So, this post is about a family who have me intrigued. I first heard about the Barkers when chatting with Ros Jamieson from Hands & Hearts about her venture; selling Fair Trade products via party plan (read more about that here).
Ash and Anji Barker moved their family to Bangkok in 1992. They live in the Klong Toey slum with 80 000 people. Ash and Anji founded Klong Toey Handicrafts which is an initiative enabling men and women to provide an income for their families, based on Fair Trade principles. The Barker family has made a life for themselves in Klong Toey which is, as you can imagine, completely different to the lives led by families in Australia.
The concept of moving to a slum and evangelizing the community using simple love and friendship is a beautiful one and I’d love to know more about how they work it as a family. They spoke about this a little in their Sunrise interview below.
It fascinates me that so many people choose to live in foreign lands as missionaries and what lengths they will go to in order to create a good life and experience for their children.
I really admire these people.
I’d love to have the chance to interview them sometime but in the meantime, here are some clips to whet your appetite:
What do you think? Is overseas missions work something you’d like to do? Are you a missionary? How have you made it work as a family?