Global Impact

Strangers in a Foreign Land

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:1-2

One Life operates a small Care Center in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. The camp is made up of people from the Akha hill tribes, who six centuries ago migrated south from Tibet and made their way through China into Myanmar (formerly Burma). A civil war in Burma that lasted decades forced them further south across the border into Thailand, as they literally ran for their lives to escape Burmese soldiers who were burning villages, raping girls, and taking the boys as child soldiers. The Akha are one of the smallest, poorest, and least developed hill tribe groups in Southeast Asia. It is estimated that there are 40,000 Akha refugees living in Thailand. They live in dusty make-shift villages with family units consisting mostly of grandmothers, mothers, and children. There is little certainty about anything—most of them struggling to survive from one day to the next.

A couple years ago, Ameow, born and raised in the Akha refugee camp and a former One Life child, graduated out of our sponsorship program after she got a job as a private nurse in Bangkok. Sponsorship made it possible for her to complete high school and nurse aide training, a notable accomplishment for a child from a community that has no recognized identification papers, cannot own land, or be officially employed in Thailand. Through a long and arduous process, One Life worked hard to get the ID documents Ameow needed to complete school and qualify for employment. Ameow paved the way for other Akha kids on our program.

We currently have two beautiful 14-year old Akha girls attending nurses aide training. Malee and Sudita have spent their whole life in an under-resourced refugee camp. Before they were sponsored, they literally had no hope of breaking the cycle of hopelessness. With no identification papers proving their existence, they would never be able to get a job. Our partners have worked tirelessly to secure ID documents for Malee and Sudita. Our efforts will ensure work opportunities for their future and will help them provide for their mothers and grandmothers who are day laborers in the rice fields. While these mothers wake up every day hoping for enough work to put dinner on the table, their daughters are forging a new path for a future that holds hope and a promise of more to come. One Life not only provides for basic needs but it is committed to sharing Jesus with all our children and their families.

If you're interested in being a part of our One Life ministry, we have children waiting for sponsors. To sponsor a child visit www.onelifechild.org and next year, consider taking a trip to meet your child!

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1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10, ...COLLEGE!!

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10, ...COLLEGE!!

Every morning, 26 of our One Life children get on a bus and travel to the nearest city to attend their junior and degree colleges. They are studying mathematics, physics, biology, zoology, and chemistry. We also have 22 children living in outside hostels or in their homes who attend college further from the New Life campus.

One Life Update | August 2017

Running the Race...

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Peace Children's Home | Kallur, India

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus
Hebrews 12:1-2

Peace Children's Home in Kallur, India recently celebrated with One Life child Ravishkelar, who proudly received an overall silver medal in a competitive, district level track and field event. With no parents, Ravishkelar has lived at Peace Children's Home for 6 years. He is a good student and grateful for the support of his One Life sponsor. He also received a gold medal in shot put and a silver medal in the 400 meter sprint. One Life is proud of Ravishkelar and we are excited about the opportunities that are his as he continues to work hard both at school and in the sport he loves.


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Making Work Fun

Love Your Neighbor | Mai Charim, Thailand

Love Your Neighbor gives our One Life children the opportunity to have fun while doing their chores and contributing to the health and wellness of their little community. Spending the day in their paddy fields ends up being a fun and eventful time of planting rice. 


Good Gifts 

Your sponsorship allows us to gift our children a couple times a year with something extra— letting our kids know that they are loved. This summer several of our sites in Thailand chose to give new t-shirts to their children.

New Life Children's Home in Yellamanchili bought sports equipment for the boys and jewelry and hair accessories for the girls. We are grateful for your sponsorship and for the joy it brings our children.

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One Life Gardens

Port Elizabeth | South Africa

This past summer, a team—which included several One Life sponsors, took a trip to South Africa to visit our One Life children. While in Port Elizabeth, the team helped build six starter gardens at the homes of One Life kids. They cleared the area of broken glass, trash, metal scraps and debris and prepared the soil with organic compost.

Most of the gardens included spinach, pumpkin, cilantro, tomatoes, beans, peas, cabbage, carrots and potatoes. A trained gardener will follow us and teach the caregivers how to harvest seeds from their vegetables so they can replant and sustain their gardens with minimal cost.

These gardens will go a long way in supplementing our children's diets with nutritious vegetables. We finished each garden by building a fence to keep out the marauding goats and chickens.

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Don't Forget to Write
 

Most of you that are already One Life Sponsors have recently received a letter from your child. For those of you who have not...it's coming! When you get your letter, take a few minutes and respond to your child, personalize your note and answer their questions, or get your children at home to respond. Our One Life kids love hearing from you.

Write a note and mail it back to us at One Life Child Sponsorship Program, P.O. Box 860078, Shawnee, KS 66286-0078, or drop it in the box in the One Life area at WFC Lenexa.

Become a One Life Sponsor

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Kids raid the piggy bank = homes are built in Nicaragua.

Kids raid the piggy bank = homes are built in Nicaragua.

One of the hallmarks of a Westside student missions trip is that students don’t just show up and hang out but they have an opportunity to lead. This leadership opportunity led several students to explore how they can use their S.H.A.P.E. to impact others. Some students also expressed a desire to pursue further education and vocational options in international missions.