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Next Generation: Church Outreach and Evangelism in Asia

In 2014, when I was serving the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) as Assistant to the General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, I met Rev. Dr. Choen Min Heui, who was Director of Ecumenical Relations for the Presbyterian Church of … Continue reading

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Still Beautiful, But Facing a New Challenge

I have blogged about the beauty of Sangklaburi before – sharing photos of the mountains and the rivers close to Thailand’s border with Myanmar.  I had the chance to visit that area again last week as I took our new … Continue reading

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From Strangers to Partners in Ministry

I returned from a three-month sojourn in the USA just in time to welcome a new group of volunteers into our program. Beginning October 4 with the arrival of Caren Martin, a total of eight new volunteers joined the three … Continue reading

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Settling In

With the end of orientation, it was time for our new volunteers to go to their schools, move into their new living quarters and  settle into their new duties at their schools.  I traveled with Ed by 12-passenger van to … Continue reading

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Homestay in Heaven

The highlight of orientation for our volunteers is a three-day homestay in Fang in the far north of Thailand. This comes after two weeks of orientation to Thailand, Thai food, Thai customs and culture, and at least 20 hours of … Continue reading

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Shade Created from Nature

One of the places that I like to take our new volunteers to see is the Umbrella Village in Bo Sang, outside of Chiang Mai. It is a place where craftsmen have continued the fine tradition of making umbrellas from … Continue reading

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Ministry to Diverse Peoples

One of the very first things that our new Christian volunteers experience during orientation is worship at Sapan Luang Church in Bangkok.  From my first visit to this church several years ago, I have been amazed at the church’s ability … Continue reading

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Through Someone Else’s Eyes

It is always a delight to begin a new round of orientation for Christian Volunteers in Thailand.  Each new volunteer is different and sees things differently.  So, even if the orientation program is the same for all, the fruit that … Continue reading

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Life Is…. Challenging… Sometimes

Excitement has been building for weeks as we prepare for two new volunteers to join us here in Thailand.  Emails have been flying back and forth between the USA and Thailand as we have explained the process for getting a … Continue reading

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Unimaginable Beauty Lies in Remote Places

I was privileged to travel into a remote part of Thailand in February with two co-workers to look at the possibility of new volunteer placement sites.  As always in my travels in Thailand, I was blown away by the sheer … Continue reading

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