Mother’s Day at the House of Joy A day of wonderful fun & competition included volleyball, chairball, soccer, balloons & more! An awesome day was had by all and was followed by an amazing night of singing, dancing, acting, testimonies, praise & worship, prayers & a time of honor given to the women here at House of Joy who act as mothers to nearly 100 Akha children, students & staff!
Our family here at the House of Joy is quite competitive & really give it their all when they play sports! The strength and agility in the Akha is quite a gift that they have and a joy to watch! We are so proud of our student council for coordinating the entire days events and stepping into the leadership roles with strength and boldness!
We were tremendously blessed by an outpouring of emotional connection like never before – which is rarely seen or experienced in Thailand, let alone the Asian culture. Each person here- student, staff or child- has a tremendous story of loss, rejection and/or heartbreak that the Lord is walking them through, and we are blessed to be a part of it. Mother’s day can be a day that stirs many things up, draws things out and a day that we encourage closure & healing.
We long for House of Joy to be a place of healing and restoration. An oasis of safety where all can begin to unpack the hurts that they have endured. Our mother’s day celebration allowed many of our children and bible students to release some of their tears and pains and allow the extravagant love of the Father to heal their hearts. I love the saying, “Healed people heal people”. One of my greatest joys is to see the staff, bible students and older children minister healing out of a place of healing that they received here. Pray that we will continue to grow in our ministry of healing and restoration for all the residents of House of Joy and all that visit.
Our annual Women’s Conference begins this week! Last year we had over 200 women arrive, more than double what we expected, and they stayed up till midnight sharing testimonies of God’s goodness. This year, our theme is “The Power of the Holy Spirit” and we’re very excited to have Rev. Daphne Yang of Cornerstone Community Church in Singapore as our guest speaker, in addition to two American friends who will be coming … Continue reading
For three Sunday afternoons now, a brand new church has been meeting at the Foundation. Two of our Akha Bible Institute graduates, Apa & Elisabeh, were working at a tea plantation near town and noticed the other Akha Christians around them. As migrant workers who don’t live in the village, they felt lost without a church. So they made Apa the pastor, and he asked to come under our church ministry. This … Continue reading
On the King’s birthday (December 5th), Thailand celebrates Father’s Day by doing some type of community service and honoring the fathers. Our children helped by picking up trash along the highway. Then, we had sports and games all afternoon and finished with an evening of performances and giving gifts to Dad Aje & our staff here, who are fathers to the fatherless.
At the end of September, Steve Owings and friends came through again, stirring up our hunger for the things of Spirit. The first time they came, we saw the Lord break up hard ground in the spiritual realm as they interceded for the Akha people. This year, the first fruits of that plowing were evident as Bible students began singing in the Spirit, praying for others and seeing them healed, and staying … Continue reading
This Christmas was bursting with fun, friends and fellowship. Thanks to the generosity of many, all our children got to go on a shopping spree. In addition to Singaporean and American visitors, we hosted a 3-day Christmas camp and invited all 18 village churches. Everyone loved the songs, teachings and games, and they are looking forward to next time. Thanks to everyone for your part!
Over the course of seven years our friends Dan and Cathleen Thom have brought 100+ visitors from the great state of Idaho (and a couple from other places as well) to work their construction miracles at House of Joy. Not only have they built toy shelves for our playroom, a control center for our recording studio, apartments for our staff, etc… But they have also built many wonderful relationships along the way. … Continue reading
Mother’s Day is a huge celebration here in Thailand and it’s celebrated on August 12th, the queen’s birthday. Most of the schools will have the mothers come to school for a special program. And it’s become tradition at House of Joy to have a night to honor our staff who fulfill the role of a mother. All the children and the male staff work for weeks on songs, poems, drawings, and picking … Continue reading
Here at Akha Outreach we are welcoming over 20 new children, one of our largest influxes of children in the 10 year history of our ministry. These children come from very difficult and unstable situations, most of them have been exposed to drugs, violence and death in their formative years. With such difficult histories, the early months are very important for establishing routines, expressing genuine care and providing a stable environment for these … Continue reading
Two weeks ago, nearly 90 campers and 30 student leaders gathered at House of Joy for our eight annual youth camp. Ranging in age from 10 to 18, the campers hailed from the 17 villages within our church planting group as well as our own House of Joy kids. Everyone was especially happy to see 6 boys and 6 girls from Hoi Taht, the village that just decided to follow Christ this … Continue reading