Becky has been working with the Hmong, Lahu, Lisu, and Karen tribal women by helping with craft ideas, developing patterns, and marketing crafts. She also helps tribal farmers. She is committed to helping the Integrated Tribal Development Program, which her husband Mike leads, with the marketing of Thai coffee, and working with parents of special needs children.
Mike is a global consultant for rural development for American Baptist International Ministries. He serves as Director of the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP), through which he ministers among the hill tribes of northern Thailand.
For years, the people in the hill tribes of Northern Thailand were gripped in poverty, eking out a meager and uncertain existence through opium farming, selling children into prostitution and committing crimes. Things started to change after 1990, with the founding of the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP). Since then, the hill tribes have witnessed significant improvements in their lives: better access to health care and education, improved water resources and sanitation, and greater economic stability through the production, processing and marketing of cash crops—especially coffee. Worldwide coffee giant Starbucks is among the major buyers. In May 2013, Starbucks opened its first community store outside of the U.S in affluent central Bangkok—and pledged that 10 percent of sales from the store’s beverages would be invested in the farming communities in Northern Thailand.
As you pray for Mike and Becky, pray for the ministry of ITDP and the hill tribe people that it serves. Pray that the funds donated by Starbucks would be used wisely and effectively to promote lasting community development. Pray also for their family. Thank you!