Agape Fish Fund partners with Southeast Asian Prayer Center (SEAPC) to provide orphans and children in Cambodia with a Christian home and education. SEAPC helped organize a Kids Camp, and these excerpts are republished from their article.
This year there were approximately 500 children from 15 homes attending the Kids Camp. With all of the staff, staff families, and volunteers—both national and international—there were about 800 people attending.
There were seven teams and various individuals, representing at least six different countries, traveling to Cambodia to help. There were so many people that not everyone could fit at the same hotel. The kids and home staff stayed at one location and everyone else slept at other hotels or guest houses and traveled to where the kids were every day.
This creative fundraising event connects young musicians for a worthy cause. The Kam sisters started Young Musicians Workshop in 2013 and have hosted it for 5 years now, raising a total of $8800 for poverty alleviation in East Asia.
Elisabeth (Beth) Kam and her sisters have been playing violin, viola, and piano from a young age and especially love playing in quartets. “We wanted to use our gifts and abilities to help others,” Beth shared. As a founding staff member, Beth eagerly anticipates Young Musicians Workshop every summer and has played various roles in the camp over the years, including craft director, game director, and music teacher. This year she took the helm as Director of the entire camp.
“This year’s camp was a huge success!” said Beth. “We had 17 kids attend, our largest camp ever.”
Agape Fish Fund partners with local churches and volunteers to provide meals, supplies, and Christian support for the homeless in San Jose, California.
This Thanksgiving, the unhoused community in San Jose, California, didn’t have to forage for food. Instead, they were invited to a feast hosted at Forager.
Connecting the Community
The Friendsgiving event, officially called "Giving Thanks in the Valley of the Hearts Delight," was an idea concocted by Forager’s Heinz Jones and John Kim. Heinz graciously opened up the Forager lounge to different homeless populations within San Jose.
The purpose of the event was to share a meal with individuals who are currently living unhoused, with the intent of giving them back a sense of dignity and connection to the community. “Our hope was to not only send a bit of love to our homeless friends, but also to bring awareness to their struggles, and to connect them with the appropriate resources,” shared one of the event coordinators.
An event like this certainly brought the community together. It was a joint effort with Pastor Scott and Larry Johnson from CHAM, Justin Immamura with Trash Punx, Forager’s staff, and South Bay Church. South Bay Church, which is an Agape Fish Fund partner in homeless ministry, provided leaders to help coordinate, supplies to be donated, and volunteers to serve.
Many thanks to all of you who supported our Boba Fundraiser on Saturday, June 3, 2017. We raised $770 toward a new house for a poor family in Vietnam. We are more than 1/3 of the way to funding a new home, thanks to your help.
In the spirit of giving, our board members cooked a homemade Christmas Dinner for over 100 families and children in East Palo Alto from Bayshore Christian Ministries Bible study program and O'Keefe tutoring program. We wouldn't have been able to do it without our wonderful volunteers.
Christmas Dinner Program
Opening prayer - Pastor Bennett
Scripture reading - Giselle
Testimony - Jordan Vargas
Brief Sermon - 'The Real Meaning of Christmas', Pastor Les
Testimony - Matt Nguyen
Close - Invitation to Christ
Prayer for Dinner
Carolers and Special Performances
Beth and Emily Kam Christmas Duet
Christmas Gift Give-Away
We thank everyone who came together and collaborated to make this event possible. May the Lord bless you abundantly! Thank you Chao Foundation, Transparent Fish Fund, O’Keefe Family Center, Peninsula Free Methodist Church, Lord's Grace Christian Church, other Bay area churches, and TFish friends. We thank our wonderful cooks who prepared a delicious meal for the families: Ping & Amy Chao, Paul & Cindy Chan, Henry & Lisa Chang, Anna Mar, Jei Shuan & Su-Chen, Gloria Yu, and Adelina Tan. Thank you to the BCM Team, Yee Family, All Volunteers, Worship Team, Table Hosts, Speakers, Performers, Interns, and Helpers.
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