Nobody likes to move. Finding a new place, packing boxes, loading up a truck, all just to unpack it a few days later…However, for the Compasio Community Team, an upcoming move is stirring up lots of excitement and anticipation. Along with relocating the Drop-In Centre to a larger site closer to where Mae Sot’s street kids and their families live and work, the ministry is also seeing a growth in its vision.
The Drop-In Centre is currently open once a week. It provides a restful and safe space for children aged 2 to 16 who are forced by their parents, guardians, or members of their community, to beg or collect trash in order to make a few dollars. While some parents are supportive of the Drop-In Centre’s ministry, others see it as a distraction, insisting that their children work long hours without rest. When the Drop-In Centre isn’t in operation, members of the Community Team go to where the children are: their homes or the local Burmese market. By extending their ministry beyond the four walls of the Drop-In Centre, the team is able to reflect the love they have for the street kids to their
Building and maintaining strong relationships in the community is central to the Drop-In Centre’s vision. The new Centre will be open 5 days a week. Kids will continue to come once a week for a hot meal and play time, however the ministry hopes to expand to include life-skills training. The street kids themselves, in relationship with their families and with Compasio staff, will have the option of learning brick and cement work, sewing, music, computer skills, and art and card-making. The new location will also serve at the office site for the Community Team, increasing their visibility in the community and access to those they serve.
Since it began serving Mae Sot’s street kids in 2009, the heart of what takes place at the Drop-In Centre hasn’t changed. Sharing Jesus’ love is at the core of everything the Compasio Community Team does. A larger space in which to run and play, life-skills training that offers a way out of poverty, and relationship building with families and communities, all are tools through which to show and share the love of Christ. Your partnership is needed to see this important and life-transforming work continue.