August 8, 2014

The Hupe’s Dish on Thailand 8.17.14

My name is Constance and I’m on the missions team here at Vox. I lived and worked for a few years in Thailand and had the privilege of meeting Tim and Amy Hupe of Word Made Flesh — a community committed to “serving Jesus among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.” They live in Bangkok with their two daughters where Tim runs a school he started in their home and Amy counsels women, starts small businesses and provides direction for their community.

I am so thrilled to announce that they will be speaking at liturgy on August 17! They will be sharing about their ministry and their lives. As the global missions coordinator, I am always glad to introduce topics about the global church, and I’m doubly thrilled that my friends are here to help. I hope to see you there!

Here is an excerpt of a blog Amy wrote a while back to give you an idea for the community they serve and live amongst:

“This Christ, present on the dark streets of Bangkok, where we sit with the broken and suffering nightly, came to mind. His presence would pierce the darkness, illuminating the entire street and creating a contrast of light and dark. I can see His hand gently reach to the cheek of a woman as He lovingly wipes away a tear. The light of Christ would shine on her, causing her eyes to shine bright. Her cheek is cleansed as His light wipes away the traces of a broken life. The presence of Christ makes her radiant. With her, His pure light is gentle, loving; it washes over her, cleansing, purifying and illuminating her…

Most of the women working on the streets here have long ago had their hearts ripped open; shame has long since replaced pride; they give themselves rather than take; they are walked on rather than trample others; they are alone and vulnerable. They have physically been beaten, having their stomachs crushed with fists. For years now, they have had their eyes, their heads and their bodies subjugated to everyone but themselves. They bear their scars in defensiveness, outward symbols of their lives. They seem, at first glance, dirty, contemptible, hardened, a bit harsh maybe — but those things are easily washed away as Christ’s light replaces the emptiness inside with His defining love.”



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