Faithful Heart Ministry (FHM) was started by David & Shirley Callahan, a Christian couple who've worked to help orphan children and disadvantaged hill tribe people of Northern Thailand since 2001. Beginning in late 2004, they sold and/or gave away their belongings and left South Carolina, USA to serve as independent missionaries in Thailand. They are commissioned by their home Church, but not funded or sponsored by a denominational sending agency. Their Christian compassion ministry is focused on rescuing orphan children and helping the poor & disadvantaged hill tribe people of Thailand.
Faithful Heart Ministry (FHM) has been successful to raise funds and provide management/oversight for several small orphan homes, and hopefully additional sponsors will be inspired to help open more family-style orphan shelters in the near future. Faithful Heart also provides ministry resources and emergency assistance to the people who are least able to help themselves.
The mountains of Northern Thailand are dotted with small villages of people who emigrated from neighboring countries like Myanmar (formerly Burma), Laos, and Cambodia. These people entered Thailand to escape brutal and oppressive governments. Though they entered Thailand illegally, the Thai government offered exile, but most villagers have never been given the full rights of Thai citizenship. Because hilltribe people are not native, they face prejudice and blatant discrimination in employment, education, healthcare, and housing. For these tribal people, despair and frustration leads to hopelessness. Drug use, alcoholism, and violent crime are destroying family life. Child abuse and physical neglect are commonplace. Many hilltribe children are physically or emotionally handicapped. Children in these villages are often orphaned or abandoned by their families. Extreme poverty keeps most hilltribe children from attending public school. We believe we can help break the cycle of poverty by providing orphans with a loving Christian family environment, ensuring they have adequate food & nutrition, and paying school tuition to guarantee their access to a quality education.
Dave and Shirley Callahan have dedicated their personal resources to this ministry. They took "early retirement" from business and heath care careers to dedicate their lives to Christian ministry in Thailand. Their modest retirement income provides much of their living expenses. However, the Faithful Heart Ministry depends completely on the generosity of individual donors & sponsors to provide funding for the orphans and hilltribe ministries. All of the money donated for Faithful Heart is used for ministry expenses; there are no management fees deducted.
Please visit the Faithful Heart Ministry website at www.FaithfulHeartMinistry.com to learn more about what you can do to help these beautiful children.