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02 Dec 2018
Come join us for the Woodbridge Flute Choir’s 11th Annual Holiday Concert to benefit Farthest Corners. Widely recognized as one…
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Kingdom WorkFarthest Corners is a Christian organization that believes in making disciples of Jesus Christ. All our projects look for opportunities and ways to integrate the great commission in our everyday witness to make disciples. Over the years, we have invested in providing scholarships to students and also in the financial support of evangelists. However, Farthest Corners offers such assistance with the aim to support healthy self-supporting models for indigenous churches to grow.
DevelopmentLong-term sustainability is a must for communities to thrive. Farthest Corners has initiated and supported agriculture projects in rural communities for over ten years. An example of Farthest Corners’ desire to help make communities stronger is in the development of Happy Home Farm. Since 2009, this farm has been slowly developed to provide rice for the thirty children and staff at Happy Home. Throughout the year, three farm workers and their families also receive support from their labors. By 2020, the plan is to develop the farm to provide at least 90% of Happy Home’s rice needs. Once rice production has reached its full potential, we will introduce other rotational crops and fruit trees.
ReliefWhy is relief needed in Myanmar (Burma)?
- Longest running civil war in the world.
- At least one million internally displaced people.
- Is typically ranked the second worst healthcare system in the world.
- During the last ten years, Myanmar was impacted by two major earthquakes, three severe cyclones, floods and other smaller-scale natural disasters.
Happy HomeFounded in 2006, Happy Home was one of Farthest Corners’ first projects. It is led and coordinated with a group of community leaders in northern Karen State, Myanmar (Burma). These leaders desired to have a home for the orphaned and poverty-stricken families among them. This Christian home welcomes children from all creeds and religions and is in a village which has a high school, the only one within a two-days walking distance. Since its founding over one-hundred children have come through Happy Home. Many have graduated and gone to become teachers, nurses, medics and leaders within their communities. We have seen many Happy Home students, from non-believing families, receive Jesus Christ and be baptized; while other non-believing students have felt led not to become Christian. Our love for all of these children remains the same, and we have endeavored to remain connected with these children once they leave Happy Home.
ScholarshipsSince 2008, Farthest Corners has provided over twenty scholarships to seminary and college students who had little chance to receive a higher education. Students who receive these scholarships are required to serve at least a year or two of service in their home church or to go into the mission field within their own country to unreached people groups. These scholarships reflect Farthest Corners’ desire to serve alongside local Christian communities in SE Asia to build up their future leaders and workers.
After almost a decade of dreaming and praying. Then add into that a few years of looking at real estate properties, numerous meetings and seven months into our three-year KIEC fundraising campaign we now have a property for KIEC to be built on. As we looked at real estate options we had a list of important things we looking for hoped to find in a property: 1. We wanted to be centered in a Buddhist community. While we could have found properties in Christian areas of Kalay, we truly wanted a place where we could be a light and witness among those we desire to serve and share the gospel with. 2. We wanted a piece of land that was close to the center of the city and a large enough piece of land to allow us to grow. Not an easy task in one of Myanmar’s fastest growing cities.…
Since our arrival in Yangon, our family has been blessed to attend two churches. One is a Chin church in the denomination which Sinte grew up in. Unfortunately, this church usually takes us around 2+ hours to get to and return (because of traffic), so we don’t go there every Sunday. We also found another church closer to our home called the Upper Room, which has both Burmese and English spoken during the worship. The Upper Room has blessed our family tremendously, but it also sticks out in my mind as our worship time there has some peculiarities. First, is the symbolic presence of the Holy Spirit. The Bible often mentions the presence of our Triune God symbolized as a dove. In this church, it finds it’s cousin with many pigeons flying around inside the building. A few weeks back, when I preached at the Upper Room, there was a…
The question of ‘What’s in the kangaroo boxes?’ has been a question we’ve been asked and been asking ourselves quite a bit these past couple months. This past March, South Pacific School Aid, an organization in Adelaide, Australia came through for us yet again by donating and sending us two pallets of books (over 5,000+). We plan to distribute these books to schools, Bible schools, churches and seminaries throughout Myanmar (Burma). Getting these books through customs is not a fun experience. To be asked over and over again by the company’s agent to send them the same paperwork which we already sent them multiple times and being asked silly questions like: ‘Are we going to be selling half used stationary?’ is baffling. But we’re in Myanmar, so we have to play along. When we finally got ahold of the books we had only just a couple hours to scour through…
On 23 April, my son, Saw Shalom (who just graduated high school) and I left for a trip to Happy Home. We arrived at Happy Home after our bus, truck, boat and motorcycle ride. On 24 April, we had a meeting with the Happy Home leadership committee and discussed our plans for the upcoming year. First, we talked on the preparations for the rice planting this year. Last year was our largest harvest yet, which was able to sustain the children for six months and also feed all of workers (i.e, farm workers and Board master family). Still, like any farm we can’t lean on our success from the previous year. The things needing to be done at the farm were the maintenance of our tractors, ensure the temporary workers were hired, and to make sure we reinforce and clean out the irrigation ditch…