|Rich & Kathy Lively|
Home State: Georgia
Rich and Kathy both attended Asbury College, where Kathy earned a degree in secondary education and Spanish. Rich earned a degree in Bible before attending Asbury Theological Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity and a ThM in cross-cultural studies and world religions.
After previous terms overseas in theological education and JESUS Film training, as well as pastoral ministry stateside, Rich and Kathy, along with their three children, Richie (16), Danny (13), and Emma (9), now serve with Colin and Ruth Harrison and Connect3e to help Karen refugees fleeing Myanmar (Burma). According to a BBC report from 2004, over 200,000 Karen people have been driven from their homes during decades of war, with another 120,000, mostly Karen, living in refugee camps along the Thai border. These refugees are in desperate need of medical care, food, and education, along with the love of Christ.
Ongoing responsibilities include serving as national director for all C3e related projects within Thailand, raising awareness and funds for the organization, establishing strategic partnerships locally and internationally, and mentoring Karen leaders working with the various C3e projects.
The Livelys plan to return to Chiang Mai, Thailand in March 2012 for another two-year term under The Mission Society and C3e. They will look to expand the scope of C3e work and further explore partnership opportunities with other organizations working in similar situations.
- Transition to a new city; finding a home, settling in, etc.
- Children's education changes - homeschooling and internet learning
- Kathy's job - teaching the children full time at home
- Future direction of Connect, not only in Thailand, but all of SE Asia
- Wisdom in finding and selecting a Karen national Leader for C3e work
- Direction for partnering with other organizations in Thailand