Tuesday, May 13, 2014

There is no them, only us

Baan Sabaay final version 2 from Brett Faucett on Vimeo.

I just recently finished facilitating a "Channels of Hope" HIV/AIDS 2 day workshop and I am always amazed at the transformation of the participants and of myself during these workshops.  We really delve into the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS and we challenge people with activities to think outside of themselves.  Our biggest challenge is moving away from an attitude of "us and them"  and realizing it is about "us."

I put together a video of a group from New Zealand that came to Baan Sabaay to help renovate the garden and to plant trees of hope, love and faith.  Baan Sabaay is an emergency respite center for people living with HIV who are in a time of crisis.  I put the lyrics of the U2 song invisible below because it really gets to the point.  There is no them, it's only us!

It’s like the room just cleared of smoke
I didn’t even want the heart you broke
It’s yours to keep
You just might need one

I finally found my real name
I won’t be me when you see me again
No, I won’t be my father’s son

I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
More than you let me be
I’m more than you know
A body in a soul
You don’t see me but you will
I am not invisible

That's right
I'm leaving the invisible world

I don’t dream, not as such
I don’t even think about you that much
Unless I start to think at all

All those frozen days
And your frozen ways
They melt away your face like snow

I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
I’m more than you let me be
I’m more than you know
A body in a soul
You don’t see me but you will
I am not invisible
I am here

There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only you
And there’s only me
There is no them

Monday, September 30, 2013


This morning was a rough morning for my Daughter Anna.  She woke up in a foul mood and would not get out of her funk.  She wouldn't answer when asked what she wanted for breakfast.  She definitely didn't want to go to school and was crying almost constantly.  She kept saying how she hated school and just wanted to go home (Thailand).  I tried to console her and was also trying to get her out the door to school because she was running late.  I reassured her that it is only temporary and that we would be back home before we knew it.  She just looked at me with tear filled eyes and said "Dad, I just want to go home"  I felt like I was going to start break down crying as well.  I knew exactly how she felt because I was feeling the same thing.  She missed her cats, her friends and everything that reminds her of Thailand.  Anna has spent more of her life in Thailand than she has in the States.

It is difficult living out of a bag for 6 months and always on the go.  Our whole lives are back in Thailand and homesickness sometimes rears its head and makes us stop and reflect.  The pace of life in the States is fast paced and hectic and doesn't leave much time for yourself.  I am really homesick for the group of guys that I meet every Friday in Chiang Mai.  It is a time for being with a group of guys that are going through similar struggles and challenges.  I miss the staff at the AIDS ministry and the boys and staff  at Urban Light.  I just miss being home!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Presentation Video

Faucett family video from Brett Faucett on Vimeo.

Shelly and I are helping boys walk away from a life of abuse and sexual exploitation in the red light district.  Hear about issues with HIV/AIDS education and abandoned Children with Special Needs and how you can get involved and create awareness.  Our presentation video shows what we are doing  in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Please share and support our passion for helping those living on the margins of society.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Home assignment

Home Again

Sunshine and surfing!  We wanted to let everyone know that we are on home assignment and back in California.  Acacia and Anna have already spent a week at surf camp and are loving the beach.

We look forward to reconnecting with friends, family and churches.
We have already been able to spend some fantastic time with family and have enjoyed seeing everyone.  It is amazing how quickly the nieces and nephews have grown up and it is really making me feel old.

We know there are a lot of friends, supporters and churches that we would love to see and we will be scheduling our time to see all of you.

If you'd like to reconnect with us we'd love to meet you for a coffee and catch up.  If you'd like to schedule a presentation to hear more about our ministry we are happy to meet with your church, small group or "dinner for 8."  Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Brett: 714-884-6970
Shelly: 714-227-0884

Our mailing address is:
Brett and Shelly Faucett
9472 Mokihana Drive
Huntington Beach, Ca.  92646

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Just like you!

Just like you Kids video from Brett Faucett on Vimeo.
See what it is like to be a missionary kid living in Thailand. Acacia and Anna show what their life is like.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Coming Home

It has been a while since I had last written and I always struggle with what to write when I come back from a lengthy absence.   We are still here, we haven't fallen off the face of the Earth.   I try not to make it a habit of long silences between posts, but life seems to get in the way.  And to be quite honest I don't think our life is that exciting.  Don't get me wrong there are times of great excitement and worthy things to write about, it is just difficult to get it down on the blog.   I know I need to keep you all informed of the ministry that we committed our lives to and I plan to get better at that.  See, now I have you to keep me accountable to that. 

We come back to the States in a couple of weeks and look forward to seeing friends and family.  Right now we are in that chaotic, messy period of trying to pack up our lives to come back home.  It is very stressful at times and we always wonder if we have done enough to prepare to go back home and share what God has done with our lives.  Sometimes it is difficult to really see how God has transformed you until you step out of the situation and can objectively look at what has been going on in your life.  Our family really needs this time away to recharge our batteries. 

Working in the ministries of HIV/AIDS, Human Trafficking and Disabled Children is emotionally and spiritually draining.  We see some of the worst and best of humanity, sometimes it feels like a roller coaster ride of emotions with lots of screaming with our hands in the air and nervous anticipation of going over the edge.

This last year has been an intense year of personal growth for me with lots of pain thrown in.  Sometimes the pain seemed unbearable and I would retreat inside myself and let the negative self talk overwhelm me.  It can be quite humbling to realize just how broken you are.    I have been digging my way out through counseling and have been blessed with an amazing wife. I don't even want to think about where my life would be if God hadn't put Shelly in my life.    I have been equally blessed with close friends that have allowed me to pour my life out to them and have shown me incredible grace.

Like I said we look forward to see many of you and we can't wait to hear about your lives too.  Please keep us in your prayers and we will be praying for you.  Could you all say a special prayer for my friend's Daughter Gaby who is in the hospital on a ventilator.  She is only in her 20's.  The family is really struggling to deal with all this.  Thank you.

God bless you all.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Close call

Driving around in Chiang Mai you often take your life into your own hands. People pull out in front of you all the time without the slightest glance in the oncoming direction. You really learn to be a cautious defensive driver. Road rules here are more like suggestions and are often ignored and scoffed at. Driving a motorcycle around here is liberating and very dangerous at the same time. Liberating in the fact that you can weave in and out of traffic and get to where you are going without all the traffic jams. Dangerous because everybody does whatever they want without regard for safety or rules. Maybe not everybody, but it sure does feel like it sometimes.
Every other Wednesday I go to my photography group meeting which is near the airport and it is a 20-30 min trip on the motorcycle. I could drive the route in my sleep if I had to. Last week I was on the road headed to the group's meeting and was stuck behind a slow moving truck in the middle lane. I checked my side view mirror and saw the motorcycle behind me pulling out into the right hand fast lane to bypass the truck. I thought I would follow right after him and started leaning in that direction after I had checked my mirror again and was met with blasts from a horn coming from a speeding truck in the fast lane I was trying to enter. He was going too fast to stop and looked like he had no intention of stopping. I barely turned my body and missed the guy by about a foot and a half. I felt the huge gust of wind as he flew past me and realized that I almost died in that split second. My heart was racing and I was just trying to control my emotions over the next few seconds. I immediately started praying and thanking God for sparing my life, because if the truck driver hit me I would surely be dead. A near death experience can really put things into perspective. All I could think of was my family and how I could be the best Dad and husband I could be. All of it could be taken away in a split second. The most important thing in life was my family. Have you ever had a close call with death and how did it change you?