Not long ago I woke up on a plastic mat laid out on the concrete floor of a building near Bangkok’s chaotic Central Railway Station. It’s not the sort of place you might expect to find a church minister, but there I was, among a bunch of homeless street kids. We’d all slept there in that place of safety – a place called The Hub – which your support has brought to life.
The Hub in Bangkok is supported by my Bill Crews Charitable Trust. At The Hub we do our best to rescue street kids by providing a place of safety, nurturing and life-changing education programs. Children end up there from all over Thailand and neighbouring countries. Sometimes they are fleeing their home villages, but more often these kids have fallen victim to child trafficking.
The street kids turn to us
Hundreds of kids turn to us for help. Sometimes their stories have a profound effect on me. I especially remember one young boy named Anurat. His parents loved him a lot, but they were rural and poverty-stricken, and they died very young. This left little Anurat alone and vulnerable.
It breaks my heart to tell you that he was a victim of the sex industry. By the time I met Anurat at The Hub he was dying of AIDS. He and I became very close. We would talk at The Hub for hours. His deep understanding of life was at odds with his age. Unfortunately, all my compassion could not save him from the disease that ravaged his little body.
I give thanks to you though, because your support meant Anurat’s last days at The Hub were filled with the care and love that every child deserves.
Our program gives them hope
Indeed, The Hub in Bangkok does much more than just offer a safe place for street kids. We also give them meals, teach them to read, give them living-skills and help them break free from the abuse and poverty that grips their lives.
Our counsellors at The Hub in Bangkok work really hard to divert kids from the sex industry – an industry which is always trying to get to them before we do. It is tragic to me to see little girls as young as twelve in full makeup and looking at least twenty-five. In fact, it drives us all to ensure these kids have a way out of that life.
With your support we work wonders
You can make miracles happen. With your support my Bill Crews Charitable Trust helps rescue children from lives of unimaginable poverty and trafficking. It enables us to bring them to The Hub in Bangkok so they no longer need to feel frightened and alone. That’s why I’m asking you to dig deep and donate now. If you do, a little boy or girl at The Hub in Bangkok will be assured of a better future.
Rev. Bill Crews