The Bueng Klueng hostel was established in 1996, by Rev. Allan Eubank and Pastor Wright Dee to support the ministry of Pastor Samuel Wichitphonpaiboon with the vision of providing a loving Christian environment, elementary and early secondary education , encouragement, and cultural appreciation for young people from the village of Laytonkhu.
However, the hostel soon became a place of refuge for children whose families where displaced by the conflict in Burma; Their families where either in refugee camps that emerged in 1997 close to Bueng Klueng or internally displaced inside Burma. David Eubank and others responded with the formation of relief efforts to this area and the hostel grew from support for just few children to support for over 50 today.
Pastor Samuel helped the Bueng Klueng church emerged in 2001 and the outreach from this church on the border is tremendous.
Support for Bueng Klueng ministries comes through local community efforts, The Thai Christian Foundation(TCF), Jericho Alliance, Free Burma Rangers, Snowqualmie Valley Alliance Church, Swedish Baptist missions, and Burma Vision Alaska.
We want to thank Climbers with a Purpose for their incredible support and efforts in 2014 to raise awareness and support for the kids at the hostel. http://climberswithapurpose.
“Climbers With a Purpose is back with an entirely new set of goals. We will we once again offer a summit opportunity for Mt. Rainier and we’ve added Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak and Mt. St. Helens so that we can accommodate up to 60 climbers.
Our purpose beyond climbing will be to support the Bueng Klueng Childrens Hostel on the Thai- Burma border. Through sponsorship we will be able to help refugee children from Burma and children from remote villages in Thailand obtain food, shelter, education, and a safe place to grow up.
We are not only led to climb, but led to lead!”
The Thai Christian Foundation(TCF) Honors the life Alexander Witter.
She lost her life in on this earth in a tragic accident in Bali in October 2013. We pray for comport and peace for her family and friends who love her so much. TCF had a significant impact on her life after her visit and travels to Thailand; she loved dance and was fascinated by the ministry of CCI, and she found the Thai people to be very gracious, caring, and respectful. She had a special heart for the displaced people in Burma.
Thai Tour Travels:
- Alexandra Witter and her cousin Blake Skiles came with her aunt, Emily Skiles to Thailand in 2007.
- Ed and Sally Witter, Alexandra’s parents travelled with the Thai Tour in 2010.
- Ray and Jerelyn Witter, Alexandra’s Grandparents, were the first in the Witter family to visit Thailand and travelled on one of the very first Thai Tours arranged by Allan and Joan Eubank and CCI.