ZOE International rescues and cares for orphans and trafficked children, primarily in Thailand. Our support is providing preventative healthcare (nutrition, medical, and dental care) for the 75 long-term children in their care.
In 2016, TFish support enabled ZOE children to receive essential preventative healthcare, including flu vaccines, vitamins, and de-worming medicine.
Vitamins: We provided one complete multi-vitamin per child per day for one year.
The ZOE kitchen prepares over 450 meals per day for their children, staff, and volunteers. Over the years they have made great strides in improving the nutritional level for our children. Improvements include having fresh fruit at every dinner meal and a box of milk for each child with the morning meal. Although the amount of food is plentiful, they believe that there are certain minerals and vitamins missing from the children’s diet. For example, vitamin C and iron are lacking due to lower citrus and protein consumption. Having a full complement of necessary vitamins and minerals is essential during the critical developmental years of children and teens.
We are pleased to partner with Vietnam Tribal Ministry to serve the local tribal people in rural Vietnam. Our first project will be to help the community in the mountainous areas of Thanh Hoa province get clean water.
The members of Ngoc Lac Church live in a mountainous area in Thanh Hoa province. Due to the geographical challenges, these families face many economic difficulties. They especially are in need of a clean water resource.
Currently the community's water source is from a water storage lake at the foot of a mountain. The local people must carry a pot on their heads and walk a long way to get water to fill their cement reservoirs at home. As the water flows through the mountain area, it does not meet hygiene standards. The local people desperately need a source of clean water. Out of all the challenges the locals face, having clean water is the top priority.
Praise: Job Provided for Hýõng
Again, praise the Lord for his answer to our prayers. Last time Hýõng pleaded in prayer for a job. Within a few days, she found one. The experience really strengthened her trust in the Lord.
Upon leaving for the workforce, she reminded us to provide the phone number and address of the church near her factory.
Prayer Request: Healing and Jobs for New Group
Please pray for another group of workers that just arrived at the shelter. So many workers are mistreated, and as they suffer, their families back home also suffer.
For example, three men were illegally assigned to work at a big restaurant and were forced to work from 5am to 8pm with no breaks. They were paid 12,000 NTD (a little less than $400 USD).
Another example is a lady who just left the shelter to care for an elderly man. The elderly man just liked to sleep in the same room with her and took his clothes off. She couldn't take it and went back to a shelter at a different location.
Stories similar to these abound. These migrant workers not only need jobs, but far more than that, they need God to heal their hurts and wounds.
"The inmates are very impressed with our care and often send letters to express their appreciation. Currently more than a hundred inmates have been converted in prison." --Pastor Thu
O’Keefe Family Center Tutoring Program successfully completed the 2014-2015 school year with tutoring on two evenings and Bible Club on one evening per week, as usual. This year, several students who have been with the program for the entirety of their elementary school years have graduated to middle school. At the same time, several first grade students began coming to receive tutoring. O’Keefe also recruited several new tutors for the 2015-2016 school year in efforts to keep the student:tutor ratio low and ensure that each student who comes receives adequate individual attention.
TFish’s partnership helped the program by providing supplies for tutoring, snacks for kids and tutors, and stipends for certain volunteers. O’Keefe has benefited from our support, saying, “We really appreciate the TFish partnership. Everyone from the organization has been pleasant to interact with. We have really seen benefit from receiving TFish support for the past few years, and we would be excited to continue our partnership.”
Changed Lives in Prison
On January 5, 2016 we visited the prison in Taipei. The weather was not too cold, and after some heavy rain we had a chance to visit some prisoners with Pastor Thu. These prisoners had heard the gospel from Pastor Thu and had accepted God as their Savior. We had 20 minutes to visit these people. We started to greet each other like two strangers, but we felt like we had known each other as family. We talked and shared our stories sincerely.
Read about the life-changing stories on the mission field.