Roy and Avis Rideout
AGAPE MINISTRIES (THAILAND)
Who are they?
Roy is originally from Cottlesville, NL and his wife is Avis, from Triton, NL. Both felt the call of God to ministry from the time we were little. They met while attending Memorial University and later decided to attend Eastern Pentecostal Bible College before going to Thailand as volunteers in 1978.
Both committed PAONL missionaries, have been the driving force behind the Agape Home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, since its inception in 1996. This dedicated couple has created a sanctuary for over 100 children, many grappling with HIV/AIDS, where love, care, and Christian values abound. Assisted by Thai nationals and international volunteers, the Rideouts prioritize not only good physical care and nutrition but also a nurturing environment where children can experience true love and deepen their spiritual connection.
At the core of their mission is a vision for a community where children can thrive in Christian families. In addition to providing education through an on-site school for younger children and access to government schools for older ones, they extend support to HIV+ adult women without a care system. Project Lek, their village outreach program, reaches out to HIV+ children living in desperate conditions, offering essential aid that enables them to attend school and improve their overall well-being.
The Agape Home, situated in Chiang Mai, stands as a beacon of love and transformation. More than just a refuge, it has become a family for children who have lost parents to AIDS or face the challenges of HIV. Roy and Avis Rideout's legacy goes beyond the walls of Agape Home, echoing their commitment to creating a lasting impact on the broader community. Their tireless efforts weave a tapestry of compassion, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of those they touch.
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