O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave...
land of the free, home of the brave
It’s those patriotic lyrics that Americans proudly sing on Independence Day. Yet many people in rural East Asia don’t have the privileges of “home” that we do. Here's how we’re helping.
Adonai Child Rehabilitation is a Christian faith-based ministry in Kalaymyo, Burma that was established in May 2016. This ministry creates a place of rehabilitation for children and teenagers from various backgrounds like orphans, unwanted children, street children, and poor children.
We praise the Lord who guides us and provides us with the daily needs of our little orphans. And we'd like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who partner with us through financial and prayer support. Special thanks goes to Agape Fish Fund, who faithfully supports us financially for the orphans' nutrition and educational expenses. We would also like to say thanks to our private donors, both from abroad and locally. May the good God return them bountiful blessings in their life.
School year Started
Thank God all our orphans passed their grades last year. The school year is from June to February. As the new school year has started, the children have all been admitted, and now they are attending school from Monday to Friday. They go to school at 8:00 am and come back at 3:30 pm.
In the morning they have breakfast just before going to school. Mrs. Rev. Thang drops them off at school, and then at noon she brings them lunch. Lunchtime is 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Mrs. Rev. Thang again picks up the children when school is dismissed in the afternoon.
Agape Fish Fund partners with Southeast Asian Prayer Center (SEAPC) to provide orphans in Cambodia with a Christian home.
Short-Term mission trips
Are you striving to do something meaningful with your vacation time in 2017? Prayerfully consider joining a South East Asia Prayer Center (SEAPC) Vacation with a Purpose short-term team trip and you will be impacting the lives of others.
All SEAPC mission teams go first and foremost for the purpose of prayer, leading people, and using their unique God-given abilities. We invite you to use whatever gifts God has given you to serve alongside SEAPC on a short-term mission team in the platforms of healthcare, education, parenting, and micro-economic development. For more information regarding trips to other areas or about anything listed below, please contact SEAPC at 412-826-9063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agape Fish Fund partners with O'Keefe, which provides tutoring and mentorship to low income students in East Palo Alto. This year we'd like to enrich 12 of the students with field trips to see a nativity drama and to provide school supplies for them.
It’s summertime! Our ministry partner O’Keefe has been busy these past few months, wrapping up the school year strong with their tutoring program for low income students.
We continued the weekly tutoring sessions on Thursday and Monday, one for middle school students and one for elementary school students. The fun event this month was taking a Thursday to decorate cookies with the kids. What a great way to celebrate spring break.
Some of the kids were starting to finish their homework already, so the challenge was to keep them productive during the tutoring time. Our tutors still wanted to give them their attention, even if it meant reviewing the homework to check it over.
Pastor Thu is like a spiritual father to children in Cambodia and prisoners in Taiwan.
For in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
1 Corinthians 4:15
Agape Fish intern Emma Cockerell wrote this article reflection and recap on What the Homelessness Crisis in Asian-American Communities Reveals About Ourselves, published on June 5, 2017.
The terms Asian-American and homeless don’t regularly go together, as San Francisco State University professor Russell Jeung points out.
But despite common belief, many Asian-American immigrants escaping war and poverty at home face homelessness in America. For Jeung’s neighbor Jimmy, being without permanent shelter is a sacrifice to make higher education possible. Jimmy attends SFSU and lives out of his car, cleaning himself with hydrogen peroxide and at times resorting to sneaking a rice cooker into his university’s library. Jeung has two other neighbors, Sonny and Mary, who have faced housing challenges. For them, displacement and lack of a home are also sacrifices that serve a larger purpose; a momentary discomfort that allows greater convenience for their family.
Jeung urges those more well-off to love and identify with their homeless neighbors, rather than blaming the societal forces that allow for homelessness. He believes that “we, too, are foreigners and exiles to this world,” and that the impetus is on the individual to seek God’s righteousness with mankind, regardless of status or monetary wealth.
Agape Fish Fund partners with Vets with a Mission (VWAM) to provide life-saving heart surgery for poor children in Vietnam.
You are invited to join our partner Vets with a Mission on one of three medical mission teams to Vietnam in the spring of 2018. These trips include experiences to:
If you are a medical-health professional, your role will be hands-on with the patients. Physicians, Physician Assistant's and Nurse Practitioners all serve as patient examiners. Nurses serve in triage working up the patients, identifying their health issues before the patients are examined. If you are a dentist, you will be very busy! A Pharmacist is needed to supervise the VWAM pharmacy, a Physical Therapist would do PT, an Ophthalmologist/Optometrist would see eye patients, and so on. Each medical-health professional has an assigned interpreter.
Those who are not medical-health professionals play an integral role on the team in either pharmacy, patient services, or security. There is an important role for each team member to play!
In partnership with a local Vietnamese pastor, Agape Fish Fund is purchasing goats for breeding, income generation, and ministry among tribal groups in Vietnam.
Holistic Life Change, from Taiwan to Vietnam
Vietnamese Inmates Converted in Taiwan
As part of his official assignment from The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Canada, Pastor Thu has been ministering to 100 Vietnamese inmates in Taiwan since 2007. A majority of these Vietnamese have become believers while they’re in the detention centers or prison. After they are released, they must return home, according to Taiwan’s government immigration policy.
Returnees Face Challenges in Vietnam
Pastor Thu visits the converted returnees back in Vietnam and helps connect them with churches in their homeland. During these visits, Pastor Thu has realized how the returnees are economically disadvantaged. The local areas where they live don’t have available jobs. Therefore many of them have to leave again to look for jobs elsewhere. Some of them go to bigger cities; others go to other countries such as Laos, Thailand, or Malaysia.
A Plan for Livelihood in Vietnam
Livestock Breeding Center
We want to help alleviate the poverty in Vietnam so these returnees can have a livelihood in their homeland. We are partnering with Pastor Mui in Vietnam, who has a large piece of property. Together we will develop a livestock breeding center. This holistic project can satisfy the needs of the local church and its surrounding impoverished community in two ways, both economically and spiritually.
Proven Effective for Poverty Alleviation
According to the Goat and Rabbit Research Centre in Vietnam, goat production is popular in mountainous areas and is a means to improve the income of the rural poor. In fact, the results of goat farming seem so effective, that the research center proposes that research activities should be extended into more areas in Vietnam as a means of increasing farmers’ incomes and alleviating hunger and poverty in these areas of Vietnam. They conclude that goat production is playing an increasingly important role in the improvement of the income of poor farmers and is contributing significantly to poverty and hunger alleviation in Vietnam. [Source]
Pastor Thu and his wife Hanh serve as Agape Fish Advisors with their wealth of mission experience in Cambodia, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
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