[quote width=”” align=”none”]”The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” | Mahatma Gandhi[/quote]
If we were writing a book, the chapter about 2013 would be full of tragedy and triumph, challenges and victories and multiple words of praise to God for His rescue and redemption. We have been blessed and amazed as we witnessed over and over again the transforming power of the love of God touch the children who have come to ZOE. Trafficked children who have been rescued by ZOE may not necessarily remain at ZOE long term. Every case and every child is different. The best interest of the child is always given the utmost importance and sometimes the best is for the child to be in the care of biological or extended families and in some cases this past year, our ZOE Rescue Team has had the joy of reuniting children with their loved ones. In other cases, the best for the child was to remain at ZOE where they are loved and cared for by an amazing staff of dedicated people.
ZOE has grown in many ways this past year. We have welcomed new staff members both in the USA and in Thailand. We have witnessed staff members getting married and starting their own families. Our boys’ home was completed and additional property was purchased that will be used for our self-sustaining agriculture efforts and basic vocational training. Our ZOE family has also expanded as many have joined us in the fight to end the trafficking of children. By some standards of measurement our army may be considered small but we see it as mighty force of people united by a passion to bring the love and life of God to the most vulnerable in our society; children. “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.” | Psalm 82:3
We look back on 2013 with gratitude to a faithful God who has guided us and provided for us every step of the way. We are thankful for the lives that have been changed and the privilege of being able to play a small part in that. With great anticipation we look forward to 2014 and all that God has in store for us, the children we serve, and the people He has called us to reach.