Almost all people in Thailand have a nickname
the young lady in the picture to the left is
Here Earth is giving me the first 300 baht or
$7.50 to start a new handicapped home for
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
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"
designated Thailand Children's home.
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.