Hope Bridges

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15 (NIV)

I’m going to tell you about Mike Lane and the powerful, life-altering work that he and the Hope Bridges team are doing in Thailand with children living in poverty. Most of the children, Mike shared, “live in pretty deep poverty and most do not have a father, the mother cannot care for them due to addictions and/or no money.”

My intent is to shine light on the good that people are doing. I want you to share this story with your friends, share it with the world. We all need more good news.

I will also tell you how you can support and be involved in this world-changing project (if you want to) and also enjoy some delicious coffee. (And if you don’t like coffee, you can send it to your friends who do like coffee, or me.)

But first, a few words about my goals:

I feel like there are many people who are doing good in the world, but for whatever reason (maybe they’re not social media-savvy, maybe they don’t have a lot of Facebook friends to see their posts, or maybe they are just too busy doing the work to share their stories) only a very few people know their stories.

I want to find these stories of world-changers, and shine light on them. I may not be able to do what these amazing people are doing, but I can be a voice.

Hope Bridges is a nonprofit organization based in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It has been around since 2010.

There are three different facilities in northern Thailand that are home to over 80 children and young girls. Not only does Hope Bridges provide food, clothing, and life skills, but also they have a goal of sending the children to vocational school or college so that they are prepared to be well-functioning adults.

Mike and I spoke in Nashville a week ago, and one the great success stories that he shared with me is about a newborn baby girl named Kai Muk. There were complications during her birth, and since there is as little to no access to medical care, her mother died shortly after.

Many hill tribes in Thailand believe it is the child’s fault if the mother dies during childbirth. The baby is placed under the dead mother, and they are both buried together. It’s gruesome.

Thankfully, the local caretakers at Baan Mai (one of the children’s homes run by Hope Bridges) heard about Kai Muk, and were able to convince Kai Muk’s father to let them adopt her.

Kai Muk was only five days old when she was brought to the children’s home, she was malnourished and barely alive. Hers is the beautiful smiling face you saw when you clicked on this post. It’s been almost two years a year since she was rescued and she is growing and thriving, thanks to the care provided by the Hope Bridges team. (To learn more about her story, you can read Mike’s post here.)

In order to fund these facilities, this nonprofit exists primarily on donations, and coffee! In a beautiful example of a perfect circle, they purchase green coffee beans from a hill tribe cooperative in Thailand; a local roaster in Kansas then roasts and packages the beans, which are then sold online.

Mike told me, “We have a full-time Thai woman who works for us and we have a part-time American missionary who helps us as well. Zeb and Rachelle Morlok a young couple have bought one way tickets to Thailand and will be living there for two years being missionaries for Hope Bridges.”

One of the greatest needs that Hope Bridges has right now is sponsors for their child sponsorship program. You could help a child like Kai Muk for the same amount of money you might be spending on your daily Starbucks run. Click here for more information.

I did not write this post only to ask for money at the end. If you feel led to help this cause, please don’t hesitate to do so.

But, my main goal is to expose and bring light to the good that is happening out there in the world. Please share this post with your friends. We all need more positive news in our newsfeeds.

This post is part of my new series: The Matthew 5 Project. My goal is to shine light on the good, and to share the stories of those making a lasting impact on their world. 

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