On Friday afternoon, June 29th, a host of Church of Christ in Thailand leaders, Royal Thai Government local officials, university representatives, local Church pastors and members came together to bless the cornerstone for a new, state of the art Kwai River Christian Hospital in Sangkhlaburi town of Kanchanaburi province in west-central Thailand. Church World Service was represented by Asia Regional Director, Leslie Wilson, whose privilege it was to introduce the special guest speaker from USAID, which is a major supporter of the new hospital’s construction with a $500,000 grant from the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program.
As an honored guest herself at the gathering, Ms. Wilson shared these greetings: “I am happy to be with you all today to celebrate this great step forward in building a new Kwai River Christian Hospital to help continue the long Church of Christ in Thailand tradition of caring for those in need. In this case, the Church is helping people in need of health care and medical treatment, which is an admired tradition with which CWS is proud to be associated.
Today, I bring special greetings and congratulations from my colleagues at Church World Service around the world and our other shared ecumenical partners. Together, through the decades, we have worked in Christ’s name and His spirit of love and generosity to accomplish a lot in Thailand. And we are very proud of all we have done.
Personally, I want to thank Khun Pranote Buskornruengrat, Kwai River Christian Hospital’s Manager and Architect Wirote Tesslaee, who has designed a beautiful modern building environmentally suited to this site. In the past few years, we have been on a great adventure to bring us to this day. We have spent many hours together to bring the design and engineering of the new hospital together. And, in the bargain, I have made two very good new friends.
I also want to thank our USAID ASHA colleagues in Washington, DC, for their interest in the hospital. I especially thank Engineer Mohammed Latif, and Tina Balin and Lauren Chitty, who have visited us here. They have traveled to this building site and to the current hospital to understand more about this great next step for the Kwai River Christian Hospital and its mission of service and care, which is a mission that serves some of the most vulnerable people in Thailand, including thousands of families who have come to the hospital, or its predecessor facilities, for six decades to celebrate new life; to heal and recover from injury and illness, and to improve their health and wellbeing.
This is a great collaboration to celebrate, and I am pleased to now introduce our distinguished colleague, Mr. Steven Majors, First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Thailand and Program Office Director for the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia to share his greetings and congratulations, too.”
(For more information please contact LWilson@cwsglobal.org)