Bob Carpenter
 
 
 
Bob Carpenter
 
Bob & Mary Carpenter came to Thailand with Handclasp in 1997. In later years his daughters also visited. Bob is an active member at Hope Chapel, San Pedro. He organises outreach programs at that church every year. After visiting HRDC in Thailand for many years & leading teams to serve there, he became a Director of Handclasp. His church supports the Center at Huaynamsong & Bob has been active in the development of that Center. Bob has a Construction Co. & works in South Bay, CA..

I ran across this while looking up info for the trip. I wrote this about 5 or 6 years ago while I was in the village. I could have written it yesterday. It's still relevant. If you know someone who wants to know what we do, pass it on.
Bob Carpenter
Vice President of Handclasp.

Back in the mid-Nineties, my wife Mary and I decided to sponsor a young girl in Thailand. Some Australian friends of ours were serving with "With a Mission" in the Northern Mountains of Thailand and had met a woman named Siami from Mizoram, India. A graduate of Theological College, Siami had moved to Thailand to save the young girls in the mountain villages from being sold into the sex industry in the large cities and to help them preserve their Hill tribe culture. After they heard her story, my Australian friends decided to help her by telling her story back here in the States. Like most great ideas, this program started off small with the sponsorship of just a few girls. Having two girls ourselves, Mary and I felt this would be a worthy cause. We prayed for them and wrote to them. It was amazing to hear back from them and to get pictures. We were updated regularly and felt a connection with this girl.

In 1997, our Aussie friends asked if we would like to join a team that was going over to the center. The thought of standing in the middle of nowhere trying to teach people the Bible in a foreign language was very uncomfortable-especially since I was a new Christian. But I remembered that when I said yes to God, I was rewarded not only with the satisfaction of helping those less fortunate than us, but with blessings in our daily lives. Then I learned we were going to build swings for the kids. That sealed it. I could build something and Mary could be the "missionary." Well, we went, and my life hasn't been the same since. I found that I had a heart for Thailand and fell in love with the people. I had never spent so much time with such a content people. Here's a society with no running water, no electricity and food is always a concern, but these people were happy and had a deep love of the Lord. The experience was humbling to say the least.