I wanted to share Boonserm's story with you because it is a great example of what LTC alumni are doing through out the region. And... it is a great testimony of God's power to transcend differences.
The church isn't large; averaging about 40 in attendance, but is completely self supporting. From the very beginning the members of the church did not ask for any funding from missionaries or Churches in America. The members acquired the land and built their church building with their own funds! All salaries and church activities are supported through the offerings of the members!
When the church first opened, it was named The Light of San Sai Church. Not a bad name. But, a few months ago I heard they had changed their name. So, I asked Boonserm about it and here is his response....
All Thai people understand the concept of heaven, believing it to be a place of peace and tranquility. And Everyone is searching for that! So, after much discussion, we chose the name “Gate to Heaven Church” We tell people that we have the “key” to the Gate to Heaven, and they can have one too.
Since we changed the name, the members have been really energized to share their faith with others. When we mention the name of the church, people always start asking questions. It has been a really great witnessing tool”
Recently Boonserm met a Muslim family who had fled the violence in the south of Thailand. Through a series of events,Boonserm was able to witness to this family and they became believers. The mother has prayed that one of her children would go into Christian service. Last month, on her birthday, her son said "My gift to you is to become a preacher".
Boonserm took him to pick up the application forms for enrolling at LTC!
This is just an example of what LTC alumni are doing in Thailand and other creative access places in Asia!
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