By casting God’s love, protection, and provision over the people in the darkest places of the world, we will strive to serve and teach a trade to individuals in need in order to provide, for themselves and others, the necessities of life.
We moved our little family of four to Thailand, in 2013, to further our mission to help in rescuing at-risk children and providing a safe home that will feed their minds, hearts, and bellies. To accomplish this calling that God has placed on our hearts, we serve primarily with Life Impact International in conjunction with their mission to “Prevent, Rescue, and Heal.”
Our responsibilities fall under the “healing” ministry. We oversee every design and construction project including but not limited to: fifteen safe houses for rescued children, deep well and pump installations, teaching welding as a vocational trade, illustration of God’s Word through dance (performed by the Life Impact teen outreach group for outreaches in the impoverished Buddhist and Muslim communities). We’ve project managed all Civil construction projects related to the LII safe homes, which includes pipelines of domestic water, telecommunications, sewers/ septic system, water treatment system, and roadwork. We’ve also designed a Worship Center, which will be the first church on the Asean Highway and house offices for our Life Impact Prevention, Rescue, and Healing teams. Construction of this project will be completed early 2018. Currently, we are finishing construction for a LII emergency shelter and transitional home for extremely abused children. We are extremely excited about this next year (2018) and the many other duties God has planned for us to further His purpose in bringing wholeness and healing to the people of this area.
It has been a very fast and faith building experience, and we’ve gained two more children along the way! With sweat on our brows, blood and blisters on our hands, and tears in our eyes, we have conquered each daily spiritual test. We’ve experienced so much spiritual growth, healing, and joy. We’ve found rest in our Lord; the yoke has been easy and the burden light.
Our marriage, our family, and our co-laborers on the field have all gone through the toughest times together and every one of Satan’s blind siding curve balls or attempts to take us out and off the battle field have failed. With the strength of the Lord and the prayers and support of our co-laboring warriors, family, and friends, we remain here to fight this large battle that we will win for our Lord God’s Kingdom.
Ryan and Layla Thompson
Ryan & Layla Thompson with their children Bellamy, Priya, Adler, and Declan (from left).
“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters,
or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake,
shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”