I grew up in a Christian home and gave my life to Christ when I was twelve years old. My interest in missions began in elementary school, but was driven by compassion instead of passion for God’s name. My family read missionary stories frequently and my favorites were Gladys Aylward and Amy Carmichael. Whenever an overseas worker came into town, my church invited them to share in a service. Those were my favorite services. God continued to work on me and I committed to full-time service in high school. Later, I went to Romania for a semester to teach English and ethics and share Jesus through relationships. Then, my church invited me to extend their ministry in Thailand on three separate trips. I returned to do my student teaching in Chiang Mai at Grace International School while I completed my BA in elementary education at Moody Bible Institute. Through those trips, God let me experience his love for a people who have little understanding of the privilege of being God’s child. My interest in missions grew from compassion to include a dedication to sharing Christ for God’s glory.
We will be sharing Jesus in Bangkok through relationships in order to build the body of Christ.
The Thai people are known for their friendliness and smiles and they are admirable for their respectfulness and manners. Because they are rice growers, they are also incredibly hardworking and diligent. The country is primarily Buddhist with animism mixed in. Something tourists notice are the spirit houses built on each piece of property. These generally look like highly decorative birdhouses. The Thai people offer sacrifices of food and flowers to the spirits who control the land so that they will get good luck. They work towards earning nirvana which is a liberation from the cycle of rebirth and suffering.