South Asia trip Summer 2011

From July to September 2011 I went back to South-East Asia. The goal was to visit current projects in Myanmar and India, meet friends, gather information, speak, teach and encourage. I also wanted to learn from what others are doing in Malaysia and Thailand, especially houses of prayer and people that work with women and children in human trafficking and prostitution.

Goals

Because of my current studies the Summer is the only period that I can travel, so much needed to be done in a relatively short time frame. Some of the attained goals were:

  1. Follow-up on current projects. Meeting the leaders, evaluate, plan for the future.
  2. Pray and explore what God’s plans are for each region.
  3. Training and equipping, specifically of leaders in Orissa and Myanmar.
  4. Encouraging believers in hard circumstances.
  5. Meet the 60 children that we have supported this past year and see how they are doing.
  6. Get ideas for future projects  and possibilities for (self-sustaining) development.
  7. Get photo- and videofootage: crucial to connect people worldwide with the work.
  8. Give materials and support: we hope to get enough money to invest locally in some much-needed things.
  9. Connect people from various nations: brothers and sisters from various countries can strengthen each other with what they have: faith, courage, money, time, experience, strengths in their culture etc. One worldwide body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

The colors of the headings co-ordinate with the itinerary on the map below, in alphabetical order.

Part 1: Thailand (I) (June 29 – July 4)

  • Two days in Pattaya, 24 hour prayer at Pattaya House of Prayer
  • Two days in Bangkok with a couple from South East Asia House of Prayer (SEAHOP)
  • Adjusting to climate and jet lag and prayer and preparations for Myanmar

Part 2: Myanmar (July 4-18)

Part 3: North-India (July 18-25)

  • Kolkata: meet with friends who work with street children in Sudder street and YwaM missionaries about ideas for (a house of) prayer in Kolkata.
  • Siliguri: visit Erik and Ajano Vaders, Naresh Rai and other friends. Meet with people from a house of prayer about 24/7 prayer in the region.

Part 4: Orissa, India (July 25 – August 9)

  • One day in Bhubaneswar, meeting two leaders, then by train to Rayagada.
  • Four short 2-4 day long trips to villages to give leadership training and spend time with the people.
  • Spend time with the 30 children that we support in Rayagada.
  • Prayer for the region.
  • Making plans for the coming years, including a center where all families and children can live.

Part 5: Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, India (August 10 – 18)

  • Visit the work that Karuna Sagar, Manoharam and others are doing Andhra Pradesh. Preach, gather information, make plans.
  • 2-3 days in Tirupati, supply city for the temple city of Tirupati, one of the most busiest pilgrim sites in the world with tens of millions of visitors per year. Connecting with leaders and training to start a house of prayer (tentative).
  • Short stay in Chennai and possibly Namakkal in Tamil Nadu for training for a 24/7 house of prayer (tentative)

Part 6: Singapore and Malaysia (August 19 – 24)

  • Visit houses of prayer in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
  • Visit ministries that try to help men, women and children in prostitution and human trafficking.
  • Learn from children’s homes and initiatives to help children in the context of their own village/tribe/culture.
  • Visit friends that work there as missionaries.
  • Relax for a few days before the new school year starts.

Part 7: Cambodia (August 24 – 29)

  • Visit houses of prayer in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
  • Visit ministries that try to help men, women and children in prostitution and human trafficking.

Part 8: Thailand (II) (August 29 – September 10)

  • A few days in the Isaan region of North East Thailand, where many of the trafficked women and children in Bangkok come from.
  • Ten days in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the North West
  • Visit ministries that try to help men, women and children in prostitution and human trafficking and refugees from Myanmar.
  • Learn from children’s homes and initiatives to help children in the context of their own village/tribe/culture.
  • Spend time with friends that work there as missionaries.
  • Relax a bit if possible before the new school year starts, just two days after I return to Holland.

 

Costs:

  • All flight tickets and traveling costs were covered!
  • The personal parts of the trip were be paid from my own budget.

Prayer and financial support for this trip has been greatly appreciated!