Ricky is the Thailand Country Leader and Karen is the Founder and Director of the Abundant Life Home. The Abundant Life Home provides children who have been orphaned due to AIDS and are living with HIV with a loving home. Ricky and Karen are also involved in leadership development, missionary recruitment and church planting. Their vision is to see more Thai churches planted and more Thai people leading the churches.
Project #: C0106
Home Church: Butler Church, Fresno, CA
Birthdates: Ricky (February 7), Karen (October 17), Sierra (September 10, 1995), Tassanee (June 15, 1998), McKenna (November 1, 2000), Aree (October 11, 2002)
The last week in June, the week before our family came back to N. America, we hosted the new Thailand Development Team. They came and spent one week in the north, looking at the Khmu land for a training centre on the Mekong River, and then a week with us in Chonburi helping us find land for the orphanage to buy so we can build.
Greg Allison from Wichita, Ted Enns from Ontario, and Dan Ratzlaff from B.C. make up this team of gifted land developers. (Click here to watch the video.) They have been an answer to prayer for Ricky and I as we look ahead to our next term in Thailand and these two exciting projects. Not only are they really good at helping us move the plans from paper to reality, but they are a fun group of guys who keep us laughing and are really fun to work with! Please pray for these guys.
These days, in addition to drawing up plans (see image below) and blueprints for the orphanage, the TDT task force are raising funds for the land purchase. They are calling people to give generously to The Abundant Life Home so we can provide a home for these precious orphans who are living with HIV, and are experiencing the love of a mother and a church family for the first time in their lives.
Selwyn and Carlin on our Lead Team are on the task force as well, helping us form a Thai MB Conference and working with our Thai lawyer, Joe, as we put safeguards into place so that this orphanage will always care for the children it is mandated to.
For the next two weeks, we are in the process of wiring funds daily for the final stages of the land purchase. Please pray that all the funds will be given to MB Mission in the next weeks.
As we continue to visit our supporting churches, we have seen God move in the hearts of His people to stir up a love for the children in our orphanage, and for the believers in our church plants. We believe people are hearing the stories of what God is up to in Thailand and are being faithful to pray for ALH kids by name; to give generously; and to consider serving long term in Thailand.
A few needs that we have right now:
1) A business-type person to help us create micro-business opportunities for the older children in the orphanage. (Raising pigs; beef or bunnies...we are open to almost any suggestion! :) )
2) A consultant to meet with us regarding the future management of staff and boards as we expand the work of MB Mission in Thailand.
3) A musician who can help Karen develop a "heavy metal" outreach for youth in Thailand.
4) A person who can help write grants for funding for the medication for the ALH children.
We continue to be inspired and humbled by Team 2000 as they work tirelessly to bring the kingdom of God to Thailand. Sara Fast from Oklahoma is doing a great job overseeing the orphanage, and we are grateful for her love for the ALH children. Please pray for the quick match of the Thai baby which the Owen's have applied to adopt, and for the Lord to release their daughter to them soon!!
Praise God for the recent miraculous healings of two lame men in the village of Ang Sila where our fishing village church plant works faithfully, and for our break dance ministry which keeps seeing young men steadily coming to faith in Jesus!
We thank the Lord too for Karen's parent's who babysit our four girls and are giving them a real farm-life experience...complete with skunks and coyotes at night! Quite a learning curve for our girls!
Praising God for break dancers and big land developers....all expanding God's Kingdom in Thailand! :)
Karen for Ricky and our girls.
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!
|Safe At Last Story|
|God's Heart For The Orphans|
|ALH Building Project|
Following is the site plan for the ALH Orphanage:
Please consider how you might become part of this project.