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$55,000 Matching Grant! Country Outpost for Bangkok COI
We found land that is perfectly situated at a great climbing rock just 1.5 hours from the F5 Fitness Center (Center of Influence) in Bangkok. This land will provide access to the climbing rock, open the possibility of developing a summer camp (the first in Thailand), and provide the workers a much needed break from the city.
Negotiations for the land are on-going but we estimate $110,000 for roughly 5 acres. This is actually an amazing price since most land is selling in the $500,000 range.
We have been given a matching grant for half the full price! $55,000 has been pledged! So for each dollar you give another dollar is released into the land purchase. Praise God!!!
Sukhotai Church Plant
The first church plant is going to open in the city of Sukhothai, Thailand! The Norton family has been living there for a year now and the way is opening to rent a 3 story building in the downtown area where they can hold English language classes and worship services in Thai. This fund will go towards the rental and operational costs like hymnals, Bibles, literater etc.
This is huge since there are very few central Thai people who know and accept Jesus in their lives. Your prayers are coveted.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
The statistics in poorer countries in Asia are very disturbing. More people are dying because of starvation due to the lockdown. Many of our own church members are daily wages laborers. Which means that if they don’t work today they don’t eat tomorrow. So the lockdown puts them in a position to starve. They are making the dangerous trip to come to our Bible workers asking for rice and small vegetables so they and their kids don’t starve to death.
These countries include India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia and others.
This fund is to provide something for them during this terrible time.
Sukhotai Project – Norton Family
There are hundreds of cities and towns in Asia where there is no Adventist congregation, not even a believing member.
The Norton Family landed on Thai soil in August 2019 and moved to Sukhothai shortly thereafter. Within the first 12 months, God had sent them 6 chidren in need of a safe and loving home. There is a clear need for licensing and expansion so they’re praying to be led to the right property which can be developed to meet this growing need.
This project is in the early stages of prayer, but it looks like the Lord is leading the Bauders and the Nortons to combine their talents of caring for children into one campus with two homes. They plan to operate a homeschool-style school to train up the kids in the way of the Lord.
They currently are looking for a good location in Thailand to set this up. This land needs to be in the South of Thailand away from the yearly burning of fields and forests which produces smoke in the air.
Cambodia Boarding Academy – the Howell Family
The Howell Family: Lloyd, Natalie, Danielle, and Alysa, left to serve as missionaries in Cambodia in January 2020. They have been working with Miranda Lundby and the Cambodia Adventist Mission to help build an Adventist boarding academy, a desperate need for the fledgling church. They are also helping to train the teachers who will work at the academy when it is finished. They are asking for your prayers and financial support as they serve their Master in Cambodia.
Bangkok Outreach – Woodwards
The Woodward family went to FaithCamp in October 2018, and their eyes were opened to the great need in Southeast Asia. They were shocked to learn that many people there have never even heard the name of Jesus. They felt called as a family to sell all and Follow Him. The Woodwards, Mark and Candace, and their two sons Matthew and Ethan, will begin their missionary journey in November when they will be moving to Bangkok, Thailand for language study. They desire to share the love of Jesus with the people of Thailand.
Young Missionary Training
In the mission field knowing how to ride a motorbike is often a basic life skill, like knowing how to swim or drive a car. Several of our missionaries do most of their daily travel on motorbikes. We have some young people here in America that aspire to join them some day and we believe it would be safer to teach them here in controlled conditions before they get out there. This will enable them to a) be accepted by the missionaries and b) not be a hindrance to their work when they join them.
We would like to buy 3 used off-road motorbikes and a trailer to haul them. These can be sold when no longer needed and the funds put back into the work.
Love for Asia Foundation – Thailand
Love for Asia Foundation is Jesus for Asia’s organizational presence in Thailand that provides the legal means for our missionaries to stay and work in the country. God raised up this foundation at just the time that it was needed, otherwise many missionaries and their families would have had to return home.
Light Asia Publishing
The Rogers Family are seeking, by the help of God, to establish a publishing facility for Southeast Asia. Here, where Christ and His hope are little known, God calls for the “silent messengers” to support the finishing of His work. The purpose is to provide Christ-centered literature, Bible study guides, and books in the native languages. The goal is to share through the printed page a knowledge of the love, joy, and peace that God gives.
Cambodia Education – Miranda
Miranda Lundby is pursuing her Master’s degree in Education with the goal of building the first Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy in Cambodia! Many young people in Cambodia leave the church in their high school years because they have no Adventist school to attend. This fund helps support Miranda as she studies and labors to make this dream a reality.
Cambodia Teacher Training
Thank you, Donors. Enough funds were raised for the matching grant!! We are excited to see what God does for these young people through their training.
The dream is a boarding academy that will train up young people to be the pillars of the church. However, there is no one qualified to be the faculty of this school. So Miranda plans to sponsor 6 teachers through to a bachelor’s degree plus provide hands-on training in Adventist doctrines and values, natural remedies, and outreach.
$3,600 will provide them a year’s tuition, living expenses, and a small stipend as they go door to-door sharing Christ.
Sowing in Thailand
Jim and Irene Hill moved to Bangkok in Feb 2019. Recently the Thailand Adventist Mission (TAM) has asked Jim to start an agriculture program to produce food and develop a student work program for Mae Lako Christian School on the western border. Their current need is for $500 per month to subsidize the required “salary” from the TAM to comply with visa requirements. Money donated for this will ultimately be applied to school and student needs at Mae Lako. God bless you!
Volunteer Ministry International
Mike and Marilee Kier have been church planting in Ayuthaya, Thailand for over a decade. They have seen people transformed by God's amazing grace and are praying for more. Your donation will help them provide a consistent Christian witness in their community, a community that has not had the chance to see how a Christian actually lives.
Thai Gospel Media – Bair Family
Daniel and Tesha Bair live in Chiang Mai, Thailand with their four children: Natanyah, Nathaniel, Nehama, and Nehemiah. The Bairs are directing the Love for Asia Foundation, which supports media evangelism in Thailand. They believe in the power of communication for giving the Gospel to the people of Thailand, which are becoming more connected to media every day.
Bangkok Outreach – Atwell
Brian and Jessica Atwell are full-time missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand. They are working on building a Center of Influence to share the health message and love of Jesus with the people of Bangkok.
Jesus4SlumKids – Bauder
Josh and Chitlada Bauder began their ministry in the On Nut 49 Slum area of Bangkok. They found sponsorship for 2 kids to go to Chiang Mai Adventist Academy in the north but then realized the kids need parents! So they moved to the north to provide a home atmosphere for them. Since then 6 more kids have joined their growing family, along with their own newborn baby girl. They have outgrown their house and now are praying for funds to build a new one, as well as provide sponsorship for more children (currently there are requests for 15 more children to join them).
Thailand Outreach – Hailey Chalfant
Hailey graduated from college, worked in the corporate world for a while, and has decided she would like to serve with Leroy and Lisa Sharon in Thailand. She has been on short-term missionary trips to Cuba and Dominican Republic in high school which opened her eyes to the extreme poverty and hopelessness in which so many individuals live on a daily basis.
We are hoping and praying that she will be able to leave the U.S. in November with the current state of our country. If not, she will keep trying! Travel is complicated these days and more expensive with the required health screenings and quarantine period required. Please pray and, if the Lord leads, assist Hailey in getting over there.
SALT – Tim Maddocks
SALT Ministries is an incarnational, faith-based ministry located outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. They run an orphanage with over 100 kids, a K-12 school and a television studio. Recently they have been working on opening up Butterfly Garden, which will take advantage of the many tourists visiting the area, and support for the orphanage.
Gayle’s Jungle Mission
Gayle had committed to a three-month stay in Thailand in 2009, but fell in love with the Karen people, and could no longer see a life for herself in the USA. Her ministry is medical, which in-turn results in Bible studies with the people. Gayle is an exciting, passionate missionary who loves her work! She currently runs a clinic up in the mountain jungles of northern Thailand, but travels around to the villages around offering not just medical help, but spiritual as well.
Sharon Family Projects
Leroy and Lisa Sharon are missionaries to Thailand. Lisa is currently raising 4 young girls for the Lord. This focus has turned out to be the best witness to the local village which has never seen a Christian before. Leroy is traveling to local villages and schools and connecting people with the Savior through language teaching using Bible stories. Interest is growing rapidly in the Gospel and there is a call developing for a Bible School to be established in the area.
Travis Sharon lives by himself in a remote jungle area near the Thai-Burma border where he is building a school. He spends his time constructing the school buildings, planting a garden, and visiting the local villages. This video by Jesus for Asia Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Hill highlights why Travis is doing this work.
Life Changing Stories
One of the greatest needs in sharing the gospel is training our workers into deeper understanding of present truth and developing an Adventist healthy lifestyle. Armani* and Ariana* are gifted trainers with a well-developed systematic curriculum for a 4-month program which they hope to utilize in many different places throughout Asia.
Translation and printing of materials are needed for many different languages.
JFA Foreign Correspondents – The Hills
As Asia seems distant to most people in Christian countries, Jonathan and Hannah want to share the needs and experiences of missions through videos so that more can know what is happening and also see the needs that they can help to meet. While they would both say that Thailand is home rather than America, they live in Thailand also to make it easier/cheaper to travel to JFA projects. This fund goes to help make travel to the various JFA projects possible so that they can help keep us up to date with videos and pictures.
Johnny and Jochebed live in a country in southern Asia training children and youth as missionaries and spiritual leaders to their own people. They work alongside local church leadership to develop systems of child evangelism and spiritual training, previously almost non-existent in this region.
JC Visions Project
Medical outreach ministry is the focus of Joy Cho's life. She goes wherever the need is greatest, which has taken her to many countries, including Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Majuro and will take her to many more. Her focus is on teaching others the power of God's natural healing remedies and spreading the joy of the light of God's message.
There are many needs on the border between Thailand and Burma – many internally displaced persons. The “Border Light” project, with Harvey and Brenda Steck, is working to alleviate these needs through humanitarian and Gospel projects.
The Institute of East Asia Training, with Eugene and Heidi Prewitt, serves budding missionaries from the countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Malaysia. These young people are trained in the arts of winning hearts, selling books, teaching doctrines, planting congregations, and reaching unreached groups. Extensions of the iEAT program that serve in Indonesia are listed as a separate project.
The Institute of East Asia Training Extension equips and develops self-supporting missi
onaries for South East Asian countries. Here they are trained to reach people, through teaching, preaching and holistic healing.
Invest in Jesus for Asia
When you “Invest in Jesus for Asia,” you support the nearly 50 projects listed below, and also allow us to move into new strategic projects as the opportunities present themselves. Giving here lets us continue to honor our promise that 100% of funds donated to our missionaries, Bible Workers, or other projects goes directly there. Thank you for your investment!