In missions, it is often touted that missionaries are Jacks-of-all-trades. Missionaries often 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, each missionary usually develops a primary focuses for ministry. Our focus of ministry is two-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. With 95% Buddhist, 4% Muslim, and less than 1% Christian as Thailand’s religious landscape, the vast majority of Thai 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. We want to proclaim Christ in word and deed, and thus will focus on these two ministries:
1. The Central Region of Thailand remains one of the least reached areas in Thailand. The regions consists of very few churches compared to most other regions. The Central Region remains the center of Buddhism for the Thailand. We focus on this part of Thailand because of its lack of churches. We will engage in a collaborative effort to partner alongside Thai churches in planting new churches in the 70% of Thailand that does not have a church starting with the Central Region. This means working with local churches to plant more in their own province and beyond. We will start in the province of Nakhon Sawan.
2. Training and education for local pastors, leaders, and ministry students remains essential for the church. Our graduate degrees in Theology and Art Therapy will provide more opportunities for the TAG Bible school. Only a few at our TAG Bible School have graduate degrees, and even less that are specific to theology. At the same time, we 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 us as we venture in these areas of ministry and more in Thailand.