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Thailand


Thailand

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 175. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 196 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

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Background

The Kingdom of Thailand is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma.

Religion

Buddhist 93%, Muslim 5%, Christian 1%, Other 1%.

Stone-Campbell Presence

The Foreign Missionary Committee of the British Churches of Christ began work in Nakhon Pathom, Siam (now Thailand) in 1903 with Percy (1879-1957) and Mary Clark, soon assisted by Thai evangelists like Chun Kwang and Ki Hong. They not only planted churches in various languages—Thai, Chinese, and Mon—but also began education and medical work. During the Japanese invasion in World War II the Clarks were interred in POW camps. In 1951 the British Churches of Christ transferred the mission to the Disciple United Christian Missionary Society. At one time missionaries from the United States, Great Britain, and China worked with local Filipino evangelists. In 1962 the mission transferred all property to the indigenous Church of Christ in Thailand, although Disciples like Victor and Marian McAnallen and Allan and Joan Eubank among others continue to serve as fraternal workers in Thailand. In addition the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Division of Overseas Ministries Thailand has partnership with the McGilvary Faculty of Theology at Payap University and the Thai Burma Border Consortium.

Christian Churches/Churches of Christ missionaries C.W. and Lois Callaway came to Thailand from work in China in 1949. The work in Thailand was given a boost when Eugene and Robert Morse relocated the North Burma Christian mission to Northern Thailand in 1973. Also in that time period Russell LaVerne Morse began Asia Christian services with radio, literature, and medical services. Twenty churches with 2600 members are today associated with Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.

A capella Church of Christ workers Parker and Donna Henderson began work in Bangkok in 1958. In 1971, Chai and Sue Voraritskul became influential leaders among the churches which now number 100 with 2000 members. International Churches of Christ have three congregations in Thailand.

 

Created by Gary Holloway, October 15, 2013

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