Refugees from around the world come to Thailand hoping to obtain official refugee status. But often refugees must live in the shadows, forbidden from working, and unable to speak the language, and in desperate need of basic necessities. There are approximately 9,000 asylum seekers in Bangkok. They are from around the world, but the largest group is Christians
Life Raft partners with CCC and other churches in Bangkok, enabling individuals within the congregations to minister to a specific refugee family or individual.
Partnership with CCC
With the belief that God brought these individuals to Bangkok for a purpose, and that purpose goes beyond just staying alive, Life Raft partners with CCC and other churches in Bangkok to enable individuals within the congregations to minister to specific refugee individuals and families.
Jesus promises that he came “not just to give life, but to give it in abundance.” Our dream is for Christians to rise up and enable refugees to have an abundant, purposeful life in Bangkok.
What’s the difference between an Advocate and a Sponsor?
An ADVOCATE is:
- the critical link between Life Raft (LRI) and the refugees they help support. The primary role of an ADVOCATE is to be a friend and encouragement to refugees.
- partnered with a refugee family or individual and becomes a support and friend to them. Part of the ADVOCATE role means holding the family accountable to their goals
and helping to ensure they have carried out their commitments in order to receive financial support form Life Raft.
- one who establishes a personal relationship with the family or individual. Through Advocates, Life Raft is able to fulfill its mission to help refugee families find purpose in
- someone who has no financial obligation towards the family or Life Raft, but simply a human link between the two and an emotional support for the refugee family.
- someone who knows them, and is walking alongside them in Bangkok.
A SPONSOR is:
- committed financial supporter for a specific family.
- someone that has found it in their heart to donate a specific amount on a monthly basis to support a refugee family/individual.
- someone who can donate for a specific time-period (e.g. one year) or over an open period. This financial support will be given to the family through Life Raft and the Advocate after they have fulfilled their monthly Learn-Serve-Teach requirements (see details of the LST program below).
How can I help without serving as an advocate or a sponsor?
As a one-time donor you can make a financial contribution towards Life Raft to go towards the refugee families of CCC in general. To do this, visit Life Raft. To specify that your donation should go towards CCC families, you can send an email to Life Raft and they will ensure it goes towards the families of CCC.
To setup a recurring gift, visit Life Raft. Under the “Monthly Giving” header, select the amount you would like to give monthly (in USD) and click subscribe. You can also give through PayPal or if you would like to give in Thai Baht, you can contact Life Raft for Thai bank details or contact Lisa Perry firstname.lastname@example.org, CCC’s Life Raft Coordinator.
How can I support Life Raft and/or CCC’s refugee families?
- Develop genuine friendships. Often refugee families feel shut off from the communities they live because of their inability to find work or the difficulty with language. Genuine friendships
are a gift and an encouragement.
- Donate. Your support is always appreciated.
- Consider becoming an Advocate or Sponsor.
Through the “Learn-Serve-Teach” program, each refugee family member will dedicate a minimum of 20 hours a week learning, serving or teaching. This encourages active participation
in the community and continued self-development. For example these activities could include spending time studying and learning a language or skill, serving within the church community, or teaching their children Bible lessons.
At the end of each month, they will submit through their Advocate, their detailed account of hours spent learning, serving or teaching.