Thailand is most most Buddhist nation in the world. Only 3 in 1,000 Thai people are true Christians. Rick and Sue lived in Bangkok four years, arriving on their 15th wedding anniversary, June 14, 1985. Rick has led numerous evangelism teams and outreach projects in Thailand since then. He’s been to Thailand 22 times in the last 7 years. Here are the most recent stats:
- 75% of all sub-districts in Thailand have no churches.
- 62% of the people in Thailand live in an area where there is no church.
- Out of 64,076,033 Thai citizens over 38 million live in these unreached areas.
- If we consider all the villages in Thailand without a church the number of people who live in an area without a church would exceed 50 million.
In the face of these dismal statistics we focus on Jesus’ promise, “This gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the peoples and then they end shall come” (Matt 24:14).
Our goal is to team up with catalytic leaders. For the past several years we have been working with Reyong Kittipol and the Fellowship Christian Business Professionals to produce evangelism training for their nationwide network. Last Christmas Thai Christians distributed 1 million presentations of Christ during December. Next Christmas we want our evangelism teams to be fully trained in order to bring in a greater harvest!
Here is one of Rick’s evangelism training classes in a small city in Northeast Thailand. Notice the Team Evangelism Training booklets that have been translated into Thai. These are God’s people who are working to transform Thailand!
Our long-term goal is to train 300 trainers who will each instruct an average of 3-4 churches in Team Evangelism. That will equip over 50% of the churches in Thailand. Our immediate goal is our Evangelism Seminar in July 2014. We are seeking to raise $5,000 of our $250,000 Compassion Campaign for our Team Evangelism Training in Bangkok. Even more, please pray about you or your group sponsoring one of our Team Evangelism Trainers for $300 a month. Pray that our evangelism teams will IMPACT Thailand!!!