In March of this year I was in Chiang Rai, Thailand, with Ben Kibbe. Ben and his family are now living in Ohio after ten years of missionary service in this part of Thailand. Ben and I were there to help me get to know the national leaders that they have helped to raise up and also to get better acquainted with the ministries the Lord has given them. As a former missionary myself, I was impressed with the leadership training, whole-life discipleship, and church planting efforts that are going on. I also saw a strong vision to reach the unreached with the gospel in Thailand and the surrounding nations. I was struck by how strategic their location is! They are within reach of numerous unreached people groups in Asia. That makes them valuable partners in EFM’s goal of planting at least five new fields by December 31, 2025.
Throughout this year we will continue laying the foundation for our partnership in the gospel. That means meeting together via Zoom as well as another onsite visit at the end of this year. Even though Ben and his family are retiring from full-time missionary service as of May of this year, Ben will continue to be involved in various ways, including fundraising. The Thai leaders are already part of planning a Luke 10 Exploration Trip to Southeast Asia which will likely take place this coming December. They are planning it along with Ben and leaders from Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (EFC-ER). Together we are praying to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into this region of the world.
Below is a message from John Ryser, Senior Lead Pastor at Damascus Friends Church, the sending church of the Kibbe Family.
This ministry in northern Thailand is still fairly new to EFM. This may be the first time you have heard about it. I trust that you can see already what a valuable partnership this is when it comes to carrying out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Southeast Asia. I recommend it to you whole-heartedly as worthy of your prayers and financial support.
Together in Christ’s service,
There are two ways to support EFM Thailand, through prayer and through financial giving. Both are needed and appreciated!
If you would like to partner with EFM Thailand financially there are a few ways to do that:
- Donate online on EFM Thailand’s webpage here.
- Donate by credit card over the phone at 303-421-8100.
- Mail a check marked with “EFM Thailand Support” to EFM, PO Box 771139, Wichita, KS 67277.