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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

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.

Noodle Shop Encounter Leads to Salvation

2014-06-05 12:22:34

“Jesus has been knocking at the door of my heart for 50 years,” said Preecha, who was baptized on Easter Sunday 2014 at the Mahapawn Living Water Church in Thailand.

Preecha, 67, met Alliance international worker Sue Danneker while Sue was visiting Ann, a new believer, at her noodle shop the week before her baptism. Preecha was Ann’s fifth-grade English teacher more than 30 years ago.

Ann told Preecha that she is now a Christian. Sue invited him to Ann’s baptism, and he eagerly agreed to attend. He also came to the morning English Bible study and the afternoon worship service.

There were tears in Preecha’s eyes as he watched Anne’s baptism. “I want to be baptized next,” he told Sue, who said he needed to be a Christian first. Sue’s husband, Ed, arranged to visit Preecha that week to explain the gospel in depth.

When Ed arrived, Preecha was ready to accept Jesus as his Savior. He has come faithfully to church and has been attending discipleship studies with Ed.

After his baptism, Preecha said, “I had met other Christians along the way. I even attended a Bible study led by a missionary [from another missions agency] about 15 years ago. But there were too many obstacles to becoming a Christian at that time.

“Then in February, I decided I wanted to find that missionary and ask him more questions about God. But I met Sue first.”

“Praise God for how He is moving!” said the Dannekers.

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Population--65,444,371 Infant mortality rate--20.5/1,000 Life expectancy--71.6
Capital City
Bangkok (8,838,500) pop.
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.
Thai, English, ethnic/regional dialects
Thai--75%; Chinese--14%; other--11%
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.
Buddhist--95%; Muslim--3.8%; Christian--0.5%; Hindu--0.1%; other--0.6%

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