Rev Jeff Walsh Director of World Outreach for the Advent Christian General Conference wrote as follows in ACGC’s Weekly E-News on June 17, 2015
“Thailand: An Opportunity Disguised As an Impossible Situation
Wanted: Career missionary applicants for ministry in northeast Thailand! The Department of World Outreach is seeking to place full-time missionaries to share the gospel and the love of Christ through the existing ministries of the Christian Mission ban Naratchakwai (CMN) and through extending its ministries into the greater community. We are looking for those who have an interest in teaching English as a second language and who work well with young people.
If interested in applying, please contact me at email@example.com or call the office at 800-676-0694.
“An opportunity disguised as an impossible situation.” These are the words Asia/Pacific Area Director Jeff Vann used recently to describe the ministry in Thailand. The “impossible” situation refers to the current ministry needs: qualified helpers who understand and are committed to reaching the community through CMN’s ministries, and finances to support these ministries.
These needs have arisen since John Middlewood’s death last November. I’ll not mince words here. There is an urgent need at the Christian Mission. If ACGC World Outreach does not rise to the challenge, the future of ministry at CMN could be in jeopardy.
The challenges of the current situation are real, but so is the open door of opportunity. John Middlewood emphasized English teaching as a bridge to the community. Through his connections in the community and through the English programs he developed, John paved the way for future English teaching and ministry opportunities. Today there are unprecedented opportunities for the spread of the gospel and the growth of the church throughout northeast Thailand. This has been confirmed in conversations I have had with local Thai leaders and missionaries from other organizations working in the area. The current leadership team at CMN is doing its best to maintain a basic level of ministry. We are committed to support them in their immediate needs as well as in the long term future of the ministry. Through greater World Outreach involvement and encouragement, we believe the ministry of CMN can grow and flourish, more churches can be planted, and Thai leadership can be fully established.
“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” (John 4:35)
“Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)”
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