Mrs. Pat nicknamed her new baby boy “First”, although he was her fourth and last child. When she initially discovered that she was pregnant with First, she was not ready to have another child, because of the economic strain on the family. However, a Christian neighbor encouraged her to continue the pregnancy. This neighbor showed...
On this page you find OMF Thailand projects that currently need funding. If you want to contribute you may support a project through any OMF national office, mentioning the project number found on this page.
Bible School Student Scholarships
Central Thai Indigenous Worship
Central Thailand Student Ministry
Chiang Mai Theological Seminary
Chiang Mai Theological Seminary New Building Project
Christian Radio in Central Thailand
Church Land and Buildings
Evangelism and Literature for Buddhists
Evangelism in South-Thailand
Khannayao Urban Poor Church Planting
Kwai River Christian Hospital
Nampu – Fountain Organization
New Lopburi Learning Centre
Outdoor Adventure Ministry
Project Paul church planting training in Thai
Relief and Development
Thai Student Workers
We provide grants to students from poor families and churches to help them pay their Bible college education. Students who receive these grants have been recommended by their churches, who agree that they have spiritual gifting in order to bring future leadership to the church. Presently, the cost of Bible training for one year including room and board, is about US$1000. Please consider sponsoring a Bible Seminary student.
The Central Thai have a distinct style of music which connects very well to the heart of the mainly rural people in Central Thailand. Unfortunately, the Church in Thailand has lost its edge in developing truly indigenous Christian songs. Christian songs (in style and content) have become westernized which, in turn, has not helped the Church to communicate that the Gospel message is not just a western religion. We want to facilitate the writing, production and distribution of indigenous music. We have gifted musicians in Central Thailand who have been able to adapt the traditional Christian Songs to contemporary music instruments and have written new songs, too. They have been using their gifts in local churches, camps, conferences and in evangelism and have been a blessing to many. These musicians are keen to produce and promote good quality (in content and sound) Christian songs to help the Church in Central Thailand to find a contemporary but still truly indigenous style of worship and communicating the Gospel through songs. With very basic equipment we have been able to do some recording already. We would like to improve the recording equipment and facilities and produce more CDs.
Needed now: US$13,000 for recording facility and equipment
Needed yearly: US$1,200
Do you want to know more about this project? Contact Emanuel Zwygart
Donate to P68110 Central Thai Indigenous Worship
Central Thailand Student Ministry is a partnership between OMF International and the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). Together, our missionaries and Thai student workers are reaching students at universities where they are often the only Christian presence among thousands of students who have never heard the Gospel. This ministry provides opportunities for students to learn about Jesus, connect into Bible studies, and begin friendships and discipleship relationships. Funds support the full-time Thai student workers, evangelistic activities, rent for the student centres and materials for evangelism and discipleship. Lord, please grow Thai young people to be spiritual leaders of those around them. Enable this ministry to reach those who have yet to experience Your salvation.
Chiangmai Theological Seminary (CTS) exists to equip indigenous leaders for Thailand and neighbouring countries. CTS is committed to raising up pastors and lay leaders for local churches through seminary and informal training in various regions of Thailand and other countries. The seminary had developed a strategic 10 year plan for how it will engage in training people for church planting and church discipling. Most pastors and students seeking seminary training lack the financial means for tuition. Additional funding is needed for the general operation and administration expenses of CTS to keep tuition low. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Since many pastors and leaders seek seminary training to be betters fishers of men, Lord, we ask you to provide the financial means to keep operation costs and tuition fees low.
Chiangmai Theological Seminary (CTS) started in June 2001 and has been renting its facility since 2002. Having outgrown the current facility and with a vision for the future, the CTS Board of Directors purchased about 2 acres of land in the Hangdong district of Chiangmai in 2005. A new multi-purpose building is planned for housing the Center of Theological Graduate Level Training, Center of Distance Learning (Mobile Seminary), Center of Pastoral and Lay Leader Training, Community Center, Thailand Center for World Missions (related to the US Center for World Missions) and Retreat Center for local churches. Following God’s provision of the land, they are praying for full funds to build the new facility. Father, please provide the needed resources for a multi-purpose facility for the Chiangmai Theological Seminary so that those who utilize it will “… grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Radio programs reach the Buddhist people in Central Thailand with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an area with 0.2% Christians, 342 churches, and 6788 Buddhist Monasteries. Radio is widely listened to throughout Central Thailand and is often used as information channel of local authorities. Therefore, radio ministry provides the opportunity to reach an audience beyond the immediate personal contact of local believers. Both Thai Christians and missionaries use this method to get out the Good News about Jesus. In two cases there is a Christian station. In many other places we buy air time at local community stations to broadcast daily Christian programs. Seekers get the opportunity to call in and get more information or be connected to a church.
Buddhism has projected into Thai culture a long time history of temples, which provide a face for religion. Christians desire church buildings that present a presence of the glory of God, as well as a symbol of the permanence of Christianity in their community and country. We believe that church multiplication is possible –and often even easier– if there is no emphasis on a church building. But we also recognise that there may come a time for a church that it is helpful to have its own permanent place. Because churches in Thailand cannot take bank loans, costs of buying land and building church buildings is prohibitive for many of them. Depending on available funds, we are willing to help churches in our network with grants toward church land and buildings – though the majority of the budget always has to be raised by the church itself.
Thai buddhists are open to attending evangelistic events during festive holidays. Running children’s activities, teaching English and sharing meals are all ways to build relationships and share Christ. Literature that is appropriate –whether a tract, a Christian story or even a Bible– is often warmly accepted, too. Each avenue can help Thai buddhists learn and respond to the gospel. Project funds are used for the production and distribution of tracts and other biblical literature, distributing mp3-players containing audio scriptures for semi-literate individuals, and for evangelistic outreaches. Lord, 60% of all new believers in Thailand say that printed media was important in coming to know you. Please help us create compelling materials that draw many into your kingdom.
Our missionaries in South Thailand are involved in widespread evangelism throughout South Thailand. They need equipment, literature, and other media for their outreaches, as well as transport costs.
After 150 years of mission work in Thailand, still only 0.67% of the population is Christian. Out of 67 million Thai people, almost 40 million people live in an area without a single Christian, or a church close by. How can we ever reach these people? How will they ever believe?
In the last couple of years many Thai people got internet access through mobile phones. Even in rural places there’s internet access through 3G networks. This has resulted in a rapid growth of the number of internet users. At this moment over 27 million people have direct access to the internet. They spent on average 5:27 hours on the internet a day, of which 3:46 hours is spent on social media. There are 32 million registered Thai social media accounts, of which Facebook is the largest by far.
OMF Thailand sees evangelism through internet as one of the key strategic ways to reach people with the gospel.
Vision: All Thai people on earth have free access to the gospel to learn about God and to grow in faith.
There are 2 important focus areas:
- Social media: We currently have a Facebook page (Prakhampee) on which we post twice a day. With over 60,000 likes we’re reaching ten thousands of Thai people. We need at least one full time person to run this page and money will be used to promote the page so the number of likes can grow.
- Together with Jesus.net we are planning to develop websites to spread the gospel among the Thai. We plan to develop 4 stages:
– Access: Building bridges to people who need the gospel. This is done through landing pages and social media.
– Know: Presenting the gospel and inviting a response. This is done through online courses where people will be mentored by an e-coach.
– Grow: Encouraging (new) Christians to strengthen their faith. This is done through online courses, a blog where common questions with regard to living the Christian life will be answered, and through providing an app.
– Share: Mobilize Christians to share their faith.
To develop the websites above we need to hire some people, buy domains, advertise online, etc.
A team of OMF International missionaries is targeting the almost 100 districts without a church in Isaan, where millions of people have never heard the gospel. Personal evangelism in rural areas is combined with mobilizing existing churches and believers along with radio and Internet outreach to saturate Isaan with the gospel. Project costs include distributing children’s Bibles to schools, training Isaan Christians to plant churches in unreached areas, transmitting radio programs in the Isaan language, organizing evangelistic outreaches in villages and providing resources for further growth. Lord, please grow the 10 new Isaan churches planted over the past few years. May they become groups of faithful believers who evangelize and disciple people in their surrounding communities.
Widespread corruption, racism and a social infrastructure that cannot cope with the influx of migrants contribute to urban poverty in Bangkok, and very few people are working with the urban poor. OMF International teams in Bangkok have been serving among different urban poor communities for more than three years. As the urban poor have responded to the gospel and are being discipled, it is vital to have local church planters to start churches. The end goal is for all of the churches to be Thai-led, contextualized and spontaneously reproducing throughout the slums of Bangkok. Lord, send us church planters to help the Thailand team plant churches in the slums of Bangkok. Help the churches that are planted to grow, multiply and reproduce, reaching more and more people for you.
Kwai River Christian Hospital is a busy mission hospital in the Thai-Burma border jungle, serving displaced migrant people and refugees. The hospital is in a resource-poor setting, surviving on donated -often outdated- equipment, with only 2 doctors serving a multi-cultural population which includes: Thai (30%), Burmese (30%), Mon (20%), Karen (20%) and a few other smaller minorities (Lao, Chinese, Malay). Half of the patients cannot afford their medical costs, resulting in the hospital bearing these costs. The hospital has 40 beds with room for another 20-30 on the floor. There is also a large TB treatment program as well as AIDS work. Malaria and other infectious diseases are common, as are landmines, gunshots from the rebel armies fighting in Burma for recognition, and malnutrition.
Evangelism is carried out actively with all patients and their families. Every day the Gospel is preached in the various languages to the patients as they wait in the outpatient department to be examined. Money for this project will be used to support the evangelistic work, which includes the daily preaching in the outpatient department, their follow-up, and material/literature for ongoing discipleship. It will help towards the Christmas and Easter outreach programs too. The project also aims to sponsor training the local nationals so as to provide professional training for the many posts in the hospital that are vacant but desperately needed, and for ongoing training of the current staff.
When patients are unable to cover their treatment costs, this fund will help towards their medical treatment or new equipment when needed.
Thailand has the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Asia, and the second highest worldwide. Ashamed and afraid of the reaction of their families and not able to raise a child at this time in life, about half of these women see abortion as their only way out of this dilemma – a step that most of them regret afterwards. Through Nampu, a counselling and pregnancy crisis centre, OMF International workers come alongside these women, as well as those abused and sexually harassed, with the life-saving love of Christ through counselling, prayer and practical help. Lord, we know you love the women of Thailand. Whether they have been abused or are struggling with coping with pregnancy, please show them the love of your son, Jesus Christ, through the service and people of Nampu.
We need a new learning centre for new missionaries studying Thai language and culture. We have land and a design for a building that would create a learning environment which helps our trainees to be equipped and inspired for effective ministry in Thailand. At any given time up to 20 new missionaries, both from OMF and from other organisations, are using the current overcrowded and dilapidated centre. The proposed centre would be built on land that is already owned by OMF Thailand and is currently home to our administrative centre for language and culture training, childcare facilities and guest accommodation. The plan is to build a three story building on this site whilst still maintaining an area of garden and play areas for children. The new building will have small teaching rooms that are sound proof so that teachers and students are not bothered by noise from other classes. In addition, there are work rooms for students, group meeting rooms and resource areas.
South Thailand abounds with opportunities to do adventurous activities outdoors, whether at the beach, rivers, caves or in the mountains. We organise adventure camps with caving, kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling/rappelling. The adventure activities create an open environment where the Gospel can be shared naturally with Thai teenagers and young adults. Adventure camps also build confidence in Thai Christian youth as well as develop a new generation of Thai Christian leaders.
OMF International’s vision is to “see indigenous, biblical church movements in each people group of East Asia, evangelizing their own people and reaching out in mission to other peoples.” Unlike surrounding countries, Thailand’s government offers religious freedom. In spite of this, less than 1% of Thais know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Project Paul is a four-day church-planting course designed to launch Thai Christians into church planting and provide them with a variety of resources for evangelism, discipleship and leadership development. We seek to offer at least 2 training courses per year with an average of 20 participants each. Lord, would you raise up new Thai church leaders who will begin and grow indigenous, biblical church movements among all of the people groups of Thailand?
In crisis situations, the Church of Christ is called to show Christ’s love in a practical way. When disaster hits, we want to be ready to respond right away. In those situations, missionaries and Thai Christians are working together to help affected communities. Examples of this from the past include tsunami relief, bird flu crisis, and recurring flood and drought relief. Besides relief work, some OMF missionaries are involved in projects that help local communities to develop, e.g. in the areas of health and education.
The Pines Holiday Home provides holiday facilities for many missionary families and singles to be refreshed and renewed for their service in Asia. In particular young families with either pre-school or primary children are well provided for. However for families with children in the upper primary and high school age and particularly for adults we would like to make some improvements.
We would like to build a tennis / volleyball court to provide more opportunities for healthy exercise and enjoyment. The concrete area is 28 x 14 metres, will have an “all weather” acrylic surface, and will be fenced and lit.
In several Central Thailand towns, OMF has built up teams of missionaries and Thai staff workers to reach students for Christ. They invest their time in evangelising and discipling new believers. All the Thai workers are committed to living simply and sacrificially for the sake of the Gospel. They have each chosen to join the team knowing that there is no guaranteed wage. We aim to develop local partnership for these workers but at the moment we are dependent, to some extent, on giving from overseas for this project.