Thailand 2016 Mission Trip

Host Organization Supported: Life Impact International

2016 – Our Second Mission Trip:

original post November 16, 2015:

My wife and I will be going to Thailand, November 9 to November 20, 2016. The Missions team will be going to support and help Lana Vasquez and Life Impact International, an organization that helps rescue children from human traffickers. More to details to come. Check back after the beginning of the New Year (2016).

original post January 26, 2016

Life Impact International Breaking News: Life Impact is now officially the first government recognized safe home on the Thai ad Burma border!

excerpt from Life Impact Intl website newsletter: click here for details:

Life Impact is now officially the first government recognized safe home on the Thai and Burma border! This means that every abandoned, orphaned, sold, trafficked, and street child will come through Life Impact’s doors to receive emergency care, support, and greatest of all—God’s love. Thank you for all of your prayers and support.

This is a huge victory for our staff and we ask for your continued prayers that dozens of children will be rescued each day not only in Thailand and Burma—but throughout Southeast Asia!



Headed by Lana Vasquez, their mission is to Prevent, Rescue and Heal:

We prevent child exploitation by targeting the most vulnerable and at-risk children, families, and communities through educational & awareness projects, feeding programs, and outreaches, as well as emergency family support.

We are a part of a governmental network consisting of the police, social welfare, hospitals, and community leaders that inform us of the next child in need of rescue. We then investigate the situation and intervene.

We don’t just rescue children, we take every step possible to bring restoration, healing, and wholeness to each child entrusted to our care. We make sure that they are given the love and childhood they deserve.

They now are helping in Thailand, Myammar, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Australia.

original post November 1, 2016:

Thanks to all who donated for upcoming 2016 Thailand Trip!

We’d like to specially thank

the ALFC Marriage ministry,

the Brown family

the Randle family,

the Webber family,

the De leon family,

the Stewart family

the Bartolome family,

the Gregory kids,

the ALFC Men’s Ministry

the ALFC Prayer Ministry

and others who

contributed supplies, prayers and financial support through our fundraisers and personal donations to us and our team.



original post November 21, 2016

Thailand Mission Trip Successful!

The 2016 ALFC Thailand Mission Team arrived Sunday, November 20, 2016 safely back in Los Angeles after a somewhat challenging but successful missions trip to Thailand near the Myanmar (Burma)/Thailand border. We were there from 11-9 to 11-20-2016.

We were there in cooperation with Life Impact International  headed by founder, Lana Vasquez. We were able to minister to the children, house parents and Life Impact staff during the trip.

All of us (the team) were stretched in ways we didn’t expect and it was rewarding for all of us.

We want to personally thank Lana, Danielle King (our Life Impact team coordinator) , all of the translators, pastors we met during the trip that helped make it a life changing event for us as well as the people of Thailand we were able to minister to.

We also want to thank all of our supporters, ALFC Mission’s ministry, our family and friends and all that prayed for our safety and that the gospel would be proclaimed to unreached souls, which it was.

And lastly to our co-team members who made leading this team look like a piece of cake. We love all of you!!

Ted & Caroline

Major Breaking News During 2016 that affected our trip

excerpt from 

The day that changed everything: Election 2016, as it happened

CNN — 

It was supposed to be the coda to a long, brutal presidential campaign. The onset of a new era in American politics.

And it was – just not in the way the candidates, their staffers, voters and the reporters who covered them all had expected.

November 8, 2016, means different things to different people. For supporters of President Donald Trump, the date represents a kind of deliverance, their faith in the billionaire businessman rewarded after months of polls suggesting his campaign was doomed.

Hillary Clinton’s coalition, along with a vocal band of “Never Trump” Republicans, regard it quite differently. Many entered the Javits Center in New York City that evening for a party. For history. They left shattered.

This is the story of Election Day in 2016, from the last gasp campaign events, to the heady (for Clinton) early hours and glorious (for Trump) evening. The “day” – all 36 hours of it – ended at the White House, where President Barack Obama acknowledged the result.

original post October 18, 2016


Beloved Thailand King Dies

Obituary: King Bhumibol of Thailand – BBC News

13 October 2016
excerpted from: 

image copyrighted AFP


King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was the world’s longest reigning monarch.

He was viewed by his subjects as a stabilising influence in a country that saw numerous military coups during his reign.

Despite being seen as a benign father figure who remained above politics, he also intervened at times of heightened political tension.

And although he was a constitutional monarch with limited powers, most Thais regarded him as semi-divine.

Bhumibol Adulyadej was born in Cambridge in the US state of Massachusetts on 5 December 1927.

His father, Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, was studying at Harvard when his son was born.

The family later returned to Thailand, where his father died when he was just two years old.

He became engaged to Sirikit in 1948, Image copyright AP

His mother then moved to Switzerland, where the young prince was educated.

As a young man he enjoyed cultured pursuits, including photography, playing and composing songs for the saxophone, painting and writing.

The status of the Thai monarchy had been in decline since the abolition of its absolute rule in 1932, and there was a further blow when his uncle, King Prajadhipok, abdicated in 1935.

The throne passed to Bhumibol’s brother, Ananda, who was just nine years old.


In 1946, King Ananda died in what remains an unexplained shooting accident at his palace in Bangkok. Bhumibol acceded to the throne when he was 18 years old.

His early years as king saw Thailand ruled by a regent, as he returned to his studies in Switzerland. While on a visit to Paris he met his future wife, Sirikit, daughter of the Thai ambassador to France.

The couple married on 28 April 1950, just a week before the new monarch was crowned in Bangkok.

Image copyright AP. He was a keen musician , here playing with bandleader Benny Goodman

For the first seven years of his reign, Thailand was ruled as a military dictatorship and the monarch was little more than a figurehead.

In September 1957, Gen Sarit Dhanarajata seized power. The king issued a proclamation naming Sarit, military defender of the capital.

Under Sarit’s dictatorship, Bhumibol set about revitalising the monarchy. He embarked on a series of tours in the provinces, and lent his name to a number of developments, particularly in agriculture.

For his part, Sarit reinstated the custom that people crawled on their hands and knees in front of the monarch. and restored a number of royal ceremonial occasions that had fallen into disuse.


Bhumibol dramatically intervened in Thai politics in 1973 when pro-democracy demonstrators were fired on by soldiers.

The protesters were allowed to shelter in the palace, a move which led to the collapse of the administration of then-prime minister, Gen Thanom Kittikachorn.

But the king failed to prevent the lynching of left-wing students by paramilitary vigilantes three years later, at a time when the monarchy feared the growth of communist sympathies after the end of the Vietnam War.

Image copyright AP, Queen Elizabeth made a state visit to Thailand in 1972

There were to be further attempts to overthrow the government. In 1981, the king stood up to a group of army officers who had staged a coup against then prime minister, Prem Tinsulanond.

The rebels succeeded in occupying Bangkok until units loyal to the king retook it.

However, the tendency of the king to side with the government in power caused some Thais to question his impartiality.

Bhumibol intervened again in 1992, when dozens of demonstrators were shot after protesting against an attempt by a former coup leader, Gen Suchinda Kraprayoon, to become prime minister.

The king called Suchinda, and the pro-democracy leader, Chamlong Srimuang, to appear in front of him, both on their knees as demanded by royal protocol.

Suchinda resigned and subsequent elections saw the return of a democratic, civilian government.

During the crisis that erupted over the leadership of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, the king was frequently asked to intervene but insisted this would be inappropriate.

Image copyright AFP, He was a keen supporter of agriculture

However, his influence was still viewed as pivotal when the election Mr Thaksin had won that April, was annulled by the courts.

Mr Thaksin was eventually deposed in a bloodless coup, in which the military pledged their allegiance to the king.

In the years that followed, the king’s name and image were invoked by factions both for and against Mr Thaksin, as they jostled for power.

The entire country joined lavish celebrations to mark King Bhumibol’s 80th birthday in 2008, reflecting his unique status in Thai society.


Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power in a coup in May 2014 and was made prime minister by the military-appointed parliament a few months later.

He promised far-reaching political reforms to prevent a return to the instability of recent years.

But critics suspected his real priority was to destroy the party of Mr Thaksin and to ensure that the royal succession took place smoothly.

Image copyright Getty Images, The standing of the monarchy was strengthened during his reign

The public reverence for King Bhumibol was genuine but it was also carefully nurtured by a formidable public relations machine at the palace.

There were harsh “lese-majeste” laws that punished any criticism of the monarchy and which restricted the ability of foreign and domestic media to fully report on the king.

During his long reign, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was faced with a country continually racked by political upheaval.

It said much for his skills as a diplomat, and his ability to reach out to ordinary people in Thailand, that his death leaves the country’s monarchy far stronger than it was at his accession.