“They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
Imagine being in your teens and desiring to start your own company. How brave and exciting would that be! Well that’s exactly what these 2 sisters decided to do. Sisters, Clara (14 years old) and Noelle (12 years old) heard about ZOE from their uncle and aunt along with their family who are currently serving as long term missionaries in Thailand with ZOE. Because of their connection to the organization, ZOE has always been an important charity to them and the charity they are most involved in. In the past, they have supported our organization through their church football team, through prayer and donations, and now through their business.
Our first “Are You Ready?” orientations took place on April 30th and May 1st, with just under 100 people attending over the two days. The orientations provided wonderful opportunities to talk about ways ordinary people can do extraordinary things by being involved in foster care, providing support services, and volunteering with ZOE as we minister to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in Los Angeles County.
There is a LOT of work that needs to happen around ZOE before the heavy rains hit Thailand. The rains typically come in late May to mid June, so right now we are hard at work prepping for the life-giving rain that hits Northern Thailand. Since we are in the middle of a drought, it is even more important that we be ready to take advantage of the rains and plant things quickly!
Newer statistics tells us that human traffickers target and prey on America's teenagers. They are looking for the vulnerable, the lonely, the bullied, the homeless, and the insecure. However, in reality, human traffickers prey on anyone who will give them the time of day.
Way back in the beginning of 2015, David and I were searching for a house suitable to become the Transitional Home for the young adults leaving the ZOE Children’s Home and working toward independence. It was a new concept--untried and untested. There really didn’t seem to be any similar models around to glean ideas from or ask the hundreds of questions that were swimming through our heads.
The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. –Psalm 145:18
This nation was founded on “In God We Trust,” but over time America became prideful in its success. A generation rose where many became calloused toward Christ. We chose our own prideful logic above His truth, abandoning Him in our schools, and ignoring Him in our courts. Yet, He shows patience and mercy, and calls out “Come back to me child.” The first call of prayer was in 1775 when this nation was coming into existence, but as a nationally recognized holiday, President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1952 to communicate the need for personal repentance and prayer.
Every spring, one of the largest Christian Education Conventions in the nation happens right here in Pasadena, CA. The Children’s Ministry Training Association, also known as CMTA, is a conference open to Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry leaders as well as volunteers. This training hosts over 100 workshops conducted by experts in their fields during the two-day event. In addition to the many workshops, there is a night of praise and worship as well as many exhibitors showcasing various curriculum materials, supplies, equipment, and services that are huge assets to your ministry.