How it Began
"Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body." Hebrews 13:3
Five years ago, Al and Susan Henson came to speak at our home church, Cypress Point. They told us about the persecution in Laos, and the families/children displaced by this suffering. At that time we didn't know how, but we knew that we had to be involved. The mission in Laos and Thailand has struck our hearts and never let go. Since then, we have been to Northern Thailand on two short-term mission trips, and look forward to serving there for an entire year. (Maybe more!)
We have made many friends in Laos and Thailand, and we're eager to tell their stories. You can follow us on social media, or through our blogs!
The Body of Christ
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, through many, are one body, so it is with Christ." 1 Corinthians 12:12
"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together." 1 Corinthians 12:26
Cypress Point Community Church has partnered with the Compassionate Hope Foundation in ministry to the Christ Followers in Laos and Thailand. This small church in Florida actively reaches across the ocean to love and encourage a part of Christ's Church that feels alone and forgotten.
CPC has become the first church to sponsor an entire province in Laos, with monthly financial support. Our adopted province of Oudomxay has faced heavy persecution over the years, but this region is still thriving in God's presence! Over 60 home churches have bloomed in spite of the opposition, and CPC is honored to assist the Christian Nationals in their mission.
As the church's first long term missionaries, Christian and Georgia will extend Cypress Point's reach into the region by living and serving along the Laos border. This will allow them to perceive needs in real time, and remain in communication with the Lao pastors and their wives. Cypress point is also dedicated to serving the orphaned children, living at the Village of Hope. Many of these children were rescued from Laos after their parents/guardians were imprisoned or martyred. Christian and Georgia will be serving full time as teachers and caregivers to nearly 300 orphans and students.
Homes of Hope
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'" Matthew 25:35-40
The Compassionate Hope Foundation has established several children's homes in Thailand and Laos. In these homes, children rescued from trafficking, abuse and abandonment find love and a new future. The Village of Hope in Northern Thailand is also a school, fully sanctioned by the Thai government. The school is openly Christian and provides an education not only for the children living there, but for kids from the remote tribal villages in the mountains. The Thai government does not extend equal rights to many of these tribes, and these children would not receive any form of education if it weren't for the Village of Hope.
Christian and Georgia are excited to bring their talents and resources to an already skilled group of volunteers and staff. Check out the Faugl blog and media pages to learn about day to day life in VOH, and the current needs of the ministry.
Compassion in Practice
The Compassionate Hope Foundation has been serving the "least of these" in Thailand and Laos for over thirty years. Their network of ministry and service has radically impacted thousands of lives and continues to grow.
Click here to learn more about the Compassionate Hope Foundation!