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.
Families choosing between school and an extra pair of hands to help with field work often need encouragement to consider the long-term benefits of education.
Caring for young women who have survived the sex trafficking industry is sometimes more screams and wailing than joy and gratitude. Experience at one aftercare home has taught Hiroko how facing the deep brokenness in our own hearts can be transformed into a deeper understanding of God.
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.
Sports Friends has upped the ante this year: we want to see 10,000 youth attend our camps all around the world, from Peru to Kenya to Thailand. We can't do it without your help. Will you join us?
In an area of South Asia where opportunities for education are both scarce and expensive, the Allied Model School is a place where students and teachers can grow as individuals and give back to their communities.
Thai New Year, or Songkran, is known for its country-wide water fight. But there's something quieter, subtler and possibly more beautiful going on at this time of year away from the rowdy streets and many Thai churches are championing this simple way to honour the elderly among them.
LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA
“I’m the only person for one thousand people,” Kiran reflects seriously. “But if I know how to help, then that responsibility isn’t heavy. I haven’t learned something worth learning until I can share it with at least twenty-five people.”
LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA
Abha and her family were terrified. “We’re poor people. What do we know to keep two babies alive?” her mother-in-law lamented. At night, lying on her bamboo mat on their hard dirt floor, Abha wondered how one could even hold two babies at the same time. They had never known anyone who’d kept twins alive through the extra care and economic investment they required.
What Saroj’s new wife’s family didn’t tell him was that she had a boyfriend in another village of whom they disapproved. They were hoping to get her married off to prevent her from running off with the other boy and so forced her to marry Saroj. It didn’t work. Fifteen days after they’d married, she ran off with her boyfriend anyway.
Serajul’s disability has meant very few people expected him to contribute to his community. The stubbornness that has gotten Serajul through most of his thirty-some years, however, has made him the perfect person to take on an overloaded system that is too often tainted by corruption.
The wai (traditional Thai greeting) fits - it's how every preschool teacher in Thailand greets their students at the beginning of the day - but the hug afterward...not so much. Then again, Good Kids Preschool is no ordinary Thai preschool. Find out how New Zealander Mary Raikes is helping this locally grown community project give underprivileged Thai kids Jesus' love and a chance at a great future.
One day, Prabhouti, Pavitr, and their neighbor Sambha were invited to join ten other women from their village in forming a women’s “self-help and savings group. The village had never heard of such a thing and some neighbors warned them against joining. “They’ll just take your money and run,” someone cautioned. “What can a woman do?” others chanted the traditional refrain.