Introducing our commix of a Children at Risk DTS and Music DTS, starting in January 2013.
UNICEF Statistics 2010
What a great success for Nak Suu and the Bangkok International 10’s rugby tournament. The weekend brought together nations from all over the world as well as provided opportunity for each team to hone and test their rugby skills.
Our own Nak Suu rugby teams from each age category played exceptionally well. Several parents and coaches from the winning tournament team, stated how hard our Nak Suu kids played. A referee commented that the Nak Suu teams exhibited “great character and attitudes and they were a pleasure to referee”. Nak Suu kids, we at ARK International are proud of each and every one of you!
Thank you to the volunteers who helped with the kids entertainment area, selling T-shirts, ball retrieval, photography and anything else you contributed. Here is a story from one such volunteer, Jason Webb:
“Last weekend, Feb 18-19th, we (DTS Perth) had the opportunity to volunteer with Nak Suu at the Bangkok International 10’s rugby tournament. I really felt that the tournament atmosphere and set up was an amazing experience for the kids from Nak Suu. Most of the other teams have grown up around rugby and most likely this is not just a rugby competition but an experience overseas.
I was aware that the kids from Nak Suu were treated not only as worthy competition but also as worthy persons that deserve respect, opportunity and recognition of who they are and what they can achieve, which is huge in building self-esteem and confidence. I especially loved seeing each of the kids being recognized with a medal as well as a team trophy for their efforts and participation in the event.
Overall, I see VALUE being placed on the kids who take part. From my understanding, the value they have, quite often, isn’t known to them because of their situations and circumstances. This tournament is encouraging their real value as a fact.”
Jason Webb, Perth Sports DTS leader, 2012
This week is one of our busiest of the entire year! We are bustling about preparing for the Bangkok International Tens Tournament. Not only is this the “big game” we spend most of the year practising for, it’s also the main fundraiser for the Nak Suu Rugby Academy as the it is the main sponsored charity. Pumping rugby balls, sizing shoes and uniforms, setting up information booths and buying massive amounts of food are just a few of the preparations. Of course, lots and lots of rugby PRACTICE is required.
Last year, our under 11 team won first place in the tournament. What an incredible self-esteem and confidence booster for the boys. The over 11 yrs. team did excellent as well as they came in 2nd place.
The tournament this year will run from the 18th -19th of February at Bangkok Patana School with the youth rugby games played from 8 am to noon. The men’s games will be played in the afternoon with twenty-two international teams competing.
Three Nak Suu teams are registered in the youth program this year: under 16 boys, under 12 boys, and under 11 mixed. This is the first time our girls will be playing and they are so very excited about it!
This event is made possible by dedicated volunteers and sponsors. If you would like to volunteer at the tournament or would like to support with a donation please contact us at arkthailand@gmail or use the contact form on the arkintl.org website under contact tab. All are welcome to come cheer our teams on!
Stay posted for tournament results and highlights coming soon.
Making a BIG difference starts with a little idea, and BIG heart to see it done. “I just wanted to do something.” That’s what teen-ager, Jess Neilson, said Wednesday, after she fundraised, promoted and delivered from Vancouver, BC, Canada, IN PERSON to Bangkok — 80 pairs of Rugby cleats for the children at the NAK SUU Tigers Rugby Academy in Thailand!
Jess, a grade 11 at Carson Graham Secondary, in North Vancouver, BC and her “Cleat Drive” was featured…
Made for our final NAK Suu Celebration of 2011. A video for the children that have been with us & their families. Its that time of the Year, the end! Introducing แนะนำ the NAK SUU Tigers end of the year Celebration Video for 2011. Nak Suu Rocked the House in 2011. It is the end of a great year and we want to share some of it with you.
ON SATURDAYS: We go from Teaching under the roof, to the Rugby Field.
This year we have had:
*More than 10 YWAM Discipleship Training Schools Teams Visit NAK SUU
*Bangkok International Tens Tournament
*We even had a month on learning about Careers
Plus So Much More…
Although, it is the end of a great year, that also means it is the beginning of the NEXT!
The High-lights and Low-lights of the things we were given this year: 2011. The end of the year is a time to CELEBRATE with and HONOR those who have blessed us and our team this year: “Why do they do what they do?” is a video that tells some of the blessings and the difficulties of 2011 for this all volunteer-team ARK International team from YWAM in Bangkok, Thailand.
Working with children at risk is both heart wrenching and extremely rewarding.
The Lord warns us that in the world it will not be easy…but with Him there is hope. He has OVERCOME. That’s where we get our strength.
We see Him, Transforming Lives. One Child at a Time…www.arkintl.org
Why do they do what they do? When you see these faces you’ll know…
He knows everyone of them by name. (And so do we…) He gave all He had for LOVE…
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Ps 147.4
Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his…” 2 Timothy 2.19a
The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3.17
MARCH came in like a TIGER, a Nak Suu Tiger! Our Rugby program had huge success at the Bangkok International Tens, and we saw a bunch more kids jump on board!
In APRIL, we enjoyed sharing the message of the resurrection of Jesus with kids in Live LIFE, and even saw a group of 10+ kids accept the message of the gospel and wanted to know Him personally!
The Jesus Film, from Campus Crusade for Christ was a huge help! Thank you for the Thai translation that we got to play on our projector for the kids! It was great because the video is streamed and we had NO PROBLEMS the entire time we watched the movie. Thank you for praying for us. We saw the Lord answer incredible prayers THAT day!
MAY was the month we taught on ‘forgiveness.’ Wow, it challenged us as a team, too!
We were teaching it from every perspective. The biggest message was with “forgiveness there is freedom.”
JUNE was time when our Nak Suu teams joined another big Bangkok scrimmage.
The BC Lions, and another international Japanese team devoted an entire Saturday to playing in several games and joining our practices. For our kids, it was so great for them to join some international players. Almost all of which spoke a diffident languages than they did, but they learned they can all speak “Rugby.” Much respect and many friendships were made that day despite the language & culture barrier! Cheers to you, BC Lions, Coaches and friends!
We received a great gift in JULY. Another family added to our team of staff! Thanks Michelle, Aaron and Micah for joining us, your gifts and your commitment are refreshment to our team!
Again, as staff we want to say thank you for your love and support for what we do! These last two months of JULY & AUGUST, we have had three awesome teams come and work short term with us, including a Children at Risk School! Your prayers are working, the workers are coming…
We have just finished our National YWAM Thailand Conference and are excited for the new things the Lord has shared with each of us and as a team!
Look for new things coming soon…
Hope you can come be a part of our Special Focus: Youth With A Mission Discipleship Training School (YWAM–CAR DTS), beginning January 12, 2011! — YWAM Children at Risk DTS
We consider it a privilege to serving and fighting for Children at Risk in Bangkok…together we can prevent trafficking and transform children’s lives. One child at a time.