Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sandi and I recently returned from an amazing 2 week vision trip to Thailand and Tokyo with 20 other leaders from Converge. We were honestly blown away at what God is doing in these places. And we learned a lot about ways that members of our Converge MidAtlantic churches can be involved in short or longer term missions in Thailand, The Philippines, and Japan. Here’s a little overview of what we saw!
Santisuk English School in Bangkok, Thailand – This school which teaches conversational English to Thai adults is an awesome door of opportunity to reach young professional, mostly of the Buddhist religion, men and women for Christ. As a result of the school, over 100 people have made faith commitments to Christ, and Peace Community Fellowship Church has been planted.
Urban Poor Church Planting in Bangkok – Our Converge leadership team also heard amazing stories of transformation happening in several urban poor communities in Bangkok through the church planting ministry of Converge missionaries Kevin and Cynthia Walton. Ministry in these urban poor communities involves innovative strategies such as building relationships with community leaders, becoming a community organizer, helping people to set up small businesses, and organizing small house churches in these urban communities.
Japan – a difficult field, yet a place where we can help – At the end of our 2 week journey, Sandi and I spent 4 days in Tokyo, visiting several of our Converge missionaries in this world’s largest city. Some of the ways we could be involved in partnering with our brothers and sisters in Tokyo include: sister church partnerships much like we are doing in Ukraine, leadership development for lay leaders in the churches, evangelism training for Japanese believers, and coaching of pastors and leaders through resources like the ReTooling ministry and NCD consultations.
Thanks for praying for us as we journeyed into this mission endeavor. Please continue to pray and seek God with us as we seek to transform our world for Christ.