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In the 1930s, Alliance missionaries arrived in Thailand, the most Buddhist nation on earth. They sailed on bamboo rafts to share Christ’s love in remote villages that had never been touched by the gospel. The group of six missionaries was attempting to reach more than 5 million people with the good news of Jesus.

During the 1950s, Alliance workers ministered to thousands of people stricken by leprosy. This outreach led to the establishment of the Maranatha Bible School, the first school in the world with a four-year curriculum for leprous students. Since Alliance ministry began in Thailand, 110 churches have been established with about 7,000 inclusive members. Our workers are involved in church planting, leadership training, prison outreach, and holistic ministry.

Today, Thai history is being made as Buddhists respond to the gospel in greater numbers than ever before. More Alliance churches have been started in the last 15 years than at any other time in the 180 years since Protestant missionaries first arrived. Our workers are partnering with the Gospel Church of Thailand, the C&MA national church, to plant missionary minded churches with a passion to reach out beyond their own cultural and linguistic boundaries.

In addition, about 1,000 expatriates from more than 40 nations come together in the heart of downtown Bangkok to worship Jesus at the Evangelical Church of Bangkok, an Alliance international church. Well over 1000 couples have attended ALMA Marriage Encounter weekends since the work began in 2001, and dozens have received Christ as Savior. Yet the needs in Thailand remain great, as more than 99% of the population has yet to receive Jesus.

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Field Office Information

C&MA Field Entry in 1929

Field Director:
Janice Quinlan
Mailing Address:
28/2 Pradipat Rd Soi 13
Bangkok 10400, THAILAND
Phone:
011-66-2-618-3596
Email:
fielddirector@siammission.org
Website:
http://siammission.org

National Church

The Gospel Church of Thailand: 90 organized churches, 22 unorganized groups, 18 ordained ministers, 3,965 baptized members, and 5,331 inclusive members

Team Initiatives

  • Plant reproducing national missionary churches using a variety of methods.
  • Train national leadership, both formally and informally, to plant churches and to lead them to maturity in Christ.
  • Assist the C&MA national church in becoming self-supporting, church-planting, and missionary-sending.
  • Partner with the C&MA national church to demonstrate the love of Christ wholistically and to respond to specific social needs, resulting in healthy churches, effective evangelism, and dynamic church planting.
  • Develop an exit strategy that identifies criteria to be met for U.S. mission personnel to be redeployed to other ministries in Thailand and around the world. Acquire local and global prayer support for these objectives.

Searching for Truth

2014-03-13 09:33:26

By Sue Danneker, serving in Thailand

“I was searching for the truth about my life for a long time,” said Ann. “Why was I born? For what purpose am I here on earth?” She also longed for peace. “I looked everywhere but did not find it.”

Ann had known about God’s Word for quite some time, but personal conflict and other obstacles made her hesitant to receive the Lord. “Then one day, He sent someone to tell me about His way,” she said.

We met Ann in July 2013 when a short-term team from Fairlawn Community Church in Pennsylvania helped our congregation to distribute gospel literature during a prayer walk. The members of the group that passed Ann’s noodle shop sensed God’s Spirit prompting them to talk with her. They discovered she had an interest in the Lord.

I visited Ann frequently, often bringing my husband, Ed, and Pastor Sukprasan from the local Alliance church. Ann had many questions, but she accepted a Bible and other Christian literature. God used His Word, especially Matthew 9:9–13, to break down the walls around her heart. On the first Sunday she came to church in early November, Ann told me in tears, “Jesus could come even to me, such a sinner? He eats with sinners! He came not for the healthy but for sinners like me!”

Shortly after that, we took another short-term team to visit Ann, and she confirmed that she had come to saving faith in Jesus. I then began to visit her regularly to disciple her.

Ann told her family, friends, and customers that she was a Christian. When she learned that the church was planning a baptismal service in February 2014, she was eager to be baptized.

“After hearing about God’s way,” she testified at her baptism, “I knew this was the way for true peace in my life. I never wanted things, like riches—only true peace and the opportunity to tell others.

“Thank you, Lord, for searching for me and opening the door. You gave me this opportunity and led me in all things. You accepted me and have given me every breath that I breathe.”

Pray that Ann will continue to grow in her faith and that God will use her to bring others into the Kingdom.

What You Can Do

Pray

The prayers of God’s people strengthen Alliance staffers to live and serve across the globe. Use our weekly Alliance Prayer Requests to join the worldwide Alliance family in praying for them.

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  • Give to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) and support Alliance global team members, who are pushing back the darkness as they introduce lost people to the light of Jesus.
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Learn More

Read about the outreach with the team from Fairlawn Community Church in “Points of Light” in the October 2013 issue of Alliance Life.

Demographics

Population
Population--65,444,371 Infant mortality rate--20.5/1,000 Life expectancy--71.6
Capital City
Bangkok (8,838,500) pop.
Geography
A little more than twice the size of Wyoming, Thailand (198,455 sq. mi.) has a plateau in the northeast, a fertile river valley in the center, and rain forests in the south.
Languages
Thai, English, ethnic/regional dialects
Ethnicity/Race
Thai--75%; Chinese--14%; other--11%
Economy
Per capita income--$8,100 Inflation--2.8% Unemployment--1.5% Literacy rate--96% (2003 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. Thailand is currently facing armed violence in its three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces.
Religion
Buddhist--95%; Muslim--3.8%; Christian--0.5%; Hindu--0.1%; other--0.6%

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Alliance ministry in Thailand is primarily funded through the Great Commission Fund. Help fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission and make a gift to the GCF today.

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