Sample of Mercy News Email

Below is a sample Mercy News email. This newsletter was sent out in January 2015.


Mercy News January 2015

2015 – Another Great New Year has arrived!

To all our wonderful Friends, Sponsors and Supporters,we wish you the greatest blessings for an amazing year.

For the House of Mercy, Thailand, the New Year commenced with several exciting events taking place.

Ban Meata Khon Kaen has taken in a lovely baby boy called Mai and a two year old girl called Luk-Bar plus her baby sister Luk-Nam. They will be the first of a new generation of children for the lovely new Centre opened in January 2014.

Ban Meata Phrae is busy building a new school. Christian Life Centre Church Perth raised over $80,000 in one weekend to make this new educational facility possible.

Building trades people are much needed over the next 5 months to help with this project, so if you are able to undertake some volunteer building work, please contact us.

Ban Meata Phetchabun is hosting a team of builders from Australia, Holland and Ireland for six weeks. Most of the buildings at this centre are now about 20 years old and in need of major renovation work. A new house is being built by this building team which will become a temporary home to the children while renovations are carried out to their current houses. The renovations will also prepare the houses for the intake of a new generation of children.

Celebrating Christmas

Khon Kaen - Christmas Under the Stars

Christmas celebrations with the teenagers and staff of Ban Meata Khon Kaen was a relaxed evening set in a beautiful garden at the Rachawadee Resort and Hotel in Khon Kaen, featuring our favourite Christmas festivities including family, friends, fine food and fun.

Celebrating Christmas with the teenagers and staff of Ban Meata Khon Kaen Celebrating Christmas with the teenagers and staff of Ban Meata Khon Kaen
Celebrating Christmas with the teenagers and staff of Ban Meata Khon Kaen

It has been a busy year for the Khon Kaen family, starting with the official opening of our new home on 18 January. Also adapting to the new environment, going to a new church with a youth focus and continuing to see the teenagers grow into young adults…so a special Christmas event was a nice way to celebrate the year together.

We were honored to be joined by the Rotary Club of Nakhon Khon Kaen International which is a newly founded English-speaking club. Local business people also came and joined in the celebrations.

The dinner menu had a touch of tradition with home-grown turkey from the agricultural farm in Phetchabun and homemade Christmas cakes. It was an entertainment-filled evening with Ban Meata teenagers singing Christmas carols and performing in dance. A group of young people from a local music school held everyone’s rapt attention as they played beautifully on their violins.

To top the evening off Santa and his helpers arrived to give gifts to all the children.

Phetchabun - A Lovely Relaxed Christmas Day

Christmas Sunday in Phetchabun was a very relaxed and pleasant day until 5.00pm when the celebrations commenced. Just over 200 people gathered at Ban Meata Children’s Village to celebrate the birth of Jesus. There was great excitement in the air as an evening of fun, friendship, food, gifts galore, and wonderful entertainment unfolded.

Celebrating Christmas with the children and staff of Ban Meata Phetchabun Celebrating Christmas with the children and staff of Ban Meata Phetchabun
Celebrating Christmas with the children and staff of Ban Meata Phetchabun

Ban Meata children presented some amazing dance numbers trained by Ma’ayan Grace. The school teachers sang traditional carols which really exalted the Christ of Christmas.

There was an air of excitement and expectation as gifts were received by all, then everyone sat down to a great Thai feast of noodles and various deliciously flavored dishes, finished off with ice-cream and fizzy drinks.

Phrae – The Icing On The Cake

It was a real delight to be at Ban Meata Phrae Children’s Village on Christmas day participating in their celebrations. The young children are an amazingly talented bunch. The children who are old enough to talk are bilingual, switching from Thai to English so easily.

Celebrating Christmas with the children and staff of Ban Meata Phrae Celebrating Christmas with the children and staff of Ban Meata Phrae
Celebrating Christmas with the children and staff of Ban Meata Phrae

The children’s confidence and ability to perform in front of a crowd of people was so beautiful. The excellent dances and songs presented by these very young children were excellent and entertaining.

Phrae children performing with poise and confidence

Phrae children performing with poise and confidence
Phrae children performing with poise and confidence

The climax was the nativity story, and the children excelled themselves in portraying the story of Jesus’ birth. When Santa arrived the children were beside themselves with excitement and rushed to see what was in his big red bag. There were gifts galore and everyone received a special gift.

Celebrating Christmas with the children and staff of Ban Meata Phrae
Celebrating Christmas with the children and staff of Ban Meata Phrae

Christmas in Phrae truly was ‘the icing on the cake’.

Celebrating Christmas in the Community

Phetchabun

The true meaning of Christmas was shared with the local people who live in the villages close to the Ban Meata Phetchabun Children’s Village. The community outreach program under the leadership of Kerry Muir and Porn is helping needy families living in poverty.

Twenty families from the Outreach program came together at Ban Meata to celebrate Christmas on Saturday 27th December.

Smiles and laughter abounded as Christmas was celebrated. Games for both old and young kept everyone entertained with lots of fun and laughter. The Ban Meata children entertained them with their songs and dances.

Everyone sat down to eat their Thai Christmas lunch of chicken and sticky rice. All the families left with a gift and a message of hope, and an understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.

Local villager's receiving and enjoying their Thai Christmas lunch of chicken and sticky rice Local villager's enjoying their Thai Christmas lunch of chicken and sticky rice
Local villager's receiving and enjoying their Thai Christmas lunch of chicken and sticky rice

Phrae

The community outreach program in Phrae celebrated Christmas a little differently which was a huge success. Tik, assisted by Ma’ayan Grace and Jason Rutch, (volunteers from Phetchabun) shared the story of Christmas in local public schools in the city of Phrae.

Christmas was presented to several hundred children in story, song and dance. It was a special time sharing the joy of Christmas to young people growing up in a nation still learning the real reason for Christmas.

Sharing the story of Christmas in local public schools in Phrae Phrae children performing with poise and confidence
Sharing the story of Christmas in local public schools in Phrae
Sharing the story of Christmas in local public schools in Phrae
Sharing the story of Christmas in local public schools in Phrae

A Special Highlight

A highlight for each of the Christmas celebrations was the attendance of our Thai leaders and international volunteers who travelled from centre to centre to be part of all the Christmas celebrations. We were all blessed and happy to have made the effort to take the long journey and help make Christmas special for all the children and staff.

We would like to thank all our dedicated sponsors and partners again for your friendship and wonderful support throughout 2014 - we honour and appreciate each and every one of you for your generous and ongoing committment. We look forward to this year being one of continued blessing, growth, expansion and partnership with you.

Blessings to you all,

Rob and Jean Dunk
On behalf of Mercy International and House of Mercy Foundation