Meet Joel and Rachel!
Joel and Rachel have been a part of FBC since 2012 and recently completed training to be missionaries with Ethnos360.
They both grew up as missionary kids in Thailand, and they are preparing to return and disciple the Thai church, equipping national leaders with spiritual maturity and a desire to reach out to the many people groups that extend into the surrounding countries of Southeast Asia.
Help us send them out!
Fellowship Bible Church is sending out Joel and Rachel to the missions field. You have the opportunity to specifically partner with Global Missions at Fellowship and what God is doing around the world through helping us send them out and support them. Not everyone can go to a specific location to take a trip but EVERYONE can be involved in Global Missions through prayer and some through specific support to Joel and Rachel.
Here are their current needs, from Joel and Rachel:
- Prayer support - We are aware that we cannot do this alone! We will always be looking for people to join our prayer team.
- Monthly Financial support - We need people to commit to support us on a monthly basis to keep us there.
We are at 90% of our needed financial support. We are so thankful for God’s provision and the generosity of His body.
- One-time Financial Needs: Our one-time needs are completely covered. Thank you to those who gave toward our start-up costs!
In March we reached 75% of our monthly budget, and we were given a green light to go. However, since then the border has been closed due to COVID-19, and we are unable to obtain a visa. We are packed and ready to go at short notice, and we are updated each month regarding the situation there. Would you pray with us that God would open borders and make a way for us to go?
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Spend some time getting to know them and where they're being called.
We have been a part of FBC since 2012 and recently completed our training to be missionaries with Ethnos360. We spent two and a half years in Missouri learning some valuable principles of church planting in a cross-cultural context. We both grew up as missionary kids in Thailand, and our heart is to return and disciple the Thai church, equipping national leaders with spiritual maturity and a desire to reach out to the many people groups that extend into the surrounding countries of Southeast Asia.
The condition of Thai churches
It is said that to be Thai is to be Buddhist. In this religion harmony is a major driver, so blending and layering other beliefs is accepted and even promoted. This mindset becomes fuel for the need for speed evangelistic efforts that have become popular in missions today. A quick Gospel message given from a Western worldview may yield a flashy news letter and climbing conversion statistics, but what are the real results that are found when the dust settles? Confusion and syncretism; converts and churches that have no biblical foundation and often an unclear understanding of the Gospel. There is a great need for discipleship and even evangelism in the Thai church.
The potential of the Thai Church
There are more than 500 unreached people groups in Southeast Asia Mainland (Thailand and surrounding countries). That means that each group has its own distinct language and culture and no access to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. The national Thai people are considered “reached” and yet remain <1% Christian after 200 years of evangelistic efforts. Certainly there is still work to be done here, but in the larger scope the Thai church has great potential to impact not only the national Thai, but also the people groups living both within their own country’s borders as well as beyond. By equipping and discipling key leaders within the Thai church, we hope to see them stepping up into a vital role in missions in this area of the world.
What will we be doing?
Our first two years will be spent in Bangkok improving our language and grasp of the Thai culture in order to be able to teach and disciple effectively. During this time we will be looking for where God would have us long term. We see ourselves blending into the fabric of existing churches and discipling those with hungry hearts. Our role will be to train and equip leaders to reach their own people and to help establish the Thai church.
How can you pray?
- The kids’ transition (Friendship, Language learning)
- Our Language learning
- Strength, stamina, and encouragement over the long haul
The Thai people
- The Thai church
- That God would be preparing hearts