We currently have 13 students attending our HBI English summer course. I am teaching the class and really loving it. The students are currently learning how to identify the sounds that letters make. Most of the class is from Mae Lae Refugee camp, some from Burma, and others from remote villages in Thailand. All have a desire to learn English and grow in their Christian faith.
I urge you to please pray for our students that God will open their minds and hearts like never before.
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In 1998, Nazier Akhtar had a dream.
From his home in Pakistan, this faithful Christian man dreamed of a life somewhere else — a vision of life in beautiful Thailand, though he never knew exactly how that vision would come to pass.
Incredibly, that nearly 15-year-old dream has come true for Nazier and his entire family.
Against all odds, this invaluable CFI co-worker and prayer warrior now lives and works among the persecuted in Thailand, and has dedicated his life to becoming a “voice for the voiceless.”
Watch and learn… Read more
Thoelay Tana is in trouble today.
This promising young Bible school student, one of CFI’s finest, has been checked into a hospital in Chiang Mai, after initially complaining of painful lumps in his neck. When doctors at a local clinic were unable to determine the source of the problem, Thoelay was simply given some aspirin for the pain and sent home. Since then, however, the lumps have continued to grow, and when the pain spread into his lower back and kidney area, Thoelay was finally checked into the hospital.
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The Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Bible School and College (KKBBSC) in Mae La Refugee Camp was tragically destroyed by fire on Saturday, April 28, the Karen News reported. Other buildings including the library, food storage, and teacher’s homes were also destroyed. “All the buildings in the school compound were destroyed by the fire . . . there’s nothing left,” noted a teacher at the Bible school.
It was reported that as many as 1,000 people helped to stop the fire so it would not spread the surrounding houses. Thai police and… Read more
Hundreds of homes,two nursery schools and other buildings have been destroyed in a massive fire in Thailand’s Umpiem Mai refugee camp which took place on February 23.
The camp is home to more than 17,000 refugees from Burma, who have been displaced from their homeland as a result of the ongoing violence and persecution carried out by the Burmese junta.
The blaze, which reportedly began as a cooking fire around midday, spread quickly throughout the camp with the help of hot, dry weather and strong winds.
No casualties have been… Read more
Canadian natives Joe and Marnie Scott had their work cut out for them.
As CFI volunteers, their first assignment was to teach more than 75 children at the Freedom House in Thailand. “We didn’t speak the language and had to use an interpreter,” said Joe. “It was a lot of children and a huge barrier, so we knew we had to be entertaining and crystal clear.”
Earlier, the Scotts had taken a course on how to use The Wordless Book, an evangelistic story comprised of a series of colored pages… Read more
On a Mission
When Adoniram Judson first traveled to Burma as a missionary in the mid-1800s, he was crossing into one of the most wild, untamed, and hostile lands on earth. But as he settled in Burma as his mission field, he was determined to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the natives at whatever cost.
Although Judson only converted one man throughout his life in Burma, that lone believer helped launch the spread of Christianity in the ethnic Karen tribe. Today, thousands of Karen people profess Jesus Christ… Read more
Htel Paw, 21, is a third-year student at Christian Freedom International’s Karenni Bible School outside Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Born in Karenni State in Burma, Htel Paw has been a Christian since childhood. Tragically, Htel Paw’s mother died of a heart attack in 2008.
“I have wanted to go to the Bible School ever since I was a little girl,” Htel Paw said. “When I was a girl, some pastors and Bible School teachers came to my village and taught me about the Bible and told Bible stories. That was… Read more
Like many other children suffering under the burden of persecution in Burma, young “Percilla” DaGay Moo was one of dozens of orphans who received loving care in CFI’s Mae Sot, Thailand orphanage. In 2008, Percilla and her extended family were finally offered the opportunity to relocate in the United States, where they began a new life in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
CFI volunteer Mike Potter, who had been one of Percilla’s teachers in the orphanage, recently contacted Percilla, now a young woman who has just completed high school. Mike was able… Read more
Looking for a unique and meaningful way to spend the summer? CFI has the perfect opportunity!
We are searching for a team of volunteers to perform a variety of maintenance tasks at CFI’s Vocational School in Mae Sot, Thailand this June and July. Our Vocational School has helped to bring about a positive and life-changing difference for dozens of Christian refugee students from Burma, and its success is largely attributed to the dedication and selfless generosity of many CFI volunteers. This year, you and your family, friends, or church group… Read more