In 2009, Emily and I, (Jeff), traveled to Bangkok, Thailand where we served for four months with an organization called Word Made Flesh. We were blessed with the opportunity to work beside Tim and Amy Hupe who have been giving of themselves in Thailand for almost 5 years! While there, we developed relationships with families that begged on the streets in the red light district. For the most part it was a ministry of simply being. The problems were so big it absolutely broke our hearts. The depth of emotional and physical suffering was almost unbearable to even just be near.
When we returned home these stories would not leave us. This work in Thailand played a big part in our decision to try and use coffee as a means of advocacy. So, we are glad to be able to support Tim and Amy’s continued work with the money from the bag sales.
$1,600 from bag sales will go toward the development of a new community center that Tim and Amy have been led to start right in the downtown area of Bangkok.
“(The center) is walking distance to (the red light district) and near a lower-income community where a bunch of the kids live. The center will be used for office space, urban garden (already learning about the soil and doing a bit of planting- mostly herbs for now, but we did plant a few mango trees), school, (and) creative counseling.” –Tim Hupe.
As you might imagine, a center like this will have costs and the money from the coffee will help to cover these. The children and families from the streets will now have an opportunity to recover safely from the work that they are involved in every day. They will have the chance to be kids, to be freed from the weight of oppression, if only for a moment. And, in that moment they will be able to experience the joy and peace that they were made for. Beautiful.
The following link brings you to a video made recently by Tim and Amy about their work in Thailand: https://www.dropbox.com/s/17mumgh99asgv5a/I%20am%20a%20Seed%20Video.m4v
If you are moved by this work you can learn more and give more at: http://www.wordmadeflesh.com