About a year ago we posted about the amazing ministry, Special Blessings. This ministry serves children with special needs, supports their families, and trains their teachers and guardians. TMM missionaries Carol Fare and Vicki Brown have adapted this beautiful rental home into an amazing space for kids to learn and play. They have an interactive classroom, a classroom for trainings, and an outdoor space where Vicki is able to build adaptive equipment for children with physical needs. This house has also been used for TMM meetings and even as a place for a local church to worship. The second floor of the house is used as a living space for both missionaries.
|Kids learning and playing in the classroom|
It took a lot of time and money for Carol and Vicki to create this environment. Although they have always payed rent on time, they began getting notices from the bank warning foreclosure on the house. As it turned out, the home owner was not making full payments on the mortgage. This was obviously very stressful for this ministry. In January, the house was foreclosed and went up for auction. A huge prayer was answered and Carol and Vicki were the only bidders and were able to buy this space for an amazing deal of $68,000.
|Outside Special Blessings|
|Carol inside Special Blessings classroom|
|Vicki in the woodshop|
This ministry is so important here in Thailand. Many schools are not willing to accept children with special needs, and have no desire to make accommodations. It has taken Carol and Vicki a long time to convince educators to see that these children can learn and deserve to learn at school, and this continues to be a challenge for them. Carol and Vicki have had some amazing success as well, including being recognized as Continuing Education Providers to teachers. Thai school teachers are required to continue education, and they can now come to Special Blessings to learn about incorporating children with special needs into the classroom.
Please keep this ministry in your prayers. They are constantly having successes and challenges. If you want to learn more, you can see more on their website: http://www.specialblessingskorat.org/