PATHFINDERS | STORIES OF BEGINNINGS

SIM Myanmar is the newest field in the Southeast Asian region, and "Tim", "Sandra", and their three young boys are the first family sent there by SIM. Very few have gone before them; Myanmar has historically been one of the most closed nations in the world – and Tim and Sandra talk about life for them in Myanmar. 

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Sports Friends has upped the ante this year: we want to see 10,000 youth attend our camps all around the world, from Peru to Kenya to Thailand. We can't do it without your help. Will you join us?

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For many years Prang's family has had no peace. They have been plagued by evil spirits who use many of Prang's relatives as mediums. But when Prang became a Christian a lot changed - for her and several people in her family.

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In an area of South Asia where opportunities for education are both scarce and expensive, the Allied Model School is a place where students and teachers can grow as individuals and give back to their communities. 

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Thai New Year, or Songkran, is known for its country-wide water fight. But there's something quieter, subtler and possibly more beautiful going on at this time of year away from the rowdy streets and many Thai churches are championing this simple way to honour the elderly among them. 

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AuthorChad Loftis
CategoriesAsia, Main Page

In a country of 17 million people, Deb serves as the only acting occupational therapist at SIM's Galmi Hospital in Niger. She has a passion for equipping Nigeriens to meet their own people's treatment needs.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

“I’m the only person for one thousand people,” Kiran reflects seriously. “But if I know how to help, then that responsibility isn’t heavy. I haven’t learned something worth learning until I can share it with at least twenty-five people.”

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

Abha and her family were terrified. “We’re poor people. What do we know to keep two babies alive?” her mother-in-law lamented. At night, lying on her bamboo mat on their hard dirt floor, Abha wondered how one could even hold two babies at the same time. They had never known anyone who’d kept twins alive through the extra care and economic investment they required.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

What Saroj’s new wife’s family didn’t tell him was that she had a boyfriend in another village of whom they disapproved. They were hoping to get her married off to prevent her from running off with the other boy and so forced her to marry Saroj. It didn’t work. Fifteen days after they’d married, she ran off with her boyfriend anyway.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

“Until you welcome another person’s child into your home,” she says,“until you love another person’s child, until you care for another person’s child - until then your home is not a place of God."

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

Serajul’s disability has meant very few people expected him to contribute to his community. The stubbornness that has gotten Serajul through most of his thirty-some years, however, has made him the perfect person to take on an overloaded system that is too often tainted by corruption. 

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The wai (traditional Thai greeting) fits - it's how every preschool teacher in Thailand greets their students at the beginning of the day - but the hug afterward...not so much. Then again, Good Kids Preschool is no ordinary Thai preschool. Find out how New Zealander Mary Raikes is helping this locally grown community project give underprivileged Thai kids Jesus' love and a chance at a great future.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

“I was married,” says Ramseki, “when I was still drinking milk. But you don’t move to the husband’s house until you grow up.” By “grow up,” Ramseki means about twelve years old.

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A portion of time at Sports Friends' camps is often spent doing arts and crafts. But at one camp in Nigeria, young people had the opportunity to learn vocational skills — such as shoemaking! Daniel’s time at camp not only showed him Christ’s love, but also launched his career as a shoemaker in Jos, Nigeria.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

One day, Prabhouti, Pavitr, and their neighbor Sambha were invited to join ten other women from their village in forming a women’s “self-help and savings group. The village had never heard of such a thing and some neighbors warned them against joining. “They’ll just take your money and run,” someone cautioned. “What can a woman do?” others chanted the traditional refrain.

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