After months of groundwork and preparation, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Thailand launched its third national evangelistic series across the country on March 1, 2023. The พระคริสต์เพื่อประเทศไทย, or Christ for Thailand initiative, is a nationwide evangelistic series with the goal of reaching communities within the 10/40 Window, or the region where most of the world population lives but Christians are a minority.
The evangelism series aims to preach the gospel across Thailand with the participation of church members in more than 30 locations. The movement is mobilizing resources and volunteers as it aims to reach as many people as possible with Christ’s gospel. The program is projected to influence the region’s spiritual environment and to provide hope to individuals seeking purpose in their lives, regional church leaders said.
Jacinth Adap, treasurer of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) of the Adventist Church, expressed his great delight with the church’s plan to interact with underserved metropolitan regions within the territory. Speaking as part of the nationwide project, Adap reminded participants and other church members that although these challenges may appear daunting, the Holy Spirit’s participation would permit significant progress toward realizing the church’s purpose. “Despite what seem to be insurmountable hurdles, the Holy Spirit will perform miracles to guarantee that His mission is achieved even in the most distant regions,” Adap said.
Leaders reported that the evangelism series features church leaders, pastors, and laypeople from across the SSD region. In their messages, they are encouraging guests to find hope in Jesus in the midst of crises, uncertainty, loss, depression, disillusionment, and anxiety.
Following the success of two national evangelistic series held in May and November 2022, SSD leaders decided to hold a third campaign, in a move aimed at unifying efforts, resources, and collaboration in reaching a wider audience.
The Christ for Thailand series is part of a larger strategy to bring together the church and its members to achieve a shared goal, regional leaders said. It is not only focusing on reaching each regional territory but also expand efforts to reach more people in a targeted territory, they explained. The series will involve a range of outreach activities and programs aimed at promoting the gospel and expanding the church’s reach in the region.
“We are excited about this new campaign, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our church and communities,” SSD president Roger Caderma said. “By working together and pooling our resources, we can achieve great things and make a real difference in people’s lives.”
In a statement, SSD executive secretary Wendell Mandolang added, “We are thrilled to [have launched] the ‘Christ for Thailand’ campaign. We believe that this event will provide a beacon of hope to individuals who are struggling with various challenges. We hope that through this campaign, people will be introduced to Jesus and find the hope and peace that only He can provide,” he wrote.