UPDATED October 29, 2014
Report from Chris Collins in Thailand
October 7, 2014
Serving here in Thailand at the Legacy Institute has been more of a learning and growing experience than I ever could have imagined it would be. I knew before coming here that I would be teaching English and the Bible to young adults, and that has gone wonderfully, but nothing could have prepared me for the individual growth I would be doing over the next several months.
We just wrapped up the first semester of classes here, and all teachers, and students are excited about the break for the Feast of Tabernacles. All of us teachers can see a lot of improvements in our students English and their understanding of the Bible. Some of our students had no English background, and no Bible background before they came to study at Legacy, and now they are able to ask us Bible questions in English. I never could have imagined how rewarding teaching could be before coming here. I love it!
As I mentioned, being here in this environment has taught me a great deal. The other teachers and I have had a huge responsibility on our hands that we would have NEVER had at home. We have all been ripped out of our comfort zones and given responsibility that none of us have had the opportunity to have before. The responsibilities range from; growing our own food, to teaching, to Sabbath services, to managing the daily operations of the school. We usually work about 60 hour weeks each and although many things we have to deal with can be stressful, it is very rewarding to work and serve here in Thailand.
Thank you once again LifeNets for sponsoring me and helping to make a difference here. I never could have done this without your help.
September 5, 2014
UPDATED September 6, 2014
Report from Michael Slocum in Thailand
September 5, 2014
Just over three months in the Legacy Foundation is going strong. There are a total of five teachers here at Legacy including myself and, after some late additions, thirteen students. Many of the students are from Burma who spent a good amount of time in a refugee camp and about half a dozen of them are related to one another. One of the students is a single mother of a two and a half year old which brings all new challenges and joys in providing education for these kids.
The classes that we teachers provide are that of Speech, health and hygiene, choir, beginning English, intermediate English, advanced English, leadership, composition, computer, journalism, sports, as well as three bible classes (introduction, old testament history, and gospels). After dinner we have allotted an hour’s time for study hall where we assign one teacher to be available, even though all of us end up helping anyway.
Legacy also has farm land that we, as students and teachers combined, work at to live off what we grow. With the afternoon schedule of classes and morning hours that we put in for farming, each teacher spend about 60 hours a week working with and around the students. I’ve heard that full emersion is the best way to understand and know a culture and we are testing that theory in every way possible.
The support of Life Nets was a wonderful and welcomed aide from the beginning and now after just three months here I am so much more grateful. The assistance that Life Nets provided allowed me to experience something that I never realized I could experience. It is not just the country and culture, but the kids that I get to work and live with have changed me in ways that I didn’t think needed growth.
With the knowledge that the other teachers and I are providing here these kids will be able to succeed in their lives afterward. Thank you so much.
UPDATED May 28, 2014
Two More Sponsored for Thailand Mission 2014-2015
We have sponsored three young adults for mission in Thailand. We have already written about Chris Collins (story below) for the 2014-2015 year in Thailand. We have addred two more young adults for this most interesting mission at Legacy Institute in northern Thailand which serves a broad community of Burmese and Thai people. More information at www.legacyinstitute.org. Here are their bios.
I really appreciate the assistance from Lifenets, that will allow me to have this once in a lifetime opportunity. Volunteering at Legacy Institute has been a goal of mine for several years, so finally being able to go means so much to me. I am 20 years old and will graduate in May with my Bachelors in English and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Arlington. I have taken many classes to prepare myself to teach English, and am currently enjoying a class focused on teaching Rhetoric and Composition. I am also in the process of becoming TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certified. While at Legacy, I will be teaching Beginner and Intermediate English and Composition.
I will be leaving for Thailand on May 21st, and while I am nervous I am also eager for the possibilites an opportunity like this may bring. I’m looking forward to teaching, but more so what I will learn while there. I don’t feel as if this is a great sacrifice but an opportunity to really learn the true meaning of serving. Just being able to live a year abroad amongst church brethren from a different culture is a tremendous blessing and a great way to gain a different perspective.
Thank you, again!
I wish to thank you for your assistance toward this opportunity graced upon me. I feel gifted with the experience to travel and serve, and look forward to the coming year. I am 23 years of age, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and a part of the Church of God.
When I was the age of 20 I attended and in time graduated from the Ambassador Bible Center. While attending and at the age of 21 I was baptized. After graduation I returned to my home in Ridgefield, Washington to finish college. Since then I have been pursuing my degree in Elementary Education and aspirations of becoming a writer. The experience I will have in Thailand will give me hands-on knowledge that is unique for my future career in teaching. I am currently assigned the class of Bible 1 though more classes will arise with opportunity. I am nervous, but anxious to start this adventure come June. I hope and pray to be malleable to whatever God has in store for me and that I will be able to learn from this experience just as I pray those I teach learn.
Thank you once more for allowing me this wonderful opportunity.
UPDATED March 1, 2014
Today we saw Amanda Boyer in Cincinnati after her return from Thailand. She spent an eventful nine months in Thailand teaching English, working on a rice farm and doing other work at Legacy Institute.
She also taught journalism and produce the Class of 2013-2014 Legacy Leader which you can view and download here. It contains a lot of interesting news about the Mission she was on.
LifeNets Helps Sponsor Chris Collins for Thailand Mission
UPDATED February 20, 2014
We are happy to sponsor Chris Collins, our fourth young adult to Thailand who will be leaving for Thailand in June 2014 for about nine months.
LifeNets Helps Sponsor Mission toThailand for Amanda Boyer
UPDATED June 1, 2013
LifeNets is happy to help sponsor Amanda Boyer from Cincinnati, Ohio to participate in Legacy Institute's Mission in Thailand that started in May. Amanda will be gone for nearly a year.
Former Participants Charles Wilson and Hanna Reisdorff
UPDATED September 20, 2012
LifeNets has sponsored a number of worthy individuals for worthy projects that with fall within our own Mission Statement found on www.lifenets.org.
Along with Hanna Reisdorff, we are helping sponsor Charles Wilson who will be leaving shortly for Thailand, as well. He writes the following:
"Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit serving the Lord." This passage is found in Romans 12. It goes on to list many attributes of what make up a Godly Christian. This passage has stuck with me the last few weeks. Why?
Two weeks ago. I committed myself to embark on a journey. A journey that will untimately change my life. A journey that will help touch other lives. I have been blessed with the oppurtunity to head to Thailand, and partner up with Legacy Institute and LifeNets to help and serve in any way possible. Now two weeks ago, if you would have told me I was going into Thailand, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. I was wrapped up in myself and college. Theres nothing wrong with college. But I firmly believe that our amazing God went out of His way to make sure I was in Thailand. Yep. You guessed. Before knew it, God opended doors for me, and certain things fell into place.
We are called to be literal servants of God. Doing the work of God, and stepping up to the plate in any way we can. I will be helping with the locals in Chiang Mai. Teaching english mainly, working on the farm, and helping with piano and anything else that they want me to do.
Please pray that God uses me the way He wishes, and that it is a success!
Posted June 3, 2012
We are helping Hanna Reisdorff of Washington State on her nine month mission to work with Legacy Institute in northern Thailand which serves a broad community of Burmese and Thai people. She leaves on June 11, 2012.
Hanna describes her work:
- Hanna Reisdorff
Missions of cooperating organizations:
Lifenets Mission Statement: