has been suggested that Don & Kay Fox are "lucky" to be so involved
in such a successful program as Handclasp and the Thailand connection
with Siami and the Hill Tribes R & D Center. I wanted to explain
that we can only be involved in exciting adventures when we make
ourselves "available" to God's Plan. The following is a list of
opportunities that were given to us and we stepped out in faith. There
were other opportunities we missed but we must have done the important
steps because we have had 11 trips to Thailand and each one has been a
FOX CONNECTION WITH ASIA
1974, Don & Kay took a group from Oxley Methodist Church to the
Wacol Refugee Center near Brisbane. With God's love and grace we cared
for a small group of Vietnamese and Cambodians. We took them to our
home and gave them our kitchen to cook familiar food. Drove then to the
river for a picnic. We were not admired by all Australians!
1975, a Vietnamese family of 5 arrived in Brisbane with no home. We
enclosed our patio as #7 bedroom, moved the family in with us and Kay
cared for the children while the parents found jobs. They stayed 6
1981, Kay and Tasi drove every week to Long Beach, Calif. for Kay to
teach English as 2nd language to Cambodian refugees. Over the next 10
years we were honored to attend several weddings of Cambodian couples
from these families in Long Beach.
1981, we joined others at Trinity Lutheran Church to host Japanese
students in a Home Stay Program run by Miriam Varvais (Luttio). We did
this annually until 1998.
July 1988, our whole family joined a HANDS team with YWAM to serve in
Thailand & Philippines. We also visited Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong.
On this trip we met Siami.
In October 1992, Don, Kay & Tasi flew to Thailand via Hong Kong. This was to be our first "Handclasp" mission.
In March 1995, Don, Kay &Tasi returned to Thailand via Hong Kong.
In October 1997, Don & Kay led the first TLC - USC Handclasp trip to Thailand via Taiwan and Singapore.
In December 1998, we repeated the 97 trip. This was the first Christmas in Museekee.
In October 1999, we took the large joint group to begin stage 2, expansion to the city.
In December 2000, Don & Kay visited Museekee for the #7 adventure.
In November 2001, Don & Kay had 3 ladies from a Moravian Church in Penn.
join our group.
In November 2002, First Christian Church Visalia sent a team led by their
Pastor. Don & Kay stayed in Thailand until March.
In November 2003, Don & Kay led another team from Visalia, Bethlehem & San
Pedro. The Foxes spent 5 months serving at Musekee and Huaypha Centers.
Being involved with the Asian community was never an "accident". However, it did involve 2 steps.
willing to drop all preconceived ideas of how to "help" people in
circumstances worse than us.
• Being willing to "go" when all reason would advise "stay".
has a Chinese heritage of which we are proud. I don’t regret any
"opportunity" we have explored over these years.. In fact, I believe it
has placed our family on a strong base from which we are able to serve
each other and others.