions were so bad that the Allens decided to take in some of the kids to care for them in their home.
Eventually a home was established for these children. A Thai couple named Suwit and Ying became the house parents for this home. They received training in how to parent children who come from situations where they have been neglected and abused. The “Thailand New Life Foundation” was then established to help provide finances, so that the children’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs could be met.
After several years in the home the older siblings eventually decided to leave and make a life of their own. Although we were disappointed that they didn’t continue their education, we were thankful that they were able to get jobs and support themselves.
The youngest sibling, Suey, continues to live in the home with Suwit and Ying. She is now entering high school and scores grades that are at the top of her class. We would like to see Suey complete her education through the University level and even possibly come to the States to study. She has done very well in English and is growing into a beautiful young lady.
Three years ago a missionary working in the slums of Bangkok approached us. She asked if we could take in two more children. Grace and Ploy were two sweet little girls who had been abandoned by their parents in one of the largest slum areas in Thailand. Both their father and mother were addicted to drugs and were constantly in and out of jails. When Grace and Ploy came into the home they were terribly malnourished. They have received love and care for the past three years and are blossoming in this environment.
Through the donations of caring people like you, the Thailand New Life Foundation has been able to meet the needs of these precious children and offer them the hope for a “new life”. This foundation is not a large foundation. Our vision is to focus on a few children and give them every opportunity to become all they can be. Our home is not a large orphanage, but rather a small family unit. Suwit and Ying have two children of their own, along with the three children they have taken in from the slums. Eventually we would like to see other house parents raised up and new homes established to take in more children. We have learned, however, that we need to follow the Lord’s leading and establish a strong foundation before we expand.
Brently and I just returned from a trip to Thailand and we wanted to give you an update about the work of the Thailand New Life Foundation. Our family returned from Thailand to the U.S. in March of 2008, and we felt like this was a good time for us to make a visit to the New Life Home, and to catch up with friends and family in Thailand.
The highlight of our visit was definitely our time with Suwit and Ying and the kids in the Thailand New Life Home. They have all grown so much since we last saw them, and it is exciting to see how well they are doing in their schooling. All of the kids in the home are attending the Sarisak School which is a private school in Bangkok. It is exciting to see how they are learning English and progressing in their studies.
We stayed several days with Suwit and Ying and it was also encouraging to see how kids from their neighborhood would come by after school to play with the children and spend time with Suwit and Ying. It is obvious that this family is having a big impact on their neighborhood and the children in this area.
A few months ago Suwit lost his job at a local factory that produced seats for automobiles. With the downturn in the global economy this company was forced to close its doors. Since then Suwit has been trying to find work, which is difficult in the present situation in Bangkok. He has a part time job driving their van and picking up children for the Surisak school, and he has also begun selling products for a company called “Gifferine” which is similar to Amway in the U.S.
I was encouraged to see how Suwit and Ying have been trusting God to provide for them during this transition. They have also been growing in their influence in their community and in sharing their faith with relatives, friends, and neighbors. I can tell that God is causing them to be more bold in their faith and giving them opportunities to be an influence for Christ.
Another highlight of our trip was spending time with the True Friends Fellowship in Pattaya. This is the church that we worked with our last year in Thailand. I was given the opportunity to preach, and we had a leadership retreat for the leaders of this group. During the retreat I was able to use some of the team building activities that I learned from my training as a teacher at Caprock High School. The team in Pattaya is composed of some really great people who love God with all their hearts. As a part of our time there we also did another bar outreach. I think the thing that encouraged me the most was to see how the leadership team has grown to the point where they can now do these outreaches on their own. As a part of our vision casting time we tried to encourage them to be more intentional about planning these types of outreaches on a monthly basis.
I want to personally thank each and every one of you who has had a part in our ministry in Thailand. As I spent time with the kids in Suwit and Ying’s home it is hard to imagine how different Suey, Grace, and Ploy’s lives would be if they had not been taken in to this home. They have each grown in confidence and you can sense the joy that the security this environment of love has brought them. Suwit and Ying have grown in their love for each other and these children to the point that members from their church, friends, and neighbors ask them how they have such a close nit family. The answer of course is Jesus! He came that we might have life and have it to the full. They have met the Lord, and He has had a profound impact on their lives.
Will You Partner With Us?
As the children in the home grow older we are faced with new expenses for their care. We have placed the kids in private schools where they can get the best education possible, because our goal is that they will one day be leaders in the nation of Thailand. We need financial sponsors to help us with the needs of these children. Would you consider being a regular supporter of this ministry? Your gift of $20, $50 or $100 a month will go a long way towards providing a bright future for these beautiful children. We are also in need of supporters who can give us a one-time gift to help with the children’s education and living expenses.
Be a part of their story!
What a great opportunity this is to be a part of seeing children saved from a life of poverty, abuse, and despair. Together we can make a difference. Please send us your e-mail or address with your donation, so we can keep you up-to-date with our quarterly newsletter. Thank you for your support and prayers for this home. May God Bless You In Every Way!
Please make your check out to “Thailand New Life Foundation” and send it to:
Thailand New Life Foundation Phone: (620) 724-6630
c/o Todd & Kelli McKnight
342 East 590 Avenue Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pittsburg KS 66762