For more than 40 years, Education Opportunity Foundation has been striving to follow Christ’s example in relieving suffering and preaching the gospel here in South-East Asia. To that end, we have initiated numerous projects over the years. The following list is a brief summary of the projects that EOF currently supports, divided by region.
In addition to these projects, our foundations also facilitates sponsoring worthy young people, and Bible trainings for lay Pastors. For more information on these activities, see the students and trainings pages.
Refugee Camp Projects
For most of the last century, various ethnic militias and the Myanmar government have been fighting for power. As a result of this conflict, hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled to neighboring countries, such as Thailand and China.
We currently have 8 schools in four of the Thai refugee camps. Four schools are in the biggest camp (Mae Lah camp, just North of Mae Sot, Thailand). The others are located in smaller refugee camps along the Thai/Myanmar border.
The teachers themselves are Seventh-day Adventist refugees from Myanmar. In addition to basic scholastic skills, they teach the Bible and try to lead their students to a relationship with Christ.
Altogether we support 130 teachers and 5000 students. In addition to teachers, we have more than 40 active Bible workers in and around the refugee camps. These Bible workers visit people in their homes, gain their confidence through friendship evangelism and medical missionary ministry, and then share Jesus with them in a way they can understand and relate to.
Mutraw District is a mountainous, inaccessible area between the Thailand and Myanmar borders where the Myanmar government has spent many years fighting the Karen revolutionaries. The frequent military action there has often made evangelism difficult for our pastors and lay evangelists.
Despite the sometimes difficult logistics, several faithful Adventist pastors have worked in this area. Pastor Nelson Pipi is one of those pastors. He was first sent there more than 30 years ago, and since then, has seen the church grow from a handful to now nearly a thousand members.
Education Opportunity Foundation financially and logistically supports an academy with attached dormitory, 23 middle and primary schools, and 14 full time Bible workers in Mutraw District and surrounding areas.
Doo Plaw Yaw District
Due to frequent political unrest, Doo Plaw Yaw District used to be a very difficult area in which to work. However, within the last couple of years, things have calmed down so that we are now able to send in a number of lay pastors and open several schools.
Doo Plaw Yaw is a strong Karen Buddhist area. Many of the people living there know nearly nothing about Jesus Christ. Currently, we have five lay pastors doing village Bible work in this area. Most of them are entering brand new villages where Adventist evangelists have never worked before.
In Jee Po Kee village, we have a middle school with 130 students. The purpose of this school is to train the students to be witnesses for Christ. Beside the Jee Po Kee School, there are four other schools that we help as needed in cooperation with other Karen organizations.
Chiangmai Student Dormitory
In 2010, we built a student dormitory on the same property as the EOF office. The dormitory now accommodates 24 students from various parts of Thailand. Most of them are from rural villages where Christian education is completely unavailable, and any kind of education is quite basic. The students attend Chiangmai Adventist Academy, which is within walking distance of our dormitory and provides them with a good Adventist education.
Originally, the dormitory was specifically for girls, however, several needy boys have now come as well. They are currently staying in temporary housing because we don’t have a boys dormitory yet. We will build a dormitory for them as soon as funding is available.
The students come from several different hill tribes in Thailand, including Sgaw Karen, Pwo Karen, and Aka. Many of them are from Buddhist or Animist families, and are now learning about Christ for the first time.