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Thai Village Annual Report 2013

Apr 06, 2016




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    This year was a busy one with many skills trainings, income generation projects, and outreach components!

    SKILLS TRAININGSThis year was the year of trainings! With 10 formal skills trainings and many more one-on-one trainings, Thai Village reached out to 94 different people in 2013, empowering them with new and marketable skills in a variety of disciplines! Our design team was able to introduce 15 new products to the product mix, meaning we could train more people to make these products.

    INCOME GENERATIONWith the typical participant averaging $243 in monthly income coming into Thai Vil-lage, we were happy to boost this number with income generation projects totaling $27,850 given to artisans in 2013.

    OUTREACHOutreach programs have always been an integral component to all the programs of Thai Village. We partner with indigenous churches to see and meet the needs of local people. This year Thai Village contributed $12,765 to Church Leader Support Programs, $4,025 to Artisan Outreach Programs, and $970 to Village Church Outreach Programs. Some more highlights include branching out to artisans in prison ministry groups, see-ing a few artisans who came to us in poor mental and physical health now well and thriving, and moving to a new and improved building!

    We strive to reach out to people in Northern Thailand holistically, which means taking time to attend to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of all our arti-sans and staff members. As we do this, we give glory and honor to the great protector, healer, and helper, without whom none of this would be possible. Thanks be to God for blessing Thai Village with another successful year!

    Liz MeisterThailand Director

    Thai Village, Inc


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    Artisan Appreciation PartyCelebrating our artisans and the Christmas story!Staff RetreatLearning about and practicing biblical health and rest with our staff!Training and Income GenerationTraining local artisans to support themselves and their families!Artisan Community OutreachReaching out to the community with handmade crafts!

    Church Based Community OutreachNetworking with indigenous churches to impact their communities!Church Leader-in-training SupportSupporting young Christian leaders in their home villages!Friday Community Bible studyDedicating ourselves to Bible study, fellowship, and prayer!Trip to Village 9 to support artisans and church leadersJoining hands in celebrating the graduation of seminary students!

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    Q1 First Quarter Q2 Second Quarter We moved! Ball ornament training!With the help of many friends in Chiang Mai, Thai Village moved to a new facility in February. Most of the month was spent sorting, cleaning and moving out of the old building. Our new building is smaller (but cheaper!) so we had to really weed through a lot of the old stuff. The good news is, the new place still has enough space for Promise Lutheran Church to use the first floor for Bible studies, out-reach events, craft trainings, and Sunday services. Good thing our 20 year old truck is still in service!

    I hope you have opportunities like this often, so others will have the chance to be able to gain knowl-edge like we have, said Pim, one of the trainees. This 4-day training was held at Promise Church with eight women. They learned the patterns, designs, and techniques to stitch the very ornate, one-of-a-kind Christmas ball ornaments. Pastor Niran and Evangelist Wang helped to lead activities each morn-ing before the training began. The women said that through this ex-perience, they learned more about having personal responsibility, pa-tience, and attention to detail.

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    Q3 Third Quarter Volunteer JeanOver my summer break from teaching, I journeyed to Thailand to help teach English to the people of Thai Village and Promise Lu-theran Church. My first impres-sion of Thailand was utter amaze-ment at the ornate beauty of the Buddhist temples. They contrasted with the stark ugliness of the black mold that grows on the buildings because of the heat and humidity all year long. Millions of dollars must be spent on these beautiful temples, all to worship and honor the false god Buddha.

    Upon my arrival at Thai Village, I attend-ed a Sunday morning worship service at Promise Lutheran Church. The singing was led by two young men on guitars, and they presented the Bible readings all in the Thai language. Pastor Num delivered the sermon in Thai as well. I understood none of the words of the service. But when the congregation said the Apostles Creed and the Lords Prayer I felt our unity of faith in our risen Sav-ior, Jesus Christ, as I quietly said them in English. I was warmly welcomed with a luncheon after the service.

    My days at Thai Village were spent mostly in teaching English to the people who work making crafts for the program. At our first ses-sion, Jade, the church secretary, brought in an article on Japan with vocabulary words. After diligently working for over an hour, we had just completed the 20 or so vocab-ulary words, but this group wanted to continue. Our first class lasted 2 hours! They were such troopers, and they all came back for the next class!

    My beginning English class, at first, was a challenge. How could I teach this group of three young adults, who spoke virtually no English, without having an interpreter present? After muddling through our first class, I began making PowerPoint presenta-tions in which I could present new vo-cabulary with pictures. This worked very well. Pim, Pring, and Pong all made wonderful progress in learning English, and I was able to leave the PowerPoint with the Thai Village staff so the students can continue practic-ing what they have learned.

    When I wasnt teaching English, Liz, the director of the handicraft program, had many little tasks to keep me busy. I repriced items to be sold in America, helped cut out material on craft day, and helped out in a variety of different ways, all of which were very enjoyable. The staff and artisans of Thai Village and the members of Promise Lu-theran Church welcomed me with open arms. I was touched by their generosity and kindness.

    My last day at Thai Village will live long in my memory. We be-gan with a hymn sing before Bible Study. Most of the songs they sang were unfamiliar to me, but they gave me a song book with the Thai words written out phonetically. As the artisans began to sing Shout to

    the Lord in Thai, I sang along in English, excited to join in a famil-iar song. One by one, each of the singers switched to singing with me in English. Our voices rose and gained strength as we united in this beautiful song of praise to our Heavenly Father. By the end of the song, tears were streaming down my face, and I was speechless. I would love to go back to Thailand again to work with the people of Thai Village. I may never again see these fellow Christians as we walk this Earth, but I am confident that one day we will once again unite to sing Shout to the Lord in heaven, where there will be no language or cultural barriers!! I pray that God would bless the work of Thai Vil-lage and Promise Lutheran Church.

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    encouraging to hear of the desire of the people in this village to learn new skills and envision practical ways that Thai Village could be a blessing to them.Our training team had a great time with these talented teenagers, learning together, eat-ing together, having fun together! Through this new skill, this com-munity is planning on earning much needed extra income by cre-ating run for relief awards for the annual run for relief competitions world wide.

    Q4 Fourth Quarter Matched Savings ProgramBung Kleung tin-smithing training

    During the fourth quarter, we trav-eled a day and a half and spent a week in a Karen village facilitat-ing a tin smithing skills training in Bung Klueng, a Karen village on the Thai-Burma border. We met with the leaders in advance, brain-stormed income generation op-portunities for the teenagers in the village, and made a plan to return and facilitate a skills training in the village during the school break. Although it was a long, rainy, and muddy trip to get there, it was very

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    Artisan HighlightsIn March 2013, Thai Village was invited to a meeting for former prisoners with the Thai Depart-ment of Justice and CPMF. Here we made several contacts and met many men and women who were interested in handmade work with Thai Village. We invited these new contacts to an upcoming vocation-al tin-smithing training at our Thai Village facility. Three men joined the week-long training, and gave positive feedback about their expe-rience. One man, Eet, decided to continue tin-smithing work. He

    took a small order home to work on and we set an appointment for two weeks later to followup. Although his handiwork was not yet excellent, we sent Eet home with a second or-der, and the next time he returned his work had greatly improved. It was evident that Eet was trying hard and his effort was paying off. Since then, Eet has been consis-tently bringing his tin work orders in to Thai Village. All of us at Thai Village have enjoyed spending time with Eet, and have spent more time

    with him outside of work as well. During one visit in September, he brought his work in while we were having weekly Bible study down-stairs in the building. Surprisingly, Eet sat down at the Bible study and stayed through the entire lesson to listen.

    In October, Eet joined in another Thai Village vocational training, but this time as a co-trainer. The training was for teen-agers living in a hostel in a Karen village near the Burma border. The kids loved Eet as a