In the early hours of August 25, 2017, violence broke out against the Rohingya people in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, who are described as being among the most unwanted and persecuted people in the world. The atrocities committed against them are impossible to comprehend.
Amy and Tim Hedden, graduates of Bethany, moved to Kunming, China, with their six children in 2008 to serve China’s orphan population. Although it’s difficult to determine just how many orphans are in China, the reality is that there are thousands of children housed in state run orphanages all over the country.
Confronted by the desperate condition of children and their families in rural areas around the Brazilian city of Camaqua, Marco and Claudia van de Merwe, who have worked with both WEC and Bethany, were compelled to do something. At the time they were looking for a place to begin the ministry, the Bethany property became available, and Fazenda Emanuel (Emmanuel Farm) was born.
Earlier this year a hurricane damaged the sanctuary and worship center of Care Corner Orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Care Corner was begun in 1995 by Ricky Tan, a graduate of Bethany College of Missions, and his wife Lay Hwa to be a beacon for Christ by bringing hope to the hopeless, joy to the despairing, and love to the fatherless. They began by caring for 26 children and now they and their staff care for 62.