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Typical Mission Data
Information on missionaries in theThailand region as related to their posed threat to the racial and survival security of the Akha People.
It will not be possible for us to note in each case their involvement with the Akha, or to what extent, but each group and individual represents part of the collaborative mission network in this region.We do not agree with the information below, it is only here to give an example of how the propaganda works. For example, CNEC notes that it uses the Chinese first. This is also beneficial to them as the Chinese look down on anyone who is not Han Chinese and are mercenary when it comes to evangelization or takeover of ethinc groups.
We have made caustic notes below, to clearly point out how prejudice and hateful these statements are against the Akha people.
Currently not in any order.
Now Keep In Mind
It's The MONEY stupid!
They sure as heck don't spend it in the hilltribe villages!
1) CNEC - Christian Nationals Evangelism Commission
- Serving Christ among the Akhas
The Akhas are a minority race from Yunnan, China. In the 19th century, they moved southward to the Golden Triangle of Northern Thailand. The Akha Way embodies all their traditions, codes of conduct and religious practices. Like the Chinese, the Akhas engage in ancestor worship and are superstitiously animistic. (Discriminatory terms)
Life is difficult for the Akhas. As their population increases, they are unable to survive on their farm produce. Many Akhas hope to find jobs in town, but lack the Thai citizenship that the government is reluctant to give. Many of them end up as illegal workers, often badly exploited by their employers. Some hope to educate their younger generation in the towns but do not have the means to do so. And some families, due to abject poverty, have no alternative but to sell their daughters to brothels. (This is not the case. Akhas enter into transactions to place their daughters in a job that often ends up being debt bondage. Since not all Akha girls end up in this situation, the Akha continue to send their children out to work. But it is very dangerous none the less)
The Akhas are at the crossroads of modernity and ideological conflict. They are finding that the primitiveness of their Akha Way has no relevance in their present context. In urgent times like this, it is vital to train more Akha nationals to help their fellow people. (Yeah, well the missionaries can go screw their own primitive, white race, minority hating ways)
- Tailoring the Gospel according to the Akha Context
Akhas are people with strong family bonds. (Funny how the Akha are good, then they are bad, smoke and mission mirrors) Brother Soo Moo Yang lived with the shaman (village witchdoctor)(The Akha don't have witchdoctors, they have doctors, like you or people in New York city have doctors.) for seven months, during which he and the shaman built mutual trust and love for each other. The shaman was touched by his Christian lifestyle, while Brother Soo observed the needs of the Akha people. With the help of the Holy Spirit and his prayers, the shaman got rid of his opium addiction and even became the shaman of the living God - his conversion paved the way for the conversion of the other Akha villagers.
- Training Akha Shepherds
- Short term training
- Formal training
- Help the Akhas to provide for themselves
- Rescue teenagers
- Glorious fruit
A number of youths who have benefited from the Sponsor-A-Child Ministry have returned to serve in CNEC. A young Akha evangelist trained at the Gospel Bible Institute in Hwei Hai, is now continuing the work pioneered by Brother Soo.
- Sponsor-A-Child Ministry
Education is the key to develop a child's potential and to help the youngster to become a productive person. Important as it is to train eager young minds in basic skills, it is even more crucial for them to learn about Jesus. Jesus changes lives; He fulfills potential.
Sponsor-A-Child Ministry in Singapore was initiated in February 1977. It is a vital CNEC ministry to school age children from Kindergarten to junior high school and has enabled children's inquiring minds to be fed from the Bible as well as textbooks. Many parents, like the refugees in Northern Thailand or Myanmar, cannot feed or clothe their children, let alone educate them. Sponsors who believe in shaping children's lives have the opportunity to help through SAC ministry in nine countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The majority of the children enrolled in SAC come from non-Christian homes. As the children hear about Christ, they share the "good news" with their families. In Northern Thailand, West Kalimantan and Myanmar, there are over 3000 children who receive an education because sponsors care enough to make this possible.
- A gratifying outcome.
- Come, join us..
You may have the privilege of investing in the same young life for a number of years. In some countries, SAC assists students right through the critical high school years. On the other hand, when a child graduates or moves away, or leaves school for any reason, you will be given the opportunity to sponsor another child in his/her place. We encourage you to pray for your sponsored child regularly and to respond to the short, formal notes (2 letters and a card yearly) that your sponsored child will write.
All funds are placed in the Christian Education Fund to provide tuition, school supplies and evangelistic outreach programs such as Vacation Bible School and Retreats.
"Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, will not depart from it" Proverbs 22:6
The e-mail addresses of the PI/CNEC offices are as follows:
2) Christina Lew
A missionary involved in church planting and social-evangelical work in border regions of north Thailand and north-eastern Myanmar over the past 6 years. She is working in partnership with CNEC (Christian Nationals Evangelism Commission) and her work is supported by various churches in Singapore and Malaysia. Mt Carmel, through the OOSK ministry, is supporting some of her work.
3) Mount Carmel Bible Presbyterian Church
152 West Coast Road, Singapore 127370
Tel : (065)-779 5077, Fax : (065)-777 0613
2) Meihe Abundant Life Drug Rehab Centre (MALDRC)
3) Burmese Primary School in Meihe village
4) Pei Qing Primary School in Shi Men Kan Village
4) THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THAILAND
In the early 1930s the Presbyterian Mission invited other Protestant groups to join them to establish a truly national Protestant church. The Maitrichit Baptist church In Bangkok, a long-established Chinese congregation, accepted this invitation. World War II intervenedm but after the war other groups became identified with the newly-established Church of Christ in Thailand, the C.C.T. Missionary initiaves by Baptists from various countries were co-ordinated by the Thailand Baptist Missionary Fellowship (T.B.M.F.), which identified itself with the C.C.T.'s unified approach, as did the Marburger Mission representatives. When the British Churches of Christ placed the administration of their small Thai mission in the hands of their American counterpart, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), it also became a part of the C.C.T.
The C.C.T. inheritated a Presbyterian form of church government, with local churches organized into pakhs (presbyteries), of which there are now 19. A nation-wide General Assembly meets every two years. It's chief office-bearers are elected for four years, and can be re-elected for a further four, after which they must be replaced.
The C.C.T. is completely governed by its own members. All of its office-bearers and heads of departments are Thai nationals. Expatriate personnel are invited as co-workers, and allotted their tasks by the C.C.T. itself, and such financial support as it receives from abroad is also dispersed according to church policy. The membership strength of the church had traditionally been in the rural villages, but the steady flow of country folk to the cities is beginning to raise problems in the life of the church.
14 Pramuan Road, Bangkok 10500 THAILAND
The C.C.T. has official status as a foundation under the Thai legal system. Relationships with the Royal Thai government have remained cordial through the years. Members of the royal family have honoured the C.C.T. by their presence at its functions from time to time, the last national occasion being the attendance of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the 60th Anniversary Assembly in 1994.
5) Rev. Larry and Jan Martin
Larry and Jan are working with the 12th District of the Church of Christ in Thailand. The population of this district is primarily Chinese. American Baptist missionaries have been working in a partnership with these Chinese churches for more than 150 years.
The Martins are involved in general church work as well as in church planting and daycare centers for the children of families in these communities. Before their marriage, they had been assigned to work in two separate preaching stations on the outskirts of Bangkok. Because they felt that leaving either of these assignments would be letting the churches down, they continue to work in both communities, traveling 40 miles each way through city traffic. They are constantly looking for new "doors" for witness whether it be through participating in cooking lessons or visiting a young girl struggling with the power of evil spirits. (So you believe in evil spirits? But you criticize the Akha for doing so?)
Larry and Jan are inspired with the eagerness with which the people of Thailand get involved with the church. They write: "The people in the Chinese Baptist churches are very evangelical. It is as though church planting is in their blood."
Call to Mission
Jan was born in England and moved with her family to Australia when she was nine years old. Although her family was not Christian, Jan made a commitment to Christ while attending a Christian group in her high school.
Through the influence of her pastor and other Christian leaders, however, Jan eventually stopped making excuses and saw that God could use her in mission service.
Jan attended theological college and was commissioned in 1986 by the Australian Baptist Missionary Society to serve in Thailand. Jan and Larry met through their mutual mission involvements in Thailand and were married there.
Language used in ministry: Thai, Chinese
If you would like to be on the Martin's mailing list (via the U.S. Postal Service) or want further information please email International Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-ABC-3USA.
6) CMF Ministry in Thailand:
Thailand extends down the Malaysian Peninsula on the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, sharing boundaries with Burma (Myanmar) on the west and northwest, Laos on the east and northeast, Cambodia on the southeast, and Malaysia on the south. Known also as Siam (before 1939 and 1945-49), the country was named Thailand -- meaning "land of the free" -- because it successfully retained its freedom when surrounding countries were colonized by Western powers -- in 1939. It is rich in rubber and in mineral resources. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, with the king exercising little power. The capital, Bangkok, was established in 1782. Ethnic Thai make up about 80% of the 60 million population; ethnic Chinese, the largest minority, about 12%; and Malays, living mainly on the peninsula, about 4 percent. Thai is spoken by approximately 97% of the population and is the official language; Malay, Chinese, Lao, and other languages are spoken by the minorities. English is used in government and commerce. Major industries include food processing, tin and petroleum refining, and the production of textiles, garments, integrated circuits, and consumer electronics. Foreign investment in Thai industry, particularly from Japan, has increased dramatically in recent years. Although there is a long missions tradition and freedom of religion in Thailand, this country remains a Buddhist stronghold. Fully 97% of the country is Buddhist, though for many it is a thin veneer over an animistic base for their religion. The Malays are predominantly Muslim. Today in Thailand, Christians from every group number less than 1%.
In 1995, CMF missionaries arrived to work in Chiang Mai in church-planting and leadership training among the middle class of the city. Chiang Mai -- over 700 years old -- is the largest city in northern Thailand and the second largest city in that nation. It serves as the religious, economic, cultural, educational, and transportation center for both northern Thailand and part of Myanmar, and has strong cultural ties with Laos. Chiang Mai is developing into a very modern city; internet cafes are on the same streets as ancient temples. With modernization and interest in Western culture, there are great opportunities with Thailand's future leaders in the universities. Chiang Mai University has over 15,000 students and Chiang Mai School of Technology has over 3,500 students. CMF's missionaries will begin campus ministry by 2002.
CMF Thailand Field Team:
Preparing for Service in Thailand:
Phil & Maggie Edwards, Asia Coordinator
Thailand Field Needs: Church planters, university professors, schoolteachers, consultants, business people, campus ministers, teachers of English as a Second Language
All questions should be directed to:
7) First Chinese Church
Diane and Doug Campbell
Diane Aranio Campbell, daughter of former Youth Choir Director Doreen Aranio, grew up here at FCCC. She, her husband Doug and sons Davis, Donovan and Drew are living in Singapore with Asia Impact, a Campus Crusade for Christ ministry in East Asia. Asia Impact sends both summer and long-term missions teams to campuses in East Asia for evangelism and discipleship. Doug is the "technological expert" at the base of operations in Singapore. Diane will minister as a full-time mother and mentor.
Send financial support through First Chinese Church (designate "Doug and Diane Campbell") or to their mailing address above (designate "Campus Crusade for Christ - East Asia").
8) Mt. Pleasant Christian Church
Rich & JoAnn Sheeley
9) Christian And Missionary Alliance Church
Missionaries in Thailand
This page is provided as a service to the intercessory prayer warriors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. However, due the open nature of the Web and the easy access this provides for those who would do harm to our missionaries it is necessary that we keep all information about our missionaries and their families to the barest minimum. Therefore we are only placing the missionary's name and photo here to help you in praying for their ministries. If you wish to have further details please contact the missionary directly at his or her regular mailing address or in the directory of the C&MA which is available through your local C&MA church.
Wherever possible, and when permitted by the missionary, we have included the missionary's e-mail address. In cases where the missionary has his or her own Web page we will provide a direct link to there from the photo page. Missionaries with Web pages will be marked with an asterisk (*). Please be aware that many missionaries have to pay dearly for each e-mail message sent or received.
BOESE, Joy S, 1969
BURNETT, Rev. Derek and Bonnie, 1999
CHAN, Dr Leok Har, 1982
CRONK, Rev Michael and Anita, 1994
DANNEKER, Rev Edward and Susan, 1992
FORD, Rev Norma nand Doris, 1969
GOULD, Rev Bob and Louella, 1996
HANNOLD, Rev Boyd and Donna, 1984
HERR, Lee, 1999
HERRING, Rev Richard and Wendy, 1983
HOOPER, Edna, 1970
HUBERT, Dorothy P, 1962
de KONING, Rev Dirk and Johanna, 1996
KUE, Rev Naolue and Pang H, 1994
LAVENDER, Rev. Brian and Cindy, 1999
LOR, Rev Nhiako and Doua, 1992
NG, Rev Edward and Amy, 1994
PERSONS, Rev Larry and Nancy, 1987
QUINLAN, Janice L, 1985
SOUNG, Dr Jerry and True, 1992
STRONG, Rev Stephen and Carol, 1993
VIK, Debbie, 1985
10) Rick, Tammy, Shane & Dustin Salmon
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
11) Campus Crusade for Christ
To begin a LINC college / university ministry in almost any country in your region contact:
THAILAND NATIONAL MINISTRIES
12) Im Jai Foundation
Welcome to Im Jai Foundation! We provide funding and other assistance to Thai Christians who are operating programs and projects directed at meeting the physical and spiritual needs of children.
About the Im Jai Foundation:
TUITION ASSISTANCE - The Government of Thailand hopes to improve the availability of public education above the primary and junior grades, but currently most upper level grade school children must pay special fees and or tuition to attend classes in the Government schools. In addition there are many fine schools operated by private organizations that also require tuition payments. As funds permit, Im Jai Foundation provides tuition assistance to students who have demonstrated a high potential but lack the resources to continue their education. This includes students enrolled in college and technical school.
SCHOOL UNIFORMS AND SUPPLIES - All Government schools and most private schools require students to wear uniforms and special shoes. There are separate uniforms for class and sports. The cost of the uniform is the responsibility of students and parents. Some students leave school because they do not have sufficient funds for this expense. Im Jai Foundation gives priority to ensuring that students from affiliated children's homes have the required uniforms as well as the school supplies required to attend school and pursue their studies.
SPECIAL TRAINING PROGRAMS - While the schools in Thailand have an excellent record for teaching the basics skills, they often lack staff and equipment necessary to provide students with special training. Im Jai Foundation provides funds to affiliated children's homes to provide students with on-site training in music, computer science, and other specialties. We also fund field trips and other outings designed to enhance the students knowledge and social skills. In keeping with our basic purpose, we also support the development and operation of an AWANA program designed especially for Thailand.
13) AWANA - Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed
Mr & Mrs. Joe Franzen
From the Franzen newsletter (Awana missionaries) http://www.imjai.com/AWANAnewsletter0401.htm:
The word Awana stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed and comes from 2 Timothy 2:15. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The Awana program is designed to provide children with moral and spiritual values based on the Bible. The children are organized into clubs appropriate to their age level. Club meetings include game time, handbook time, and a teaching time where the lesson is presented. The lessons cover the major themes of Christian teaching, and memorization of scripture is emphasized.
Awana clubs are structured by age group with the literature and teaching methods designed specifically for each group. Awana uniforms help the children feel a part of the program and continued progress is encouraged through a series of awards and badges that indicate achievement.
The message below was sent by Bill Wood, responding to inquiries about the Franzen family:
You message about projects in Thailand was forwarded to me by Joe Franzen. The Franzen family are now in Thailand studying the Thai language and doing some teaching assignments. Eventually they will run a children's educational program for Thai Christian churches.
The Im Jai Foundation works with Thai Christians who are operating children's homes. We assist them with funding, program development, and volunteer services. We currently assist eight homes. Most have 35 to 50 children in residence, but some have 80 to 90 children. Our efforts are made possible by the support of Christian people, mostly in the USA, but with some from other countries also involved. The projects we assist are all located in northern Thailand. Hill tribe children make up most of the population in the homes. I think a few of the children originated in Burma but we have no papers on them.
Our programs are very cost effective. Our few necessary costs in the USA are all covered by a private donation so that all other contributions can go 100% to the effort in Thailand. We have many Thai volunteers so staffing costs there are also kept to a minimum. Donations of food coupled with self help efforts at the homes also help keep our food costs to a minimum.
I hope this responds to your questions.
Thank you for your interest in the children of Thailand. Also we pray God will bless you in the fine work you do on behalf of the oppressed people in Burma.
14) Catlin, Dennis & Debra
15) The Calvary Baptist Church in Bangkok
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