V.I.P. Visit

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney with some of the children at ZOE Children’s Home.

“Ye have not, because ye ask not.”

So often we don’t ask because we think it’s just “too much” to expect or to believe for. And we miss out.

But last November, ZOE asked! We wrote a letter to the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand in Bangkok, inviting her to visit our children’s home the next time she visited Chiang Mai.

Touring the ZOE Children’s Home with Ambassador Kenney and Mr. Ken Foster (right), Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai.

On a recent beautiful September day, our letter was answered in person by a visit to the ZOE Children’s Home by Ambassador Kristie Kenney. The ZOE family was privileged to play host to the Ambassador and her team which included Mr. Ken Foster, Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai, and Vice Consul Paul Neville.

Ambassador Kenney exchanging “high fives” with ZOE Ministry School students.

Ambassador Kenney proved to be a most charming guest. Her openness, down-to-earth nature and friendliness were a big hit with all of us. The children and young adults, especially, were delighted by their interaction with her. The Ambassador kicked off her shoes and joined the kids for a time of laughter, hugs, and high fives.

Discussing ZOE’s child rescue work with the Ambassador.

She displayed a keen knowledge of the subject of human trafficking and her questions about ZOE and our operations were insightful and discerning. Ambassador Kenney addressed the entire ZOE family before she left, presenting us with several lovely gifts and, in return, receiving a framed picture of one of our beautiful children. The Ambassador surprised all of us when she spoke to the assembled group in fluent Thai!

U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney and Consul General Ken Foster with Americans working at ZOE Children’s Homes in Thailand.

It was a special thrill for the Americans at ZOE to meet the Ambassador. Currently, there are 35 Americans affiliated with ZOE living in Thailand. ZOE and the Americans working here value the effective partnerships we have developed with U.S. government agencies.

Explaining ZOE’s long-term vision to Ambassador Kenney and Consul General Foster.


We look forward to continuing and expanding our work in areas of common interest including combating human trafficking, helping to build resilient communities, and promoting the friendship of our two great nations.

It was wonderful to host Ambassador Kenney. And her visit was a good reminder that “Ask, and ye shall receive.”

U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney, a most charming and down-to-earth individual!

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