International Ministries

Mann, Becky - International Ministries The latest from Becky Mann https://internationalministries.org/teams/352-mann-becky.rss August 2015 Newsletter <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Exciting ministry continues to happen in northern Thailand!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Continue to pray for Mike and Becky and their family as they faithfully serve in the ministry God has called them to.</span></p><p> <span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Many thanks to those who were able to participate in “DOUBLE your Gifts” Program sponsored by International Ministries during May and June.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>During these two months contributions were given and matched to total over $60,000.00 toward Mike and Becky’s ministry! <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Praise God for His blessings and for your faithfulness!</span></p><p><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><a href="http://www.itdpthai.org/PDFs/August,%202015%20Newsletter.pdf">READ MORE</a></span></p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59527-august-2015-newsletter https://internationalministries.org/read/59527-august-2015-newsletter Mann Family Being a Part of Arabica Organic Coffee Revolution in Thailand <p> <br></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="EN" style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); line-height: 115%; font-size: 10pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;"><font face="Calibri">Check out ITDP's latest feature in the official Bangkok Airways magazine and help spread the word! This article features Mike and Becky Mann’s family being part of the Arabica Organic Coffee revolution in Thailand.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">"If we can ensure a market for their-coffee, we can lift a family out of poverty in five to six years," says Michael Mann while watching Net at work. The American agricultural expert should know: his father remains a legend in the hills for having spurred this conversion from opium to coffee among thousands of upland ethnic people. Michael has followed in his father's footsteps.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">The result of this year's labour by the village farmers, he calculates, will be about 700,000 cups of mostiy organic coffee, some of it savoured at Starbucks outlets. Their efforts will help fuel a vibrant coffee culture in the city of Chiang Mai and beyond while substantially improving the lives of Huay Som Poi's Karen ethnic minority.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">Similar scenarios are being played out across the provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, Thaiknd's prime coffee country, where the Akha, Karen, Lisu, Lahu and other hilltribes have taken to the crop with the gusto of a caffeine lover savouring his morning fix.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri"><a href="http://ink-live.com/emagazines/fah-thai/1856/march-2015/#64">READ MORE on pages 64-72</a></font></p><p> <br></p> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/57539-mann-family-being-a-part-of-arabica-organic-coffee-revolution-in-thailand https://internationalministries.org/read/57539-mann-family-being-a-part-of-arabica-organic-coffee-revolution-in-thailand March 2015 Newsletter <p>Mike and Becky are busy working in ministry, family and coffee.&nbsp; It is the middle of coffee harvest season in Northern Thailand, so Mike and the ITDP staff are hard at work. Mike and Becky continue to plead for your prayers for their ministry to the Hill Tribe peoples and are appreciative of your continuing support.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><a href="http://www.itdpthai.org/PDFs/Mann%20Newsletter%20March,%202015%20Old%20Header.pdf">READ MORE</a></p><p> </p> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/57527-march-2015-newsletter https://internationalministries.org/read/57527-march-2015-newsletter Mike and Becky Mann's Ministries in Thailand, September 2014 <p>Click here to view <a href="http://www.itdpthai.org/PDFs/Manns%20September_2014_news_letter.pdf">September update</a></p> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:22:37 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55831-mike-and-becky-mann-s-ministries-in-thailand-september-2014 https://internationalministries.org/read/55831-mike-and-becky-mann-s-ministries-in-thailand-september-2014 International Ministries Thailand Partner Gets Big Boost from Starbucks <p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">For years, the people in the hill tribes of Northern Thailand were gripped in poverty—eking out a meager and uncertain existence through opium farming, selling children into prostitution and committing crimes. <!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><!--?xml:namespace prefix = o /--><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Things started to change after 1990, when American Baptist International Ministries (IM) missionaries Mike and Becky Mann founded the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP). <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Since then, thanks to the ITDP, the hill tribes witnessed significant improvements in their lives: better access to health care and education, improved water resources and sanitation and greater economic stability through the production, processing and marketing of cash crops—especially coffee. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">The growth of coffee production has been especially important to the villagers. Production from a coffee cooperative grew from 3 tons to 200 tons in its first 10 years, with worldwide coffee giant Starbucks being among the major buyers. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Now, the hill tribes are receiving another big economic boost from Starbucks.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">In May 2013, Starbucks opened its first community store outside of the United States—its Langsuan store in affluent central Bangkok—and pledged that 10 percent of sales from the store’s hand-crafted beverages would be directed to the farming communities in Northern Thailand.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">“The community store in Langsuan signifies our ongoing commitment to give back to communities and, more specifically, to support and sustain local coffee and farming communities in Northern Thailand,” said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">"Our new community store is unique to Thailand and our hope is that this powerful relationship—which allows coffee farming communities to receive contributions from Starbucks through the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP)—will be an inspiration to our partners and customers," added Murray Darling, managing director of Starbucks Coffee, Thailand. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">The funds generated by Starbucks will first be used to build a learning center in the Mae KheeMukNoi and Kong Kai villages.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Later, community store funding will be dedicated to supporting sustainable education, health and irrigation projects, according to Starbucks.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Prior to the opening of the community store, Starbucks supported the farming communities in Thailand by investing 5 percent of the Thai sales of Starbucks Muan Jai blend—which is made from northern Thailand beans—back to the local coffee-farming communities.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">“Starbucks’ commitment to these communities has already made an enormous difference, with several thousands of people benefiting through improved water access, local medical clinics and schools,” says ITDP Director Mike Mann.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">“Many communities now are starting to thrive,” Mann said, “but there is still a lot of work to do and I am very excited that the new community store at Langsuan coffee will be part of that progress—giving hope and a better future to thousands of hill tribe communities, who in return will continue to grow high-quality coffee.”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">The ITDP—a partner of International Ministries supported by the World Mission Offering—oversees a wide range of projects in the areas of education, health, employment, agriculture, environment and watershed protection, with hill tribe villagers taking leadership roles. See </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"><a href="http://itdpinternational.org/"><span style="color: windowtext;">itdpinternational.org</span></a>. <span style="color: black;">Among its programs are:<o:p></o:p></span></span></p><p> <b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Water Resource and Sanitation (WRSDP).</span></b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"> This project seeks to improve the general health of the hill tribe people by helping to prevent soil and water-borne diseases through the construction of clean drinking water systems and bathrooms/latrines. This effort also helps provide water to increase agricultural yields and set up gardens and fishponds.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Agriculture Extension and Marketing (AEMDP).</span></b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"> <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Hill tribe families are<b> </b></span>provided funds and are taught practical skills related to livestock, fisheries, cash crops, handicrafts and village store co-ops, helping to improve the quality of life and increase self-reliance.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Thai Tribal Arabica Coffee Production and Marketing Cooperative (TTACPMC). </span></b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">This project provides training, tree seedlings and equipment to resource-poor farmers to help them grow coffee beans that meet the standards necessary to reach international markets. ITDP created the first Fair Trade co-op in Thailand.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Education and Social Development (ESDP).</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"> Working with local government, this project helps construct schools, hire teachers and purchase equipment and supplies. This project also helps construct and staff community health clinics and provide training in nutrition and disease prevention. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">See <u><a href="http://itdpinternational.org/"><span style="color: windowtext;">itdpinternational.org</span></a></u> for additional details. For more information on ITDP’s child sponsorship program,&nbsp;its established schools&nbsp;and/or Lanna Coffee purchases, go to&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.lannacoffee.org/"><span style="color: windowtext;">lannacoffee.org</span></a></u>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">You can also meet Mike and Becky Mann in person at the International Ministries World Mission Conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin, July 21-25, 2014.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>To register, go to <u><span style="color: windowtext;"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/49675-2014-world-mission-conference">internationalministries.org/read/2014-world-mission-conference</a></span></u></span></p><p> </p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53405-international-ministries-thailand-partner-gets-big-boost-from-starbucks https://internationalministries.org/read/53405-international-ministries-thailand-partner-gets-big-boost-from-starbucks Welcome to the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) quarterly newsletter <p><i><a href="http://www.itdpthai.org/PDFs/Newsletter%20Issue%202.pdf">Click on the link below;<br></a></i></p><p><b><i><a href="http://www.itdpthai.org/PDFs/Newsletter%20Issue%202.pdf">ITDP R E A C H I N G T H E H I L L - T R I B E S I N S O U T H E A S T A S I A</a></i></b></p><p><i><a href="http://www.itdpthai.org/PDFs/Newsletter%20Issue%202.pdf"><br></a></i></p> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46467-welcome-to-the-integrated-tribal-development-program-itdp-quarterly-newsletter https://internationalministries.org/read/46467-welcome-to-the-integrated-tribal-development-program-itdp-quarterly-newsletter $52,000 Donated for IM Global Servants Mike and Becky Mann’s “Launch a Village” Project in Thailand <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><div class="Section1"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">Christian Community Credit Union’s “Cards that Give to Missions” program donated $52,000 for the “Launch a Village” project in Northern Thailand.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Launch a Village is a program that is led by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) Global Consultant, Mike Mann and his wife, IM missionary Becky Mann.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">In partnership with Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP), the donation will provide </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">water and sanitation resources, build a school and a health clinic as well as provide micro-enterprise lending. It will also help sustain three villages economically by providing agricultural and business training, purchasing a 4-wheel drive truck and facilitating the production and marketing of Arabica coffee. The recent donation fulfilled the Credit Union’s pledge set in April 2008 to give a total of $232,500 to the project. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">“Working together with ITDP allowed us to apply the credit union movement’s philosophy of ‘people helping people,’” states Dr. John T. Walling, Christian Community Credit Union President/CEO. “Through the ‘Launch a Village’ project, our members are helping change lives economically, socially and spiritually every time they use their credit or debit card for purchases."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:-13.7pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">For over 22 years, Mike and Becky Mann have given a positive alternative for livelihood to the hill tribes of Northern Thailand through ITDP. Their efforts have provided much needed help and hope to the tribal people, who in the past were involved in child prostitution, growing opium, and criminal activities.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:-13.7pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">“Partnering with Christian Community Credit Union members is a great opportunity to put Christ's love into action by helping resource-poor villagers in Thailand rise above poverty and at the same time plant the seeds of Christ,” says Mike Mann.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:-13.7pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">“To see the lives of villagers changed when they finally have running water, when they can afford to send their children to school with new clothes and shoes, and most of all, when they become new believers is the greatest joy,” says Becky Mann. "The ‘Launch a Village’ project is an answer to prayer. Not only do we help bring water and life skills to the poor and remote villages in Thailand, we’re also sharing about the Living Water that will flow into each of the villager’s heart and soul!”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">To date, Christian Community Credit Union’s “Cards that Give to Missions” program has given over $3 million. Of that amount, $1.5 million has gone to the larger American Baptist family which includes $1.1 million donated to International Ministries. The donation comes from interchange income the Credit Union receives from fees merchants pay to card issuers</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"></span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal">“When our members use their Credit Union cards exclusively, the potential donation to missions is enormous,” adds Walling. “Besides transforming villages and their communities, our members are helping build God’s Kingdom. That’s what makes our credit and debit cards so unique!”</p> </div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:-13.7pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">With assets over $550 million, <a href="http://www.mycccu.com/card">Christian Community Credit Union</a> serves over 29,000 members nationwide and has served as a financial partner of Christian churches, ministries, and their members for over 55 years. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right:-13.7pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">To apply for “The Card that Gives to Missions,” call 800.347.CCCU (2228) or visit <a href="http://www.mycccu.com/card">myCCCU.com/card</a>. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops:-.75in -.5in 0in .5in 45.0pt 117.35pt 5.0in"><span style="font-size:8.0pt; font-family:Verdana">&nbsp;</span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:8.0pt;font-family:Verdana"></span></b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:8.0pt;font-family: Verdana;color:black">NOTE: Information on this news release is not intended for use in publications mailed using postage for non-profit organizations as it does not meet U.S. Postal requirements. </span></i><span style="font-size:8.0pt;font-family:Verdana"></span></p> <p></p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:37:51 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45858-52-000-donated-for-im-global-servants-mike-and-becky-mann-s-launch-a-village-project-in-thailand https://internationalministries.org/read/45858-52-000-donated-for-im-global-servants-mike-and-becky-mann-s-launch-a-village-project-in-thailand Bring Blessing to People in Need This Year Through IM’s Global Gifts Program. <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Individuals and families who want to help a child or family in need this Christmas can purchase a Global Gift from American Baptist International Ministries (IM) 2012 Global Gift wish list.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">This year’s wish list includes meaningful gifts that would bring a smile to the face of many on a Christmas shopping list, including nieces, nephews, coaches, Sunday school teachers, librarians, favorite aunts and uncles, hairdressers, and so many others. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Each gift is fun to give and very much needed somewhere in the world.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Gift-givers may choose from among 20 different items, including: a pig for a child in Haiti ($60)… personal hygiene kits for maids imprisoned in Lebanon (three for $90)… four books for a classroom in Japan ($100)… hot lunches for one preschooler for a year in Thailand ($160). A family or group may even want to chip in to sponsor a worthy student for a year in a seminary in Costa Rica ($4,210). <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>What a wonderful way to demonstrate Christ’s desire to give and to receive love!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Gifts are available starting at $28. The complete wish list can be found at on the <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/8">Global Gifts page</a>. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Each gift has been selected by a missionary or partner because they know the deepest needs and desires of the people they serve.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Global Gift program also invites gifts for individual IM missionaries, or to help those who are in greatest need as determined by IM.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">This year gift-givers can <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/document/asset/45319/2012thankyoucertificate.pdf">download</a> a Global Gifts Bring Blessing Certificate to present to the recipient informing them of the gift purchased in their honor. Gift choices must be made by December 31, 2012.</span></p><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: <a href="mailto:Catherine.nold@abc-usa.org">Catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</a>.</span></i> <p><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Find IM on Facebook: International Ministries – American Baptist</span></i></p> <p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:07:37 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45425-bring-blessing-to-people-in-need-this-year-through-im-s-global-gifts-program- https://internationalministries.org/read/45425-bring-blessing-to-people-in-need-this-year-through-im-s-global-gifts-program- Mike's Ministry Highlights from Thailand <!--[endif]---->Dear friends, supporters, and family,<br><br>It had been a busy summer for all of us and ITDP with many activities, visitors,<br>work teams, and lots of rainy days since June.<br><br>First and foremost, we want to thank you, everyone, for your continuous<br>love, support and prayers for us and our ministries here in Chiang Mai.<br>Because of your sacrificial giving, our support level is now at 73%. God is<br>good!<br><br>May 2nd Becky said goodbye to her beloved mother. Mom passed away<br>peacefully with Becky's sisters and brother-in-law at her bedside singing<br>hymns in Vietnamese. God is our Comforter!<br><br>June brought rain, high humidity, and more heat, as usual. A team of 16<br>members from Mountview Baptist Church, Columbus, OH, braved the rain<br>and came to work with ITDP for 10 days in a Sgaw Karen village, Ban Mae<br>Tom Bon. This village now has access to running water and a crop<br>demonstration center where coffee seedlings and vegetables are being<br>introduced. Smaller teams of 2, 4, and 5 members from San Diego, CA, and<br>New Zealand, also came for shorter periods visiting various areas where<br>ITDP is assisting with village schools and clinics. God is at work!<br><br>July kept us quite busy with 2 special visitors, our 2 college children, Richard<br>and Melanie. Richard spent 6+ weeks traveling with Mike and staff to<br>villages as part of his internship requirement for graduation. Unable to get off<br>work for long, Melanie enjoyed her 3 weeks in Chiang Mai, ate nothing but<br>Thai food, visited her favorite "high school hang outs" with some of her<br>friends who also came for the summer. We celebrated our 27th wedding<br>anniversary on July 7th. God is love!<br><br>August came with more rain and flooding in many parts of the country. Mike<br>and ITDP staff took as many trips as the weather would allow to villages<br>that needed assistance. After Richard and Melanie had gone back to California<br>the house once again became quiet and half empty with just 2 boys. Robert was actually excited that school was starting on August 15th, so was Becky! God is grace! (Flood pictures below) <br>[<a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/111-mann-mike">To see these photos, click here to go to Mike’s profile page.&nbsp;</a> Click on Resources &amp; Links, then click on “Mann’s September News” to open the pdf of this journal with photos.] <br><br>These are some of the highlights of our ministries and ITDP activities:<br>1. The construction for a second school funded by Starbucks will be completed in<br>October and be ready for new students in November. A teacher is already hired.<br>She is currently in training at a Thai elementary school in Mae Cham near<br>Chiang Mai and will move to the village school once it opens in November.<br><br>2. A plan to expand the Agriculture program at the Lahu Christian Hostel in<br>Mae Suay, Chiang Rai province. This program aims to introduce new crops and<br>ag training to students at the hostel with emphasis that the produce will be<br>mainly for their consumption. Later on these crops will be available for village<br>extension and surrounding farmers' fields.<br><br>3. The Education and Social Development Project is working tirelessly with<br>government officials in Om Koi district as we are planning to add 6th grade to<br>Ma Oh Jo next school year. We also are in dialogue with a company in Chiang<br>Mai to develop a topographic map of Ma Oh Jo area.<br><br>4. On-going trips to many of the coffee villagers encouraging the farmers to<br>improve their coffee production in quality and quantity for this coming harvest<br>season.<br><br>5. The Water Resource and Sanitation Project continues to add numbers of<br>villages that are receiving new water systems. It is now at 260+ and counting!<br>We are surveying new villages for work teams that will be coming in November,<br>December, 2011. Two more teams have already committed to come in January<br>and February 2012.<br><br>Prayer requests:<br>1. For God's protection when we travel to/ from villages, for drier weather and<br>sturdy bridges going into remote areas.<br><br>2. That farmers will not lose much of their crops (rice, coffee, vegetables)<br>Due to the rain and floods. (See flood pictures below)<br><br>3.That funds for our personal support will increase by 17% so we will reach the<br>required amount and can stay on the field until next June when we are due to return<br>tothe US for Home Assignment.<br><br>4.That funds for ITDP will also be sufficient in order to keep all 4 projects<br>sustainable.<br><br>Here is an unedited excerpt of what Ryan wrote on Mike's birthday card:<br>“Everyone likes dads coffee in USA and dads coffee here. Everyone likes it and<br>comes in Lanna cafe. I like it when everyone in the world come to see my dads<br>coffee and I will come to get some coffee to make my dad happy. I will get my<br>dad some coffee for him he like his coffee black not like mom put sugar in her<br>coffee every morning. Some day I will become the man just like my dad and<br>work with coffee that is the best coffee in the world. Love, your son Ryan.”<br><br><br>May God bless you and keep you.<br><br>Mike, Becky and family Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/39569-mike-s-ministry-highlights-from-thailand https://internationalministries.org/read/39569-mike-s-ministry-highlights-from-thailand Coffee Beans and Water Projects Dear Partners,<span style="color: black;"></span><p></p> <p><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Here are some highlights from Mike and Becky's ministries in Thailand.&nbsp;</span></p> <ul type="disc"><li style="color: black;"><span>Mike traveled to David, Panama to attend an intensive 5-day course on coffee processing and production with Boot Coffee Company, March 21-26.This course helped Mike bring back ideas on how to improve the Thai Highland Coffee Co-Op, Lanna Café, as well as giving opportunity to research for the decaf process. &nbsp;God willing, </span><span style="color: windowtext;">Integrated Tribal Development Program (</span><span>ITDP) will be the first Non-governmental Organization (NGO) in Thailand to produce decaffeinated coffee! </span></li></ul> <ul type="disc"><li style="color: black;"><span>Upon arriving back to Bangkok on the 30th, Mike had about 5 hours to get ready for a news conference with Starbucks regarding the ongoing construction of a school and clinic in Maechaem district, about 4 hours drive east of Chiang Mai. This building project is fully funded by Starbucks Thailand. A water project team worked with ITDP in Ban Su Pae, a Karen village about 4+ hours drive Southwest from Chiang Mai March 18-29. </span></li></ul> <ul type="disc"><li style="color: black;"><span>A water project team worked with ITDP in Ban Su Pae, a Karen village about 4+ hours drive southwest of Chiang Mai, March 18-29. Becky was scheduled to go with the work team (5 from Pomona First Baptist Church and 4 volunteers from England), but unfortunately Ryan (their son) and Hannah, a British volunteer, became quite sick with stomachache, high fever and diarrhea, so the team went on without her.<span>&nbsp; </span>The water project was completed Sunday, March 27. The team returned to Chiang Mai on Monday the 28th and the Pomona team left Chiang Mai, Tuesday, March 29. </span></li></ul> <ul type="disc"><li style="color: black;"><span>The ITDP coffee staff are busy moving kala (unshelled coffee beans) and green beans (shelled coffee beans) to the new storage facility. &nbsp;They hope the rain will not come until all the beans have reached the desired dryness. &nbsp;With the unpredictable weather lately, the staff is working their hardest to keep the coffee process moving along, keeping them under the best conditions for shipping to their customers. </span></li></ul> <p style="margin-bottom: 3.75pt;"><span style="color: black;"></span><b><span style="color: black;">Prayer Requests:</span></b><span style="color: black;"></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;"><span style="color: black;">1. &nbsp;For good health and safety for all work teams and staff at the villages.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;"><span style="color: black;">2. &nbsp;That the teams will show God's love in the villages, and they will have many opportunities to witness to the villagers.</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">3. &nbsp;Mike and Becky's support level is critically low. Please continue to pray that the Lord will move many to respond to our support appeal letter in order to reach the 80% personal support goal this fiscal year. If their goal is not reached, they may have to resign.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><br><span style="color: black;"></span></p><p><span style="color: black;">Mike arranged for Bonnie and Tommy LimSan to visit a local village.&nbsp; Below is their report. <br></span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Blessings to each and everyone,</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Mike and Becky's Missionary Partnership Team <br></span></p><p><span style="color: black;"><br></span></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.Table {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p ><b><span style="color: black;">Our Special Experience&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Spending the night at the village is an experience I will never forget. &nbsp;Bonnie and I had some private time with Mr. Muan Jai after dinner, about 15 minutes. &nbsp;He asked, through a translator, if we were Christians and we said yes. &nbsp;That made him happy. </span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">He said when the concept of growing coffee was brought up to his village, he just knew it was good because it was Christians that introduced it. &nbsp; He told us that before they grew coffee, the village was very poor. &nbsp;Life was now much better. </span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">What capped off the evening was when he asked where we were from. &nbsp;We said we were from the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco. Without any hesitation, he walked into his bedroom and minutes later we were pointing together with him where San Francisco and Thailand were on the globe. &nbsp;We were fortunate that we were able to capture the moment in a photograph. We will forever remember this moment but most of all the faithfulness of Mr. Muan Jai. </span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Bonnie and Tommy LimSan <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Francisco</span><span style="color: black;"> First Chinese Baptist Church</span><b><span style="color: black;"></span></b></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/34911-coffee-beans-and-water-projects https://internationalministries.org/read/34911-coffee-beans-and-water-projects March 2011 Update <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Dear friends and family, </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">It’s been awhile since our last newsletter, our sincere apology for not having kept you up –to-date. Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) continues to minister to the ethnic tribal groups in northern Thailand. In May this year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style=""><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style=""><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">What has happened in the past 20 years? </span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style=""><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 1.5pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">1. </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Over 250 villages received clean running water right in their villages, About 50,000 villagers and children are enjoying this luxury. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 1.5pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">2. </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Nearly 600 miles of PVC pipes are buried over the mountains and remote jungle of northern Thailand. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 1.5pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">3. </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Thousands of coffee trees have been planted in most of these villages resulting in a production of over 180 tons of green coffee for overseas markets as well as local markets. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">4. </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Over 100 work teams have been coming to work alongside ITDP in building water systems, latrines, clinic, school, dining hall, the list goes on! </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">All praise and thanks be to God for opening doors and providing opportunities so that we can reach these villagers, and our gratitude to all of you for your faithfulness in supporting us financially and spiritually. We thank you! We are expecting five work teams between March and November this year, and look forward to several returning team members who have been coming almost every year for the past 16 years. Let us know if you are interested in bringing a team from your church or from several churches. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style=""><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Family news </span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style=""><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Mike continues his travels to different parts of the globe as part of his Global consultancy capacity, thankfully mostly in Asia lately except for the last trip in January to Philly where the snow took control and kept the global team from accomplishing their agenda. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Becky keeps busy at the office and Lanna Café shop, receiving and processing coffee orders – in between tending to Ryan and Robert’s daily activities. The most rewarding thing is that Becky gets to sit on Mike’s chair at ITDP’s office while he’s away! Ryan still loves painting and sculpturing with a teacher 3 days a week. He also enjoys making bread with mom on weekends. Robert was on the honor roll last semester and is doing his best to keep up with his studies and maintain his position as one of the most valuable football (soccer) players for the Varsity team. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style=""><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Prayer requests </span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0.9pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">1. </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">We will reach our goal of financial support. It is only 48% of the needed amount at this writing. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0.9pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">2. </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Safe travel for ITDP staff to and from villages. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">3. </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">At least 3 more teachers at Ma Oh Jo school (in addition to the 4 current teachers) in order to adequately teach the 140 students from K through 4th grade. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="">Blessings to each and everyone, </span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="">Mike and Becky</span></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/34824-march-2011-update https://internationalministries.org/read/34824-march-2011-update Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry! <p class="Default"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Dear friends and family, <br></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"><br></span></p> <p class="Default"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">It’s been awhile since our last newsletter, our sincere apology for not having kept you up –to-date. Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) continues to minister to the ethnic tribal groups in northern Thailand. In May this year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program. </span></p> <p></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">What has happened in the past 20 years? </span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 1.5pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">1. </span><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Over 250 villages received clean running water right in their villages, About 50,000 villagers and children are enjoying this luxury. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 1.5pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">2. </span><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Nearly 600 miles of PVC pipes are buried over the mountains and remote jungle of northern Thailand. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 1.5pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">3. </span><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Thousands of coffee trees have been planted in most of these villages resulting in a production of over 180 tons of green coffee for overseas markets as well as local markets. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">4. </span><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Over 100 work teams have been coming to work alongside ITDP in building water systems, latrines, clinic, school, dining hall, the list goes on! </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">All praise and thanks be to God for opening doors and providing opportunities so that we can reach these villagers, and our gratitude to all of you for your faithfulness in supporting us financially and spiritually. We thank you! We are expecting five work teams between March and November this year, and look forward to several returning team members who have been coming almost every year for the past 16 years. Let us know if you are interested in bringing a team from your church or from several churches. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Family news </span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Mike continues his travels to different parts of the globe as part of his Global consultancy capacity, thankfully mostly in Asia lately except for the last trip in January to Philly where the snow took control and kept the global team from accomplishing their agenda. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Becky keeps busy at the office and Lanna Café shop, receiving and processing coffee orders – in between tending to Ryan and Robert’s daily activities. The most rewarding thing is that Becky gets to sit on Mike’s chair at ITDP’s office while he’s away! Ryan still loves painting and sculpturing with a teacher 3 days a week. He also enjoys making bread with mom on weekends. Robert was on the honor roll last semester and is doing his best to keep up with his studies and maintain his position as one of the most valuable football (soccer) players for the Varsity team. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Prayer requests </span></b></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.9pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">1. </span><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">We will reach our goal of financial support. It is only 48% of the needed amount at this writing. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.9pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">2. </span><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Safe travel for ITDP staff to and from villages. </span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">3. </span><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">At least 3 more teachers at Ma Oh Jo school (in addition to the 4 current teachers) in order to adequately teach the 140 students from K through 4th grade. <br></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Blessings to each and everyone,</span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;">Mike and Becky<br></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><br> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/34823-celebrating-20-years-of-ministry- https://internationalministries.org/read/34823-celebrating-20-years-of-ministry- Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) making a difference for hill tribe people in Thailand <b>Organization Summary</b>: <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify;">For the past 20 years the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) has assisted hill tribe people to cope with the many changes that have taken place in their livelihoods. The term hill tribe designates ethnic minorities most of whom live in very remote areas with many not having Thai citizenship.<span>&nbsp; </span>They are not part of any one organization or network of organizations.<span>&nbsp; </span>This makes it extremely difficult for hill tribe people to voice various issues that affect them as minorities living in Thailand.<span>&nbsp; </span>As a result they lack proper access to government services for example, education, medical care, upper government leadership, land ownership, and loans.<span>&nbsp; </span>Moreover, being tribal and living in an isolated culture, these people have not developed much of a national identity. ITDP’s rural development projects work with villagers through holistic approaches to empower villagers and community so they are better able to enter Thai society.<span>&nbsp; </span>All assistance is coordinated with various Thai government agencies, NGO’s, and the private sector to ensure sustainability.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Assistance is provided through the following projects:</p> <table class="MsoTableGrid" style="MARGIN-LEFT: 5.4pt; WIDTH: 551px; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; HEIGHT: 146px;"> <tbody> <tr style="HEIGHT: 13.1pt;"> <td style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 454.15pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 13.1pt;"> <p><a name="_Toc115866406"><b><span>Water Resource and Sanitation Development Project (WRSDP)</span></b></a><b><span></span></b></p></td></tr> <tr style="HEIGHT: 74.65pt;"> <td style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 454.15pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 74.65pt;"> <p><b><i><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"></span></i></b>&nbsp;</p> <p><b><i><span style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;">Goals</span></i></b><span></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"><span><span></span></span></span><span>Improve the general health of villagers by introducing proper diets, assisting in the prevention of water and soil borne diseases due to poor sanitation and hygiene.<span>&nbsp; </span>To increase family’s income through awareness building, increase community participation, and obtaining better agricultural yields.<span>&nbsp; </span>And, to develop environment sound practices with all initiated activities.</span><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"></span></b></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p style="MARGIN-LEFT: 0.35in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 4pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Construction of village drinking water and irrigation systems.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Training in hygiene and sanitation.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Construction of check dams</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Construction of small-scale hydro-electricity facilities.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Training in environmental issues for example watershed management, village cleanliness, and trash disposal.</p> <table class="MsoTableGrid" style="MARGIN-LEFT: 5.4pt; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse;"> <tbody> <tr style="HEIGHT: 8.05pt;"> <td style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 454.15pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 8.05pt;"> <p><a name="_Toc115866409"><b><span>Agricultural Extension and Marketing Development Project (AEMDP)</span></b></a><b><span></span></b></p></td></tr> <tr style="HEIGHT: 67pt;"> <td style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 454.15pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 67pt;"> <p><b><i><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"></span></i></b>&nbsp;</p> <p><b><i><span style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;">Goals</span></i></b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span><span>Families have enough food for balance diets and are above the United Nations poverty line.</span></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"><span><span></span></span></span><span>Higher living standards for resource-poor villagers.</span><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"></span></b></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p style="MARGIN-LEFT: 0.35in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 4pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span><span></span></span></span>Family gardens</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Delivery and management of vegetable seeds, tree crops for subsistence farming and income generation.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Livestock and its management.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Fish farming</p> <p><b><span>Thai Tribal Arabica Coffee Production and Marketing Project / Cooperative (TTACPMP) – Fair-trade certified.</span></b></p> <p><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p><b><i><span style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;">Goals</span></i></b></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Families living above the United Nations poverty line.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Higher living standards for resource-poor villagers.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Improve environment through soil conservation and growing coffee organically.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 4pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Forming village self-help groups.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Training in production, management and quality control.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Assist with the harvesting, processing, transportation, and marketing (domestically and internationally – including Starbucks Muan Jai)</p> <table class="Table" style="MARGIN-LEFT: 5.4pt; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse;"> <tbody> <tr style="HEIGHT: 16.35pt;"> <td style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 453.8pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 16.35pt;"> <p><b>Education and Social Development Project (ESDP)</b></p></td></tr> <tr style="HEIGHT: 268.35pt;"> <td style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 453.8pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 268.35pt;"> <p><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p><b><i><span style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;">Goals</span></i></b></p> <p><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 4pt; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Education:</b></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Primary children enter and do well in government schools.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Children are able to communicate their language, culture, and traditions to other villagers and the next generation.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Parents have an increased involvement in their children’s education physically, emotionally and financially.</p> <p style="MARGIN-LEFT: 0.25in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 6pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Capacity</b><b> Building</b><b> And Empowerment:</b></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>To improve the literacy rate among Adults.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Children and adults have the same human rights as other Thais, better accepted into Thai society, and receive better assistance from government agencies.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Villagers have access to resources (medical, food, clothing, information) that will assist them to have sustainable livelihoods.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Empower villagers to help themselves in their own development in a appropriate and sustainable way.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 6pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Community Health</b></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>To improve the physical health, learning capability and well being of hill tribes.</p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Bring awareness to government agencies on village / community needs.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Develop Memorandum of Understandings (MOU’s) with all government agencies that have a stake in the project to meet those needs.</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Construct schools / clinics and manage them for 3-5 years before turning over to the Thai government as indicated in the MOU’s.</p> <table class="Table" style="MARGIN-LEFT: 5.4pt; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse;"> <tbody> <tr style="HEIGHT: 13.5pt;"> <td style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 459pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 13.5pt;"> <p><a name="_Toc115866408"><b>Child Focus Community Development Project (CFCDP)</b></a><b> – Lahu Villages</b><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span></b></p></td></tr> <tr style="HEIGHT: 187.4pt;"> <td style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 459pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 187.4pt;"><span><br></span> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span><b>Goals</b></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 4pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Education:</b><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span></b></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Primary Children enter and do well in project Day Care Centres (DCCs).</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Children understand Thai and Lahu culture / traditions, in addition to communicating in both languages. </p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Parents have an increased involvement in their children’s education physically, emotionally and financially.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>Strengthen existing pre-schools in project areas.</p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Community Health:</b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;"></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span>To improve the physical health, learning capability and well being of the children and adults.<span></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol;"><span>·<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b><i>Up to date more than 300 villages from 6 tribal groups representing over 50,000 people have benefited from ITDP interventions.</i></b></p> Mon, 01 Mar 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/18909-integrated-tribal-development-program-itdp-making-a-difference-for-hill-tribe-people-in-thailand https://internationalministries.org/read/18909-integrated-tribal-development-program-itdp-making-a-difference-for-hill-tribe-people-in-thailand