GIS families mobilized overnight, as a humanitarian crisis erupted at the Thai-Burma border. Brutal fighting erupted between Burmese and Karen armies, causing 50,000 people to immediately scramble into Thailand—with nothing.
So, when local NGO’s and mission agencies were asked to help, GIS families sprang to assist. Displaced Karen people urgently needed blankets and clothing, so GIS gathered five truckloads, overnight!
“We were overwhelmed by GIS’s response. We’re honored to be part of such a caring school community, especially since they’re involved in many other ministries too!” a relief worker said.
Two truckloads went to Mae Sot immediately. The rest followed to Shan State.
Mathew reminds us, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Villagers had fled Burma, avoiding a brutal extermination campaign, after a contentious election. The UN Secretary-General said voting was not inclusive and lacked transparency. And as Thai forces strengthened border security, they said refugees could stay until it was safe.
The Mae Sot area has already housed a quarter-million ethnic Karen since the 1980s, where GIS Sports Leadership hosts numerous ministry camps.