Dereham group supports project in Thailand
An Overseas Missionary Fellowship prayer group in Dereham has been supporting Rebecca Penrose as she reaches out to ex-prisoners in Thailand.
Rebecca, who is originally from St Neots in Cambridgeshire, has been working with a project to help ex-prisoners, and their families, as the ex-prisoners make the difficult journey back into society. The project includes building relationships and encouraging the men to learn practical skills which will enable them to support themselves outside prison.
“Every Wednesday evening, we travel out to a home about 40km from Lopburi Town,” writes Rebecca, “where we meet with some former prisoners who live there. We read the Bible and pray together. On Saturday afternoons we visit other former prisoners and their families with the intention of encouraging and supporting them. Please pray for wisdom in how best to do this.”
You can watch a video of the work with ex-prisoners here.
Rebecca has now completed a formal course in Thai language, with exams, to help her communicate more effectively.
The OMF team in Thailand has also distributed relief packages for those affected by the Covid pandemic. The distribution coincided with a period of flooding, with many streets under water. The OMF team helped to clear up after the floods went down, which gave an opportunity to further build relationships.
You can watch a video of the relief work here.
There is more about OMF on their website here.
Pictured above is Rebecca sharing a story with a former prisoner and his family.