A brief history of GROW

Oct 2009
GROW Begins
After meeting with Pastor Ivanildo Trindade, Faa Sumitra visits the United States, where a board of directors is formed, and Grace Refuge Outreach Worldwide (GROW) is born. Read more of Faa's story.
Nov 2009
Early Days
Faa returns to Thailand, and together with her sister, Ning, she begins with two children she's already brought into her home. Four more children are added in the coming months.
Nov 2010
God Provides a Truck
After transporting the kids in a only scooter, God provides a brand new truck for the GROW children. 
Dec 2010
God Provides a House
With a growing ministry and only a small house, God provides GROW with a unique opportunity to rent a large and spacious house in a good location within Chiang Mai -- all for very little cost. 
Jan 2012
Nine Acres in Wiang Pa Pao
With the intention of greatly expanding GROW, a nine-acre property is purchased, and development on the first building begins shortly thereafter.
June 7, 2014
A New Campus
GROW moves to the newly purchased property, and the first building is dedicated. Initially, there are a total of twelve children under GROW's care.
Chiang Rai's First Official Foster Home
GROW becomes the first children's home in the Chiang Rai District to receive new government required Foster Care Home status from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Services.
May 2017
The GROW Bus

God provided GROW with a bus only two months after theThai governments made it a requirement for transporting the children to school. In addition, it is used for GROW outings with the kids and for transporting large supplies to the campus.

December 2017
Multi Purpose Building

The Multi Purpose Building houses our first permanent kitchen and cafeteria. Other uses include a library, computer room, study area, small store, activity area, and our church.

August 2018
Rice Paddy

In order to develop sustainability in the ministry providing healthy rice and teaching agricultural skills, GROW purchased a rice paddy. It provides over half a year's worth of rice for the children on our campus.

Oct 2019
Celebrating 10 Years of Family!
WE'VE been a family for ten years!
November 2021
Baking Room and Cafe

Our GROW staff decided to pull together for over a year to build this small addition onto the Multi-Purpose Building. It provides an additional 2nd-floor fire escape, a place to bake, and a small cafe area used for Sunday school and other gatherings. For some of the GROW children, baking is therapy. For others, it's an entrepreneurial opportunity. Faa all, it's getting to eat pizza and brownies!

December 2021
The Big Red Tractor

Faa prayed for a tractor for several years. With this tractor, our work in the gardens, rice paddy, and groundskeeping are much more efficient. With it, we can make repairs to the dirt road leading to our campus making it safe for the GROW bus during the rainy season. (Road crews do not maintain this road.)

January 2022
Training Center
Training Center

Our training center consists of three areas: a little store, a barber/salon, and a woodworking shop. Kids are learning skills here they can use throughout their lives to support themselves and their families in the future. Kids gain confidence and experience while they learn.

March 18, 2023
Dedication Day
New Space for More Girls

Today, we celebrated the dedication of the newest girl's home. This cottage style group of three buildings will house some of our older girls. On day one, the home was filled. We are so grateful to our donors who have made this possible.

October 2023
Dedication Day
2nd Boy's Home Complete

This month four boys and two staff moved into the new boy's home.  We have room for more boys now in both of our two homes for boys. Additional boys will be added early 2024.

February 2024
Guest Crew
Girl's Home Being Built

For the first time, GROW experienced a blended crew working on a building project. Shook Construction sent a mission team from the U.S. to work alongside our Thai crew.  This experience ended up being a huge blessing to everyone. Shook came to assist in any way, and the two crews learned a lot from each other. The whole campus was positively impacted. Thank you Shook Construction for your hard work and big hearts. Blessings to our donors for helping us start this much needed home.