Jesus is Not Foreign
Farang (foreign) missionaries have been working in Thailand for more than 100 years, but the population is still less than one percent Christian. It’s important not only to keep planting new churches, but to establish churches that are distinctively Asian.
Khrieko and Nitho Pasaye are well placed to help the Thai see that Christianity is not just for Westerners. With their two children Asse and Vizo, they have begun church-planting work in the rural and overwhelmingly Buddhist area of Issan.
The couple were born and raised in Nagaland in North East India and were experienced pastors there. Even before they met, they were praying and considering leaving India as missionaries. Later, after they were married and had been introduced to SIM North East India, things started to fall into place. They learned that their neighbouring country, Thailand, still had many districts without a single church.
Now Khrieko and Nitho employ a wide variety of community-focused methods to make friends and share Christ. They stand ankle-deep in mud and help with the rice harvests – a perfect, if hot, time to chat. They distribute much-needed reading glasses, with the help of a village chief. They provide occasional medical care, supported by short-term medical missionaries from overseas or other parts of Thailand. In addition, they teach English in schools or “English camps,” and organize special school programmes, running game-heavy kids’ clubs and giving music lessons.
Gradually Khrieko and Nitho are helping people to see a Jesus they can identify with, rather than presenting them with the blue-eyed farang Jesus.
Farang still needed in Church Ministry & Outreach. See list of Thailand Opportunities