thailand / asia

Spiritual Climate

"The Land of Smiles" has kept its stability amongst a region of troubles and chaos, but its people know hopelessness as well. Many girls are sold into the sex trade by their own family for financial reasons and become vulnerable to a lifetime of disease and abuse. There are rescue efforts to get women out, but true spiritual breakthrough and transformation in both the women as well as those who profit and work inside the trade is the only way that this issue can be resolved. Other people groups with immediate needs are those affected by HIV/AIDS, child labor workers, refugees, students and Buddhist monks.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Historical, cultural and spiritual barriers keep these beautiful people living in darkness. The monks walking through our streets, the spirit houses in the neighborhoods and the daily chants that go up to the temples remind us that this is still a country that is less than 1% Christian.
— Gene & Linda Fisher

The Church in Thailand is growing. Numeric increases have always been modest at best, but of late, they are proportionately more rapid. There is a perception of greater interest in the gospel by many in Thailand.
— Operation World

More about Thailand

A Couple Raw Facts


Christian Population Graph

After four centuries of Catholic work and nearly 200 years of Protestant work, Thai Christians hover around 1% of the population.

Child Illustration

Over one million children are estimated to be child laborers in Thailand. This includes 40,000 or even more sold into the sex trade as minors.

 

History & Future

Entered
2002

WorldVenture History in Thailand

WorldVenture began work in Thailand in the early 2000s. The focus of leadership development and evangelism is being accomplished by the teaching of missionaries' children at an MK school. God's grace and love are so evident to the WorldVenture Thailand team.

Today &
Tomorrow

Thailand Team Goals

A goal of WorldVenture’s work in Thailand is supporting spiritual growth in those whose hearts have been opened to the truth of God’s word. With the Thailand team expanding, Bible translation is becoming a new focus to spread the word of God. With God's favor and believers prayers, we can see more lives transformed day to day in Thailand.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING


COMMUNITY

The people of this country are warm and friendly and very accommodating to us.
— Gene & Linda Fisher

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

This country is full of breathtaking landscapes that continually remind us of how majestic and creative our God is. From the white sand beaches of the south, through the deep green rice fields of the central plateau to the fog and cloud-draped mountains of the north, Thailand engages the eye and stirs the soul.
— Gene & Linda Fisher

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

The people are very accommodating to us as we attempt to speak their language. Mistakes are met with gentle laughter and a sense of true appreciation for the effort made.
— Gene & Linda Fisher


Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

thailand source:bbc - Google News
'Rumours' warning over Thailand tourist murders - BBC News

BBC News

'Rumours' warning over Thailand tourist murders
BBC News
Thailand's police chief has warned anyone speculating on social media about the murder of two UK tourists could face up to five years in jail. General Somyot Pumpunmuang issued the warning as criticism mounts over the way police have handled the case.


Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:43:28 PM

Thai court dismisses defamation case against UK activist Andy Hall - BBC News

BBC News

Thai court dismisses defamation case against UK activist Andy Hall
BBC News
Mr Hall faces more charges of violating Thailand's computer crimes act. Last year, Mr Hall authored a report for Finnwatch, a Finland-based watchdog, alleging poor labour conditions in seafood and pineapple export companies in Thailand. The allegations ...


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:17:35 PM

Bangladeshi slaves rescued from jungle in Thailand - BBC News

BBC News

Bangladeshi slaves rescued from jungle in Thailand
BBC News
Dozens of Bangladeshis have been rescued after being abducted and shipped to Thailand to be sold as slaves. The men ... The government in Thailand say they are trying to fight the slave trade, but have been accused of "dragging their heels" on the issue.


Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:24:05 AM

Thailand murder suspects retract confessions - BBC News

BBC News

Thailand murder suspects retract confessions
BBC News
Two Burmese men accused of killing two British tourists on the Thai island of Koh Tao have retracted their confessions, their lawyers have said. The pair now say they did not commit the murders and did not see what happened, according to their lawyers.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:30:40 AM

UK police to help investigate British tourist murders - BBC News

BBC News

UK police to help investigate British tourist murders
BBC News
UK police officers are to travel to Thailand to help investigate the murders of two British tourists found dead on the island of Koh Tao. The country's military ruler dropped objections to accepting help in the case after being pressed on the issue by ...


Friday, October 17, 2014 4:07:38 PM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
MK / International School Faculty & Staff1 YearLifetimeAsiaThailandAt Grace International School help provide an integrated education from a Christian worldview so that students can face the challenges of today's world.Current Needs: Elementary: ESL, Special Ed; Secondary: Special Ed; Special Needs: Educational/School Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Gifted & Talented; Other Staff: ESD Director & Home Education Consultant; Special Ed Consultant, Home Education Consultant, Facilities Director, School Nurse, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Alumni Relations, Webmaster. See GIS website for most current information: www.gisthailand.org. Dual application with a mission agency. Certified teacher. Desire to cultivate students of Christian character and values who strive for excellence in all areas of life.1076
Senior Pastor2 YearsLifetimeAsiaThailandBe Senior Pastor of Chiang Mai Community Church,(CMCC) Chiang Mai, Thailand. This pastor will lead the pastoral team and serve on the Leadership Team. The church is made up of members from many countries, many denominational and ethnic backgrounds who come together to worship and serve God. These people are long-term residents of Chiang Mai, as well as business people, retirees, international students, expatriates working at international schools or NGOs, and full-time Christian workers. Some members are transient but the mix is always delightfully diverse. This person should have the back and support of a home church or mission board. The applicant must have at least two years of fruitful cross-cultural experience, living and working in a culture not his or her own. An initial commitment or two years is desired. Applicants are invited to send a resume of CV to the Pastoral Search Committee: at <pastoralsearch@cmcchurch.org> Additional information can be found at the church website at http://cmcchurch.org1762

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Projects

Missionary Team


Gene & Linda Fisher

Teaching MKs in Thailand


Bob & Marcia Flaa

Teaching at Grace International School in Thailand

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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