We are lovers of Jesus, each other, our fantastic children, long walks most anywhere, stories, reading books together, food, and our neighborhood and city!
We are also the team leaders and initial pioneers of Rak Teh, a ministry of YWAM here in Bangkok, Thailand. When we first moved here to Bangkok in 2006 (one year into our marriage) our intention was to start a ministry for young men involved in prostitution (that is men, dressing as men, selling sex to other men). After a year of language study and focused prayer, we began doing outreach in one, and then two, neighborhoods known for male prostitution. We found a little triangle-shaped apartment on a corner in one of those communities, and declared it home.
Over time (February 2015 marked 7 years on our corner), a lot has changed for us. None the least of which is that we now are parents of four children! Our ministry focus has also shifted.
After two years turned exclusively towards caring for men involved in prostitution, God spoke to us clearly about our needing to be open to having a family, brought some other teammates, and all-around convinced us that for this season of our lives the center of His ministry call for our family and Rak Teh is on our immediate neighborhood, rather than the specific people group we had initially felt called to.
The YWAM Thailand Rak Teh page gives a picture of our neighborhood, and our attempts to join in what God is doing here. Hopefully our pictures and blog serve to give color to our community and ourselves.
Thanks for being curious, and for joining with us as we walk with Jesus as a family on our streets!
Our mailing address in Thailand is:
Iven & Kashmira Hauptman
PO Box 2
Ratchadomnern Post Office
Phone Number & Skype
For those who like communicating the old fashioned way (and the new-fashioned way too!) we have a Seattle area-code based phone number that finds our computer in Bangkok, courtesy of Skype (the coolest internet tool ever).
or you can Skype us as: ivenandkashmira
Our mobile phone number in Bangkok is:
Country Code: (+66)
Mobile Number: 08 614 5017 (if dialing from overseas replace the first 0 with the country code)
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Thank you friends, we love you!