How did the THP begin?
In 2005, John and Martine Smithwick took their Global Ventures team for the first time to Chantaburi, Thailand. Missionaries Bob and Debbie Scott helped coordinate the trip as the team conducted a crusade and ministered in the streets and schools all over that region. At that time, Bob and Debbie had lived in Thailand for several years and ministered in churches and seminars all over Thailand.
It was while witnessing hundreds of Thai Buddhists surrender their lives to Christ that the Smithwicks’ and Scotts’ hearts were connected and stirred like never before. Their eyes were opened to how drastic the need of evangelism was as they saw temples and street corners saturated with people bowing and giving offerings to idols. Late night conversations between the Scotts and Smithwicks further revealed to John and Martine how unreached this precious land truly was. At ever ministry site, they encountered people that had never even heard the name of Jesus. As the miracles began to happen, John and Bob witnessed the power of God instantly cut through thousands of years of tradition, philosophy, and belief. So many hearts were transformed right before their eyes. They knew they could not stop at just one crusade and evangelistic outreach. It became clear during that week that God was joining their ministry gifts together in order to have a long-lasting impact in Thailand.
Towards the end of that first crusade trip, John suggested launching a strategy of conducting crusades and planting churches and calling it the “Thailand Harvest Plan.” Bob and John agreed on the name and began to strategize about where to conduct the next crusade and GV team outreach. The following year the THP was officially launched! JSMI conducted a crusade in Samat Prakan which was followed with the first church being planted in Bang Bo and consequently pastored by Bob ad Debbie. Under their leadership, the church grew and Thai leaders were raised up! Watch Global Ventures Season Two, Episode 8, to see a powerful testimony from one of the Bang Bo church members.