Stand By Me update May 2018May 2018 Shan State Update
In 2015 we began a partnership with this amazing charity, specifically supporting their work in Burma.
In January 2017, three members of Holy Trinity visited Stand By Me in Burma, you can read about the work there hereShan State HTN Feb 2017
During 2014 the PCC explored how our Trinity Project Tithe should be used to resource God’s wider work in the world. Several substantial grants were agreed and an overseas capital project was identified.
We now partner with Stand By Me to build the first of four Children’s Home in a children’s village in Shan State, Burma at a likely cost of £23,000. As part to this we will:
– Commit to this partnership for an initial period of 3 years
– Encourage Church members to sponsor children and become part of this project in other ways
– Make a modest ongoing financial commitment from the TP Tithe income over the next 3 years.
Stand by Me is more than a charity – it is a movement of like minded people, passionate about changing the lives of desperately needy kids worldwide.
Stand By Me is about you, no matter where you live, your age, background, or skills, there is a way you can be involved in making a lasting difference.
Through the children’s homes, schools and care centers James (Director of Shan State Children’s Village) and his wife Esther aim to meet the individual needs of children who are orphaned, abandoned, abused are victims of war or disease or are living in extreme poverty. They aim to make lasting improvements to children’s lives, caring for them as Jesus would, by restoring their dignity and giving them a sense of self worth. They want every child entrusted to them to feel loved and to reach their full potential.
Working in the Community
Shan State has developed significantly in 2016. James and Esther have started to care for the local children, most of whom are illiterate. March and April are the long summer holidays for children in Burma so James and Esther visited their Buddhist neighbours and invited their children to ‘Summer School’ in the Stand by Me village. Several children attended and enjoyed a free daily meal, fun, games, English lessons and Bible study. The summer school closed as the children went home to go on traditional pilgrimages with their families, after which school resumed. Although Shan State is a difficult place to work and Buddhist neighbours are suspicious of Christians and often persecute them, the summer school built bridges and allowed James and Esther to help many children. We hope and pray that relationships will continue to be built.
May 21st 2016 saw construction start on the campus following long awaited official permits to be granted. These first two buildings will, in time be home to 30 abandoned and orphaned children.
The most exciting development in the past year is the welcoming of four children into the children’s village between May and June. James heard of the children’s great need for a quality home, access to an education and loving care. They are Elizabeth, Na Hmwe and Isaac and Moses who are twins.
Watch this video for a way to understand the work of Stand By me: