John & Kim Quinley (Partners serving in Thailand)

John & Kim Quinley (Partners serving in Thailand)

New and exciting things are happening with John and Kim Quinley and their ministry. In February, Thailand hosted the first World Without Orphans Global Summit with over 500 participants from 60 nations.  Kim was asked to lead a Showcase Session highlighting their “Keeping Families Together” program.  An immediate outcome from the World Without Orphans Global Forum is to  establish a Thailand Without Orphans Alliance for church and Christian NGO leaders. Their first official meeting was at the Care for Children office in March. Kim serves on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Thailand Coalition sub-group Alternative Care. Alternative Care is the term used for children living separated from biological parents.  In Thailand, 20 percent of children under the age of five do not live with   either of their parents, and 55 percent of children live with only one biological parent. These statistics are heart breaking.

The past three months have also been very exciting for John as he plans and develops for the future Step Ahead Center for Prayer.  While Step Ahead had to close one of their child development centers at the years end, due to lack of funding, they discovered how God was leading them to use that building and garden for a prayer center that has capacity to self-sustain.  John’s passion to see people integrate the practice of silence, solitude and Sabbath into their busy lives has led to this new Step Ahead development.  (John and Kim want to thank NCC for their generous support, prayers and encouragement!)

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