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The Extended Honeymoon

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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A painting of Mariam’s

Just three days into their married life, Mariam and Yusuf were forced to flee their home . Mariam’s older brother had been prominent in helping victims of the Gojra attacks in 2009. This enraged local Islamic extremists, and they targeted his entire family, specifically threatening to kill Yusuf and rape and murder Mariam.

Mariam and Yusuf fled to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, hoping to start a new life together, but threats against their life continued. Feeling they had no other options, they fled to Thailand with little more than two suitcases.

When they arrived, they found out Mariam was pregnant. They were joyful, but also terrified. They weren’t sure how they were going to support themselves, let alone a new child.

As they faced these fears, Yusuf and Mariam met Jan at a local church. Jan, who is Thai, opened her heart to them and befriended them. Eventually, she was able to connect with Life Raft, who provided financial support to Yusuf and Mariam, and helped guide Jan in how to effectively help them.

Thanks to their friendship with Jan, Yusuf and Mariam were able to survive their time in Thailand, and even start homeschooling their daughter. Recently, Canada accepted them for resettlement.

As their time in Thailand draws to an end, Yusuf and Mariam jokingly refer to the past three and a half years in their adopted home as an “extended honeymoon”.

Mariam said they will miss Thai people and their hospitality.

“When you have nothing and somebody helps you, it means a lot,” said Mariam. “There is so much to be grateful for, we cannot even begin to say to thank you. We only know that God is showing his love through Jan.”

Written by Tim Lefevre



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Tragic Accident in Bangkok

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Around 8:00 o’clock this morning, Tara and Karissa eagerly flagged down a motorbike taxi, asking to go to a nearby park where they would meet their father.

As the girls and their motorbike driver were rounding the corner to turn onto Sukhumvit (the main road that runs through downtown Bangkok), a car suddenly crashed into them from behind, throwing both of the girls to the pavement. Tara’s leg and pelvis were crushed by the car of the offending driver, while Karissa was run over by another car, badly injuring her arm. Unable to move, Tara watched both drivers speed off as her sister Karissa lay next to her, unconscious.

A nearby shopkeeper saved both girls’ lives by pulling them out of the street and calling for help. They were rushed to different hospitals. We know that both girls will survive, but it appears that they will face a long, expensive recovery.

You can read more about the family here.



Both girls have had to undergo several major surgeries, but Karissa will need more if her arm is going to be saved. Their total medical expenses are expected to exceed $22,000. Without insurance, they are relying on the help of friends and family. If you would like to contribute to their medical expenses, please contact Chris@LifeRaftBKK.org.


Written by Tim Lefevre


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