No Holiday at the Bangkok Hilton

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 07 October 2016

Beechboro Christian School parent, Mrs Lisa Miles and SCEA Communications Specialist, Nicole Ohm, have just returned from a week in Thailand where they brought hope and finances to countless prisoners in six jails in and around Bangkok. 

Joining the Hope Behind Bars ministry, established in 1994 by Nicole Ohm's mother, the pair worked alongside a group of Thai Christians to visit inmates in some of Thailand's most notorious jails.   

"Over the many years the Thai prison authorities have come to know us and we are extremely privileged to be be granted 'inside' visits, during which are allowed inside the maximum security jails to hold a church service and baptisms," says Nicole.

"On a practical level, we bring finances donated by penpals from around to world to provide a little relief.

"Despite the seeming hopelessness of their plight and inhumane living conditions, these men and women can certainly teach us a thing or two about how to be content in all circumstances," Nicole said.

SCEA Global supported the mission by providing a laptop for use by Hope Behind Bars Foundation Chairman, Pastor Promma Burreenok.

Having experienced 23 years inside these prisons himself, Pastor Promma now dedicates his life to bringing hope to those behind bars. He is an enormous source of inspiration for inmates as he is a living example of a fruitful and joyful life after time in prison.

Beechboro mum, Mrs Miles says, "The past week was simply unforgettable.”

“It was a privilege to be a part of this ministry and to see how people can come together like a family for the greater good.

“You might think one person can’t make a difference, but you can,” Mrs Miles concluded.

To see how you can help, visit www.hopebehindbars.com.au.