The twelve girls of Angels’ Haven orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Gifts Help Girls in Orphanage Pursue Their Dreams
By Melissa Hinnen*
Teacher, seamstress, dancer, musician, missionary, hairdresser . . . these are some of the careers the twelve girls living at the Angels’ Haven orphanage dream about.
The orphanage is in Chiang Mai, Thailand and was started by missionaries Cindy and Gary Moon who felt called to care for children with HIV and AIDS. The girls, aged 10-17 have been abandoned or orphaned and many of them have HIV. Their ministry has established a sense of family and stability for the girls.
“The children know they will always have a home here,” said Gary Moon. “They will never ‘age out’ and can stay as long as they need to.” All of the children attend school, and two of the older girls are attending vocational school to help them prepare for their future.
The children are also learning about the love of Jesus and are in baptismal preparation classes. Gary is looking forward to baptizing them all together next month.
Global Ministries Missionary Cindy Moon (left) with the girls of Angels’ Haven. Photo: Melissa Hinnen
Last year on UMC #GivingTuesday, the orphanage received $10,000 in donations. The Moons say that they often don’t know when they will receive gifts throughout the year. Being able to budget the UMC #GivingTuesday funds helped alleviate some of the pressure.
In addition to the basic housing and education costs, food is a substantial part of their budget. Cindy explained that because many of the girls’ immune systems are compromised, it is important that they eat nutritious and substantial food. The average monthly cost to care for each child is $250.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is December 1. Please consider how you can help children who are affected by HIV and AIDS get the education, nourishment and support they need through your generous gifts. Also, download and share World AIDS Day: Praying for the Children of Angels' Haven, a new resource that offers a number of ways you can support this ministry and join your community in prayer.
UMC #Giving Tuesday, Dec. 2
You are also invited to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2. Every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on December 2 will be matched up to $1 million.**
For resources to promote and share UMC #GivingTuesday, click here.
*Melissa Hinnen is the Director of Content and Public Information for Global Ministries.
**Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on December 2, 2014, between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.