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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.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 It is interesting how many assume when God created Adam and Eve, there was no work in the garden of Eden. That is crazy talk! There was plenty of work and care they needed to do. God didn’t put man and woman in a garden for a vacation. I’ve never come across a garden that didn’t need any maintenance. You weed a garden bed, and the next day what do you wake up and see, more weeds. This past month we’ve been putting in some final touches to our front KIEC garden alongside the playground. Its been a project we’ve been working on for the past eight months. Why take so long and put so much effort into such a small space? We created this area to…
In a few weeks, our family plans to put in some peanuts and sweet potatoes in our orchard for some cover crops. We’ve spent the week clearing the ground by hand and getting things ready. As I’ve been thinking about peanuts, I remembered a quote by George Washington Carver: “When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well George, that’s more nearly your size.’ And he told me.” Well, as George already has covered peanuts, I’ve spent time reflecting on banana trees. We have a lot of orange, lime, lemons and lychees trees in our orchard.Yet, the ‘tree’ we have the most of is bananas, with around 120 planted. I think they are one of our most interesting ‘trees’…
One of my favorite bands is named ‘The Gray Havens.” They aren’t the most well known Christian band, but they should be. I probably listen to their songs once a day. I resonate with their lyrics and music, which always seems to call me to draw back and contemplate my own spiritual life and walk with the Lord. I also think they have a cool Christian band name. Their name makes me reflect on life here in this world. Living in the grayness of a fallen world and at the same time assured by the gift of grace that I have a haven in Jesus. There is a mournful hope in how they share the gospel in their music. The below Youtube links are just some of their many great songs. I really encourage everyone reading this to take a moment to check them out! For many of us, the…
Some may think mission service is glamorous work. Perhaps, some have a vision of Sinte and Austin going out every evening to do evangelism, lead a Bible study, or help to plant a new church. Truthfully, our hearts love this type of work, and when we get these opportunities, we love it. But for the past year, we’ve been doing more nitty-gritty work that many might feel doesn’t quite have a missionary ring to it. Austin has been working a lot on improving KIEC’s gardens and ditches. You can’t rush plants, they take their time, and he’s learned how to grow vegetables and flowers he’s never even seen before. Building the foundation walls for our ditches has been much the same way. We mix our cement by hand and move and build walls one rock at a time. But when the job gets done, you see fruit, and it is…