The district baseball game scheduled for tonight (Thursday, May 21) has been moved to Madisonville North Hopkins. Game time is 6 p.m.

brighter 500

OWENSBORO, Ky (7-11-13) - “Your first trip to Thailand is always a culture shock. You can’t prepare somebody for that.” That’s according to River City Church member Heather Mayfield, who is a part of a 14 man team leaving July 18 for a mission trip to Thailand.

This will be the third time River City Church has sent a mission team to Thailand to assist in the mission of Life Impact International, a relief ministry located in Mae Sot, Thailand about 4 hours from Chang Mai. The ministry, under the leadership of missionary Lana Vasquez, rescues and buys children in Thailand from slavery, and brings them into Life Impact’s home. The mission of Life Impact International is to change lives. According to the Life Impact website, this is accomplished through prevention programs for “at-risk” children and youth, displaced peoples, refugees, and orphans; through rescuing children who are sold into slavery and prostitution, and those who are victims of abuse, abandonment, and extreme poverty; and finally through healing the lives of orphans, soldiers, men, and women through outreaches, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and humanitarian homes and orphanages.

Michelle Edwards, along with her husband Robby, are leading the team to Thailand next Thursday.

“We have more than thirty extra suitcases we have filled with everything from children’s clothing to vitamins to construction paper and crayons,” said Edwards. “We will leave those supplies for the ministry when we come home.”

Edwards says that each suitcase can cost from seventy to one hundred dollars additionally to take with the team.  

“Even if all the suitcases arefilled and paid for, there will still be a need for more,” said Edwards.

“There is always a need,” said team member Penny Lambert. “Our trip is never fully paid for because they always need something additionally to care for these people. Every time someone asks me if my trip is paid for, I say no, because there is always something else the ministry can use that money for.”

In years past, the men on the trip take time to teach the young men at Life Impact’s home in Mae Sot trades and skill. Team leader Robby Edwards has experience in welding, mechanics, and plumbing.

“Our first year there, we taught the young men how to weld tables, bunk beds, and chairs. You can’t use wood because in that environment, it won’t last,” said Mr. Edwards. “When we went back the next year, they had made so much furniture based on what we taught them.

Mr. Edwards said that teaching the men new skills enables them to leave the poverty stricken areas they are born into, and move to more urban locations and find work.

Aside from teaching the people of Mae Sot new trades and skills, Mr. Edwards says the team makes sure to share the Word of God with them every day.

“We always meet with the children every night and have praise and worship with them,” said Mr. Edwards. “Our team is divided into groups that put together bible stories, skits, and lessons to teach the people of Mae Sot more about Jesus Christ.”

Alex Reid
SurfKy News
Photo provided by Michelle Edwards

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
1 DOW 18,285.74
0.00 (0.00%)    
2 S&P 2,130.82
0.00 (0.00%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,090.79
+19.05 (0.38%)    
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

May 15, 2015 9981

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7230

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News
May 14, 2015 5973

Madisonville Police Surround Festus Claybon Park

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 5097

Owensboro Health Proposes Building $15M Health…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 16, 2015 4910

Roses Coming Soon

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 9981

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 9519

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 20, 2015 3044

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Holding Beach…

by Gil Lawson
May 21, 2015 2295

Police Charge Madisonville Man with Harassing…

by SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 1478

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - May 20, 2015

by Crime Stoppers
May 20, 2015 1236

Belton Man Injured in Greenville Accident

by SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 1236

Three Injured in Kentucky 189 Accident

by SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 1223

Madisonville Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 833

Bevin, Comer Run Close Race for Republican…

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
May 20, 2015 819

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – May 20, 2015

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
May 20, 2015 735

Ridgewood Terrace Fire Quickly Extinguished

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 720

County Employees Won’t Get Annual Raise as Budget…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News