Posted by Staff | February 7, 2012  |  2 Comments


A great feast, the giving of gifts in His name, and the entrance of many new souls into God’s Kingdom marked an event especially requested (and funded) by a Great Commission-minded church in Wisconsin which held a Birthday Party for Jesus among the unreached of central Cambodia. More to come…

This can only be described as a miraculous event that indicates a profound cultural shift taking place in these countries. We have had more adoptions initiated in the last 6 months than in all the last 6 years combined. Pray for the Christian families of Cambodia and India that have felt God’s call to adopt, something virtually unheard of in Asian cultures.  Praise the Lord with us for this beautiful report, truly “more than we asked or imagined!”

2011 was another banner year for the Interhope as we saw God multiply our efforts among the unreached cultures of southern Asia.  It has been too long since we’ve seen most of our beloved supporters, too long since we’ve hugged necks and shared together. But be very sure that your love has traveled to the far reaches our planet. In the hearts of children you have made His presence known! God bless you, friends.

Expect year-end receipts in late January. This year-end receipt is duplicative in that IH receipts each individual gift during the year. This is sent as a courtesy to our donors to aid in record keeping.


This summer, we’ve had 47 graduates. About half of these young men and women will move out of our orphanages in the coming weeks to enroll in universities, become apprenticed to various trades, or take jobs in the city. We are definitely thankful for the space this creates in our orphanages as we continue to rescue children from the streets who are in great crisis. Although you don’t yet know their names, stories, or faces, please pray for these new hearts that come to us and those who fan out into the society to bear witness by their living faith.


      Preparations for Christmas celebrations are afoot at all Interhope orphanages. Depending on the locales these will involve several days of special events including talent shows, nativity plays, evangelistic services, distribution of blankets and food parcels to the destitute, visits from relatives to the children, and in all homes: exchanging of gifts, Christmas Day worship services, and a traditional Christmas feast. The Christmas feast will include foods that are certain to be omitted from the average American table. Take a look at the back of this page to see some of the foods that Interhope kids around the world will be eating on Christmas Day.

     All children will receive a Christmas gift regardless of whether they are sponsored or whether the sponsors sent special funds for gifts. We are a Christian family and the Christmas traditions are part of family life in any Christian home. We budget for these events throughout the year. That being said, providing Christmas festivities for more than 600 children is expensive and special gifts are especially needful at this time.


     The Mountain Home Orphanage which lies in a mountainous region on a disputed border between Croatia and Bosnia is now fully supported by the nearby Good News Church  (also an Interhope project). By any measure, these two incredibly fruitful works can be counted among the greatest successes in our efforts to expand God’s Kingdom on the mission field through initiatives that are led by in-country nationals. Does anyone remember how we first found the Mountain Home, with snow on the ground and cardboard over the windows? And don’t forget the fleas! The interior was infested with fleas and bedbugs. Remember the day of our arrival when we burned every scrap of bedding, blankets and upholstery and began the long process of making that awful place fit for human habitation? Today it is a proper home for children. The church we planted with the great help of Niels and Alita Loots and their team is now thriving. Hundreds of people have now made professions of faith at the altar of the Good News Church. Interhope continues to assist both of these works and especially the plans to construct an entirely new, modern orphanage building, but every cent of the monthly support is now provided locally, mostly through the efforts of the nearby church. Both church and home shine the Light of the Gospel to the surrounding Muslim communities drawing a steady stream from among them into God’s fold.


A. Vada (India) is a salty donut made from
bean paste, lentil, gram flour or potato and a popular street or festival food .
B. Pilau (Saint Vincent) is of African descent. The Vincentian version is often made with rice, vegetables and fish (the type of fish is almost never named suggesting that whatever was caught ends up in the dish.)
C. Uttapam (India) is a pancake made from ground rice and beans with vegetables mixed in and served with chutney.
D. Baklava (Croatia) is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It was brought to Croatia by the invading Ottoman Turks.
E. Tahini-Halva (Bosnia, Croatia) is basically a crystallized paste of sesame seeds and sugar—a flaky sweet confection based on crushed sesame seeds.
F. Ražnjići (Bosnia) is skewered Lamb with garlic, capsicum, and zucchini.
G. Amok Trey (Cambodia) is fish coated in a thick coconut milk and curry paste, either steamed or baked in a cup made from banana leaves. Essential to the dish is the addition of the leaves of the noni tree and the use of finger-root.
H. Mohinga (Burma) is the national dish of Burma. Usually served for breakfast, it is a catfish soup served with rice vegetables and fish sauce.
I. Sarma (Bosnia) is a dish of grape, cabbage or chard leaves rolled around a filling usually based on minced meat.
J. Sambaaru (India) is a vegetable stew or chowder based on a broth made with tamarind and pigeon peas.
K. Goulash (Croatia) is a tradition stew invented by cattle and sheep herders with pasta, meat, and vegetables.
L. Curried Goat (Saint Vincent) is a Caribbean favorite of stewed goat meat usually served with rice and peas.



  1. Dr. Daniel Hoxley says:

    Thad and Sally,
    Karen and I are honored to be a small part of this incredibly effective outreach. In Interhope we find a model for mission that is unique and we are blessed to give you our support. We shared your story with some of our colleagues and there is quite a bit of interest. Should you decide to return to Kansas this year I am confident the mission would benefit. It seems our government is intent on making it harder and harder to practice medicine in this country, but as long as we are able we will be with you. And should you run into a special need, I hope you will call us FIRST for we do not want to miss the Lord’s blessing. We are moved by your publications and online articles, but always aware that most of the story cannot be published for security reasons. That’s why we must have a visit. Your ministry to our church has meant so much to many in the congregation. You are lifted up every day in our family and the children too. “You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.” Deut 13:4. This is my prayer for you both. Truly, brother and sister, we give thanks for the day you walked into our lives.
    Your friend,

    • Staff says:

      Thanks brother Dan. You and Karen are a tremendous blessing to us (and many others). Kansas, this year? We are scheduling some engagements but nothing in Kansas so far. Call me!


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