ABOUT THE THP
Thailand is located in South East Asia. Its neighboring countries are Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia, most of which are closed to missionaries. Thailand’s laws, on the other hand, promote religious freedom, making this beautiful country open to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thailand has approximately 66 million people within its borders. Bangkok, its capital, holds over 10 million of these people. Missionaries have been in this country since the early 1800’s. As of 2009, Christianity has reached less than 1% of the entire population. Although there are some well established churches in Bangkok with larger congregations, the average church size is only 15-20 regular attending church members. There are many churches without a pastor, or without leaders helping the pastor. Some pastors have to work in order to support not only their family but the entire church!
Recent studies have shown that there still remain hundreds of sub districts with no churches. This is the reality we have been facing while planting churches in the past few years. There are many small towns with people that know very little about Christianity or Jesus. Even though missionaries have been here for nearly 200 years, there are still many places in Thailand where people have never even heard the name of Jesus. During outreaches, almost every time someone will come to us asking if the picture of the man on our flyer is Jesus. Or they will ask me if I am Jesus! When I respond “No!” they then ask if I am His brother or if I know where they can find Him.
Thailand is truly a great place and we believe God will strategically use it for this time and hour. Due to the conditions of the neighboring countries, Bangkok and Thailand are tactical windows the church can use to impact this part of the world. As a foreigner, I can’t go to some of these nations without being watched very closely. However, a trained Thai minister is able to blend in and be more effective. We need to raise an army of Apostles, Evangelists, Pastors, Prophets, and Teachers that will go forth and reach the rest of Asia!