WorldCrafts tour to visit Thailand, Cambodia

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Posted: Apr 11, 2011 5:30 PM
WorldCrafts tour to visit Thailand, Cambodia
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--WMU is sponsoring a 13-day tour of Thailand and Cambodia featuring visits to four WorldCrafts ministry sites. WorldCrafts is a micro-enterprise fair-trade ministry that helps people -- mostly women -- in underdeveloped countries achieve financial independence while learning of the saving grace of Jesus.

Tour hosts are Kaye Miller, former national WMU president, and Andrea Mullins, WorldCrafts director. The tour is co-sponsored by Dehoney Travel and the WMU Foundation.

"We will visit places where WorldCrafts is assisting women and families to be freed from exploitative conditions," Mullins said. "This is a unique opportunity to see firsthand how God is working around the world as we visit with women who no longer work as prostitutes and families who no longer beg because they are receiving good wages, are treated with dignity, and now have money for food, shelter, health care and education."

After a day exploring prominent sites in Bangkok, the group will travel outside the capital city to Bangkla to visit Thai Country Trim, the original inspiration for the founding of the WorldCrafts ministry. As a child of missionary parents, Miller grew up in Thailand and Thai Country Trim was begun in the basement of their home.

"Often called the land of smiles, Thailand is a beautiful country and the Thai people are the most gracious people in the world," Miller said. "But Thailand is a lost country that needs to hear the Gospel, and one of the best ways of hearing is through participating in Worldcrafts. Lives are changed both economically and spiritually as they are a part of this incredible WMU ministry. I can't wait for everyone on the tour to see what an impact Worldcrafts is making both in Thailand and Cambodia."

In addition to WorldCrafts sites, the tour will visit some of the most notable sites in Thailand and Cambodia, including the Grand Palace and temples in Bangkok; the floating market at Damnoen Saduak; elephants, orchids and temples of Thailand's northern gateway of Chiang Mai; the temple of Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building and Cambodia's prime attraction; and Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh. The tour also includes other missions efforts like Bangkla Baptist Clinic, Grace International School and the New Life Center Foundation.

Dates of the tour are Oct. 24-Nov. 5. The all-inclusive cost is $4,469 per person with departure from Atlanta. Travel to Atlanta is not included.

For more information contact Russell Cherry at Dehoney Travel (1-800-325-6708; Russell@dehoneytravel.com) or David George, president of the WMU Foundation at Woman's Missionary Union in Birmingham, Ala. (1-877-482-4483; dgeorge@wmu.org).

WMU's WorldCrafts, on the Web at http://WorldCrafts.org/, encompasses 350 products from artisans or artisan groups on five continents.

Reported by WMU communications staff.

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