Two talented brothers, Ben (a photojournalist) and Joe (a carpenter) traveled to Southeast Asia to help build something no other school in the area has – a playground for the village preschool.
As they got started working, Joe quickly realized an important lesson, “I originally thought I would be the one to be building and working hard. Instead, I soon realized that these were not my projects. I was there to give ideas, support and encourage. The locals and I worked together as a team and accomplished great things!”
Mrs. Julie, a local preschool teacher, was so excited as the playground was being built. “We will have what no one around us has. We have a special place for our school children to play and a place for other neighborhood children to gather. Here we can take the opportunity to share our faith and invite others to church.”
Yes, photography and building projects were the main goal of the trip, but more than that were the friendships established. From playing soccer with village children, to visiting the homes of individuals, to participating in worship, and enjoying meals with others, Ben and Joe experienced so much in 10 quick days. Both young men came to realize that even though their lives are different in a number of ways, there are many more areas that unite them as brothers and sisters in Christ with their new friends in Southeast Asia.
Ben and Joe were able to join a few church services and worship with the locals. They attended two Sunday morning services and an Ascension service. “Sharing Jesus with the people, even though it was in a different language, was an experience I will never forget,” shared Joe.
Joe and Ben had the opportunity to travel to two rural villages. They saw first hand the impact of the water solutions. “It’s hard to imagine what life must have been like for the people of the villages to walk several kilometers to retrieve water and then have to boil it before they could actually use it. What a blessing it is for them to have water so close now!” said Ben. “We often take the conveniences of our lives for granted. I now have a better understanding of what life is like for people in areas of Southeast Asia,” added Joe.
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Scroll down to see more about our project to bring better eye care to this region.
Your $25 gift covers:
• An Eye Exam by a professional ophthalmologist
• Assembly of lens and frames
• Delivery of finished glasses to person in need
In 2015, we took some reading glasses to give to people who needed help reading smaller typeface. The word got out and now there is a significant demand for more.
“I CALLED THEM BACK TO A TABLE WHERE I PLACED A BIBLE IN FRONT OF THEM.” If they struggled to read the print “WE TRIED ONE PAIR AT A TIME TO DECIDE WHICH BEST FIT THEIR NEEDS.”
Coral Cady - Field Manager