Statement of Guiding Principles

To promote Christian values and enhance living conditions for individuals in under-developed countries, through avenues such as, but not limited to; Education, Vocational Training, Marketplace Ministry, and referrals to Micro Credit programs

Pillars of World Wide Life





Founded by Brian and Karen Shaben

Karen Shaben, President
Brian Shaben, Vice-President
Anna Harrison, Secretary
Shelley Penner, Treasurer
Linda Soles, Director

Pastor Greg Gill

Gary Soles

Shane Penner

Heidi Durling


BC Societies Incorporation June 4, 2015, S-0064045

World Wide Life Humanitarian Partnership Society missionaries legally operate in Thailand as Members of Christian Outreach Centre/Haven Foundation Thailand.





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We have always had a heart for service and have always believed in giving back to our communities. Over the last 25 years, we have supported and volunteered with organizations both at home and abroad.

Some organizations we have worked with:

  • The Mission for Seamen Vancouver
  • Bow Valley Victim Services
  • Cause Canada
  • The New Life Mission
  • Rotary International and Rotary Club of Kamloops West
  • International Humanitarian Hope Society
  • Bible Truth Church


We have been actively doing hands-on humanitarian work in South-East Asia since 2008.

The Countries we have volunteered in include;

  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • The Philippines

One of our early experiences was running a Children’s home at El Shaddai Children’s Home, in Sri Racha, Thailand. We took over the care of this home for a month, working with children whose ages ranged from 4-18 years old. We like to call this experience our “Baptism by Fire” into the mission field. We encountered some very challenging situations, yet at the same time, discovered the amazing potential of these kids. That was it, we were changed, and it became clear to us, the true call on our lives. In Brian’s words “We were hooked”. We returned to South East Asia regularly over the next several years, and every time, we left a piece of our hearts behind. As much as we love our native Canada, we came to realize that we must follow in body what our hearts already knew. We must do all we can do to help the youth of Thailand reach that amazing potential that lies within.

In early 2015, we founded World Wide Life Humanitarian Partnership, and it became an officially incorporated non-profit Society in British Columbia a few months later. That fall, we left behind our lifestyle and full-time careers to embrace our new adventure!


How we help: we promote our faith, we train and care for marginalized people, we operate a foster home, we coordinate projects and minor repairs to improve living conditions, we teach ESL, by doing so we combat human trafficking and help to break the extreme poverty cycle of at-risk peoples.

Who we help: we help youth at risk of sexual exploitation, poor Children’s Homes, schools and villages lacking resources, marginalized families and individuals living in extreme poverty.

Where we help: Northern Thailand, our foster care home, hospitals, villages, schools and churches

Brian and Karen