In September, the New Life Center received news that the landlord of the Chiang Mai residence that we have been renting had sold the property to a developer. This landlord has graciously rented the property to us at a rate far below market value for over 20 years and she gave us until the end of the year to move out. We praise God for her kindness to the NLCF!
After researching available properties, we finally found an appropriate facility southeast of the city in a suburb called Saraphi. The building is owned by the Women’s Department of the Church of Christ in Thailand (“CCT”), the largest Protestant Christian denomination in the country. The CCT was co-founded by the American Baptist Churches, the Presbyterians and the United Church of Christ and provides me with a missionary visa and work permit that enable me to serve in Thailand. There is also an active CCT church across the street, and the pastor has kindly offered to allow our residents to play outside on their property as our property has very minimal outdoor space.
The building was built in 2008 and is a beautiful space with parquet floors. The bedrooms upstairs already have beds and bathrooms and can comfortably sleep 7 students per room, plus rooms for the house mothers and offices. The building has been abandoned for the last 3-4 years, so it required some significant clean-up and yard care. But the CCT and New Life Center staff and residents rolled up their sleeves and worked tirelessly to prepare the space so that the residents could move in on Dec 8. We are so thankful for God’s provision of this new space and our ongoing relationship with the Church of Christ in Thailand!
Thanks so much for everything you do to support me and the work of the New Life Center Foundation! I am so grateful for your partnership. May God cover you with grace and kindness this Christmas season!