X-Pact has two missionary partners in Northern Thailand – Brother Assanee and Sister Prae.
Ps Assanee pastors a vibrant church in Chiang Mai City, The Meeting Point Church. He, despite being a Karen, serves among the Shan tribe. On Sunday, Meeting Point Church has two services, one in the morning and the other in the evening. The evening service is for the Shan people, who are primarily migrant industrial workers. He also has language classes for Shan children who have lost the ability to speak their native language. This is an outreach bridging activity. As another form of outreach, he has started football sessions to befriend youths with the love of Christ. Every year, special outreach programs – such as concert, medical mission, community help project, and Christmas celebrations – are also organized.
Ps Assanee (left) and his family outside Meeting Point Church.
Every Sunday, Ps Assanee wakes up early in the morning to prepare lunch for his church.
Ps Assanee baptizing a new Shan believer who received the gospel during a Christmas Crusade.
The Shan people come from Myanmar and work in the construction industry. Ps Assanee offers free Shan and Thai language teaching to the Shan children as an outreach work.
The church congregation that is growing steadily in size. The church members are from various tribal communities as well as students from the nearby university.
Above are food lovingly prepared by Ps Assanee and his wife. It is a tribal culture to eat together for fellowship and bonding after church service.
Ps Assanee congratulating a church member who has graduated from a Shan Discipleship Training. He constantly encourages his members to be equipped and to serve the Lord.
The Shan children having a fun time together.
Pastor Prae leads The City of Glory Church in Chiang Mai City. However, the church has a vision to plant churches in areas where there are no churches. Hence, they have developed a church planting outreach ministry in Po Ann village amongst the Karen tribe. In the city area, the church operates a female hostel for university students, and these young people are groomed to take on leadership roles and responsibilities in the church. In addition to the weekly worship and visitation programs, the church also conducts annual outreach events such as church camps and Christmas caroling.
Ps Prae oversees the ministry of The City of Glory Church and the Karen tribe church planting point at Po Ann Village.
The children from the village enjoying a time of worship, games and fellowship in the Lord.
Ps Joshua, X-Pact’s Mission Pastor (left), conducting baptism service for a new believer during his trip to support X-Pact’s partnership work in Thailand
A Karen villager weaving basket at home.
Praying for the elderly and sick in the Karen village
Church members visiting homes with their Christmas Caroling during the festive period.