Category: Safe Haven
June 13, 2017 by Kelly Samson

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Relevant,

Thank you for your prayers for and financial investment into Safe Haven Orphanage. God is using your sacrificial generosity and prayers to make a huge impact in the lives of the children and staff at Safe Haven! Check out this month’s update…

 

Last month’s Global Impact Sunday

 

On Sunday, May 21st, we celebrated the work that God has been doing in and through Relevant in the lives of Karen people through the Global Impact ministry and looked ahead to where we believe God is leading us in the next year. In case you missed it, check out the 2017 Global Impact Update video we shared here.

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Foster/Social Care Worker Certification

 

Over the past several months, Tasanee and Safe Haven have been going through a process for Safe Haven to be a registered “foster care house”. As Tasanee explains it, among other benefits, this designation would enable Safe Haven to continue to be home to and support children living at the orphanage who are over age 18 and who are still going to school in the local village. In May, Tasanee completed the Community Social Development Volunteer training, which is a big step forward in the credentialing process for Safe Haven to become a “foster house”!

 

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(Above: Tasanee pictured second from the right)

 

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(Tasanee’s certificate for completion of the Community Social Development Volunteer training course)

 

Screen printing

 

A couple months ago, some of the children went for training to learn how to screen print as a source of income during their break from school. Here is one of the kids at work and one of their completed products!

 

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Learning English

Recently, Safe Haven hosted a volunteer teacher who spent time teaching all of the Safe Haven staff English. Many of those at Safe Haven hope to continuing learning more and more English.

 

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Umbrellas!

It is officially rainy season in Thailand. Now that the rain has begun to fall, the kids needed umbrellas. Because of the generosity of Relevant and other sponsors, each child received an umbrella!

 

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Birthday Celebration

 

Safe Haven had a special birthday celebration for the children, including a nice meal enjoyed by all.

 

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Prayer Requests

 

Pray for Tasanee and Safe Haven and the ongoing foster care registration process. Praise God that Tasanee was able to complete and pass the examination for the community social development volunteer training. Pray for God’s favor as Safe Haven continues the foster care registration process, which will allow Safe Haven to help more and more children. Pray that through this, Safe Haven’s impact for Jesus in Thailand and Burma will be expanded.

 

Pray for the health, safety, and well-being of all those at Safe Haven and in Thailand/Burma throughout rainy season. Pray for God’s protection in Thailand and Burma during this time of year, when dangerous and sometimes devastating floods occur.

 

- Pray for the children at Safe Haven. Pray that God continues to provide for them in every way they need…for their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter, for their physical health, education, and most importantly for their spiritual growth, that each child will come to put their faith in Jesus by asking Him to be the Forgiver of their sins and Leader of their life.

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT) “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”

 

 

 

May 15, 2017 by Relevant

 

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Thank you for your ongoing prayers for and financial investment into Safe Haven Orphanage. Through this year’s Safe Haven sponsorship and 212 commitments, Relevant will be able to provide for over half of Safe Haven’s annual budget!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL!

 

Today, the kids at Safe Haven headed back for the start of a new school year! In Thailand, the school year begins in May and ends in March. Check out photos below of the kids heading back to school photos and the new school uniforms Safe Haven was able to purchase for the children, with the help of our financial support.

 

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CELEBRATING “BIG MOM”

 

Tasanee shared ,“My life is for the children. I always remember these words that one of the kids told me, ‘Big Mom, I am very lucky that I have you, Big Mom. If I didn’t have you, Big Mom, I don’t know how my life would be.’”

 

She went on to say “My work is hard and difficult sometimes, but I have to keep going to take care of these children. I would love to thank you for your donations and support. Because of your love and kindness, the children are growing one by one. I’m thankful that we can continue to work together to help the children grow up, have a good future, and then the children can help other people as they have been helped.”

 

Happy Mother’s Day to Tasanee (Big Mom), a wonderful and amazing mom to all of the children at Safe Haven!

 

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UPDATE ON TASANEE’S MOM

 

Last month, Tasanee’s mom mother was sick and in the hospital. We’ve been praying for her healing, after she required surgery to remove gallstones. Tasanee asked to pass along this message: “Send my big love and many, many thanks to all of Relevant Community Church for praying for my mom. Now, she is better. In just a few days, the doctors will take out the last tubes.”

 

 

OUTDOOR WORK

 

Rainy season is just around the corner. With that being the case, Tasanee, the kids, and staff at Safe Haven have been busy. This month, they’ve been working hard to plant some of the seasonal vegetables, as well as preparing for annual flooding expected once rainy season hits by building sandbag barriers.

 

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PRAYER REQUESTS

 

Pray for the children as they head back to school. That they will be able to understand their schoolwork and lessons, learn, focus, be diligent in their studies, and be a light for Jesus at their schools.

 

Pray for Tasanee. Praise God for the amazing “Big Mom” she is to all of the children at Safe Haven and all that she does for them. Pray that God will sustain her and give her wisdom, strength, patience, and perseverance for each day as she cares for the children and fulfills her role as director of Safe Haven.

 

Pray for the health, safety, and wellbeing of all those at Safe Haven and in Thailand/Burma throughout rainy season. With rainy season often comes flooding, which can be potentially dangerous and devastating to some areas of Thailand and Burma. Pray for God’s protection over these nations and people as rainy season begins this month and runs through late September. Pray for Tasanee’s mom continued recovery from surgery.

 

 

Zechariah 2:5 “And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’”

 

April 27, 2017 by Relevant

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Relevant,

Thank you for your prayerful and financial support of Safe Haven Orphanage! God is truly using your sacrificial generosity and prayers to make a huge impact in the lives of the children and staff at Safe Haven! Check out this month’s update!

 

 

A Video Message and Note From Tasanee

 

View a special video message to Relevant from Safe Haven Orphanage’s founder, Tasanee, played at this past Sunday’s gathering, here:

 

We also received a note from Tasanee that we’d like to share with you…

 

I would love to thank you very much for your love and your kindness. I am so happy that I have met the good people at Relevant Community Church. Since you visit and support the orphanage, the children and I have a better life, good food, and a good education. Safe Haven Orphanage can now help the children develop more life skills and musical skills too. The children are singing and playing the guitar and trying to learn more music. With Relevant’s support, Safe Haven is able to help children and families [in the nearby village] who need help. The children are growing up, and every year Safe Haven gets more and more children. It makes me so happy and appreciative to be able to help children. I have had bad back pain for nearly a month. Even though I’m in so much pain right now, it’s not stopping me from helping the children. God called me to give my life to help children, and now God has sent you to help me. Now, I’m able to save more children’s lives. Send my big hug and my big thanks to everyone. May God bless you always.

 

Lots of love,

Tasanee

 

 

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Tasanee with some of the kids practicing singing and playing instruments

 

Onto the next grade!

 

At the end of March, the kids at Safe Haven completed another year in school. Several grades at the local primary school had special graduation celebrations for the kids advancing to the next grade. Check out the pictures below!

 

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Learning New Skills

 

The kids at Safe Haven are currently on “holiday” from school until the end of May. Relevant’s financial support has made it possible for Tasanee to send some of the children to Mae Sot to learn how to manually screen print t-shirts. Learning these skills allows the children an opportunity to have a job to make money.

 

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Leapfrogging to reading English

 

On Relevant’s most recent trip to Safe Haven, Walter brought a Leapfrog reader for the kids to use to learn how to read English. Check out a picture of Wakim reading a book with the LeapReader!

 

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Safe Haven Sponsorship Renewal

 

As a reminder, April is Safe Haven sponsorship month at Relevant. You can sign up to begin or renew your sponsorship by filling out the attached form (below). The sign-up deadline is THIS Sunday, April 30th. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Safe Haven table in the back of the room this Sunday or submitted electronically to Cory Nelson, Relevant’s Impact Director, at cory.nelson@relevantcommunity.org.

 

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(Note: The link above will take you to a new page. Click the same link as above again to be redirected to the fillable and printable form.)

 

 

Prayer Requests

 

 

Pray for Tasanee. Tasanee has had episodes of low back pain and sciatica in the past and has been in a lot of pain with this again for the past month. She was recently able to get an injection for her back and received treatment from a massage therapist. Pray for healing for her back and leg pain and for wisdom, strength, and endurance as she takes care of the children and fulfills all of her leadership responsibilities as director of Safe Haven.

 

Pray for the children while they are on summer break. That they may enjoy time being together, be refreshed and ready to begin a new school year next month, continue learning new skills to enable them to work, and that God will keep them healthy in this very hot season in Thailand before rainy season begins.

 

 

Jeremiah 30:17a “‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD.”

 

March 25, 2017 by Kelly Samson

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Relevant, GREAT JOB continuing to financially and prayerfully invest in Safe Haven Orphanage! The five of us who just returned home from Safe Haven can tell you firsthand that your financial support and prayers are truly making a difference in the lives of orphan children on the other side of the world. It’s truly amazing to see God’s hands at work in the partnership He has brought about in connecting our local church smack dab in the middle of the USA with an orphanage half a world away in rural Thailand. Never underestimate what our God can do when we pray, listen, and respond with obedient, sacrificial, and generous hearts!

 

Trip Recap

 

From March 3-12, Justin Wissink, Matt Paddack, Steve Hultgren, Walter Alecio, and I traveled to Safe Haven to teach music, provide instruments, and spend time with Tasanee and the Safe Haven kids. God showed up and moved powerfully during our time to and from Thailand!

 

Because of the financial support of many from Relevant, our friends, and family, our team was able to purchase guitars, a keyboard, cajon, djembe, and conga drums, and other percussion instruments for the children to learn to play. We enjoyed sharing the gift of music and worshipping together with the kids both in Karen and English each morning and evening while at Safe Haven. It was truly a blessing to teach how to play instruments and songs and to see the kids learn new musical skills and pass along what they learned amongst one another!

 

What an amazing opportunity it was to connect with Tasanee, the other staff, and kids at Safe Haven, to continue to grow and build our partnership with one another. I’m excited about what the future holds for Relevant and Safe Haven together. We look forward to sharing pictures, videos, and more about our trip in the coming weeks…stay tuned!

 

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Team at Safe Haven (L to R: Matt Paddack, Steve Hultgren, Kelly Samson, Justin Wissink, Walter Alecio)

 

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Some of the older boys playing guitar and cajons together

 

Sunday’s turning 2!

 

Over the past couple years, many of the Safe Haven updates have included prayer requests for “baby” Sunday. This month, Sunday will be celebrating his second birthday. The youngest of the kids at Safe Haven right now, Sunday was abandoned as a premature infant. He has faced many medical scares, including complications with asthma, in his young life. Thanks to God’s hand of healing and the medical care he has been able to receive because of Relevant’s generosity, Sunday is now a thriving, healthy, happy, playful, adventurous almost-two-year-old!

 

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Planting and Outdoor Work

 

Nikhom, one of Tasanee’s multi-talented staff, teaching how to use the hand tractor Relevant purchased for Safe Haven a few years ago.

 

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Another day, Nikhom spent time with some of the older boys sweeping leaves around the orphanage to prevent fires, which are common in Thailand during this hot, dry time of year. The children at Safe Haven learn responsibility and life skills to prepare them for becoming independent adults and parents someday.

 

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Prayer Requests

 

  • Pray for Tasanee as she serves as the director of the orphanage each day. Pray for wisdom in the many decisions and often difficult circumstances and situations she encounters. Pray for strength, perseverance, and patience as balances her role as director of Safe Haven and the huge responsibility of being “mom” to the 48 kids currently under her care.
  • Many of the kids are currently on a two-week break from school. Pray for a refreshing and enjoyable time away from school and a strong finish to the school year for each of the children.
  • Upon returning from Safe Haven, Tasanee shared that one of the older boys was injured when he was involved in a motorbike accident with one of his school friends. The boy from Safe Haven suffered a shoulder injury, and his friend injured his leg and had to undergo surgery that will keep him hospitalized for several weeks. Pray for healing for both boys, and for wisdom for the doctors who will be re-examining the boy from Safe Haven’s shoulder this week.

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REMINDER!!!

 

April is Safe Haven Sponsorship month. For those who currently support Safe Haven, if you included your Safe Haven sponsorship in your 212 commitment, we want to thank you for your continued support of the Safe Haven Orphanage. If you did NOT include your Safe Haven sponsorship in your 212 commitment—or if you want to go above and beyond—or if you’ve never before been a part of Relevant’s Safe Haven sponsorship but would like to start, you can sign up for a new year of Safe Haven sponsorship starting Sunday, April 2nd.

February 14, 2017 by Kelly Samson

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Check out this month’s Safe Haven update, which includes a letter from Tasanee, updates, pictures, and prayer requests!

 

 

Letter from Tasanee

 

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We recently received the following letter from Tasanee (I cleaned up her English a bit)…

Dear Relevant Community Church,

 

Thank you very much for your kindness. I send my big love and special thanks to all of Relevant Community Church, who always supports Safe Haven Orphanage and the children around this area. Your caring supports the Safe Haven Orphanage with good food, good health, good education, and your donations are helping everything at the orphanage. You are making a great difference in the lives of Safe Haven children and the children around this area. Because of your love and kindness in supporting Safe Haven, I can help children and save children’s lives. I am so happy that I can do this, and I know you are happy with me also. I think our partnership is God’s plan, as you financially support Safe Haven and help me be able to help the children.

 

Some of the children have a health card that lasts for a year at the hospital, and the cards expired so I had to renew them. Without your support, I would not be able to renew the health cards. [The health cards help save a lot of money. For children 0-7 years old, the health cards costs $10/year, and for children 7-18 years old, health cards cost $60/year. When children get sick and have to go to the hospital, Safe Haven only has to pay $0.85 for the medical care received and/or hospital stay. Without the health card, Safe Haven could be looking at $1000+ medical bills for each child’s doctor visit or hospital stay.]

 

[Relevant financially supports Safe Haven throughout the year by sending funds donated through the Safe Haven Sponsorship every few months.] Your most recent donation arrived at Christmas time. Safe Haven children had a nice Christmas party, and the kids were very happy exchanging presents. The children say that they are very lucky to have good people like you who love them, give to them, and support their futures. They say that if they weren’t at Safe Haven, they don’t know how their lives would be going. We had fun and happiness at Christmas time. I want you to know you are like the kids’ angel sending a donation when you did, at just the right time. If we had not received your donation when we did, we would not have been able to celebrate Christmas with a party like we did. All the kids send a big “thank you” to Relevant Community Church. We hope you are all having a good 2017.

 

In 2016, all the children ended the year healthy and no children got sick except for Sunday, But he is now 19 months old and doing so much better, and the doctors say he doesn’t have asthma anymore. Because Relevant Community Church and his Safe Haven family has been praying for him, and you’ve also been praying for all the Safe Haven children, God has heard our prayers and we are all healthy at Safe Haven Orphanage.

 

Thank you for everything you do for me. You are my friends that I am honored to have in my life. You are making the kids at Safe Haven’s life beautiful. Thank you very much for remembering us in your prayers. We remember you in our prayers every morning and every night. May the God of hope fill you with good health and happiness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, may you abound in hope.

 

Wishing you all the best…that 2017 brings you good health and happiness. May God bless and guide you always.

 

Warm Regards,

Tasanee

 

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Photos from Safe Haven’s Christmas celebration

 

New Chairs for Safe Haven Chapel

 

Tasanee shared that they were able to purchase new chairs for the chapel/meeting room with some of the funds given through the Safe Haven sponsorship. The children use the chapel for their twice daily prayer and worship times.

 

 

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Burma Team’s Visit to Safe Haven

 

During their trip to Burma, Ronnie Rothe, Cory Nelson, and Tyler McCarty had the opportunity to stop by and visit Tasanee and the kids at Safe Haven. Check out the pictures below from their time at Safe Haven.

 

 

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Prayer Requests

Please pray for…

  • The children and staff at Safe Haven…for God’s continued provision for their daily needs and their continued health, safety, and well-being.
  • Safe Haven Trip in March: From March 3-12, five members of Relevant’s worship team (Justin Wissink, Kelly Samson, Matt Paddack, Steve Hultgren, and Walter Alecio) will be traveling to Safe Haven to teach music, provide instruments, and spend time with Tasanee and the Safe Haven kids.
    • Pray that through our time together, the children and staff at Safe Haven feel uplifted, supported, and filled with a renewed sense of hope and trust in our Mighty God. Pray that God will give us sensitivity to how we can best bless, encourage, and love them well.
    • Pray for wisdom, direction, and clarity as we explore future opportunities for Relevant to walk alongside and continue to partner with Safe Haven to see God’s mission advanced and His Kingdom come here on earth.
    • Pray for protection from the enemy and for safety in our travels.
    • Pray for God’s will to be done in and through us.

 

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

January 16, 2017 by Relevant

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Thank you for continuing to financially support and pray for the children and staff at Safe Haven Orphanage and Learning Center. Your prayers and sacrificial giving are blessing Safe Haven right now and are making a long-term difference in the lives of many orphan children, their leaders, and their local community. Check out this month’s update for the latest happenings, pictures, and prayer requests from Safe Haven!

 

Children’s Day Event

 

The children at Safe Haven enjoyed a special Children’s Day event with lunch, sweet treats, games, prizes, and lots of fun!

 

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Holiday Gardening

 

The children spent part of their holiday time off from school working to clean up one of their gardens!

 

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Graduation!

 

Two girls who grew up at Safe Haven graduated, after completing their school studies away from the orphanage. In order to further their education beyond 9th grade, students must continue their education in a larger city, such as Mae Sot or Chiang Mai. The girls returned to Safe Haven in December to celebrate their graduation with their Safe Haven family. What a special time for them and Tasanee (“Big Mum”)!

 

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Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

 

Please pray and praise God for…

  • The children at Safe Haven…for their health, safety, and well-being. Praise God for His provision in the lives of the two young women who completed higher education and graduated! May their example motivate the younger kids at Safe Haven to be focused and diligent in their studies, in order to provide more opportunities for their futures. Most importantly, let’s pray that each child at Safe Haven will come to know and put their faith in Jesus, be transformed by Him, and bring transformation to the world around them.
  • Tasanee and the other staff at Safe Haven…that they will feel and experience God’s love and presence deeply among them and be encouraged in their work with the children.
  • Safe Haven Trip in March: Praise God for the opportunity the team recently had to connect with a local Karen worship team to assist in preparation for sharing music with the children at Safe Haven! Pray for God’s continued guidance in the planning and preparation for the trip.
  • Burma Trip: Relevant is focused on globally and locally impacting the Karen people from Burma. For years, Relevant has been wanting to get into and send teams to Burma, but this simply hasn’t been possible. In the past few months, we’ve seen some doors open to make this possible. At the end of this month, Ronnie Rothe, Cory Nelson, and Tyler McCarty will be traveling to Burma to connect with a church plant (outside of Hpa, the capital of Karen state) about a possible partnership. Praise God for this potential opportunity to help Karen people directly through Christ-following Karen people, and pray for wisdom, direction, clarity, courage, and protection for the team traveling to Burma.

 

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

 

November 19, 2016 by Relevant

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Relevant..thank you for your financial support and prayers for the Safe Haven Orphanage and Learning Center in Thailand. Your sacrificial giving and prayers are making a HUGE difference in the lives of many orphan children! Check out this month’s update for a letter from Tasanee, as well as the latest happenings, pictures, and prayer requests from Safe Haven.

 

 

Serving Their Community

 

Tasanee and some of the children served water and orange juice to the villagers in their community were celebrating the Kathina Ceremony, a Buddhist celebration. Buddhism is the predominant religion in Thailand. A kind expression of generosity, love, and support for their local community.

 

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Some of the older kids also had an opportunity to enjoy some soccer as part of the ceremony festival.

 

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Planting

 

Always hard at work…here are a couple of kids at the Learning Center planting long beans and peanuts.

 

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Dictionaries

 

The children at Safe Haven recently received their own dictionaries…and look how excited they are!

 

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Artwork

 

Recently, the kids at Safe Haven had an opportunity to put their creative abilities to work. Check out some of their artwork below!

 

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Letter from Tasanee

 

Dear Relevant Community Church,

 

   I would love to thank you very much for your extremely generous donations to Safe Haven Orphanage.  Supporting us during this difficult time is just another of many kindnesses you’ve shown us throughout the years.

 

 

   On October 25, there was a lot of rain in the Tha Song Yang area. Many villages were flooded and some houses went to the river. Some who know of Safe Haven Orphanage called me and asked for help. The next day, on October 26, 2016, in the Tha Song Yang area, there was fighting on the Burma side.  Some of the families (from the Burma side) crossed the river looking for safety.

 

  Because of rainy season, people here have had a problem when they need to go to the hospital, because the road was broken and so they couldn’t travel by car and had to travel by boat instead. One boat carrying 9 people was sinking, and 5 people passed away on the boat. One of them was a lady on her way to the hospital to give birth. The next day, her husband killed himself. That couple had 3 children who survived. Another lady and her daughter also passed away on the boat. The boat driver also killed himself, because he felt responsible that many people died on the boat. So they asked me to go and give counseling to those who survived on the boat, which I did.

 

   The government gave rice to the villages affected by flooding and other organizations have provided necessities for the families. We at Safe Haven have provided rice, blankets, and mosquito nets to help those affected by the flooding, as well as those who had to leave their villages (due to the fighting in Burma) to try to find a safe place to live. Safe Haven Orphanage is a small organization, but we’re doing what we can for children and families in need of help. Right now we are also trying to repair the house for the kids who lost both of their parents (in the boat) to stay with their grandfather.

 

 

   I would love to send my big thanks to Relevant Community Church. Because of your donations, Safe Haven Orphanage kids can grow up, go to school, have good health and hope for their future. And we can help other people who really need help. Relevant Community Church is my angel…when the children here need help, you provide for us so I can help them, along with allowing us to help others who really need it.

 

   Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Safe Haven gets much from you, and we will give to children who need help too.

 

 

   You are a good friend to me. I do the one thing I can…remembering you all in our prayers every day. May God bless you and guide you.

 

Kind Regards,

Tasanee

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These are the 3 children who lost their parents in the boat

 

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Some of the blankets and supplies Tasanee provided to the displaced villagers

 

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Tasanee on the boat, where she provided counsel to some of the individuals who survived boating problems

 

Prayer Requests

 

Please pray for…

  • Tasanee…what a year she has had, with the death of one of the children earlier in the year and many of her own health problems, with blood pressure issues, back pain, and other illnesses. She has been having bad back and leg pain.Pray for God’s sustaining power, peace, encouragement, comfort, and for physical healing for her to enable her to care for the children and staff He has put in her care.
  • The children and staff at Safe Haven…for their health, safety, and well-being. That the children will be focused and diligent in their studies and get a good education that will provide them with opportunities for their futures. That each child and adult at Safe Haven will come to know and put their faith in Jesus, be transformed by Him, and bring transformation to the world around them.
  • The families displaced from their homes in Thailand due to flooding, as well as the families who had to leave their villages in Burma to flee for safety from the fighting. For physical and spiritual provision.
  • The three children who lost both their parents in the sinking boat. That their grandfather’s home will be repaired to allow them a safe place to live, and that these children will come to know the love of their heavenly Father.
  • Tasanee recently has had 2 babies brought to her. One came to her with his mother, after the baby’s father passed away. Then two weeks ago, a second baby was born. This baby’s mother passed away during birth. As a result of the mom dying, the father doesn’t want to look after the baby, so the baby’s aunt has taken him in. Tasanee provided formula for both babies to the baby’s mom and the other baby’s aunt. Pray for the health of these babies and for the mom and aunt caring for them.
  • For one of the little children, New, who had to have an operation this week and is staying in the hospital.
  • God’s direction, wisdom, and guidance for the planning of Relevant’s March 2017 trip to Safe Haven.
  • God’s blessing upon the local village of Tha Song Yang (where Safe Haven is located) and for God to continue use Safe Haven to powerfully impact and influence their local community.

Jeremiah 29:7 “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you…Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

October 27, 2016 by Relevant

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Check out this month’s update for the latest happenings at Safe Haven!

 

Kids Back Home

 

Safe Haven recently celebrated the birthday of one of Tasanee’s daughters. As you can see, the kids are back together again at Safe Haven after the younger children were taken to nearby Mae Sot last month during the peak of fighting in Burma.

 

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Update on Sunday

 

When baby Sunday was born prematurely, the doctors gave him a 50/50 chance of survival. Now, 18 months later, with lots of love and care from “Big Mum” (the kids’ name for Tasanee) and all his brothers and sisters, Sunday is a super healthy, active and happy little boy. Praise God!

 

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Goin’ Bananas

 

In conjunction with a company in Bangkok, Tasanee and the kids started a new income generating project at Safe Haven…growing bananas!

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Tasanee and some of the older girls preparing the banana plants for planting

 

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Tasanee checking up on this year’s banana plants

 

Working Hard

 

The kids at the Learning Center have been busy working the land…check out some pictures below!

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Prayer Requests

 

Please pray for…

  • The health, safety, and well-being of the children and staff at Safe Haven Orphanage and Learning Center.
  • Success with the banana ‘crops’ for Safe Haven’s new partnership with a Bangkok company to generate additional income for the Orphanage.
  • Peace in Burma and God’s protection and provision for the Karen people affected by military conflicts in Karen state.
  • God’s direction, wisdom, and guidance for the planning underway for Relevant’s March 2017 trip to Safe Haven.

2 Corinthians 9:13 “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.”

September 15, 2016 by Relevant

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Check out this month’s updates and prayer requests from Safe Haven Orphanage and Learning Center on the Thai/Burma border!

 

Fighting in Burma

 

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Border Guard Force soldiers deployed on the Asian Highway in Karen State on Sunday. (Photo: KESAN)

 

Since the beginning of September, tensions have been mounting between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the Border Guard Force (BGF) in the Karen State of Burma, near the Thai-Burma border. Conflict has broken out in Karen State between the two military forces, causing more than 3,000 residents of Karen State to flee from their villages for safety. Some villagers have crossed the Moei River (the natural border line between Burma and Thailand) into Thailand’s Tha Song Yan District for safety. Tha Song Yan is the district where Safe Haven is located. The military conflict occurring in Burma has reached to within 5-10 miles of the orphanage.

  • Please pray for (1) an end to the fighting between the DKBA and BGF (2) safety for the staff and children at Safe Haven with the nearby fighting and wisdom for Tasanee and her staff regarding the potential decision to temporarily flee for safety if the conflict escalates.

 

 

Tasanee and Sunday

 

Tasanee has dealt with a number of medical issues throughout 2016. She is currently in Chiang Mai with Sunday, a 1.5-year old from Safe Haven, who is receiving medical care for a high fever. Tasanee has had episodes of low blood pressure.

 

  • Pray for wisdom for the medical staff treating Sunday, Sunday’s recovery from this high fever, and Tasanee to be healed of whatever is causing her to have these ongoing hypotensive episodes.

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Sunday, being held by Tasanee, at the hospital

 

 

Other News and Prayer Requests

 

Tasanee shared that the truck Safe Haven uses to transport the children to school, to send sick children to the hospital, and to carry rice has required expensive repairs twice this year.

  • Pray for the truck to function well now that repairs have been made, so that the children can continue to get to school and to the hospital when medical attention is needed safely.
  • Pray for the continued health, safety, and well-being of the children and staff at Safe Haven Orphanage and Learning Center.

Ephesians 1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

 

August 17, 2016 by Relevant

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Relevant – We are so grateful for your financial support and prayers for the Safe Haven Orphanage and Learning Center in Thailand. Your sacrificial giving and prayers are making a HUGE difference in the lives of many orphan children! Check out this month’s update for a note from Tasanee, pictures, and prayer requests from Safe Haven!

 

Here is a letter we received a letter from Tasanee, the director of Safe Haven…

 

Dear Relevant Community Church,

 

Wishing everyone a good day, good health, and happiness.

 

Thank you very much for your extremely generous donations to Safe Haven Orphanage. You have always been a good friend to our family. Your support at this time is just another of many kindnesses you’ve shown us throughout the years. I very much appreciate you, and your gifts means even more to the Safe Haven Orphanage. Sometimes life gets so busy that I have trouble finding time to say thank you to everyone who has been so nice and wonderful to me.

 

I would love to thank you very much for everything you are doing to support Safe Haven Orphanage. Your donations are helping the orphanage and are also going to help families and children who need help in the [Tha Song Yang] village too. Safe Haven Orphanage has been helping children who have been sexually abused, children who were abandoned, and children whose parents have passed away. Because of your donations, Safe Haven Orphanage is able to help save the lives of many children. God told us to go and help widows and children, and you and I are doing just that. I hope we are all blessed by God for that. Relevant Community Church, you are caring for the children and widows who are in need of help.

 

Here are a few stories how your support is helping Safe Haven and those they care for…

 

This lady below has 5 children. She had twin babies 6 months ago, and one of the babies has had to stay in the hospital since being born. After she gave birth, this woman’s husband passed away. She does not have money to visit the baby in the hospital (a couple hours away) or pay the hospital bill. Now her children who are older have to work and her son has to care for the family. She came to make asking me to help her with milk for her baby and rice for her family. She also has a 7-year-old child who is unable to speak. I gave her milk and rice, and I am thinking about how I can help her in the future.

 

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This little girl (shown below) came to Safe Haven after her mother left and her father was badly injured by a tree. He lost feeling in his legs and is unable to sit or walk. Because of this, her father is no longer able to take care of her. This little girl went to beg for money to get sweets and snacks. We were worried that she might get raped being out on her own begging, so child protection services sent the little girl to Safe Haven for us to take care of her. Right now, many children have problems because their parents are unable to care for them.

 

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This little girl (shown below) had been living with her grandmother. One day, her grandmother went to the farm to work and the little girl went to play with her friend. Men took her to the river and raped her. She was only 7 years old at the time. Child protection services called me and asked me to take care of her. Now she is doing well living at Safe Haven and is going to school. I hope you will be happy knowing that all your support is going to save children’s lives.

 

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Right now, you are showing your love and your kindness to Safe Haven through your financial support. Not only are you helping Safe Haven, but you are also allowing Safe Haven to share love with others, like these, who really need help. Without your support, Safe Haven would not be able to help these children and families.

 

I would love to thank you again for being good friends to me and helping support Safe Haven Orphanage all the time. May God bless you and guide you always.

 

Sincerely yours,

Tasanee Keereepraneed

 

 

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Here are some photos of the children at the Learning Center and food they were able to purchase with Relevant’s financial support:

 

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Prayer Requests

Please pray for…

  • The health and safety of the children.
  • The children to be focused, diligent, and to have good understanding of their school studies.
  • Safe Haven Orphanage and Learning Center to continue to care for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the orphan children in their care, as well as children, widows, and families in their village.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27a)

 

 
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