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March 13, 2017 - No Comments!

Music Touches All Hearts

by Karen Miyamoto

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.

She shares, “I had to do an 80 hour project that made a lasting impact, so along with collecting the instruments for ZOE International, I created a website that entails the causes and effects of human trafficking. I was really happy with the instruments I collected. It was incredible to see the way the community responded with generous donations when I put out flyers. Of course I would have always wanted to collect more but I am happy with the work I put in.”

Denae also told us that she learned a lot about how human trafficking happens in the United States and globally by doing a lot of research online which was needed for her website. In addition to the new education she gained about trafficking, she learned how to network and use her resources in order to collect the instruments.

Now a junior in high school, Denae has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. That’s 12 years! Why has she continued being a Girl Scout for so long? She answered, “What I like the most about Girl Scouts is that it teaches young girls to believe that they can be whatever they put their minds to. It inspires girls to follow their dreams and shows them how they can make an impact in their community and beyond.”

Thank you, Denae from the entire ZOE family. Your dedication, hard work and passion to make a difference in the lives of our precious children means so much to us! Great job!

March 1, 2017 - No Comments!

Hot Stuff

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. 


ZOE loves chili. In fact, we use up to 6 pounds of chili per week! Chili is a spice, and like most spices, they tend to be more expensive per pound than regular vegetables.  While we consider chili something that is only used occasionally, and sometimes never, it is a basic ingredient for many foods here in Thailand. This led us to the decision to grow our own!

Chili plants can be very delicate because they require both sun and rain, but not too much of either. Unfortunately, Thailand has excessive amounts of rain in the rainy season and way too much sun in the hot season. This is where the green houses come in. It allows us to give sunlight, but not too much, and it protects the plants from too much rain.


Our second week of chili harvest.

The plants have been growing for several months now, and we have finally began to harvest chili. During this time, the chili plants are flowering and producing like crazy! We harvest chili once a week and send fresh chili to the kitchen. Then with the leftovers, we dry and store them for use later in the year.

During the first two weeks, we harvested 30 kilos of fresh chili each week!


March 1, 2017 - No Comments!

A Lazy Day at ZOE


Staff playing dominos.

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. 


Boys playing soccer.

Recently, we just had a day at ZOE where we did NOTHING!  What a treat! The kids were able to just play, run around and sleep!  What a great day it was!

February 8, 2017 - No Comments!

One Very Popular Mushroom Farm


Here is a picture of the VERY FIRST mushroom to sprout from the entire farm!

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. 

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September 26, 2016 - No Comments!

Superheroes Everywhere!

During the month-long school breaks when all the ZOE children stay on campus, the Children’s Ministry Team puts together an eventful and activity-filled week for them.  This past year, it was SUPERHERO week at ZOE.  The kids sported SUPERHERO t-shirts, rotated throughout different rooms fully decorated as SUPERHERO CITIES, and engaged in SUPERHERO-THEMED stories, crafts, games, and music.

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June 22, 2016 - No Comments!

US Government Helps ZOE Educate Non Profits

written by Lori Ortenzi | ZOE J/TIP Grant Program Manager

usflagOn June 8, 2016, ZOE International, in collaboration with the the US Department of State - Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the Chiang Mai Thailand Private Children's Home Association, hosted a conference for about 60 organizations. The topic was "Child Protection and Internet Safety for Children." The conference was led by two speakers from Dtac (a telecommunication company providing digital information and technology in Thailand), David Cross, our National Director of ZOE Australia and our Child Protection Manager, and Brad Ortenzi, our Director of ZOE Child Rescue, who is US retired law enforcement and has served on a task force specializing in child exploitation cyber crimes.

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May 11, 2016 - No Comments!

Before the Rainy Season Comes…

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!

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April 27, 2016 - No Comments!

His Story | ZOE’s Pastor Wep

Pastor Wep's Journey to ZOE

Wep grew up in a village with his older brother and five younger siblings. His ill mother spent more days in the hospital than at home so, as one of the oldest, Wep took care of his siblings while splitting time between working on the farm and going to school.

When he was 14, a Northern hill tribe pastor came to his village. Wep recalls, "I saw how sick my mother was and how much help we needed." The pastor stayed in Wep's village with his wife and three children for four years. He helped all the families, whether it was growing rice or planting corn. "At night, he'd hold Bible studies in the different homes," Wep remembers. "He shared about God's love and his own story of how he came to know Christ.  I had never heard of Jesus before then."

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April 25, 2016 - No Comments!

Life is a Highway: Camp at ZOE Children’s Homes

Camp at ZOE Children's Homes


Every April and October at ZOE Children’s Homes in Thailand, we put on two camps simultaneously: one for the teens and one for the children. When camp rolls around at ZOE International, we go all out! In April, these camps last two weeks and it is a crazy, happy time for ZOE children. This year, our theme was "Life is a highway.”

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