A bomb exploding outside our compound was the last straw in a series of threats leading us to transfer our 200 students from Manila, Philippines to Bangkok, Thailand. The year was 1990 and our vision was to rally our resources to reach a whole city with the Gospel. In 1989, I lead a project to Manila to work on university campuses located throughout the city. We spent ten weeks testing the effectiveness of our sharing the Gospel there. We experienced a very successful summer, and I returned in the winter to visit all the campuses in the city to seek administration approval for us to return in 1990; I hoped to do the same on a larger scale. The plan was set and the summer of 1990 was upon us. We had 200 eager students with us and we were ready to go to our assigned campuses.
For two weeks we experienced a spiritual harvest unlike anything we had ever experienced. Many on our team were sharing with ten students each day, with eight students placing their trust in Christ every day. We were amazed, but, within our first week there, we received aggressive threats from an anti-U
The spiritual climate in Thailand was completely different, and the challenges in sharing the Gospel were far greater. We had managed to obtain access to seventeen campuses (the local ministry had been working there for six years and they were only working on three at the time). That alone was breathtaking. We spent the next five weeks watching a handful of students trust Christ. We felt a breakthrough, however, when the resident staff there explained that it would have taken them years to get as far as we did in five weeks.
So, when this news of what God is doing right now in Thailand came across my screen yesterday (6/25), I read with gratitude and excitement that you and I have played a part in the building of God's kingdom in Thailand. I had to share this with you.