Joel Cangas Ibanes

Serves with AMG International in Thailand

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Joel is the director of an AMG-sponsored camp project in Nan Province, Thailand, where he oversees summer camp and other educational camps during the year. Joel also works with local AMG-supported hostels and youth development centers to organize Bible studies and youth meetings held at the camp facilities. He also preaches regularly in the local church. Joel is married to Ruth and they have three children. Their eldest son also serves as a national leader with AMG.

Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, and many people also believe in the spiritual realm. Children from poor families go to state-run schools where teaching is sub-standard. Their parents normally have little education and cannot be relied upon to help them.  School children seldom reach the ninth grade and most end up working in family farms. Since the people have very low or no education, they lack basic knowledge of life skills like personal hygiene, household management, family planning and balancing budgets.