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September 11, 2017 - 2 comments

Even in the Midst of Transition

By Karen Miyamoto

If you have been following ZOE long enough, you know by now that there are things always happening at the ZOE USA office.  From going to conferences to meeting with church pastors to big projects like opening up ZOE Children’s Homes Los Angeles, the USA staff is always on their toes keeping busy with the various projects.  Currently the USA office is going through a big transition.  The office in which we called home for the past 14 years is no longer our home.  We are moving!  Though we have not found a permanent office location yet, we are super excited and very much looking forward to a new office space that we will be able to grow with.  Great things are to come for the USA office!

Every month, our faithful volunteers trek to our office to assist us with prepping and assembling the newsletters and postcards many of you receive in the mail.  Well now without an office for our volunteers to come to, this was going to be a big challenge.  Where could we go that would hold the many volunteers that come out to lend a helping hand and in addition, have a large enough space where we had room to work?

Here’s a photo of just a few of our dedicated volunteers

It was then that God provided.  One of our dear and generous volunteers offered to open up her home on a monthly basis until we find an office so that our volunteers had a place to work and also so that we can continue to stay connected with you all with our mailings!  It was such a huge blessing!  I must admit that I was a bit worried in the beginning since the home was in the valley and many of our volunteers lived in Santa Clarita.  Would our volunteers drive to the valley just to help us with our mailings?  To my surprise, many if not all of our volunteers said the would make the drive because they wanted to help!  I was so humbled and honored.  We have the best volunteers in the whole universe!

Thank you ZOE volunteers for going above and beyond the call of duty and lending a hand during this transition.  You guys are the BEST!

August 31, 2017 - No Comments!

A Successful Village Outreach

written by Les Ginoza

The August 2017 Short Term Team recently accompanied our bible school and human trafficking awareness team to do a joint outreach to a small village just outside the area of Hot, in Northern Thailand.

The night event where 95 people came in the rain! It rained almost the whole time, yet people kept showing up because of the excitement we created in the house visitations conducted earlier that afternoon!

This village had approximately 100 homes with an estimated 600-700 people.  Our entire team went house to house, meeting and greeting everyone in the village and invited them to our evening outreach.  95 people came out to see our presentation, which included games, dramas, singing, a short human trafficking awareness program and also lots of FUN!  Little did we know, the pastor from the next village over met us to watch the events unfolding and told us an incredible story.

He was amazed at the response of our presentation. His church tried to do an outreach at this same village but the people of the village threw rocks at his congregation!  They were not receptive to the gospel at all!  This was a miracle to see all these villagers welcoming the team and actively participating with us!  The favor of God truly was on this group!

The next day, we presented a human trafficking awareness program at the local school.  It was a day filled with games, crafts, activities, dramas, evangelistic themes and a human trafficking awareness presentation.  There were about 70 children and they laughed, loved and connected with everyone from our short-term team, ZOE bible school and staff.  To top it off, we ended the day by giving every child a goodie bag filled with some of their favorite candies! 

      

Many of the children accepted JESUS and the teachers were genuinely appreciative of everything that we did for the school!  We left the village entirely spent as most of the team simply slept on the way back!  They gave everything they could, but it was ENTIRELY WORTH IT, because GOD was GLORIFIED!

June 19, 2017 - No Comments!

We Need Each Other

“Not one of these kids who have succeeded has done it without connection to at least one supportive adult.”

     Nola Brantley
     Human Trafficking Survivor, Advocate, and Educator

An amazing survivor of child trafficking made this statement recently. Her words confirm a basic, well-known truth:

We need each other.

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June 13, 2017 - 1 comment.

Little Heroes Making a Big Impact!

Written By:   Karen Miyamoto


I love highlighting our little heroes that are doing big things!  This months’ little hero is Hope Zazueta.   Hope is 11 years old and has always had loved helping others.  In the past, she and her family have attended ZOE’s Rescue Walk, raised money for ZOE International and donated items like socks during Christmas time.  I had the honor of interviewing this amazing little girl. 

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April 3, 2017 - No Comments!

Camp at ZOE

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!
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February 8, 2017 - No Comments!

One Very Popular Mushroom 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, 2013 - 1 comment.

Boys’ Home Dedication

For roughly the past two years, ZOE has been in the process of planning and building its newest addition.  This new space will be used as a teen boys’ dormitory, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  With the launch of the ZOE Education Program, an education wing is needed in the main building, so the rooms vacated by the boys when they move into the new building will be put to immediate use.

At the beginning of this project, ZOE was approached by the Goldstone, Regenstreif, and Regency Lighting families who committed to funding the entire project!  Now after all the planning, designing, and construction, the new home was recently dedicated.  Many of the donor family members were able to make it out to Chiang Mai, Thailand where they received a grand “thank you,” ZOE style.

ZOE_BoysHome1Only the finishing touches are needed to complete the building, and it’s easy to see that the boys are eager to move into their own space.  Within the next few months, we will be able to hear the shouts of a ping-pong tournament and see them on the balcony doing their homework. ZOE_BoysHome2

 

 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: thank you to the Goldstone, Regenstreif, and Regency families.  We are eternally thankful for your generosity in making this much needed dream a reality.

July 8, 2013 - No Comments!

Friends of ZOE

We are in exciting times.  ZOE is growing and people are getting on board to help end the trafficking of children in Southeast Asia.  A few examples are Marla Pascarelli, Dan Gillespie, and Randy and Tammy Bauer.  They have taken it upon themselves to help fundraise for ZOE’s many ministries.

Marla, a longtime friend and supporter of ZOE, set up a fundraising page on Crowdrise.com for a run in which she is participating.  While Marla hasn’t considered herself a runner in the past, she felt that running to raise money for ZOE was something she could do.  Her resolve to train is strengthened every time she remembers that what she is doing will help orphaned children and those who have been trafficked.

Dan Gillespie

Dan Gillespie

Dan is another runner who happened upon the ZOE website.  So far he has raised more than $1,400!  Dan says, “Occasionally in life, we choose to look beyond our own immediate needs and desires and open our eyes to the needs of those around us.  It is not always convenient or comfortable to do so, but once we do, if we are truly human, we find it difficult or even impossible to once again look the other way and let such great injustices go unconstrained.”  This is true wisdom as not only are our minds opened to injustices going on in the world, but Jesus Himself commanded us to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).

Tammy Bauer

Tammy Bauer

Tammy Bauer was recently on one of ZOE’s short-term mission trips. While she was visiting, God moved in her heart to begin making stained glass sun catchers, night-lights, and jewelry boxes alongside her husband.  All of the profit earned has gone to ZOE.  So far they have made more than $700 and orders for their creations keep rolling in!

Praise God for the love and support we get from people every day!  These examples perfectly illustrate how anyone can help in the fight against child trafficking, exploitation, and abuse.

June 23, 2013 - No Comments!

ZOE Benefit Concert

Foothill Covenant Church Hosts Benefit Concerts

A String Quartet

A String Quartet

Within the past month, Foothill Covenant Church has hosted two youth benefit concerts for ZOE International. The talented musicians performed pieces by Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Fauré, and Mozart, and your ears would certainly be deceived into believing these young men and women were seasoned professionals. A well-performed melody of string, piano, and voice has a special way of lifting the soul, and that effect was certainly captured in these concerts.

ZOE is so incredibly thankful for young people who have a passion to see change in the world. It is also encouraging to know that partners in the United States support ZOE’s mission to fight for those who cannot fight for

Pre-Performance

Pre-Performance

themselves. By stepping up and taking action like this to help open the eyes of those who have not heard about human trafficking, these performers have entered into the fight against human trafficking themselves.

Thank you again for your courage, talent, and prayers. Please remain alongside ZOE as we fight the good fight together.

June 10, 2013 - 2 comments

Mercy Network

The task of reaching the unreached in Thailand is no small one.  Not only are there cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai that are hustling and bustling with people, but there are also countless villages that have a limited access to the gospel.  In response to this problem, ZOE along with other organizations and individuals has created a network that seeks to enable local pastors and empower communities.

The philosophy is to equip the local pastors so they can perform their calling with greater efficiency.  One of the ways the local pastors can build relationship with their village is through food distribution.  Rather than giving the food out in impersonal lines, he will visit homes one-by-one and give to families in the community who are in particular need.  This generosity opens doors and builds opportunities for the pastors to share the love of Christ with his neighbors.
A pastor of Dong Dtao village, is fulfilling his calling by organizing children outreach services, highlighting the transformation of fellow believers in the community, and giving boxes of food to those who need it the most.  In only two years the village’s church has grown from 30 to 170 attendees!  This is a clear example of God’s faithfulness.

ZOE’s Food Distribution Program has been honored to help put the boxes of food together for so many communities and pastors.  This tool helps open the door, and we are humbled by God’s power to change the hearts of so many people once the Good News of Jesus has been shared.