The Kuhlow's Story

Alex Kuhlow, founder of Threads of Hope, Inc., and his wife, Chris, have been missionaries in the

Philippines since 1998.  While serving as boarding home parents for Faith Academy in Manila, they

would spend their time off down at Puerto Galera.  This is where it all began.  

They got to know Alona, one of the beach vendors who made and sold bracelets on the beaches to the

tourists.  During one of their visits in 2003, they learned that Alona’s friend, who was also a vendor,

couldn’t sell enough bracelets to care for her family, so she ended up in prostitution in order to provide

for her family.  After praying to the Lord for guidance on how to help, Alex saw that what the people

needed was work, so he ordered $100 worth of bracelets from Alona.  He later learned that this $100

took care of Alona’s family for an entire month.

The Lord blessed that act of compassion in a HUGE way!  When Alex and Chris took those bracelets back

to their supporters, they were encouraged to sell them for a profit.  Alex brought the full amount from

those sales back to Alona and said, “Can you please make me $1000 worth of bracelets?”

Now Alona needed friends and family to help her fill the order.  Each of them now had enough work,

and did not need to walk up and down the beaches in harm’s way trying to sell their product.

Through prayer and the Lord’s guidance, Alex and Chris continued this pattern.  They would order

bracelets from the vendors, and sell them when they returned to the states.  In addition, people from

their home church got involved and helped to sell the bracelets while Alex and Chris were on the field in

the Philippines.

Not only were they concerned with the physical needs of the community, but for their spiritual needs as

well.  In 2007, Alex brought down a Filipino pastor, Alejo Matienzo, to share the good news of salvation

through Jesus Christ to the people.  Pastor Al had such a positive response from the people that he

moved there with his family to shepherd the new believers and plant a church in the village.  This church

now has 500 regular attenders and at times has close to 1000 people show up for Sunday morning

worship services.

Starting as one act of compassion, Threads of Hope became a non-profit organization in 2007.  Currently

over 200 families are being provided for through the sale of these home made products.  Alex, Executive

Director of Threads of Hope, serves the Lord through handling product orders, communicating with

customers, and making decisions on how to best use the resources God provides to further the ministry

to the people of Aninuan Village.  Alex and Chris spend six months each year in the Philippines to stay

connected with the ministry that is ongoing.  Pastor Al shares with Alex the felt needs of the people in

the community, and together they decide how best to meet those needs.  Through the Lord’s leading,

they have started a church, built a ministry center, added on eight classrooms for education, and dug a

well for clean water for the community.  Chris is on the Board of Directors and is involved with

promotions as well as acquiring scholarship donations for students from the village to attend college.  At

the end of 2015, the Lord provided another couple to come and start the education program.  The next

project is to start a birthing clinic, Lord willing.  

God is at work among the people in the Aninuan Village.  Alex and Chris feel blessed that the Lord is

using them to accomplish his purposes in the Philippines and beyond.  On the other side of the world,

where bracelets are being sold, God is also changing lives.  One of the products is a bracelet showing five

colors that each represent a part of the gospel.  Hundreds of thousands of people have heard the gospel

when they received one of those bracelets. When people sell bracelets as fundraisers, they not only

benefit their own cause, but support the needs of impoverished families across the world.  It is a win-

win organization!

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