Wednesday March 16, 2016
Written by Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth, Vientiane Times
Children in poor families in Sisattanak district, Vientiane, are gradually receiving improved healthcare, nutrition and education, thanks to a programme that is working with selected primary schools.Read more
Orrick Christian Church
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:4–11
Prayers for Laos:
Mighty God, who loves us unconditionally, you live and work in us and through us as we seek to live in ways of justice and peace. As we begin a new year, uphold us with the knowledge of your love for all of creation. Guide and direct us as we seek to serve you to bring the fullness of life to all people and places. Amen.Read more
On April 12, 2014, forty social work graduates celebrated the service and work of Xuyen Dangers, Global Ministries mission personnel, who will retire in May. Those present were part of the first four classes of social workers to graduate from the Social Work and Development Program at the National University of Laos, the only program of its kind in the country.
Decorah’s Nicole Betteridge describes her experiences in Southeast Asia as a mission intern for Global Ministries
“Ultimately, human beings are all the same, equally important and loved, but different in such areas as what we define as home, what language we communicate in, what we eat for food each day, or where we find/buy clothes. In the end, we live differently, but at the core are all the same.”
-- From Nicole Betteridge’s blog post, September 2, 2012, before embarking on a 14-month stay in Laos.
Lectionary Selection: John 20:19–31
Prayers for Laos:
Mighty God, in whom we know the power of redemption, you stand among us in the shadows of our time. As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life, uphold us with knowledge of the final morning when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son, we will share in his resurrection, redeemed and restored to the fullness of life and forever freed to be your people. Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Laos:
After a few weeks of volunteering at the Laos National Children’s hospital, Karen talked to me about her concern for the children who were arriving burned or injured from home accidents. These accidents could have been prevented had parents exercised child safety precautions.
Karen Vinacour, a retired social worker from New York, volunteered over the past three months at the Laos National Children’s hospital and the Lao Disabled Women Development Center (LDWDC). She brought a depth of experience from her work with children and adolescents in hospitals, clinics, and schools throughout the United States and Australia.
In her time here she felt called to create a course on “Safety at Home for Children” especially after seeing so many injuries that could have been prevented. She taught the course to nurses and doctors in charge of the inpatient unit and on March 16, 2014, gave her first presentation to mothers, fathers, and caregivers of sick children on the topic of home safety and children.
The course was very well received by 12 adult caregivers, 9 doctors, and a number of nurse interns who learned about averting home hazards for children. The Social work students talked with caregivers individually. It was amazing to see how eager the parents were to share their experience and talk about safety concerns not only in their own homes but also the homes of relatives and friends. They told stories most of which were related to water, cooking, and falling down stairs, or off of chairs. They left with many protective measures for preventing injuries to their children.
Thank you for your generous support and prayers that make this ministry and these programs possible.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Xuyen Dangers)
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Xuyen Dangers is a social work supervisor in Laos/Vietnam who trains Social work university students as interns in Donkoi Children Development Center. She serves also serves as a Social work supervisor of 5 other centers, Social work advisor, as Faculty of Social Sciences, and the National University of Laos, for Church World Service and Witness (NCCC).
With the support of a professional social worker Ms. Karen Vinacour, a retired social worker from New York, USA who has been in Laos for almost three months. She has had a lot of experiences working with children and adolescents in hospitals, clinics, and schools in the USA and Australia. She is volunteering at the National Children hospital and the Lao Disabled Women Development Center (LDWDC).
As we approach the Easter season, I am reminded of all that has happened this past year as well as the newness that is ahead. Due to visa complications in Laos, I am living in the United States for a few months before continuing my work as a Global Mission Intern in northern Thailand. Time in the United States has given me an opportunity to reflect on my time in Laos. I am currently in Fresno, California, as an intern with FIRM, Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Services. FIRM serves the needs of local refugees and immigrants; many are from Laos [11,000] and Hmong [32,000] in Fresno. FIRM provides a wide variety of services for all populations from preschoolers to senior citizens. FIRM offers a preschool, mental health support, health and housing assistance, community gardening, citizenship and legal documents assistance, parenting classes and neighborhood outreach and organizing. For twenty years, FIRM has provided hope for refugees/ immigrants and their families in the central valley of California. For more information, please visit http://www.firminc.orgRead more
In 1963 I finished high school and did not know what to do with myself, so I took a year off. That year I read a magazine with a French Catholic sister’s picture on the cover of the magazine. She held a new born baby she picked up from a garbage bin in front of her Convent, with the address 38 Tu Xuong, Saigon ( Vietnam).Read more