Early in January of 2007, the Evangelization and Church Growth Unit of the General Board of Global Ministries issued an appeal to fund UM pastors in Laos, who do not have an education beyond the 6th grade, to attend a Bible training school in Thailand. The cost was $600 annually per pastor. BLUMC responded immediately by adopting a pastor.
After supporting Rev. Yer Thao throughout her schooling, BLUMC is continuing to provide funding to assist with Rev. Thao's ministry.