Thailand and Southeast Asia
Known as the „Land of Smiles“ Thailand is located in the heart of Southeast Asia, a subcontinent with a lot of history and culture. Different religions, customs and peoples left their imprint in this region and various influences were united in the former kingdom of Siam. Until now you find a writing that emerged form the Indian Sanskrit, Chinese elements in food-culture and a most common spirituality that combines Buddhism and Animism (worshipping spirits and ghosts).
Because of the constitutional monarchy the royal families highly respected in Thailand and finally it was the fifths king of the current dynasty, who in the end of 19th century initiated various reforms to open the nation to the Western world. This gave Thailand a huge advantage compared to its neighbours in matters of infrastructure, economy and education. But a opening towards Christian faith didn’t really take place widely. Since more than 200 years there are missionaries in the country and there is a church, but the percentage of christians among the almost 70 million Thais is below 1%. Together with its different people groups this makes Thailand one of the biggest harvest fields for the Gospel of the unreached people groups in Asia.
Let me introduce myself
Brought up in an environment of missions and ministry I heard reports of our missionaries from an early time and the I was eleven years old my dad took me on a missions-trip to the Gobi desert in Mongolia – what an adventure and a privilege to hand out food and clothes as a child and to share the Gospel in a foreign culture!
Several more mission-trips followed as participants and later as leader also. After finishing school and civil-service I knew Gods hand was on my life and that He had more in store for me. Since I had no clue how this could look like I started helping to run a youth-conference in Dortmund.
Afterwards I studied Social Works and further Social Management while working part time in Child Protective Services. In that time God spoke very clearly to me about different countries in Southeast-Asia, but my first response was that I might deal with this by doing some more mission-trips here and there. That He had something different in mind was another thing God made very clear to me.