Student Stories


Mint - ElementaryMint was in primary school when she was first sponsored. She lived with her mom and dad, older sister, and grandparents. When both her mom and dad were working in the gardens, they earned a combined wage of about $90 a month which was for a family of six.

When her parents separated, Mint lived with her mom on a very low income. Mint had dreams of going to University and would be the first one in her family to do so.

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SununSunan lived with her mom and dad who earned very little money working in the fields and babysitting. Sunan was the top academic student in Chiang Mai province and we were so delighted to assist her, making University studies a reality she could pursue.

She was very active with Campus Crusade for Christ while in University and excelled well with her studies at Chiang Mai University where she was enrolled in Humanities Faculty with an English major.

She was awarded two scholarships from her university to travel to the States and study English during the summer months. As a result she entered a job as an English translator and tour guide and later, pursued, on her own, an additional year of University which qualified her for teaching.

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JoyJoy lives with her mom and dad who work hard in the fields to prepare sticky rice that they can sell at the market daily. Joy was so thankful to receive sponsorship for education as she would not have been able to continue in school without help.

Joy wrote to her sponsors (a prayer group) the following

After I graduated from university in Chiang Mai, I returned home looking for work. I picked up short term jobs in accounting, entered a competition for a government job and I am presently working in a government office. Because of your grace and the grace of Jesus, your guidance and your love, I have progressed to where I am now. I wanted to write and thank you for all you have done for me and my family. With high respect, Joy.

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MilkMilk’s story is very sad as her dad was placed in prison for life because the police stopped his delivery truck and found addicting drugs in a drawer of a table he was delivering for a customer. As a result, Milk and her brother lived with her mom who made very little income, making about $5 a day as a gardener on the days when she could get work.

Milk's mom re-married and moved south, leaving her and her brother in the care of an aunt and uncle who sent them to a provincial school. Here, Milk continued with her Christian faith and is now studying to be a nurse in Bangkok.

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Fa - ElementaryFa has lived most of her life with her grandparents after her dad died, a contributing factor being alcoholism and her mom re-married and moved south to work.  Fa’s grandpa works as a gardener and earns about $4-$5 a day and three years ago her grandma died of an undiagnosed disease.  She has been sponsored by Mighty Oaks since she was in Primary School.

When Fa was in Gr. 6, she came to us asking for prayer. When the rash which covered most of her body was medically diagnosed, it was determined that she has the HIV virus. The doctors said she was most likely born with the virus. Since that time, Fa has received a monthly food allowance from Mighty Oaks which assures us that she is receiving good nutritious meals and arrangements have been made for regular medical intervention for Fa.

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