On the 1-8 December 2016, a few of us went up to visit Hope Alive Foundation based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The foundation currently runs a few entities to serve the local community: mainly a church and children home that provides both emotional and physical shelter for over 30 children of minority people groups.
As some would know, most of us here at NOVENA are Christians. And one of the main belief is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ – the salvation He offers through His life, death and resurrection.
Jane (a partner of NOVENA) has been supporting the foundation for a few years now. And so we decided that a few of us would travel up to see first hand the love and good works that is being invested in the lives of the children; and also mutually encourage each other in the gospel.
As people in the signage trade, it was natural that one of the best ways we could help the foundation was through our vocational skills! Thus two ways we contributed were: 1. Personalised art and craft name plates for every child; 2. Installing a new vinyl sticker signage for the church.
We prepared the names of every child and staff in black coloured vinyl and got them to individually paste them – professional style – before embellishing the plates with a few matte stickers.
The reason behind the personalised name plates was to remind the children that they are precious in the eyes of God. Christians believe that God is our Heavenly Father. He loves us with an everlasting love even before He formed the world, made us wonderfully, and knows each one of us by name.
Eugene (operations manager) also had the privilege to do up the window signage (reverse back-paste sticker) for Ping River Church. The church just moved to its new premises and the new sign will help inform the local community around about its presence and its mission to proclaim the gospel.
It was a definitely heartening and fulfilling week interacting with the children and staff, and especially when they proudly received their name plates with beaming smiles. What a privilege to serve God’s great family!