Christ Church IDC Visitation Ministry

”I was in prison and you came to visit me ... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:36, 40

 

Who We Are:

We are a group of volunteers from Christ Church Bangkok who desires to show the love of Christ to those who have been detained in the Immigration Detention Center

 

What We Do:

We visit the IDC weekly as a group to bring hope, encouragement and tangible food/toiletry items to friends and strangers in the IDC.

We prioritize detainees who are members or connected to members of Christ Church, seeking to visit them at least twice per month... but we do not stop there.

We coordinate with other churches and groups to visit others in need of a friendly face

While many detainees are refugees, we do not limit our visits to only refugees

While many detainees are Christians, we will also visit Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists

 

Our Volunteers:

This ministry is made possible by the love, commitment and finances of volunteers. While our volunteers who visit the IDC with us do not need to be members of Christ Church, we do ask that during their time at the IDC they represent Christ Church well by following all laws and guidelines set forth by the government, showing respect to government officials, and being willing to prioritize Christ Church members who are detained within the IDC.

Through the financial giving of Liferaft, we are able to purchase homemade food items for detainees in the IDC. Although it is not required for volunteers to purchase additional food/ items to take into the IDC, those items are always welcome.

When:

Wednesdays at 8:00 am – 10:30 am or 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. (Visits can also be arranged on other days of the week as the IDC is open Monday – Friday.)

 

Where:

IDC Prison, Soi Suan Phlu, Sathorn, Next to the Thung Maha Mek Police Station

 

How:

Give us your email address so we can add you to our weekly invitation for volunteers. Contact Edward Furaha at efuraha12@gmail.com.

 

Conclusion:

It’s an intense experience. For some people, it is shocking and deeply troubling. Others find unique joy and fulfillment in the visits. You are also likely to feel physically-exhausted given the extended standing, the crowds, the exertion of shouting and listening, the temperatures and the pressures, generally, of the visit. Regardless, it’s important to remember the incredible impact your visit has. You are providing water to the thirsty and food to the hungry. You are giving companionship to the lonely and hope and encouragement to those in desperate need.