When my girlfriend (at the time) told me she wanted to move to Thailand to work with women who were sexually exploited, who knew that we would be here 8 years later!
In 2004 I went on a three-month internship with WMF and visited Thailand, India and Nepal. It was in India that I really felt God calling me to follow Him and serve overseas. It was then that my heart not only started to shape like my wife’s but God’s. My heart began to break for the poor especially the de-humanized and exploited.
I love that I am Serving God in Thailand, I love that I am here with my wife and two crazy kids.
“Because we believe that all lives are intrinsically valuable and because all are created by God in the image of God, we as Christians must respond when that image is devalued, threatened and assaulted. Exploitation of any kind mocks the image of God.”
Mina Thapa was born in a rural village in Nepal. In just 35 years of life Mina has lived and survived more than, and midway through this journey she joined our Thailand team,and since 2009 she has become the heart beat of who we are. Her wisdom, dedication to human life and deep compassion are gifts to our team. In partnership with Amy Hupe, Mina created and runs the small business MINAS that sells artesian foods locally. As well as helping to fund the Creative Life Foundations, MINAS creates jobs and jobtraining opportunities for marginalized women.
Karissa is originally from Southern California, a more recent Texas transplant to the DFW area. She was raised in the church by an amazing family, but didn’t have much interaction with missions/missionaries. But after a Servant Team in Kolkata, India a desire to travel and serve overseas was born, taking her to India, Kenya, Turkey, Cambodia and Ireland, to serve with her Church or teach English as a foreign language. In the midst of those travels she began and completed her BA in English through Thomas Edison State University. Now in Bangkok she is working as the Short-Term Programs Coordinator and will be helping with Prappadeng English Club. She enjoys reading, exploring and finding fun coffee shops.