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  • ivanildotrindade 2:04 am on June 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , orphan home, orphans in cambodia, orphans in thailand, , , , wiang pa pao, Wiang Pa Pao District,   

    10 Days in Asia 

    My fellow bloggers and readers:

    My apologies to all of you. I took a brief leave as I was caring for some other important things. But before I get to them, here are the winners of the Brazil quiz. I decided to pick one from each gender, so here they are: Holly Edwards and Paul Cardiff. You know who you are, so send me your address and I will ship you the book, except for Holly, with whom I have made other arrangements.

    The last few days have been a lot more hectic than usual. First, my wife and my son left for Brazil last Wednesday, leaving me pretty much alone with two dogs. I say “pretty much” because my older daughter is technically still at home, but she works some insane hours in Cleveland and comes home late and briefly. So, for all practical purposes, I was the dog minder for several days. I am proud to say, though, that I walked them twice a day and we had no accident.

    My wife is in Brazil to care for her mom who is very ill. She got there and was immediately embedded with the “troops” (her two younger sisters) who have been caring for her day and night. We are hoping and praying that she will recover but it will be a long journey. But the good news is that she is very close to my wife and I am certain that my wife’s love, positive energy, and her sheer beautiful presence will sooth her mother’s pain. I know because that is the kind of effect that she had had on me for many years.

    Then I was getting ready to go across the sea to SE Asia. I leave my house in about two hours, bound for Cambodia and Thailand. As I write, I am also packing. My wife had already packed my big suitcase, now I am caring my backpack and my carry on. My backpack is basic full of gadgets and my carry on has books, snacks, medicines for the G.R.O.W. children and some extra clothes. What am I forgetting?

    Our church, Wooster Grace, has sponsored a home for orphans in Wiang Pa Pao, northern Thailand. In the beginning we only had about 20 children from about 8 different minority groups (“hill tribes,” as they are referred to in Thailand). Then we grew and now we have 41. There was a house on the property, which the girls currently occupy, but the boys had no permanent home, only a makeshift bamboo structure. Well, in the last four months, through the generosity of our people, we have built a permanent structure for the boys and I will be honored to represent our church at the dedication of the house on June 9th.

    All of that to say that my blogging may be meager for the next 10 days or so. I will try to post as often as I can, but as I know from many trips in the past, there is never a free moment and the Internet is not always reliable, to say the least. So I thank you for your understanding in advance.

    I appreciate all of you for taking the time to read my often rambling thoughts here.

    Blessings,

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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  • ivanildotrindade 4:28 pm on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , pepperdine university, , , , , , , vacation with a purpose, wiang pa pao   

    Go and Do – a little book with a big dare 

    It’s not every day that you get a book for free and you go home and you read half of it before you go to bed on the same day, but that’s exactly what happened to me last Friday!

    Just before I went home, as I always do, I checked my mail box and found a yellow envelope from Tyndale Publishers. Inside it was a brand new copy of Jay Milbrandt’s book Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time with a note from the author. The book is outstanding and I can’t recommend it enough. You can pre-order it on Amazon now and it will be available on Barnes & Nobles starting this coming Thursday.

    Jay Milbrandt is a young attorney and serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program and Associate Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is also a friend and more importantly, he is a friend to Faa, the young lady with whom I co-founded G.R.O.W., an organization that is rescuing children from the sex trade industry in SE Asia.

    For this reason, I am partial to the book. I knew it was being published and I even got an advanced copy of some of its contents. Gosh, I even made some suggestions to the author, a couple of which made it to the final version of the book. But I am biased for another reason: every purchased copy of Jay’s book will generate a contribution to the work of G.R.O.W.

    And here is why: I met Jay in Thailand. He already knew Faa and had been working with her on some projects rescuing at-risk children and advocating on behalf of some landless, displaced youths who had no place to go. Jay had his life changed by the children Faa introduced to him on the streets of Chiang Mai and in fact in the first 55 pages of his book, he tells the story of how me met Faa and how the children she was helping on the streets changed his life.

    Jay is convinced that every change starts with us first and he tells the story of how this happened to him. Faa played a big part in it and thus his tale is filled with stories of redemption and chaos from the life of children with no voice. You will laugh and cry as you read Jay’s story, and I hope it will inspire you to go and do something.

    It could start with a trip overseas. Not simply a vacation, but a vacation with a purpose. Perhaps your journey will parallel Jay’s. If nothing also, you will be helping G.R.O.W. build a learning center in Wiang Pa Pao, Thailand, which is how Jay is going to use part the funds generated through the sale of his book.

    I hope you will buy a copy of this book. It is not a long book, in fact, as books go, it is a little book. But there is a big dare inside of it. Read it to find out. You may find yourself, just like Jay, asking the question, “What Am I Here For?” And the journey will start.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
  • ivanildotrindade 9:28 pm on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: neglected children, , rescue, sexual slavery, wiang pa pao,   

    Three brothers in hope and sorrow 

    I could cry a thousand years and not run out of tears. I could speak a thousand words and not vent enough. I  could do a thousand good deeds and never atone for one evil committed against three little boys who never asked to come into this world. Three siblings tied by blood and fate. Three soul mates bound by disaster and hope, laugh and despair.

    There was once three little sticks running naked on the mountains of northern Thailand at a time when they thought they owned the land their feet ran on. They were happy and totally oblivious to the upheaval forming around them. The storm came suddenly and engulfed them. It started when their father passed away. Their mom was beautiful and young. For reasons we don’t know, her father, seeing that she was alone, sold her to another man from another village.

    And two nights ago, after three years since these three boys were rescued and brought to Grace Place, Thailand, a home in Wiang Pa Pao, northern Thailand, funded by the Wooster Grace Brethren Church, they finally opened their hearts with the house parents and shared their story. The night was chilly, as it often is this time of the year on the mountains in that part of the world. They started an open fire and the kids gathered around the adults just to talk.

    Perhaps it was the close proximity to the adults who cared for them, or maybe it was the warmth of the fire. Whatever it was, they began to tell about how their mom was taken from them. They came for her in a truck, she was wailing uncontrollably and tried to hang on to her children. No one cared that they cried and screamed, hoping to avoid the worst, and in the end, she was yanked away from them and that was the last time they saw her.

    They were left to wander around, without anyone in charge, foraging for food and relying on the generosity of others. The oldest boy, one of the leaders in the home, and now 12, said that he marked those people forever. He said, “I don’t care if they are relatives, grandfather or whatever, I don’t want to ever see them again.”

    One of the house parents, trying to console the boy, said, “But you have to understand, they did this because they didn’t know the true God like you do. One day you will be able to go back to your village and tell them about this God who loves them.” Without hesitation, he said, “No I won’t. They don’t deserve to hear it.” Said like a child who learned to grow up fast and still doesn’t understand the meaning of forgiveness. But how can you blame him?

    My skeptical friends will have to forgive me, but this is a case in which good has triumphed over evil. I have looked into the faces of these boys and saw only joy and happiness. They have learned to speak Thai and are attending school. They now have the full rights of citizenship in the land of their birth. They are being cared for by loving “parents” and are fed royally every day. And I am thankful for the people who have made it possible to rescue these precious little boys. Without knowing fully, their investment helped interrupted a cycle of abuse and re-introduced hope in the hearts of three wounded little ones.

    But in our rush to congratulate ourselves, we should never forget the story of these little boys and continue to do everything we can to help rescue many more who are still being yanked from the arms of their loving mothers because of the evil of sexual slavery.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
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