Dear friends,

Today marks 21 years since our family arrived in Thailand to live. We had visited numbers of times before that but on this day 21 years ago, our family made Thailand our home. We had purchased one-way air tickets…  We are so grateful for the lessons learned and opportunities presented in our adopted country.

Our celebration today has been heightened with the fantastic news that Foon has received a full tuition scholarship to study social work at Huntington University in Indiana, USA. He has worked hard to reach this goal and we are happy for him. He plans to begin studying there in August. 

With milestones like today we cannot but help think about ….

Foon for example, who as a toddler came to us, rescued from begging on the streets of Mae Sai, Thailand’s border city with Burma and how different his life could have been. We are so grateful to God for His intervention. In the photo above you can see Foon with some children during his senior project last month… 

Another milestone… Mae (18) and Hope (19) who both now are completing their high school through the Thai part-time education system, while working in local cafes finding their way toward independence. These two girls along with Bam (18) who also has full-time work now, are planning on ‘spreading their wings’ soon toward independence and moving out of home to live nearby. They are moving to a place only 5 minutes away from home. We are so glad they feel confident to take these steps toward independence. In the photo above Bam, Nui and Hope are celebrating Nui’s 18th birthday this past week. (2 March)

It was a joy to be able to help Sriply, a lady who we have know for all the 21 years that we have lived in Thailand, to rebuild and renovate part of her small modest home in the mountains this past week. Thanks to those who give to help us do our projects in the community like this. We are more than grateful for your partnership. In the photo above you can see our team of Thai staff, with Yanee and us at Sriply‘s home in the mountains. 

Peace,
Paul and Penny Wilcox