Home of Joy Building Project

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This update comes from Larry and Diane who serve in Thailand (Asia). This project will be featured in this year’s World of Hope.

We have now purchased some land near our present ‘Home of Joy’ home, so that we will be able to have bigger facilities for more youth, as well as to have gardens, and maybe some chickens and pigs too! These ‘Karen’ are farmers, so we don’t want the girls to lose their heritage! They get up at 5 in the morning on school days. They have devotions in the morning and worship every evening. This is quite normal for most Karen that I know of – it seems the Lord is starting a revival in Thailand with the Karen, and other tribal peoples. I am not the only one who has said this either.

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Vision
We have a vision to have a house or two for teenage girls with a large meeting room for training disciples, as well as a home church.

Goal
To start preparing the land and build in stages. We hope we can building by November, if anyone is interested to join, and that the “Home of Joy” team can move in by April 2015, or sooner!

Costs
We will build in stages as follows:
Stage 1: Prepare the land, electricity, water. Cost $4000.
Stage 2: Build the roof, floor and one bathroom: Cost $6,000.
Stage 3: Build the outer structure and a few rooms to be used as a meeting place. Cost $8,000.
Total Cost: $18,000

However, to become fully liveable, we pray the Lord will provide above and beyond with churches to join us in partnership!

We have purchased the land already and it has been sub-divided on May 26, 2014! The photo above shows the garden area. There is room for a few houses as well. We also plan to live near to the youth home to help take care of it. Pray that this first stage will be built soon so we can begin outreach in this community.

Follow more about Larry and Diane’s ministry here:
http://willemsinthailand.wordpress.com/

Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL)

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CASL
We have been working hard to try to figure out how this pertains to us as an organisation, and by extension, each of our churches. The only thing we can tell you for sure is that, well, we don’t know for sure. There are lots of organisations that are interpreting this in lots of different ways – in our estimation, from underplaying it to going overboard.

One things we do know is that non-profits are not the primary targets of this. This is designed to give the authorities teeth to go after the larger spam offenders. There will be due process and deliberation as cases are brought to authorities on these matters. However, the reality is that these laws are going into effect, and we are subject to them.

Implications
What we all need to be doing is keeping records which show that people have opted-in to our communication. The process where people sign up to Pulse records a date stamp for us, which demonstrates that a reader initiated contact. At this stage, these laws only affect commercial messages. But the definition of a commercial message is broad: it can include any information about an event, service or product that costs money (this is a grey zone).
Curiously, Messages with the express purpose of fundraising have been exempt from this law given that most non-profits would suffer heavily if restricted.

For people who have a relationship with us, we have implied consent to send them messages. This lasts for 2yrs, during which we need to work to migrate our people and our systems to express consent. It means that we need to build consent into the ways that we’re asking for e-mail addresses, whether on contact cards, or online e-mail sign-up pages.

To create effective e-mail protocols, we need:
• To go from implied consent to express consent.
• To quickly identify the sender of each message, and what its purpose is.
• Provide an unsubscribe mechanism for mailing-list type services.

If you’d like to dialogue about this, comments are open, and we can process it together there.