Here is the story of a 12-year-old girl named Lache, from the poorest family of a remote Karen-tribe village in mountainous northern Thailand. Lache’s grandparents had fled across the border from Myanmar to escape persecution and the family was struggling to survive through rice and vegetable farming. If the rice crop failed, they would have little to eat the following winter.
Lache’s father heard of Siami, a young missionary woman from India, who was helping Karen children to receive education and Christian discipleship. Together Lache and her father walked the 40kms over 3 days through thick jungle to Musekee village to find Siami. Lache started her education and proved to be a good student: she attended school, became proficient at sewing and developed her English skills.
In November 2004, two families from Newlife church travelled to northern Thailand, at the invitation of friends and missionaries Don and Kay Fox. They met Lache, now a young woman, who was running a hostel for 50 children so that they could receive an education as she had. Today, Lache is a skilled translator and joins Siami in leading the Hilltribes Resources and Development Centre (HRDC). She is married with 2 young children.
Newlife partners with HRDC in supporting children through sponsorship. AUD $30 per month covers food, accommodation, school uniforms, medical costs and pastoral care. We now have over 80 children sponsored through Newlife Church and many like Lache, have graduated and gone on to serve their communities through accounting, teaching, nursing and agriculture.
If you would like to sponsor a child in northern Thailand please contact: Cathy Hartwig [email protected] / 0478 535 132