You may have already been keeping up with the story about the boys soccer team and coach in Thailand getting trapped in a cave. One of the boys that is trapped is
a Compassion sponsored child. The boys were allegedly trapped in the cave due to the heavy rains that flooded cave passages while they were inside. The boys, who were found alive by British divers in the early morning hours of Monday, July 2nd, seemed responsive and happy to be found. One of the first English phrases that was said by the boys was a chorus of “Thank you”. Can you imagine being trapped in a cave for 10 days in pitch blackness with no food? Although there is a sense of initial relief, removing them from the cave network safely presents huge challenges for the international rescue dive teams that are helping bring these boys and coach to safety.
Even though the boys are still trapped, they are receiving the medical care, food, water, and oxygen they need. Let’s all join together in prayer for the kids, their families and those that are attempting their rescue. Let’s pray that they find a way to get all of these kids back to their families quickly and safely.
Why were they not able to pull the children out immediately?
There are several factors on why they could not pull the boys out immediately.
- After not eating for 10 days, the boys are very weak.
- The boys do not know how to swim or dive.
- International team of expert divers were having a tough time getting through the caves themselves.
How are the children doing mentally and physically?
US Air Force Captain, Jessica Tait, was moved by the mental will in the boys to live. Physically, they are really weak. A doctor is with them to help them get stronger physically and mentally to prepare them to be extracted from the cave.
How can we pray?
- Pray that the boys will continue to get stronger mentally and physically.
- Pray that the rain will stop long enough for them to be able to get the boys out, and they would not get trapped in the caves for a longer amount of time.
- Pray for the safety of the rescue workers.
How can we help?
Most importantly, please continue to pray. We are also asking our staff if there are funds needed as the project that the Compassion child is from is opening their doors to the relief workers. We will send an update as soon as we hear back from them.
Here is a link that will provide you with real time updates.