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Archives for January 2019

January 31, 2019 - No Comments!

Hospitality Training

ZOE Thailand

By Lori Ortenzi

Girls studying at ZOE’s Learning Center began a 6-week Hospitality Course recently. Instructor and ZOE missionary Lori Ortenzi reflected on their first day.

The students had no idea what to expect from their cooking class today. There was a mixture of excitement and nervousness as we drove to the market together. The best part of the day was during our drive, one of the students asked to play a worship song. All of the students began to sing and after the song was over, one of the students asked, “Mae, can you please pray now?”

The cooking school provided an instructor and clean up staff for our private group of students. The students were only asked to cook and eat their food. However, the students wanted to wash all of their dishes, pots, and pans. Our students stopped to pray before our meal. The staff was so impressed and their instructor was impacted by their kindness and good manners.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to teach our students and for the donors who wanted to provide this cooking class for our students to learn in a different environment. Through the 6-week course, they are learning how to shop for ingredients and developing confidence to make a few smaller recipes by themselves.

January 30, 2019 - No Comments!

Children’s Day

ZOE Thailand

By Lori-Ann Tsang

In January, Thailand celebrates Children’s Day with a plethora of different activity options for parents to bring their children to. The flurry, busyness, and crowds of the day may seem a little over-the-top and daunting, that one may feel it is not worth the effort to try to bring your children out to these events. Yet the crowds are everywhere.

Why do parents do it? When I reflect on it, I have to compare it to Disneyland. As an adult, I may not have much desire to go to “the happiest place on earth.” I don’t like crowds or lines and the rides may not be of much interest to me. But, when I think about the wonder, awe, and joy it would bring to a child I love...that would motivate me to face the things I don’t enjoy for the sake of bringing joy to someone I love.

Our parents and Next Gen team took our ZOE children on an adventure to Wing 41, a Thai Air Force Base. They enjoyed eating snacks, playing games, climbing on fighter jets, meeting pilots, seeing a dog show, and then watching an air show. What a wonderful day they had.

Children need adventure. Children need to laugh and play and see new things. ZOE strives to give each child every opportunity to be a child. We celebrate their precious lives! We are so thankful for the gift they are.  

January 1, 2019 - No Comments!

New Hope, New Life, New Year

As we look towards 2019, ZOE is a place where beautiful stories of rescue, hope, life, and love can easily be found.

With permission to share, we think this powerful testimony of one girl’s journey from rescue to healing, will bring renewed hope for the future and great expectations, to all who read it. Please continue to uphold all ZOE’s rescued children in your prayers as they embrace new seasons, new beginnings, and the New Year.

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It’s hard for me to tell my story. Before I came to live at ZOE my life was not good. Many times I felt like I wanted to get out, but I never could. I felt trapped. I knew that children shouldn’t be doing what I was doing but whenever I got a small amount of money, it gave me what I needed to survive. For a while, that little bit of money numbed my pain.
To survive, I tried to block out anyone who would show me real love. I no longer cared how anyone else felt. I just focused on the money, but deep down I was not happy. I felt like my life had no value, so I would just keep doing the same things. I was ashamed, broken and lonely.

Coming to ZOE really changed my life. I learned that I am VALUABLE in God's sight. It was strange at first because I wasn’t used to people being kind and caring. I was welcomed into a warm and loving family and the longer I stayed, the more I grew to love the ZOE staff and the mothers so much. They helped me learn many new things. For the first time I saw and understood what real love looks like. I learned about forgiving and sharing. I learned that my life is important… that I am important.

It is hard to explain how different I feel and how much I love God. I understand how much He loves me and I am trying to change the way I had thought about myself and now I have new thoughts about the future.

There are many things that I want to thank God for. God does more than I ever think He can. Even just the other day, I was worried because I thought I would need to leave ZOE and go somewhere else, but I wasn’t ready to leave and I was scared. I kept praying to God. I did not want to go but I knew I would be ok because I knew that God would be with me. When one of the ZOE staff came and reassured me that I could continue to live at ZOE, I knew God had answered my prayers.

I will now be able to finish my grade level at the ZOE Learning Center and then in the future I want to study Business Administration. I would like to become an expert in English. These are the new thoughts I have about my future.

I know that sometimes I still make mistakes. I know it will take time to change, but I want to try. Thank you God for rescuing me!