Ministry in Thailand – Work Update
Thanks to God’s love and mercy, under God’s guidance and the unfearful effort of the senior preachers, each item of church works in Thailand has harvested by sowing in tears.
Thailand Coordination Center is located in the Bangkok Church in Thailand. It is the liaison office which executes the affairs circulated by I.A. and Taiwan GA. It coordinates and develops the ministry with the churches in Thailand. The True Light Education Foundation is the gateway for opening another door of preaching the Gospel in the churches of Thailand. It supports the overseas mission and carries on the great commission of strengthening the ministry.
Idolist Buddhist sites prevailing in the vast land, Thailand is not only a favorite resort for foreigners, but is also the educational area for overseas technical staff and students’ practical studies. These factors make the Bangkok Church an important location of spiritual gatherings for overseas brethren.
Since 2013 in Thailand, under the blessing of God, more than 10 people received baptism and became our members in the central region. This year, we held special events, such as senior appreciation service, parenting activity, social youth & truthseekers fellowship, social youth football fellowship, E2 summer camp in Phrankratai, and orphanage caring trip. In line with the conduct of these activities, we would cultivate the foundation of the next generation’s faith, establish a spirit of one family in the Lord, share God’s love, and build up the bridge of brotherly love.
Phrankratai Church and Khao Khiao Prayer House emphasize on the teachings of religious education and instill the words of God in the believers’ heart, so they can walk on the path of the Lord. This is the mission and the goal of the inheritance of our faith. Because of the remote environment and work factors, not every family has the ability to provide children the opportunity to learn foreign languages. But through the religious education, Chinese education courses were opened up to strengthen the children’s language communication skills. By practicing the simple words in hymns, through listening, speaking, reading, and writing, they would bravely interact with overseas brethren face-to-face and be closer to them. The works were completed under the challenge of children’s learning attitude, time coordination, and, mostly, God’s guidance.
Activities were carried out in accordance with the plan in northern Thailand. E2 service joint with senior appreciation service was held in Maemor Church in March. National J2 Student Spiritual Convocation was held in April. In May, Korean youth helped the RE class and networking activities. Through these training activities, the youth were inspired to promote God’s ministry in the world with their international outlook for the future.
In order to promote the Chinese studying in Maesai Student Center in the Northern Thailand, Taiwan GA held Chinese Language Teacher Training Seminar on April 10 at Zheng Bin Church. The materials are compiled based on the existing E1 three-year courses, containing the introduction of Chinese new words and the essential teaching of religious education. With the Chinese teacher’s fellowship and spiritual cultivation once a year and the rotation of the Chinese volunteer teachers, the teaching can be consequently connected. May is the beginning of the new school year. With the existing teaching and learning methods, we try to enhance the quality of Chinese students in northern Thailand. May the Lord guide and grant us wisdom, power, faith, and love to us, and remember our hard works.
In addition, the Evangelical Service and Spiritual Convocation are held by local churches and prayer houses every year in May and October in Thailand. Besides various evangelical events listed in the annual plan of the holy work, the truth-seeker classes are also held to coordinate with the needs of the church and social youth.
Thailand has a population of more than 68.4 million people, but only a little more than three hundred believers of True Jesus Church, which are very few. Surrounded by Buddhist sites and secular metropolis, changes in society, and coupled with the long distance to church, the members, receiving the truth is lacking, which is a great concern of the church in Thailand. It is also a great challenge for passing on the faith and the gospel. May the Lord lead the holy work of every local church. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will strive to promote the word of God, pastor more sheep of the Lord, and preserve them in God’s love, so the truth may be spread to the world.
We hope that the elders, deacons, preachers, church board members, and brothers and sisters can instill the members in Thailand spiritual food and encourage them with love and faith on Sabbath during visitation, so the members would be motivated to promote the gospel works. In order to facilitate the gospel ministry, all the members are expected to work together, raising hands in prayer to save more souls and glorify the Lord. Amen!
Group photo of Maemor Church
Group photo of Phrankratai Church and Khao Khiao Prayer House