With Christmas just weeks away, ZOE Children’s Home located in Thailand, is in full swing, ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Christmas time is always special at our home. Rooms get decorated and trees get put up, much like the way we celebrate Christmas here in the States. Part of Christmas for our children is also to do outreach, to give back to the community and help others that are in need. We want to instill in our children that though receiving can be joyous, giving can be just as rewarding. One difference for some of our children living at the home is that Christmas was never a tradition for them growing up. Read more
While ZOE is in the mountains of Thailand, we are actually fairly close to a small village near some mom and pop restaurants. It only takes about 10 minutes by car from ZOE and you can have a quick sit down meal. It isn’t very fancy, but the food is GREAT! Staff and missionaries will go out from time to time and this is a great place for fast, inexpensive, tasty food. Read more
Here at ZOE we have two major school breaks a year. One in October and the other in March-May. This year we are running three different week long camps simultaneously for our children, pre-teens and teens. By separating them into three different age groups, we can develop more age appropriate lessons and activities. Needless to say, it is a whirlwind at ZOE! Wherever you look there are activities going on non-stop. From games on the lawn to excursions to various locations, the coordination is simply AWESOME! Between Thai staff, missionaries and our Leadership Training Program students, everyone is going all out! Read more
Several months ago, I had the honor of connecting with an amazing girl named Denae Holler. She heard about ZOE through a friend of a friend and came up with the idea to collect instruments for the children at ZOE Children’s Home in Thailand as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Karen & Denae with the donated instruments.
Through a series of email conversations with our office, she inquired what some of the needs were and one of the things mentioned was that ZOE was really short on instruments for music therapy. Denae is a musician herself so she thought this was the perfect project for her and that it would be an awesome way to be able to use her passion and skill for doing good. Read more
We are in the last stages of finishing our new vegetable green house, also known as a garden hut by the Thai staff.
This new development is important because it allows us to grow vegetables in the off season which also means we do not have to pay higher prices for these types of crops. With the garden hut, we can grow higher value crops and give our kids a wider variety of food without paying the higher prices. One vegetable that ZOE will appreciate the green house for is chili.
Sometimes our kids just need some time to unwind and chill!With school, homework, chores, special events, short term teams, visitors, intercessory prayer, weekly bible study, and more, it can get hectic for our kids.
While we have many self sustaining agricultural projects around ZOE, one that's very popular amongst the family are mushrooms.Our ZOE family loves mushrooms so much they just can't get enough of them! Mushrooms are fairly expensive, but thankfully, we have a huge mushroom farm to keep our tastebuds satisfied.