Art of Woman

World AIDS Day - Agape Home

On Sunday I did some portrait photography. The profits are going to support volunteers at Agape Home, an orphanage for AIDS children. Currently they support approximately 100 children ranging in age from babies to teens. The home has its own water treatment system and grows some of its food. Fresh food and clean water along go a long way to maintaining a healthy life. Sometimes the children become sick and they are given treatment as needed. They are given training in practical skills and schooling. At all times the children are given a lot of love.

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It is wonderful to do something positive and practical for World AIDS Day.

Agape Home for AIDS children and other children's homes

Last night my husband and I went to a talk at church given by Dominik and Raylene Fechner. They spoke about their experiences in helping, building, administrating, and assisting volunteers in Agape Home, and other children's homes in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Dominik and Raylene Fechner are wonderful examples of Christian love in action. They have good news!! Because Agape Home now has access to anti retroviral drugs, there have been no deaths in three years!! That is amazing for a home for AIDS children.

Their next challenge is to teach the older children life and employment skills. It is exciting watching these lively and grateful children grow up. There are so many possibilities opening up for them. All they need to implement their ideas is the backing from caring, interested people to provide the business plans, the funding and the volunteer workers to implement them.

Domink teaching and enjoying the children.

Dominik teaching wood working skills.
The children made their own shelves to store their stuff. At first they measured their stuff - books, CDs, toys, nick knacks. Then they selected, measured and cut the wood. Finally putting the shelf together according to their own design.
This was the result. What cleaver children!

Shelves made by children.

Raylene has taught cooking and Dominik has taught BBQ skills.

The building project. Smaller home units for the older children. These units will be more like families with house parents, house rules, household tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Each will accommodate 6-8 teens.

To learn more about the work with children that Dominik and Raylene Fechner do, or to find out about volunteering contact them on:

PO Box 6
Sunsai Post Office
Chiangmai, Thailand 50210

Panorama photo donated for Trivia night, 2 Feb 2008

Today I donated one of my panorama photos to a silent auction as part of a fund-raising trivia night, Saturday, 2 February 2008, hosted by Belconnen Baptist Church. Funds will go to Natashia Allitt who cares for AIDS children in St Petersburg in Russia. She does a tremendous job and loves the children to bits. It is a pleasure to support her work. The event will raise much needed cash to keep the project going.

AGAPE Home for AIDS children

Last night I made some jam. I sell the jam to my friends to raise money for people who work in AGAPE home, Chiang Mai, Thailand, a home for AIDS children and mothers. We have finally had some rain in Canberra Australia, so many home gardens have fresh fruit. Friends and neighbours donate fruit to me so I can make jam.

I support the work of an AIDS orphanage for several reasons:
  1. This is a practical way to demonstrate the unconditional love of Christ.
  2. People who are sick need care regardless of how they became sick. I am extremely opposed to health care aid that comments on a person's sexual history or orientation, parentage, behaviour or wealth. AIDS is a disease that touches all of these issues. Christ met people where they were at and met their need first.
  3. As a Christian, I believe that abortion is not God's perfect way, that it is killing human life (So is shooting people in Iraq). It is important to support homes for children who do not have families as a practical consequence of that belief. It is also important to assist single mothers for the same reason.

Unfortunately, the existence of soldiers and police are necessary in a world full of problems and are not illegal. Likewise, abortion is sometimes necessary in a world full of problems.

I will NEVER condemn a woman for making this heartbreakingly difficult decision. Botched illegal abortions actually kill more mothers and babies than when abortions are legal. According to Panamerican Health Organisation, "The abortion mortality rate is 0.2-1.2 per 100,000 abortions in countries where abortion is legal.The mortality rate in countries where abortion is penalized is 330 per 100,000."

I cannot see how making abortion illegal shows the love of Christ.