If you would like to help us but remain discrete or want to help but want to give in a way that is more direct and personal? Maybe you have an Amazon account and not a Paypal account. Maybe an Amazon Wishlist is just easier for you. Well, we have compiled a wishlist of things that we need, things we can’t get here and some guilty pleasures. We will update this list frequently and we will update with pictures of things we have received.
Check this video out to see one of the ways we are trying to help the kids in On Nut 49 slum!
Boom Bim is one of our favorites! She is a bright, beautiful and funny little girl who loves to learn!
This is our very first video about our project. Watching it now it is nice to see how naive I was and it’s always fun to think about all the challenges that were ahead of us that we never thought we would encounter!
Em and Aan are cousins of our new daughter, Preaw. This is the house that she grew up and all that people that she lived with. She loves Em and Aan and is hoping for the day that they will be able to join her at CAA!
Toey is a beautiful and happy 9 yr old girl. I hate
to say it but out of all the kids she is my favorite! She is beautiful, smart and funny. She is a good student, but she also has an edge that keeps you guessing, what is really going on in her mind? Like most kids in the slum she doesn’t put with anything from anyone! She like most people in Thailand she shows no emotion on the surface, but once you crack her hard exterior she is a sweet little girl who just wants to be loved. She has 4 siblings, 3 brothers and one sister and lives with her grandmother (SoPa) Her mother lives in Bangkok as well but rarely sees any of her children. I have only met one one of her older siblings and it was her sister who is 13 years old and her younger brother. When I met her older sister I wanted to cry. Her sister is a 13 year old prostitute who is already “married”. That killed me inside!
Not only because of her “job” but also because Toey looks up to her and already acts like her in many ways. Looking at her I can see Toey’s future, unless there is divine intervention, I am afraid that she will follow in the footsteps as her sister and that scares me! We are trying to convince her mother and grandmother to let her and her younger brother go to CAA but they believe that even though they have raised 10 children very poorly that they can break the cycle with these two. Her mother and grandmother both have very little education and dropped out of school at a very young age. I was studying the Bible with her grandmother and was very surprised to find out that she did not know who Hitler was! I thought everyone knew that name!
They live in a big house by slum standards, but it is always full of teenagers and kids in their early 20’s Their house is spot where all the young men and women want to go because they can do whatever they want without any rules. Her grandmother thinks this is a good thing and it is keeping all of the kids out of trouble, but it is exposing a 9 yr old and a 7 yr old to drugs, alcohol, and a bad way to live life. We have talked to her grandmother about this but she seems to think that it is a good thing, even though her 9 and 7 year old grandkids talk and act like they are 20!
Toey loves her mom, even though she is never around, when she does come around she lights up, like a Christmas tree! Her and her little brother, also named Toey, are inseparable they are always sharing food and taking toys from other kids. They are fun to be around and the minute you take them out of the slum they turn into the best kids in the world. I would love to give her the opportunity to leave the slum, for good! I hope that you will all join together and pray with us, that God will change the hearts of her mom and grandmother and allow them to study at CAA!
Welcome to Jesus4slumkids.org!
We are a husband and wife who love God! We live in Mae teang, Thailand and we have too many kids! We have 6 teenagers from 13-18 years old! We worked in the Bangkok slum around On Nut 49 for 2 years before the Lord called us to take care of scholarship kids here in Mae teang. We have a passion for discipleship and teens.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
This verse Motivates us to teach young people how to live a life that is consistent with the teachings of the Bible and show them what a life in service to God looks like. Everyday we spend time in learning the Bible and praising God. I will be the first to admit that we are not perfect in our actions or in our theology, but we are striving everyday to get closer to Jesus and show these kids the love of God.
Most of these kids are not your classic “scholarship kids”, as most of them come from very bad situations. They come from houses and families that are full of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, mental abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. These kids have been hurt and damaged by the people closest to them, the people who were supposed to protect them from the dangers of this world. Many have been abandoned and given up on by the people who are supposed to love them unconditionally and support them. We hope to show them what a real family looks like, what the love of a mother and father looks like and what it looks like to be a member of a large family. We hope to give them an example so they have something to model their families after.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
The slums of Thailand are full of people who have been forgotten, neglected, and thrown away. There are the elderly, handicapped, drug addicts, drug dealers, prostitutes, and the children of all of them. They are living their lives broken and bankrupt struggling to get by until the day that they die. They live in shacks, under bridges and in hallways with up to 15 people in one “house” struggling to get enough food for everyone.
The kids at our home are all awesome, even though they don’t have much they’re happy with what they have. We hope to show them how to live a good and godly life, they have been lacking good parents or good role models and were forced to look up to drug dealers and prostitutes. Little boys doing the things that grown men do and little girls dressing like bar girls, and it breaks my heart to see these things. These kids need love and are finding it in all the wrong places and we hope to show these kids how to find the love they seek in Jesus.
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Praew, is a 16 year old girl entering the 10th grade. She is a very bright and dedicated student. The more I learn about her story the happier I get, that we have the opportunity to help her.
She was born and raised Bangkok and has 3 brothers, the only thing is that she doesn’t live with them. Her mother did not want to pay for her to go to school so she had her live with her aunt. When I asked her “How often do you see your mom?” She replied with “I don’t remember the last time I saw my mom.” Her mom lives with her 3 brothers but has little contact with her. Her aunt has many kids and even more grandchildren living in her house and many of them have alcohol and drug problems. She has 2 cousins who we teach, who have told us of many times that they have seen people in their house doing drugs. Its hard for me to think that this is a better situation than living with her mom.
Her aunt doesn’t want her to go to Chiang Mai, not because she doesn’t want to be far away from her, but because she doesn’t want to lose the
money that she brings in. While Praew has been going to school she has been working in a noodle shop for below minimum wage for 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. and struggling to keep her studies under control. The money that she earns goes to her education and goes to pay the electric bill for her aunt. Her aunt is sad to see her money go and is not letting it go without a fight.
Praew is a good girl and has a desire to help other people, she said that she wants to go to Chiang Mai to get a better education and to get away from all the problems in the slum. She said that she wants to be a civil servant because she wants to help other people and believes that being able to go to Chiang Mai would help her be able to do that.
In my opinion Praew is a great girl who is neglected, rejected and taken advantage of. She really has no one on her side and has no one who cares for her. We want to show her the love of Christ and that someone cares about her and her success. I hope that her story can inspire you to help her and people like her. For every story that you hear like Praew’s story there are 10 more worse. I implore you to pray for her success and for her to know God.
Jesus for Slum Kids Scholarship
Since 2017, Jesus for Slum Kids and Jesus for Asia have provided scholarships for children of any age from slums around Thailand. Starting in the On Nut 49 slum in Bangkok, Thailand, we have selected students for a full scholarship to cover all costs for primary school, high school, and college. We have 3 criteria in which we select our students to be eligible for our scholarship.
1. Bad situation – A child who is in an environment that is detrimental to there physical, mental or spiritual well being. A child who is from a home where there is drug or alcohol abuse, physical or mental abuse, and/or sexual abuse.
2. Desiring Jesus – This is for the child who shows determination in knowing Jesus. A kid who remembers Bible verses and volunteers to pray, a child who shows humility and a desire to help others.
3. Excellency in school – This is for the child who lives to his/her potential in school and would like to go to a school with a better atmosphere and curriculum. A child who is dedicated to bettering his/her lot in life through education.
Our mission is to bring children into an environment that is more conducive to their spiritual, physical and mental well-being. To bring them to a place where they will be introduced to Jesus on a personal level, this is something that is very difficult to have within the context of their home community.
We hope that you would prayerfully consider sponsoring a child. Below is a breakdown of costs (Download here) and we encourage you to prayerfully consider giving to help these kids begin anew with love and safety.
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We are currently Sponsoring 5 kids to go to CAA and 2 kids are being home schooled.
Well, these are all of our kids! All 6 of them! We started with one, then added another one, then added 2 more, then one more and then added the last one. We are very blessed to have them all and to have a very full house! My wife and I praise God everyday for choosing us to parent these kids. None of our kids have been officially adopted but all of their parents have signed over guardianship to us. Although, we are not their “real parents” we are the best parents they have ever had. So, take some time and meet our kids!
The first one we took in was Preaw, She was our first scholarship student who had many problems in her life. We sent her to CAA to live in a dorm and go to school without dealing with her problems. We soon realized that we had made a mistake by doing so. After a failed suicide attempt (Thank God!) and a lot of prayer, we decided that we needed to change our plan of action. We felt the Lord calling us away from the On nut 49 slum (where Preaw used to live) to move to Mae Teang, Chiang Mai, to take care of her and be close to the school. As we slowly became her parents we realized that she had not learned many things that are necessary for life, like Math, Thai and coping skills. We made the decision to take her out of school and home school her. She is happier but has to work much harder with home school than she ever had to work at school. We have also started taking her to a Christian counselor to help her deal with the problems that she has from her past life that we are not qualified handle.
Boot, is the latest child we have taken in. She is from Khon Kean (The town my wife is from) and was actually sponsored by a family from Michigan to go to CAA last year. Boot had many problems living in the dorms there, she struggled making friends and since she was a very quite kid she did not tell anyone when she didn’t have any money, she just stole from other kids. She was a loner and we noticed it from the first time we talked to her. We talked to the family that is sponsoring her and the leaders of the church in Khon Kean and all decided it would be best if she moved in with us and filled our last bed in the girls room. Since she has been here she has changed from a quite and shy girl to a loud boisterous teenager. She seems to enjoy her time with us and is sooooooo happy she is not living in the dorm again! We are happy we get to show her what a happy, well-functioning, large, Christian family looks like. At her home in Khon Kean she is an after thought because her mother remarried and her father and step-father do not really like her or want her. Her mother loves her and wants the best for her but being poor and married to a man that doesn’t, really makes it hard for Boot. Since the beginning of the school year she has not talked to her mother (repairing the relationships with family members is something we encourage). We are going to get her into counseling before her problems erupt into a volcano of emotions.
Nut, 15, is the first boy we have had and the second student that we sent to go to school at CAA. Nut is a very smart kid and he surprises me everyday
with all the things that he is good it. He is the kind of person that doesn’t have to study and can pass the test guessing. We are trying to change that and show him how successful he can be if he would just apply himself. Nut has been abandoned by everyone and has never been told that he is loved. As soon as we made the decision to send him to CAA he dropped out of the school that he was going to in Bangkok without telling us and went to go work construction. We were very upset at the time and very perplexed at what to do!?! Do we go back on what we said and not send him to CAA and hope he finds what he is looking for? Or do we go ahead and send him to CAA and hope that God works it out? Well, after much prayer we chose the latter and boy are we happy we did! He went from a high school dropout to a kid who wants to go to college and become an engineer. He needed a little taste of minimum wage work to make him realize he could be so much more. While he was in the boys dorm last year we saw that he was making all the wrong friends and questioned if we made the right decision. Since he has moved in with us we have been certain we made the right decision. He has been extremely helpful,a good big brother, and has a huge desire to learn and is very smart when it comes to the Bible.I have enjoyed having him here and having a boy to play, wrestle, and show how to be a man of God.
Ice is the oldest and probably the closest to our hearts. She is not one of our regular kids because she is my wife’s niece. She has a mother and father who love her and want the best for her. She graduated college in Feb 2018 and has come to live with us for a year to practice her English and learn the Bible. She wants to be a Christian and wants be to be just like her aunt Chitty. We are preparing her for her first year of college at Ramkhamheang University where she will be studying English and working with the Atwells at the F5 Climbing center, you can learn more about it here or visit their facebook page here. Ice is a very quite and shy young woman, since she has moved in with us she has started to develop her confidence in herself and in God. We are excited to see her grow this year and see her grow into a strong godly woman. We hope that she will decide to dedicate her life to God and one of her goals is to be baptized.
Daonin, 14, she is by far the craziest one we have! She is a ball of energy and loudness! She is always laughing and always has a huge smile on her face. When we were trying to find kids that we wanted to help we were told a story about how her and her brother wanted to go to church really bad but it was Friday afternoon and no one was there. So, what did they do? Just what any normal 12 & 13 yr old kids would do, they broke in the church and waited for everyone to get there. They didn’t break anything they climbed up to the second floor and went in through a window. That is the kind of craziness that I like! Crazy enough to do something that a normal person wouldn’t do, for God! When I heard that story I knew that I wanted to help these kids. When she heard about CAA she really wanted to go but her mom told her that they could not afford it, so Daonin started praying. Within a few months we were at her house telling her we wanted to support her going to CAA. She is an awesome little woman and we really enjoy being around her and living with her. Since she was baptized she kept telling her mom to read her Bible and to do the things that the Bible says. Her mother is studying the Bible so she can be prepared for baptism now. Daonin has never met her father and has a hole in her heart for her father. She is going to be an awesome worker for God and we are excited to see her grow in the Lord!
Sam, 13 is Doanin’s younger brother, from a different father, and is also our youngest. Sam is just as crazy as Daonin but in a different way. He is crazy creative, he is always playing by himself or with the dog thinking of some scenerio he has to fight his way out of, making costumes, making tools or guns and just having and good time. I was looking out the window as I showered the other day and saw Sam on his hands and knees walking to a calf. As he got closer I could tell he was trying to make friends with the calf and he started eating the weeds like the calf was doing. I started laughing so hard I scared him. He is always in a good mood and always wants to have fun. When he made his goals, he set the highest ones, his goal in life is to work for NASA. He is smart and there is not a doubt in my mind that he can do it, if he tries hard enough. When all the other kids heard his goal that laughed but it did not discourage him in the least. It will be awesome to see what God does with this little man!
Nut is our first hopeful scholarship student. Although nut lives in the slums he is not like the other children, he is calm he is quiet and he is well behaved. Nut’s Life has not been easy he has grown up in extreme poverty but not only that he had his mother and father walk out on him, one night they left and never came back, they let him with his aunt who was 72 at the time. I asked his aunt if his parents did drugs and she said, “No”. He did not grow up alone though his cousin’s mother died when he was young and also lived with his aunt, he knows his cousin as his brother and I think it was very god for them to have each other and helped them be very polite young men. It is really hard for me to imagine a mother after having a child for over year, to just walk out, it makes me sad.
His grandmother is 86 years old even though she is strong she is in no condition to be raising a 14-year-old boy. They live under a bridge together and his grandmother was the first christian convert in this area, but she is still afraid that Nut will come home to find her dead one day, she does not want Nut to go through that. Nut is very smart he Is very polite and we feel that he would be the best candidate to go to Chang Mai Academy. We are very excited to see how God will work in his life and we have faith that he will succeed in school.
Our mission statement: To bring all people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We will use all of our means and resources to provide opportunity for the people of the On Nut 49 slum to help achieve a successful life spiritually and temporally. We will show them Jesus on a personal level, we will provide them with opportunities that are non-existent currently, we will show them how to have a better life through Jesus, health, nature, education, and hard work. We will show them that Jesus came to give them life more abundantly and help them claim that promise.