The Child Family Prison Ministry (CFPM) in Thailand sits right in the heart of the coffee belt. And the leaders of the orphanage, Arlung and his sister and family, found a way to take advantage of their location to help support their own orphanage.
Get to Know CFPM
This “orphanage” is unlike most orphanages because they focus on taking in kids whose parents are in prison for life or long enough that the kids will be adults by the time they are released. That’s such a unique, but needed ministry in Thailand. CFPM has had the blessing and privilege of taking in children (at their parents’ request) who have experienced very rough early childhoods.
By God’s grace and mercy, these children have been able to get the physical care, love, education, and safety they need. But more importantly, they’ve been able to hear the gospel and learn about God’s Word from Arlung, his sister, and the others who have dedicated their lives to caring for these kids.
Not Tentmaking, but Coffee-Making
We read in the New Testament that Paul was a tentmaker (Acts 18:3). He did what he could to support his own ministry by using his trade. Arlung has modeled Paul in that he’s found a way to help support his own ministry, CFPM, by diving into a profitable trade.
They grow coffee beans on Arlung’s property. They roast and blend the beans for different kinds and flavors, and they sell the beans to support the kids at CFPM. Recently, they’ve also started a coffee shop to sell lattes, frappuccinos, and more! All of the funds go CFPM.
What an amazing way to support the ministry while helping the kids learn about business and also teach them a trade.
“My God Will Supply Every Need”
We also know from Scripture that Paul did at times accept financial help from other churches, as his ministry often took all his time and dedication.
And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:15–19)
CFPM is in a similar situation. Although their coffee-making business is a huge help to them financially, they do still enjoy and welcome partnership with churches and individuals in the United States and elsewhere.