International Ministries

Pray for Karen Smith

August 18, 2009 PrayerCall

Karen serves at the New Life Center Foundation (NLCF), an evangelical ministry located in Northern Thailand. NLCF works exclusively with ethnic minority (tribal) women throughout the Mekong sub- region (Thailand and its neighboring countries) who are at risk for, or victims of, labor exploitation which includes forced work in factories, local markets, domestic situations, and prostitution. There are risks involved in this ministry that makes Christ's love known to vulnerable and exploited people. Because of those risks, Karen's image is not used on the web.


Karen writes: After living and working in the United States for the past 13 months, I recently returned to Thailand and resumed my work at the New Life Center Foundation (NLCF).

The New Life Center Foundation is an official member of the “Chiang Mai Center for the Protection of Child Rights”. This is a broad term for a committee which is made up of all the organizations (both national and Non-Governmental Organizations - NGOs) that work to prevent human trafficking and labor exploitation throughout northern Thailand.


I can’t even begin to describe the privilege it is to be in Thailand at this unique time in its history, and to work on these serious social problems alongside such committed and capable Thai and tribal colleagues. As I drove into the parking lot at the Chiang Mai City Hall this morning, and then found my seat in the large conference room on the 5th floor, I had to pinch myself- I could not believe that I was back, and that God has allowed me to join in this work in this way. What a gift! What a privilege! I was able to give a brief report to the committee on the recent anti-trafficking campaigns that the NLCF has completed, and was blessed that my Thai seemed to return without too many problems.