Tuesday, March 02, 2010

2009 Thailand Missions Trip

For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help.
-Psalm 22:24

In December 2009, our church sent a team of folks to the refugee camps on the Thailand/Burma border. As an expression of our continuing journey with the Karen people of Burma. Our relationship with these wonderful people began 5 months after we started our church in June 2006. Little did we know the plans and purposes of God for some Karen people and us; when we moved into East Central to pursue mission and ministry in a working poor neighborhood. Over the years we have witnessed a beautiful work of compassion, mutuality and service unfold. This missions trip is part of our vision to build a relational bridge that extends from our lives here...to their lives there. We anticipate many more "crossings" as we seek to be faithful to a call and a people.

This short video shows the team visiting various refugee camps, people and missions works in Thailand. Our team took video of families here to relatives in the camps....helping soothe the pain of separation and to help families reconnect. Hopefully you can catch a glimpse of the people we have grown to love.

The Burmese military considers the Karen people...their enemies.
Thailand considers the refugees...a problem.
NGO's consider them...a project.
But, God calls them...His people.
We consider them...our brothers and sisters...and friends.

2009 Thailand Mission Trip
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