THE LIGHT CENTER
Thailand has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the world due to the mass breakdown of family units, poor education, and rampant prostitution. In 2012 there were 130,000 teen pregnancies reported. The Thai Health Minister estimates the actual number was double that which is an extraordinary number in a country of around 70 million people. Teen pregnancy increased by 43% between 2000 and 2011 and continues to rise. In 2012, 1 in every 23 female adolescents aged 15-19 in Ubon province reported an unexpected pregnancy.
In Thai culture, sex is not discussed openly in public or the home. The deep shame from an unexpected pregnancy often leads to abortions, suicide and girls being abandoned by their families, schools, and community. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist which teaches that abortion is sin and therefore is illegal; yet illegal abortion clinics thrive. In 2009, there were over 60,000 hospitalizations due to complications associated with abortions. Currently, female adolescents who have an unexpected pregnancy are 7x more likely to commit suicide than their peers. The nearest crisis pregnancy home to Ubon is about a 9 hour drive away. The need is evident and we’re anxious to see what great things God is going to do through this project.
Marcus and Bum Fey, former Cornerstone members, have opened the Light Center to meet this need and over the next few years will be expanding their ministry to include more women in need and better development training for them moving forward. As a part of Cornerstone's Global vision we are partnering regularly with the Light Center to meet their on-going expenses and expand their reach.
Pray with Us and Get Involved
- Pray for God's favor on the new phase of The Light Center.
- Pray for many women in Thailand to choose life for their unborn babies.
- Pray for women to be developed to thrive in Thai society with their newborn babies.
- Pray for the Gospel to take root in the lives of these women and their babies.
For more information contact Marcus Fey at: firstname.lastname@example.org