ANDERSON, Ind. —
The Chiang Rai International Christian School was established to serve missionary families that are reaching out to the Chiang Rai Provence, which is the overland gateway to China. Since its founding in 1997, they have grown to serving even local children of the Thai community. Not only will Poffenbarger coordinate the English as a new language program and provide speech/language therapy, she will develop a speech therapy program and a hearing screening program that will last long after her year-long commitment.
In addition to working with these children of several different countries, she will spend evening hours teaching adults missionaries.
“My biggest concern is that teachers come to this school on a volunteer basis so I have to acquire my own funding,” she said. “Right now I don’t have enough to allow me to go. I have to raise enough money to be independent and capable of functioning.”
August is coming quickly and she is hoping that people who believe in her cause will support her efforts. Friends and co-workers have no doubt about her ability.
“Once Kathy decides to pursue something, she really embraces it and works hard to make it happen,” said JoAnn Flack, fellow member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church for over 30 years. “Kathy is very gifted and talented and dedicated to her faith.”
“Kathy sees retirement as another opportunity to use her education skills to help others,” said Mary McCorkle, mission and outreach chairperson of the church. “I’m in awe of that. It’s a huge step of faith to venture across the world and live with a host family. God takes ordinary people and puts them in extraordinary places to do wonderful things.”
One friend has been moved to match supporting funds at a rate of 50 percent. Her estimated budget for living expenses is approximately $30,000. To contribute, contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I kept expecting the doors would close on this sooner rather than later, but they just keep opening,” she added. “They need somebody to fill that position and it appears that I’m that person. I have no reason to stay here other than it would be a lot easier. My spotlight reminds me that I am not doing this thing; God is doing this thing. And I can trust each next bit of light.”
To help Kathy Poffenbarger, one friend has been moved to match supporting funds at a rate of 50 percent. Her estimated budget for living expenses is approximately $30,000. To contribute, contact Kathy at email@example.com.