A house was rented in a village called Farm, 10km outside of Chiangrai. The house began with 13 kids and only $100 US dollars per month with which to provide the children and staff with housing, schooling, and food. In 1985 land was purchased in a village called Nanglae and the first Christian Happy Home was built. In the following years, a girl’s house, dining hall, and MMF administration offices were also built on the property. The Chiangrai house has now grown to 40 children ranging in age from 5 years to 18 years old with many attending high school and various vocational colleges around Chiangrai.
After 15 years at the Chiangrai Home, we felt the Lord directing us to begin a home in Chiangsaen, a one-hour drive Northeast of Chiangrai, on the border of Laos. A house was rented in Chiangsaen and then a home began. Initially, a home for boys, starting with 10, the overwhelming needs of Thai girls pulled on the hearts of the staff, so they began accepting girls into the home also. In 1998, the Lord provided the finances to build a home. The land was bought in the village of Ku Tao and construction began on the second Christian Happy Home facility. Presently, there are 40 kids living at the Chiangsaen home consisting of about half and half, guys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 19 years old.
Chiangsaen Babies Home
The vision for the babies’ home was born after a young boy named Danny was given to Christian Happy Home at the age of 3 months. Seeing the growing need for a home specifically focused on caring for infants and toddlers, Mercy Ministries Foundation, partnering with donors from Canada, built the Chiangsaen Babies’ Home. The home was opened in July 2000 with two young boys ages 8 months and 18 months. Now there are 8 little ones under 4 years old. Once a child reaches the age of 4 years old, they are then integrated into the “big house” (Chiangsaen House) and begin school. Prior to this, they are homeschooled at the Babies’ Home in both English and Thai.
Phang Nga Home
On December 26th, 2004 several countries were devastated by a tsunami off the coast of Indonesia. The areas of Phang-nga and Phuket in Thailand were also devastated and many people lost their homes, their possessions, and their lives. Through prayer, we felt the Lord directing us to open a children’s crisis home in the village of Phang Nga. That temporary home is where the first children started to be cared for by the MMF staff. After a period of further prayer and listening to God’s direction a permanent home location was found in Khok Kloi, a town within the Province of Phang Nga closer to where the tsunami hit. Since then a complete set of homes have been constructed and were officially dedicated in December 2006.