March Safe Haven Update
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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Walter

 

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Matt

 

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Steve

 

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Justin

 

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Kelly

 

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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.

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 8:00 am. Categorized as Safe Haven, Sending.

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