Jesus and Justice

One of my most vivid first remembrances of witnessing what I considered an injustice was in Grade 6. One of the students who often was in detention tipped so far back in his chair that he fell over hard on his back. The whole class erupted in laughter but the teacher was furious. He made that student sit in the tipped over chair on his back for the entire day. As a 12 year old, too afraid to intervene, I didn’t speak up, although I felt what I had witnessed was very wrong. The first time I remember doing something about an unjust act was also in a classroom with my Grade 10 French teacher. He, who will remain nameless, had cruel ways of dealing with students that he deemed as a “problem”. If someone was talking or disturbing the class he would throw chalk often hitting them in the head with his small guided white missile. On one of those occasions I felt as though I had witnessed enough cruelty so I stood up and said with my small shaky voice, “You are out of control, I’m reporting you to the office.” I then ran out of the class, blinded by angry tears and marched into the Principal’s office. Sadly nothing changed, as I was dealing with a respected teacher and I was just an “emotional” 15 year old.  All of us are wired differently and are provoked by different situations but I think I was taught at a young age that you do have a voice and you should use it to speak up when you see something that is cruel or unfair. I spent my first two years in high school “talking to the Principal” because as a young student I didn’t really have an appropriate understanding of how to handle injustice.  As I look back now at least I was trying to make a difference.

One of the things I love most about young adults is their passion for social justice. I believe that when that passion is partnered with the Holy Spirit this generation of young adults will be an unstoppable force in our world. Change really can happen! Social Justice has become the hot conversation with everyone inside and outside of the church community. I think congratulations go to the Salvation Army, World Vision, IJM, Childrens’ Homes,  NightLight, The Well, Jewels in a Crown, Dtonn Naam, Rahab, Imagine Thailand, and many many  other organizations for addressing social injustice LONG before an awareness came to the general population. Several years ago the biggest concern was AIDS, then it was child soldiers and now it’s Human Trafficking. I’m thankful for those who have been on the front lines for a very long time and continue to live, give and serve sacrificially those who have no voice.

Jesus makes it clear that following Him includes caring for the broken and the hurting. The New Testament is full of directives to love, care and serve the poor, abandoned, widow and orphan. Isaiah 58 says it loud and clear.
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True Fasting

1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Oh how I love that!

Sometimes, however, the passion for social justice can get blinded by the desire to do something good in the world simply making people’s lives temporarily better and yet perhaps falls short of touching the deepest, darkest need – soul pain. I remember one group telling me on a visit to Bangkok that they didn’t really care much about the Thai women in prostitution because they were only exploited and they could leave the sex industry at any time.  They felt that victims of Human Trafficking were the only ones truly suffering as human slaves. I so appreciate their desire to fight for justice and they were completely right that we MUST fight human slavery, but that passion can be a little misguided if we don’t look at the deepest part of human slavery.

Soul Slavery

If you could rescue 100 victims of any injustice you would be hailed as a hero. But there is so much more to helping a hurting life than simple relocation or providing training, income or food. Often women are involved in human trafficking because their lives are full of pain and poverty. Many see the offer of a job in another country as “a way out” without realizing what they are getting into or the full ramifications of their decision. They are mistreated and often kept as slaves by their Trafficker. Most Christian organizations realize that the rescue is only the first small step to truly RESCUING.  Soul pain is a far deeper pain than physical pain.  Both must be addressed.

Jesus said in Luke 4:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor
.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

The first thing Jesus says He was anointed to do was to preach (speak, proclaim, declare) the GOOD News to the poor, bringing spiritual justice – the core human need. He then says he came to release the oppressed, imprisoned and blind bringing much needed physical justice. When we set out to go about doing good, as followers of Jesus, we MUST alleviate physical pain and suffering as much as is humanly possible. But if we only want to alleviate physical slavery and temporal injustice and don’t proclaim spiritual freedom and justice, they are still behind bars, human slaves, trapped in a prison. And that is the greatest injustice of all.

Sandra McIntosh

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Check out the church planting ministries and schools that are looking for interns! YOU could serve here.

ISM is in relationship with 16 ministries. Two of them are involved in creative church planting and two in education.  You could use your gifts and passion to intern in these incredible ministries in India or Thailand.  APPLY HERE!

1.  Church of the living God – Chennai India with Christo and Sarah Emmanuel

Kids are huge part of the work here in Chennai – in fact, it was through Children’s Ministry that the now several hundred-member Church was started. Our community is packed with children – many of them living in abject con- ditions and poverty (about 20% of Chennai’s population live in slums).

Yet despite the overwhelming circumstances children face here, the Lord is truly doing something special among them! Every Saturday Living God Church hosts ‘Kid’s Club’, an outreach program that draws Children from every religion and social standing. Started in 2005, many of the kids who began faithfully attending the fun-filled, evangelistic outreach are now plugged into the church, have received Jesus as their Savior and are being trained as leaders!

As more and more children fill up the outreach programs and con- nect with the Church, we knew that they needed solid teaching and encouragement in their new walk with Jesus. So in the past year, ‘Kid’s Church’ was planted within the church campus. More than 60 children crowd the separate meeting hall each week on Sunday mornings. Furthermore, in the past months 3 Kid’s Cell Groups have been planted in different areas of the community with as many as 20 community kids attending each group. Many of the children (especially from other religious backgrounds) who would normally be forbidden to attend any sort of program within the church, freely come and witness the love of Christ. It is our goal to see these hubs of discipleship and evangelism planted in each street of our community, making a great impact on this upcoming generation!

We are so thankful for what the Lord is doing throughout the year in children’s lives! In celebration of this, Living God Church holds an annual, 7-day VBS in May that attracts more than 300 community kids. Packed with wor-ship, dance, drama, puppet shows, craft work, Gospel-oriented teachings and many more excitingactivities, VBS is one of our greatest opportunities to reach kids within the community with the good news of Jesus.

Living God Church exists to reach every place and person with the Gospel and see believers become impacting leaders. Win the lost, raise up disciples and send out leaders!

Intern Details:

Living God Church’s greatest need is for someone who can give co-leadership to youth programs/discipleship, pioneer new outreaches and small groups to reach youth, and teach in a discipleship training school. Other areas of need you could be asked to help with include: evangelism, outreach, preaching, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, slum ministry, Bible college, ESL and administrative.

Living God Church has an intensive work schedule, and is hoping for an intern that is both hard-working and self-motivated. Due to this, as well as the straining environmental factors (eg. heat), the intern should be in good physical and emotional health. Although Living God Church addresses some aspects of social projects, the main focus is on preaching, teaching and training, so interns must have a good grasp on biblical and spiritual topics and be willing to lead.

2.  Rob Heyman – church planting, teaching English – Khon Khen Thailand

Rob Heyman mentors pastors and church planters, and assists them in their ministries. His goal is to assist Thai pastors in accomplishing the will of God for their ministries.

Intern Details:

Rob Heyman has a variety of needs you may be asked to fill, including: evangelism, outreach, preaching, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and teaching ESL at a school or church to ages 10-16. His main needs are for ministry support, preaching, teaching and teaching English.

3.  Bokaro Pentecostal School – Bokaro India

The Pentecostal Assembly School is a co-educational Institution established on April 4th, 1989. The School began with 30 students and two teaching staff in 1989. Presently we have classes from Std. I to Std. XII with a strength of 1700 students and a team of 85 staff.

The Mission

The Mission of the Pentecostal Assembly School is to provide an education that will meet the changes and challenges of the 21st century. Thus to create a new learning environment for a better society, the school aims and desires to obtain the following objectives :

  • To provide a high standard of education under Christian leadership of “The Christian Assembly of Bihar” for children of all communities, irrespective of caste or religion, recognizing and maintaining that the guiding principal of the government, character and the discipline of the school will be based on Christian teaching.
  • To prepare academically, socially, and morally, disciplined children
  • To teach study and retrieval skills.
  • To develop a program to provide a balance of arts (both visual arts and performing arts like music, dance, drama) and sport/physical education with the academic program.
  • To help the learners improve their achievement in scholastic areas and to develop life skills and attitudes with reference to the larger context and canvas of life.
  • To integrate thinking skills and process into content instruction.
  • To instill values in their lives as a basic means to personal growth, spiritual strength and self-enrichment so as to make them responsible and successful citizens of India tomorrow.

In addition there are co-curricular and extra curricular activities which facilitates a holistic learning experience for students. The students are given numerous opportunities to develop their leadership and team-building qualities through various school competitions, science exhibitions, cultural programme, etc. PAS aims at creating good citizens possessing sound health, appropriate skills and desirable qualities besides academic excellence such that our students are able to meet the challenges of life with confidence and success.

Intern Details:

The Pentecostal Assembly School’s greatest need is for short-term teachers in the Bible school, and someone to provide music and worship training for students in the Bible college. Expertise in audio-visuals would be an asset. Other areas you could be asked to help out in are: children’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, Bible college, and ESL.

The Pentecostal Assembly School is centred around ministry to children and youth. They also minister to women through a ladies’ group that meets twice a month. They are based in a small city in Eastern India where people are very conservative. It would be wise to ask or find out the best way of approaching a situation or problem before handling something on your own.

4.  Prem Sewa Boys and Girls Home and Education – Nagpur India

The Society, Prem Sewa Shikshan Sangh, was established in October 1981, by  Rev. Frank M. Juelich.  The hostel, “Kalpana Bhavan” (House of Imagination) had its beginning in the small hut pictured below which initially housed the ten students,  but now has over 630 boys.

What they provide:

Accommodation

We provide accommodation for our boys in two dormitories and other rooms. At our girls’ hostel there is one dormitory and we are currently constructing a second.

Education

We are also running two schools, one in the Nagpur compound, at Gorewada Basti, and one at Manjri. The schools accept children from the surrounding area as well. In both schools the medium of instruction is Marathi, the state language. The Nagpur school has permission to run classes from grade 1 to grade 12. The school at Manjri, at present has permission only from grade 5 to grade 10. Both schools have a computer institute for the children. The Nagpur home/school has at present 50 computers. The number of students in the Nagpur school – both primary and secondary is 900. Our college students go to colleges in the city.

Food

Our children all receive three meals a day plus early morning tea.

Medical Care

Basic care is provided at the hostel. Really sick kids are taken to local hospitals. At our Nagpur compound we also  have an ambulance available.

In 1987 we started our primary school.

Girl’s Hostel

Our girls’ hostel was established in 1992. It now cares for around 500 girls from nearby villages. It is located 650 kilometers from the boys home in the district of Dhule. The compound contains an office, water tower, a building which is both dorm and school for the girls and a second dorm building is now under construction.

Intern Details:

Prem Sewa is looking for interns to be involved in youth ministry, children’s ministry, Social work, English, music, computer and sports.  To intern at Prem Sewa you should be experienced in missions  and able to work well on your  own.

Love working with Kids? Introducing the childrens’ homes in South East Asia that are looking for interns.

ISM is in partnership with 16 ministries looking for interns.  Four of those ministries are Childrens’ Homes.   Love working with kids? Start practicing making balloon animals!  Apply here!

1.  Noah’s Ark – Banaue Philippines (full for 2012, and January 2013 – space available May 2013)

Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark Home for children  is located in the  picturesque  mountain town of Banaue, 10 hours from the capital of Manila.

Noah’s Ark Ministries exists to provide a children’s home which is a safe haven for children who have suffered many hardships. Their goal is to provide every necessary means of support to ensure that the children grow mentally, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The overall purpose is that each child will come into a personal relationship with Jesus.

Noah’s Art’s passion is ministering the love of Christ, bringing people to faith in Him and equipping them to live successfully, through mercy ministries of caring compassion, transforming love and personal development.

Noah’s Ark’s main needs are for interns to work alongside of the present staff to give them support, to love and care for each child in the home, to demonstrate through their lives the love of Christ and be an example of what a Christian really is.

More specifically, their needs are:

1. To help our daycare teacher with her classes.

Held Monday – Friday AM

2. To lead daily devotions with the children – Monday – Thursday 7:00 PM

3. To play with and love younger children

4. To help elementary and high school students with their assignments

5. To help in household chores. (Cleaning, cooking)

6. Teach Values Education in the schools

7. Can suggest any work that they would be interested in doing with the Administrators

You could also be asked to fill needs in the following areas: evangelism, outreach, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and children’s home.

2.  Abundant Love Children’s Home – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ministry of Love is a ministry that includes ESL, children’s homes, children’s ministries and church planting. They have been in service for thirty years and are affiliated with the PAOC and the Full Gospel Assemblies of Thailand. It is located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Purpose

Ministry of Love exists to bring and disciple those whom God has called to become disciples of Jesus Christ, training them and equipping them so that they are empowered to disciple others in the local community and reaching out throughout the ends of the world.

Intern Details

Ministry of Love has needs you could be asked to fill in the following areas: evangelism, outreach, preaching, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, ESL, children’s home and social justice.Ministry of Love wants you to be aware that the standard wage in the area is approximately $100CAD per month, and the highest paid pastor makes less than $300.

Objectives:
1. To provide opportunity to underprivileged children to receive education to grade 12 according to the government policy, by providing the essentials of life for example food, lodgings, and school supplies.
2. To give opportunity for the children to hear and understand the Word of God, so that they will have a solid base for life.
3. To evangelize with children so that they will be given opportunity to decide for Jesus, grow spiritually and use their spiritually giftings to build the church.
4. So that children can have a safe and healthy place to live, study and grow, that they will be instructed in the basics for health care and able to instruct others.
5. To develop the child’s personality so that he is ready to cross cultural differences, and control himself as he enters society among the people of the plains.
6. To develop life skills by providing a variety of vocational experiences.

 3.  At the Well – Childrens Home – Kolkata, India (part time with At the Well, part time with Jewels in a Crown a ministry to sexually exploited women)

At the Well is a children’s home that ministers to drug addicted children. They have been in service for eight years. There are approximately 11 staff members.  Most of the children living at At the Well  have run away from abusive situations in their home & community.   They minister to them through Bible stories, songs and prayer. They have the opportunity to draw, paint, go to school  and live in a safe and loving environment.  

Purpose

At the Well is a ministry that reaches out to abused marginalized girls and boys trapped in addiction.

Intern Details

Your weekly schedule will be as follows: Monday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Wednesday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Thursday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Friday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday – offS unday – attend church

At the Well has a variety of needs you may be asked to fill, including: outreach, teaching, children’s ministry, slum ministry, administrative and children’s home. The biggest need is for counseling for addicts, and a spirit-filled servant heart. Be prepared to witness extreme poverty, and be aware that the kids are often high.

4.  Hope for the Children – Chennai, India

Healing Gospel Churches (together with the other ministries) minister to people through church planting, evangelism, children’s home, widows’ ministry, women, and youth training. They have been in service for six years. There are eight staff members. It is located in Chennai, India.

Purpose

Healing Gospel Churches exists to reach the people of India with the good news that Jesus loves and died for them.

Intern Details

Healing Gospel Churches’ main need is for administration, Sunday school, and help at the children’s home. You could also be asked to fill needs in the following areas: evangelism, outreach, preaching, teaching, children’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, slum ministry, and ESL.

Amazing Campus Ministries in Thailand are looking for interns – YOU could serve here!

ISM is in relationship with 16 ministries in South East Asia.  Two of the ministries have INCREDIBLE opportunities with university students.   After your training at ISM you could be partnered with Imagine Thailand or The Centre. Check them out … Continue reading

Human Trafficking, Exploited Women, Men and Childrens’ Ministries are looking for interns!

ISM is in partnership with 16 ministries that are looking for interns in SEA.  5 of those ministries reach out to victims of Human Trafficking and exploited men, women and children in the sex industry or at risk.  Your training will include information about the sex industry, human trafficking in South East Asia, spiritual warfare and how to serve.  Annie Dieselberg of NightLight and Celeste McGee from Dton Naam will be guest instructors.  ISM’s director also worked at NightLight for 5.5 years.

After training at ISM you could do your internship at one of the following ministries:

1.  Jewels in a Crown – Kolkata India

The district of Kalighat in Kolkata, India is most well known for being home to Kali’s Temple, a mecca for Hindu worshippers. What may not be as apparent is that it is also the birthplace of organized prostitution in Kolkata. It houses thousands of girls and women who have been trafficked, tricked or driven to work the line out of economic disparity. JEWELS IN A CROWN began as a response to the overwhelming problem of prostitution in Kalighat.

JEWELS IN A CROWN opened its doors for employment on February 14, 2010. Our theme comes from a passage in the Bible that says, “On that day the Lord their God will rescue His people, just as a shepherd rescues His sheep. They will sparkle in His land like jewels in a crown. How wonderful and beautiful they will be!” (Zechariah 9:16,17a). We believe our staff are precious and radiant, and we feel privileged to be a part of their journey.

Discipleship We have daily devotions and prayer with our staff. We know that economic freedom is only one part, and it is only through Jesus that we can see sustainable growth.

Training Our staff is trained in the trade of jewelry-making. They have learned to work with a variety of high-end, semi-precious stones to make beautiful pieces that are sold internationally.

Educating Through teaching English and basic life skills, our staff are empowered with a new confidence and competence for a changed life.

Wages & Work Hours Our staff are paid above fair market value and operate on a 40 hour work week.

Loan Payoff After their first year, each of our staff is eligible for a loan. They pay it back with a 0% interest rate. This is in response to predatory loan lenders who charge 600% -1000% annually, making repayment impossible for these women.

Paid Training During our 3 month training period, each women receives a salary, that increases with full time employment after this term.

2.  NightLight

NightLight is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation through prevention, intervention, restoration, and education.

NightLight’s mission is to do “whatever it takes” to effect change within the global sex industry.  Our local offices build relationships with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk and provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance by offering alternative vocational opportunities, life-skills training, and physical, emotional, and spiritual development to those seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men, and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

In January 2005, NightLight began to address the lack of opportunity for women trapped in Bangkok’s sex trade by providing them with a viable alternative means for supporting themselves.

NightLight Thailand, operates under two branches: NightLight Design, Co. Ltd, the registered jewelry business offering holistic employment, and NightLight Foundation, the non-profit branch focusing on holistic intervention for women, families and communities affected by the global sex industry.

As of June 2009, NightLight Design currently employs 80 women in Bangkok. Over 125 women have been employed by NightLight since it was established. Once a week, every woman is involved in a small group session for personal development. As women develop their skills they are given the opportunity to develop new skills in other areas such as technology, accounting, purchasing, management, marketing, networking and public relations. Salaries are above minimum wage and raises are given annually based on a performance evaluation. NightLight also provides medical insurance and a savings plan. Scholarships are given to those who choose to continue their education. NightLight also has a small childcare center for the children of the women employed at NightLight.

NightLight continually carries a waiting list of 10 to 15 women who want to leave the bars. They cannot be hired until there is adequate work provided through jewelry orders and until funds are made available to pay for supplies and salary equivalent to US $250 per month. The company has experienced tremendous growth since it’s inception, making it necessary to expand jewelry markets and increase awareness of NightLight’s transformative work.

The NightLight outreach team maintains a presence in the red-light district of Nana Sukhumvit, building relationships with women and children, and offering them a way out of their situation. In Bangkok, the NightLight outreach team meets hundreds of women and children every year through bar visits and street level interactions. These women and children come from as many as 20 different countries including Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Kazakstan, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Iran, India, and Bangladesh.

NightLight has assisted in the rescue of a number of women from Central Asia and Africa since August 2007. NightLight partners with organizations such as the International Organization of Migration (IOM) for safe and successful repatriation. There are many more women needing assistance but it takes time to gain their trust. Funding is needed to purchase tickets, pay visa fees, and to provide for the women as they prepare to return to their countries of origin.

NightLight provides emergency relief for women and children at risk in the Nana/Sukhumvit area and engages in local and international advocacy on behalf of women and children working in the sex industry. NightLight recognizes the need for strategic partnerships, coalition building and community efforts worldwide to see an end to human trafficking.

The women of NightLight have also recently begun a church called “Send the Light”.  Through their leadership, “Send the Light” seeks to bring spiritual growth, development and transformation to friends, family and community around them.

Coming soon: A Coffee House Ministry and Outreach Center in the redlight district.

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3.  Dton Naam

DtonNaam Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity in the US and officially became a foundation in Thailand in July 2010. It is currently a day program helping Thai individuals leave prostitution and find healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.

PURPOSE: Walking alongside those who want freedom and healing

We are dedicated to the healing of those in need and walk alongside each one through a recovery process, providing safe homes, counseling, educational classes, job skills and legitimate jobs. Several good ministries are focused on helping the females in Bangkok, but we at Dton Naam have a heart to also help the males. We encourage both men and women to leave prostitution, to pursue healing from abuse and to be freed from drug, alcohol and sexual addictions.

1. Job Training: We offer training in a coffee, bakery and retail business. If a Thai man or woman desires to leave prostitution and is interested in a different job than what we currently offer, we will help provide scholarships to send him/her to the training he/she desires, such as hair-cutting class, accounting and more.

2. Legitimate jobs: We can immediately offer jobs within our coffee and bakery business that is intertwined with our rehab program. Thai men and women can work five to six-hour shifts in the business and have two to four hours of counseling, discipleship and other educational classes.

3. Support Groups and Individual Counseling will be provided according to personal needs, such as overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, sexual addictions, abuse, learning to have healthy lifestyles even with STD’s and HIV, gender insecurities, problems with finances and relationship issues. It’s important to provide a safe, nurturing place for these men and women to overcome their pain and be empowered to live abundant lives.

4. Educational Classes are provided within the rehab program, including English and Thai lessons, computers, health classes, gardening, music, art and photography classes. Depending on the skills of volunteer teachers, special classes are offered dealing with mathematics, writing resumes, future planning, GED-style courses, etc.

5. Discipleship Classes refer to times of collective worship, studying Scripture, praying together and learning how to draw closer to Jesus and walk forward in freedom and truth.

Our Coffee Shop/Bakery – ANTIQUE CAFE is the perfect job-training site for those who are in our program and needing new job skills and experience to become self-sufficient in the near future. Men and women are able to start new, legitimate work in a safe environment. We sell great coffee, cupcakes and muffins and hope to expand soon in areas of artwork. As Thai individuals create beautiful pieces of art, they can decorate the cafe with their pieces, using art to tell their own personal stories of healing and encourage others.

Our budget is based on monthly gifts and fund-raising events. Once the coffee shop brings in a profit, that profit will go back into the foundation to provide scholarships for those wanting to leave prostitution and/or helping those at risk of entering the sex industry.

4.  The Well in Bangkok assists people affected by or at risk of entering the sex industry with education, employment and family services.

The Well Strategy is based on John 4 where an entire community was changed through a purposeful encounter between Jesus and a woman living a rough life. At the core The Well is neither a social service program nor a compassionate ministry, but a leadership training and equipping ministry.

The strategy involves three steps: reach, teach and send: reach broken people, teach and nurture them to be healthy, productive and able to lead, and send them to take Jesus to their families and communities.

Bar and street outreach is an essential aspect of The Well Strategy, based on the understanding that spending time with broken people was a priority for Jesus. This outreach is relational, as workers and volunteers from The Well focus on building loving friendships with people involved in the sex industry. Since we have become established and known people also come to The Well through invitation of friends or referrals from other agencies.

5.  Samaritan Creations

Samaritan  Creations  is  a  ministry  that  includes  service  to  the  sexually  exploited,  and   those  in  slums  and  bars;  they  also  are  involved  in  teaching  English.  They  have  been  in   service  for  two  years  and  are  affiliated  with  the  Church  of  Christ  in  Thailand.  There  are   six  staff  members.  It  is  located  in  downtown  Bangkok,  Thailand.

Purpose  

Samaritan  Creations  exists  to  rescue,  restore,  and  empower  women  by  the  grace  of   God,  and  by  offering  women  an  alternative  income  to  prostitution.

The  greatest  need  Samaritan  Creations  has  right  now  is  for  outreach  and  teachers  at  the   slum  ministry  site.  Other  needs  you  could  be  asked  to  fill  are:  evangelism,  teaching,   children’s  ministry,  youth  ministry,  slum  ministry,  ESL  at  church,  and  administrative.