The Low-Down On Being Back…

Sydney Opera House

Many of our missionary families have returned to Thailand after being away for a 6-8 week period from their work at the ZOE Children’s Homes.

Our trips back to our home countries were filled with sharing at churches, schools, fundraising dinners, etc. about the work that ZOE does as well as taking the opportunity to thank financial supporters for their part in helping precious children in need.

Sydney Opera House

It’s been so great seeing {nearly} everyone back in Thailand again and getting back into the routine of life here.

As we transition back, we have each experienced the emotional highs and lows of missing pieces of our lives back in America and Australia – especially the friends and family we’ve left behind.

But we are all here with a specific role to help care for children.

Here at ZOE we rescue and care for orphans and children who may become victims of human trafficking.  ZOE also rescues and protects children taken directly from trafficked situations where they have been misused and mistreated.

It’s life-changing stuff – for the children and for us!

I was recently reminded about some of our first reflections upon arriving in Thailand over two and a half years ago.  My husband David wrote:

“Before we came to Thailand, it was a series of statistics that compelled us to act. But now when I sit with these wonderful kids, each of the statistics suddenly has a face. It’s a face that is covered with a big smile, and their smiles are part of my every day.

“I have sat across from these smiles at meal times and shared some laughs over hot and spicy soup. Well, they laugh at me as the spices make my eyes water! They have watched me (with some curiosity) as I have sat with their house parents on the floor tasting strange-looking green things accompanied by fried animal fat! They interrupt me as I sit at my desk by standing outside my office window playing a game of peekâ€aâ€boo, trying to not let me see them and breaking into laughter when I do.

“Seeing them now, you could easily assume it’s always been this way, but each of their faces didn’t always have a smile. Some of these children were rescued before being trafficked; others have come directly from slavery.  All have faced incredible hardship.

Our Child Rescue Team at ZOE does a phenomenal job in ensuring that we thoroughly investigate every child’s case. We document the details and act with precision. The investigative work that Child Rescue does will help to purge our society of this evil crime.â€

Since our arrival in Thailand, ZOE Children’s Homes have been very active in the rescue of children.

It is never about the number of children we rescue though. It would be worth it, even for the one!

The new life these children at ZOE have is very different from where they were just weeks or months ago.

These kids have talents, just like you and me that are waiting to be discovered. Some have amazing voices and love to sing, others are gifted at art, designing things or dancing.

Only now do they get the opportunities they deserve – to go to school, to learn and to be loved.

They get a chance to make a difference in the world and make tomorrow a better day than yesterday.

I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity to help them shape their future.

I can assure you that the work here is not always easy but we have a tremendous group of staff and house parents that ensure all the children are well cared for. The ZOE staff members are strong and committed and do an absolutely amazing job.

To know their names … see their faces … have contact with them regularly and see their smiles.

Our life here in Thailand may have required considerable adjustment…

But is it worth it?

Absolutely!    YES!

 

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