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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.
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…
The past few months have gone by so fast since our last blogpost. After our family’s move to northern Myanmar in April, we’ve been busy getting the first KIEC building complete, hosting guests and starting our first preschool class. It’s been a whirlwind of activity! Through it all we’ve seen God’s hand guiding us and giving us opportunities to serve as well as opening our eyes for the need for growth. As the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words so we hope the following pictures give just a brief window into the many events of joy we’ve had as we experience God’s grace and blessing on this work. KIEC DEDICATION (June 10, 2019) KIEC Preschool Students – First 10 Weeks House Family Settling In Thank you so much for your prayers and support for Farthest Corners’ ministry.