Su-Nee: From Malnutrition to Holistic Health

Su-nee

I got to stay with a warm family full of joy and love in very big and nice house. I got to know God and go to church. I love my CFPM family.

Su-nee came stay with Child and Family Prison Ministry (CFPM) in March of 2009.  Her father is in prison with a life sentence. Su-nee’s mother left her when she turn one month old to fend for herself, so Su-nee had to stay with her old grandmother.

Su-nee was very guarded and closed when she first came to the foundation. The dentist took about two years to help with her oral problems with the cavities because her grandmother fed her with sweetened condensed milk. Su-nee had a lot of problems with nutrition.

But now she is very happy and healthy. Su-nee also loves to read books, she does very well in school.

Su-nee

This is Su-nee after many years with her CFPM family. The picture of Su-nee above is of when she first arrived at the ministry.

Su-nee said her favorite Bible story is about Noah and the Ark:

I like this story because Noah obeyed God and he is a good example for me to follow. But my favorite Bible verse is, “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased'” (Matthew 3:17). This Bible verse is important to me because I’m a child of God, and I know that God loves me so much.

Right now I am 13 years old. I am in grade 8. I like to read books. I want to be a writer. My favorite colors are green and orange. My favorite food is Thai noodles soup.

Su-nee is one of many children in Thailand whose parents will be locked in prison either for life or long enough that the children will be adults by the time they are released. It’s a tragic reality, but because of the work of CFPM, this rough beginning doesn’t have to endure throughout the kids’ lives. The kids learn about Jesus through faithful CFPM families and they are nurtured physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

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About Child and Family Prison Ministry

Child and Family Prison Ministry (CFPM) is a home in Thailand for children whose parents are in prison either for life or long enough that the children will be adults by the time the parents are released.

The Need

In Thailand, when a mother is arrested and put into prison, a child under 1 year of age will be sent to live with her in prison. Therefore, the child will have no opportunity to live in a normal family. When a child living in a prison under the control of prison officials turns 1 year old, he or she will be separated from their mother. Siblings will be separated and sent to an orphanage, a children’s home, or back to live with relatives. Most of these children are not provided care, some are ill treated, and all are at risk for abuse, human trafficking, or being forced into prostitution.

The Solution

The mission of Child and Family Prison Ministry is to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, child labor, and forced prostitution. CFPM provides hope for these children. With parents’ consent and permission, the foundation can legally provide care for their children. Every child in the care of CFPM lives in a warm, caring, loving, and safe family with healthy food, a good education, and good health provision.Each CFPM home is limited to hosting a maximum of nine children so that each child can be cared for individually. The foundation also realizes and values the significance of the relationship between the biological mother/father and the child. CFPM tries to maintain that important relationship by providing opportunities for the children to visit their parents in prison as much as possible. In addition, the foundation values keeping siblings together.