Abundant Life Home Vision
God has been showering His abundant blessings over the Abundant Life Home (ALH), an orphanage for HIV positive children in Chonburi, Thailand.
ALH began as a dream that God put in founder and director Karen Sanchez's heart when she was just eight years old. As an adopted child, Karen Sanchez knew that she wanted to start an orphanage one day, but when God called her to the mission field years later, she thought she had to die to that dream. While serving with Team 2000 in Thailand, Karen met Jintana, an orphan infected with the HIV virus. Jintana's story birthed a vision to provide a loving community for HIV positive orphans that would not only provide hope for the sick and despised children of Thailand, but also enhance church planting efforts in Chonburi through evangelistic outreach.
On April 28, 2006 ALH opened its doors to five 11 and 12 year old boys with the mission to care for HIV positive orphans in a high quality family-based model. Currently ALH houses six boys and six girls in two serparate homes with one housemom serving as the head of each household. Housemoms must be Christian and are thoroughly trained to raise children using Christian principles in the context of Thai culture.
Future planning for ALH includes building six to eight more homes housing six children each. Each home will have its own fence and property to cultivate a sense of ownership and family-living. The plans also include a common playground, a soccer field, a basketball court, and a small pool to provide an escape from the hot Thai sun.
The Abundant Life Home has been a prophetic name for this orphanage. All medical and dental care has been provided free of cost for the orphans at ALH. Two babies, Supageed and Apilak, were miraculously healed after having being born HIV positive! The boys are now healthy two year olds, and Supageed is in the process of being adopted by a family in Canada.
The orphanage is more than a mercy ministry. ALH's primary mandate is evangelism, and one of the many ways that this is being realized is through break dancing! The ALH boys have taken their break dancing skills from the streets of Chonburi to national Thai television, providing a means of building relationships and sharing the gospel. So far 30 teenage boys have accepted Christ through the ministry of dance!
God has poured his abundant blessings over the Abundant Life Home in Chonburi, Thailand, but He longs to do so much more! With your prayers and support, God will enrich the lives of HIV positive orphans, those who are considered the least of the least in Thailand, and use them to transform the city of Chonburi, the continent of Asia, and the entire world. Please join us!
If you would like more information about the Abundant Life Home (ALH), please click here to email Karen Sanchez the orphanage director. Read the story of Together for Thailand to see how your church could support the ALH Ministry.
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