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December 13, 2018 - No Comments!

From Short Term Missions to ZOE Walk

By Lori-Ann Tsang

In August and January of each year, ZOE Thailand has the privilege of hosting our joint short-term teams. Each team arrives after months of training and planning for their 10-day short-term trip.

They spend time alongside our staff, ministry school students, and missionaries in different settings.  They are given opportunities to serve and get a glimpse of what we do at ZOE.

It is a trip unlike any other they have experienced.  Many of them are forever impacted and changed by their time with us.

This summer one team was so impacted and inspired that they went back home with such a fire and passion to see human trafficking stopped.  They worked with our team in Los Angeles and ran the first ever ZOE Rescue Walk in Hawaii. They were one of three other satellite walks around the country all spearheaded by previous short-term team members. In Hawaii alone, there were 200 walkers and over $3,700 raised.

Gail Nitta, short-term teamer and our on-the-ground coordinator for Hawaii’s ZOE Rescue Walk says,  “This mission trip opened my eyes about child trafficking. I was infected with the amazing work the long term missionaries are doing in Thailand. I believe God told me take it back to Hawaii and help spread the awareness of child trafficking. But most importantly spread His gospel to the people.”

Check out the link to a video created recapping that day.

Isn’t it amazing what listening to God and being obedient can do?  

Together you helped us raise over $67,000 with funds still coming in. Thank you for partnering with us.  

May 7, 2018 - No Comments!

Why Short Term Missions?

by Betsy Meenk (STM Global Missions Manager)

At ZOE, we have been conducting short term mission trips since 2004.  Hundreds of people have traveled to Thailand to see and participate in the work God has called us to do. They have come from all countries, all ethnicities, and all walks of life ranging in age from 13-75 years old! Here are thoughts from a few of those who have been to Thailand and experienced our Children’s Home first hand:

A Trip of Many Firsts by Jessica Ramsay  http://gozoe.org/2016/09/12/trip-many-firsts/
Thailand x4 by Stephanie Chabot http://gozoe.org/2016/08/29/thailand-x4/

With every trip, we aim to make this a life-changing experience for all involved; including our children, ZOE parents, and staff.  This can sometimes be a challenge because our ultimate job is to make the care and protection of our children top priority. We recently came across an excellent document from Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) outlining 8 principles for short term missions to benefit vulnerable children and families.

Jedd Medefind, the President of CAFO says, “Short-term mission trips carry the potential for much good and much harm.  Wise engagement is critical, especially when we hope to benefit children.”

This beautifully articulates the heart of ZOE.   He goes on to explain that “These principles have been developed and approved by CAFO, comprised of more than 190 respected organizations serving children in more than 130 nations.  We establish these principles in unity, seeking to empower every church, organization, and volunteer participating in short-term missions to be more thoughtful and effective, particularly in respect to vulnerable children.”

Christian Alliance for Orphans has established the following 8 Principles that ZOE wholeheartedly embraces as we continue to improve our short term missions program.  

#1 Protection – Safeguarding children from harm is first priority

#2 Attachment – Support bonds between children and their parents or primary caregiver

#3 Caregivers – Honor the role of parents and primary caregivers

#4 Community – Support the communities surrounding vulnerable children

#5 Expectations – Make sure the trip purpose is clear and expectations thoroughly understood

#6 Partnership – Anchor every trip in long-term relationships with quality partners

#7 Training – Commit to learning before going

#8 Media – Share stories and images with care  

For more information about these principles click here https://issuu.com/christianalliancefororphans/docs/8_stm_principles-a?e=28419024/59243837  

Dates for our 2019 short term mission trips are up! - http://gozoe.org/short-term-missions/
If you are interested in a short term mission trip with ZOE, please contact


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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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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