This post is from Jade, our Community Development Coordinator. In August 2013 she married Chris, our Executive Director.
Last June, I had hit my limit. Every time I went to church I was surrounded by refugees begging for help, but I had nothing more to give. Not only that, I was practically teaching English full time, just so I could survive. I needed to be back in America, not just to raise support for our work with refugees, but to finally be together, in person, with my future (now current) husband.
But before I could leave, we needed someone to lead our work in Bangkok. For a while, that was the line in the sand. Finding someone willing and capable of taking on that leadership role seemed impossible. I would just have to wait another year…..or two.
Then it dawned on me: the perfect person for the job was right in front of me. Evette Rivera had been my roommate and closest friend in Bangkok before I had even heard the terms “urban refugee” or “Life Raft International.” She was already an advocate for 3 families and had walked with me through all the crazy ups and downs of my experience.
She graciously agreed to take over the leadership role on the ground work in Thailand, and we have been blown away by the incredible job she has done. Since she has taken over, we have encountered a variety of crises, and she has faced each them with incredible dignity and wisdom. Not only that, but she has overseen a rapid expansion of our work: Since she took over, we have added five new families, and sent 4 additional kids to school.
It is crazy how God answers prayers, and how his timing is the perfect timing. A year ago, Evette and I never would have imagined that we would be where we are, doing what we are doing. But here we are, and God is moving. Thank you, Evette, for being a great friend, leader, and servant.
I love you.