Case Management Supervisor
Ann is a child-development specialist, and is the only Thai team leader without a traumatic past. Ann had worked in other agencies during her career, and brought to the team a needed wealth of knowledge and resources. While serving with The Well team, Ann quickly noticed something different. She explained: "In other agencies, the staff are above the clients. At The Well, the leaders are below." As she learned why and how we base our service on Jesus' example, Ann decided to commit her life to following him. [Read Servantworks’ Guidelines on Sensitively Communicating Jesus.]
Finance Manager and Coffee Shop Manager
By age 16, Dao had already experienced more than a lifetime worth of trauma, and by the time she met The Well, had endured far more. She was burdened with supporting not only her four children but other needy family members, and had no choice but to go to work in a Bangkok bar. Dao was one of The Well's first members in 2005, along with her four children. Due to her severe trauma background, she struggled intensely at The Well for two years. During that time she met Bpop. Bpop had successfully completed high school and building trade school, but found himself caught in addicted subculture as a young man. But he provided friendship that Dao desperately needed, and finally in 2007, Dao ran away, leaving her four young children for her mother to come and pick up. Her mother, who herself was not stable, ended up caring for the kids for an entire school year. A few months after her flight, Dao began calling Jim and Judy Larson, and brought Bpop to meet them. Upon learning about the example and teaching of Jesus, Bpop was certain that he wanted to be a follower. In 2008, Dao returned to The Well with her children and began to heal. The severity of Dao's trauma made for difficulty in their relationship, but after a lot of work and healing, she and Bpop were finally married in 2014. Apart from their official positions at The Well, Dao and Bpop spend a lot of volunteer time reaching out to and serving others in need. Dear, their oldest daughter, is in her first year of university.
Recovery Center Assistant
Onn's family fled to Thailand from Laos in the 1970's when she was a little girl. She grew up undocumented, did not go to school, and ended up in the Bangkok red-light industry for many years. A visiting team met Onn in 2005, and she has been part of The Well family since then. The Well helped Onn get her papers in order, and she now lives legally in Thailand as part of The Well team, overseeing daily activities at our Recovery Center. Onn's family initially refused to allow her to raise her son, Ken, but eventually relented. Now 17, Ken is an intern at Connect Kitchen, our coffeeshop/food products startup.
The Well Director, Thailand Coordinator
Jim and Judy got acquainted while working among the urban poor in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. As part of Uptown Baptist Church, a multicultural 24×7 church, they gained valuable experience in working with a wide variety of human need. In late July, 2004 Jim and Judy moved to Bangkok with 4 of their 5 children to begin reaching out to bar girls, which led to the founding of The Well. Jim still serves as overall Thailand Coordinator for Servantworks and is acting CEO of Narimon Thailand, while Judy directs the mentoring/case management at The Well. The Larsons have since added a sixth child, Narudet, adopted in Thailand. You can support Jim and Judy via Servantworks.
Volunteer Services Director
Growing up in a poor family, Sa determined that she would avoid the bad choices she saw her older siblings make. She was successfully working in a professional job when her world collapsed from an unintended pregnancy and loss of her job. Just as she was making her second suicide attempt, the phone rang. It was a maid that Sa knew who was worried about her. The maid took her to a social service agency which then referred Sa to The Well. Later, Sa would say that her plan was to have her baby then leave. She was grateful for the love she received at The Well, but understood it simply as professional duty. She was proud and content in her Buddhist faith, and according to policy, The Well leaders made no attempt to convince her otherwise. In time, Sa began to conclude that the love she saw at The Well was not limited to their work, but demonstrated in the lives of our team, and on reading the story of Jesus, she grew interested but felt no need to change. She was convinced through a series of subjective experiences, particularly vivid pictures or visions, including of Jesus on the cross. But ironically it was the urging of her Buddhist mother and sister that ultimately convinced Sa to become a committed follower of Jesus.