In missions, it is often touted that missionaries are Jacks-of-all-trades. This is actually true; missionaries must often be pastors, children’s/youth pastors, pioneering new churches, English teachers, social workers, and educators, just to name a few.
At the same time, there are usually primary focuses for ministry. My focus of ministry is three-fold, but falls under the large scope of walking along side the Thailand Assemblies of God (TAG) in their endeavor to bring Christ’s name to their own people. But one must see the need first. Thailand is a country that is 95% Buddhist, 4% Muslim, and less than 1% Christian. This means that the vast majority of people have little or no access to the Gospel. It is hard to swallow if you let that sink in; the vast majority of people have little or no access to the Gospel. This means that for most in Thailand, they do not have a Christian nearby that can tell the Gospel to them or a church nearby that can do the same. Basically, they have no clue of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us and His lordship. This is what I want to proclaim in word and deed, and thus will focus on these ministries:
1. Of Bangkok’s 12-15 million people, there are 2-4 million living in slum communities. These are usually less than ideal shacks without running water. It is here that much of my ministry will be developed. Sadly, because of some socio-economic issues, the urban poor in Thailand have rarely been ministered to by the church. Thus, pioneering efforts by missionaries must be taken. I will help with Children’s clubs and the development of house churches while looking at pioneering a youth group for the hundreds of youth in these communities. At the same time, I will try to help the TAG in developing their own ministry to the urban poor of Bangkok.
2. In the South of Thailand, there has been little development of new churches. Also, it is the area of Thailand with the fewest missionary and church presence geographically. I will be helping develop strategies for church planting in these areas. It will prove an important task to help both the missionary fellowship and the TAG to understand each other in the task of new church plants in these areas.
3. Training and education for local pastors, leaders, and ministry students is essential for the church. My graduate degree in Theology will provide more opportunities for the TAG Bible school. There are some who teach at the Bible school who have graduate degrees, but only a couple if any that are specific to theology. At the same time, I will be helping with several new ventures with American AG schools like Northwest University, in providing practical and educational experience for a semester abroad in Bangkok.
Please pray for me as I venture in these areas of ministry and more in Thailand. Donate to Mark’s Ministry by clicking here.