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August 29, 2016 - No Comments!

Thailand x4!

Guest blogger: Stephanie Chabot

This was my fourth trip to Thailand to serve alongside of ZOE. Every time I go I make sure I have the mindset of no expectations. I always want to make sure of that, because I want to see what God has in store for myself and the team. Each trip has been different in many ways with the teams all having their own flow and unique characteristics. There is an awesome dynamic when people come together as a team to complete tasks, do service projects and outreaches. I love how God uses each of our strengths to work together!

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February 10, 2014 - No Comments!

National Children’s Day

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are common holidays that we are all probably used to. I remember asking my dad when I was younger, “Why isn’t there a kid’s day?”  What was only a dream for me back then, is a reality for the children of Thailand.  One day out of the year is National Children’s Day where most stores will give out free candy or offer generous discounts for kids.

This year, National Children’s Day was particularly exciting for the kids at ZOE as the Onnuri English Ministry (OEM) of Seoul, Korea put on the ZOElympics!  An entire morning was dedicated to relay races, water games, and other group competitions.  For each event, points were awarded to the first place winner, but there was also an opportunity to earn points through JOY.  Whenever a team showed their spirit, they were awarded extra points, so the competition took on a whole other level of enthusiasm.  If they weren’t already pumped up, throwing in a surprise pizza lunch sent them over the top.

The games and competitions were amazing, but what made the day special was that they competed and worked together as a family.  Playing together as a family helped give the kids and caretakers alike new trust that will carry on into the rest of their relationship.  Thank you OEM for your planning and the time you spent pouring into the families at ZOE.

 

December 9, 2013 - No Comments!

Pastor Lance Ralston Making A Difference in Thailand

ZOE recently had the privilege of hosting the pastor and founder of Calvary Chapel Oxnard. Pastor Lance Ralston has been such a blessing to the staff and missionaries. While he was here, ZOE took advantage of his expertise by way of a series of teachings on marriage, leadership, and the story of Joseph in Genesis. These have been extremely beneficial, as Pastor Lance was able to bring new insights and perspectives in regards to marriage and leadership. He certainly had an active and engaged group of listeners.Pastor-Lance-Ralston-thailand visit-3

That isn't all he got to do though. While he was in Thailand, he was able to enjoy feeding and riding elephants, eating spicy Thai cuisine, and authentic Northern Thai dance. While his favorite of these things was the elephant ride, the best part about Thailand, said the pastor, is clearly the people.  “They are so gentle, eager, polite, and courteous. They have a special carefulness about them and are genuinely kind to those they come into contact with.”
As he prepared for his trip to ZOE, the pastor was worried that the children’s home wouldn’t be able to live up to the extraordinary reputation the organization has garnered over the years.  “On the contrary,” Lance explained excitedly, “ZOE is imbued with the favor, presence, and manifest desire for God’s glory.”

Even though his visit was fruitful and anointed, he missed his wife Lynn, and was eager to see her again.  Please join us in praying for Calvary Chapel Oxnard, Pastor Lance and for great blessings to his family and ministry.

November 25, 2013 - No Comments!

Aria Studios Helping Us Protect Children

Creative [kre’ativ]; adjective    Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work. 

Jay+Jonas+Christine = Creativity

This is probably the best way to define the team from Aria Studios. We were first introduced to this gifted group of artists when they visited Thailand several years ago.  They are a fun group of people who love to laugh and there was an instant connection as they shared many belly laughs with the ZOE family.  In addition to sharing their fun, joyful hearts with us, they have also provided some breathtaking photography as they used their artistic talents to help children who are at risk.

Needless to say, the entire ZOE family was excited that Aria Studios was returning to Thailand again this past month.  We had the privilege of hanging out with these truly incredible people for 10 days as they displayed their expertise with a camera.  Christine has visited ZOE several times, most recently two years ago when she came with Kash. This time she came with another very gifted videographer, Jonas.  Jay Kaneshige, owner of Aria Studios, not wanting to miss out on the fun, also joined us a few days later.

Once again they far exceeded our expectations and have provided us with some amazing photography that will enable us to tell powerful stories of rescue and restoration of the children in our care while allowing us to protect their identities and dignity.  It is of primary importance to ZOE that our children remain safe and protected. Aria is helping do that by using their creativity to show images of our ZOE kids, without revealing their faces.

In the weeks and months to come you will be able to enjoy the talents of Aria Studios as we share their photos with you.  Here is a sneak peek of some of their work!

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July 22, 2012 - No Comments!

Soccer Jokes Aside


Q: Why did the soccer ball quit the team?

A: It was tired of being kicked around!

Q: What do you get when you mix 20 ZOE youth, 11 American interns, 35 Thai vocational training students, 35 Aussies … and a handful of teachers, ZOE volunteers (plus their kids) and a few soccer balls?

A: A whole lot of fun!

Jokes aside, a recent gathering held at a local futsal field, was the perfect location for a unique soccer tournament.

With so many groups represented, it soon became obvious, despite the cultural differences between the Thai’s, Americans and Australians, why soccer is said to be the world's universal language.

It wasn’t long before some friendly games of soccer were clearly all that was needed to break the communication barrier between the visitors and the locals as fragmented conversations turned quickly to cheers and laughter.

An Australian group, led by Graeme Smith (a teacher from Maranatha Christian School, Melbourne, Australia) was the generous donor of the funds used to make this fun morning possible.

And by the end, there was only one question left to ask.

Q: Why is it always so hot after a soccer game finishes?

A: Because all the fans have gone home!

April 9, 2012 - No Comments!

Delightful ZOE Volunteer!

Last month, we debuted our volunteer spotlight article.  Our volunteers assist us with various tasks and projects in the ZOE USA office. All of our volunteers have such an amazing heart to serve.  Some of our volunteers find out about our organization through friends, school, the local Santa Clarita Magazine or just by word of mouth! Many have a heart to combat human trafficking and want to somehow get involved. We are blessed with the amazing, dedicated people that God has sent our way. Thank you all ZOE Volunteers!

Name: Sharon

How did you find out about ZOE?

I heard a KKLA radio station host talking about ZOE and the work ZOE does

What made you want to volunteer?

A couple of weeks before hearing about ZOE on KKLA, I attended a church sponsored conference on human trafficking.  Over the following days, I learned more and knew I needed to help to make a difference in whatever small way I could.  All the organizations were geographically too far to volunteer on a regular basis.  When I learned that ZOE's office was only 15 miles away, a friend and I visited and as they say, "the rest is history!"

How long have you volunteered at ZOE?

Since mid-March 2011

What type of tasks do you do at ZOE?

I regularly process the mailings of Thank You letters to the ZOE supporters.  Additionally, whatever task and projects are to be done are prioritized/completed from packing, printing, sorting, research, other.

Tell us about your overall experience in the office?

From the first day which was introductory, I sensed that loving, kindness hsared by and for each person in the office.  As I spent more time in the office with everyone, I simply wanted to carry the feelings of me outside the office!  Contagious would be a good word description.

Have you learned anything new while volunteering?

I've learned how joy can come from darkness.  The staff, volunteers, missionaries and especially the children have taught me how the little things and bigger things of God's goodness counts above all things.

THANK YOU SHARON FOR ALL YOUR COUNTLESS HOURS HERE AT THE OFFICE! WE APPRECIATE YOU!

March 26, 2012 - No Comments!

Volunteers at ZOE are a Blessing!

From time to time, we would like to spotlight a volunteer that assists us with various tasks and projects in the ZOE USA office.  All of our volunteers have such an amazing heart to serve.  They find out about ZOE from various avenues whether it be through a friend, school, conferences and seminars that we attend or just through the internet!  Many have a heart to combat human trafficking and want to somehow get involved.  We are so blessed with the amazing people that God has sent our way and we are extremely excited to be able to introduce them to you.  Thank you all ZOE Volunteers!

Name: Roshan

How did you find out about ZOE?

A friend of mine told me about ZOE

What made you want to volunteer?

About three years ago, I learned what an epidemic human trafficking is to the world and I wanted to help.  After I graduated, I wanted to help the world instead of diving into corporate America and I thought that starting with ZOE would be a great way to make it happen.

How long have you volunteered at ZOE?

I've been volunteering since January 2012

What type of tasks do you do at ZOE?

Mainly IT related tasks

Tell us about your overall experience in the office?

I love coming into the office and volunteering.  The people here are so friendly and easy to get along with.  The responsibilites that I am given have clearly organized direction and they are easy to do!  I know that the work I do has an impact on someone else's life.

Have you learned anything new while volunteering?

I learned that there are countless people that are in slavery of one form or another all around the world and I can do something to help them!

 

THANK YOU ROSHAN FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK HERE AT ZOE!  WE APPRECIATE YOU!

January 5, 2011 - 5 comments

More Than a Shelter…It’s a Home

It was a sight to behold:  As the representatives and donors from Life Outreach International drove out of the forest and pulled up to the new ZOE Children’s Home in Northern Thailand, they stood speechless, tears of joy in their eyes, at the site of the newly completed “House of Destiny.” Life Outreach International raised and donated the money to bring into reality the first phase of ZOE International’s vision of a 150-acre campus that will one day provide a safe home, education, and spiritual mentoring to 2,500 children. It was very humbling to be present that day in January for the dedication of the House of Destiny and a powerful reminder that with God, nothing is impossible!

A prayer of dedication was read by all those present, in English and Thai.

Our prayer is that this will be a safe home for thousands of children for generations to come.

Truly touching was to see the ZOE kids, many of whom were homeless not so long ago, standing in front of their beautiful new home now filled with joy and happpieness.

During the celebration, 12 year-old BanYat came forward to share his testimony.  He thanked the Life Outreach International visitors telling them: “I have nothing to give back to you.  But I promise that when I grow up, I will follow your example of helping others.”

ZOE Children’s Homes (zoe means “life”) is committed to stopping child trafficking, as well as to the rescue of orphans and children in harm’s way, while raising global awareness of  human trafficking. We are dedicated to providing homes that offer hope and a future to those rescued.  Every child has his or her own story and we are so privileged to be helping these children to become all that they were created to be.

ZOE exists to make a transformational difference in children’s lives.  As little BanYat promised, we are certain that when our ZOE kids grow up, they will be a powerful force to combat the evils of human trafficking and the child sex trade as leaders within their own nation.  The impact that the House of Destiny is already making will be felt far beyond the borders of Thailand, stretching around the world!