Almost all people in Thailand have a nickname
the young lady in the picture  to the left is
named "Earth"

Here Earth is giving me the first 300 baht or
$7.50 to start a new home for needy children
May I tell you just a little of what she shared with my wife and I? Earth was just an ordinary sixteen year old girl with her whole
future ahead of her. She had a happy home and a family that loved her. She was out on the town with her girl friends one night
enjoying life. She came home with only the cares of a sixteen year old, and went to bed. She awoke the next morning and
discovered that she could not move the lower part of her body. Going to the hospital she found out she was paralyzed and to this
date does not understand fully why. On July 4, 2004 she will turn 27 years old, having not walked for the past 11 years.  
Because of some missionary when she was young she had already gotten saved when this tragedy happened. In stead of getting
bitter she just continued to rejoice in the Lord, not understanding why but still believing that "
All things work together for good
to them who love God" Romans 8:28  
Her sister not understanding why she could remain so happy, watched her life every
day. And one day in church her Younger sister broke down and got saved also, all because her older sister never became bitter
and continued to serve the Lord.

When she went out into the public she was stared at and told she should not be seen out. In Thailand handicapped are looked
down upon, and it is believed in Buddhism that in their past life they sinned a terrible sin and that is why this happened to her.
This is a 3000 year old belief and is slowly changing, but sadly to slow.

She wept as I told her what God had laid on my heart, and that is to build a home for handicapped children. She wanted to be the
first to give, and lying there in the Hospital bed she gave the first $7.50. She told us that she wished there had been something
like that when she became handicapped. There are children's homes in Thailand but very few Christian children's homes.

It is said that there are more than 140.000 handicapped children in Thailand and less than 20.000 are in any type of school. With
no education, they have no future, and without the gospel they have no hope of salvation.

The 750 club
Could you give just $7.50 a month?
Could you give $7.50 a month in honour of each grandchild?
Could you have your Sunday School Class give $7.50 a month?
Could you give more than $7.50 a month?
Could you give a one time gift?

All gifts are tax deductible. Checks should be written to "Hilltop Baptist Missions Inc." designated Thailand Children's

Testimony From a Blind Christian

Blinded at the age of 8 as a result of an auto accident I was locked in my room all day while my parents worked. One day a
Christian couple discovered me and took me in and raised me as their own child.
I was saved and baptized in 1966 in Bangkok, Thailand. In a 3000 year old Thai culture, social change is hard to come by.
Handicapped children especially the blind are considered inferior. They are taught music so that they may beg on the streets, for
it is felt that is the only living they can make.

As I walked the streets one time I heard beautiful singing from a building, as I drew closer a man took my arm and led me away,
thinking I must be lost. It was a church that I was near, and the singing was hymns. It was a painful reminder that the blind was
not accepted in public gatherings, not even in church. "People equate blindness with lack of ability or even intelligence. We are
perceived to be incapable in practically every aspect of life. In short, we are second-class citizens.

"When I was a boy, I was told that I had committed some action in a previous life that was so bad it caused my blindness in this
life." This only added to my own feelings of weakness. There also is a more evil side to the dilemma of the blind in Thailand.
Police records are filled with stories of their abuse and neglect. Blind children often are tied to a bed post and left all day while
their parents work. Some are sold to organized begging rings in Bangkok and other major cities. The rings force blind men,
women, and children, and those with other disabilities to beg on street corners, near pedestrian crosswalks, or at shopping malls
for up to 18 hours a day.

This is just a few of the stories I have heard. We can't help them all, but it might be that we could help some with your help.
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