Sticking it out on the field- I

Frodo Baggins, the Ring bearer from the Lord of the Rings is a great example to the modern missionary. He set out to accomplish a mission that would bring him in grave, mortal danger. He needed to make a journey that was very, very unpleasant....

The Gospel in the village hall

We cycled along the shore of a large lake. One afternoon we had to do without lunch because nobody invited us. We rested on a grassy slope with a wonderful view of the lake. After that we had to go on. The terrain was rather...

Christians without a church

We rode our bikes through three different Isaan districts, with a total of over 100,000 people. In none of these districts is a church. We were looking for openings to share the Gospel. At the same time we tried to find out if there maybe...

Sleeping on a table

During our tour we cycled through three Isaan districts. We hoped to be able to talk about the Lord with people in one or two villages during the day, and then to find one village where we could share the Gospel and would get a...

Missionary: The best career choice

Serving God brings great joy. I would not want to exchange it for anything in the world. But sometimes the old man rears his ugly head. A few years back I had a moment like that (well, actually, I have these moments daily, but I’d...

Tramps for God

Once the Lord Jesus sent out the apostles without money (see Matthew 10), and together with three other missionaries and an Isaan Christian, I decided to follow that example. We didn’t do so because we read the instructions from Matthew as an absolute rule for missions....

The importance of printed media

In my research how people come to the Lord in Thailand, I also looked at the role of the various media. That gave rise to some surprises. 30% of all new Christians said that no media played any role in their conversion. This shows that...

First steps to the mission field

When we were on home-assignment, back in Holland we were asked a couple of times: “I am praying about mission for some time now, but I am not sure what to do next; wait for a letter from heaven?” Since one of the aims for...