International humanitarian to speak at E-Free Church Nov. 6; Life Raft helps refugees in Bangkok

— President of the humanitarian organization Life Raft International, Chris Woodruff, will speak at Grangeville’s E-Free Church this Sunday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.

Life Raft partners with churches in Bangkok, Thailand, enabling individuals within the congregations to minister to a specific refugee family or individual. For every refugee the group helps, there is someone who knows them, and is walking alongside them in Bangkok.

“We currently have around 60 volunteers, and are ministering to almost 400 refugees,” Woodruff said.

First, through their “Learn-Serve-Teach” program, Life Raft provides resources that enable refugees to obtain food and shelter. Woodruff said most refugees in Bangkok live in hunger, and are on the verge of homelessness. Through this program, they enable them to obtain food and shelter.

Second, it provides educational resources. For refugee kids, it is almost impossible to attend public school. Life Raft provides scholarships for refugees to attend schools, and enable other families to homeschool.

“We also work with adults, helping them attend online seminary, or learn English, among other possibilities,” Woodruff explained. “Our goal is for each refugee we work with to either be learning or teaching in some capacity.”

Finally, they visit the prison, bringing food, water and toiletries to the refugees there.

Everyone is invited to attend the service Nov. 6.

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