Church-planting in missions work is often associated with far-flung – usually rural –places. But in a sprawling cosmopolitan city like Bangkok, many still have no idea who Jesus Christ is. What does it mean to reach a place of millions, in a country where less than 1% of the population is Christian, and where city life places career, money, and status above everything else?
The Bible talks about loving the oppressed – the widows and orphans, those who have suffered and have been treated unjustly. But what about loving the oppressors, the ones who have sinned against others? In Myanmar, the Bamar majority people are seen as oppressors and the perpetrators of some of the worst violations to human rights. These are the people Sandra and Tim want to share Jesus with.
SIM Myanmar is the newest field in the Southeast Asian region, and "Tim", "Sandra", and their three young boys are the first family sent there by SIM. Very few have gone before them; Myanmar has historically been one of the most closed nations in the world – and Tim and Sandra talk about life for them in Myanmar.
Sports Friends has been pioneering in a new field: the city. Though most of Sports Friends' work has typically been in a rural setting, Sports Friends Thailand has begun to work in Bangkok, which comes with a unique set of challenges.
Why go back to university when you thought you were done with those years of studying late into the night, eating dining hall food, and living in such close quarters with your peers? For cross-cultural workers involved in student ministry overseas, the draw is what many love about university: new friendships, different experiences, and a deeper sense of self.
For many years Prang's family has had no peace. They have been plagued by evil spirits who use many of Prang's relatives as mediums. But when Prang became a Christian a lot changed - for her and several people in her family.