Thailand is a recently industrialized country in Southeast Asia and a major world exporter. The primary religion is Buddhism, practiced by about 95 percent of the country, combined with strong influences of traditional culture and spirit appeasement. CMF has ministry teams in the urban capital city, Bangkok, and in Chiang Mai, a large modern city in northern Thailand.
The CMF team in Chiang Mai team is passionate about empowering Thai people and communities to experience the fullness of life in Christ. The team's goal is to transform lives and communities, especially those trapped in cycles of poverty, with the Good News of God's Kingdom. The team is focused on forming and supporting creative, holistic community development-focused ministries within areas where selling children to traffickers in order to survive is prevalent.
Their work includes:
- Groundbreaking sustainability work in farming and aquaponics.
- Community Health Evangelism with hill tribe people.
- Anti-human-trafficking work, especially among children and women.
- Educating the minds of the next generation of global leaders.
- A focus on children with disabilities.
The team is focused on forming and supporting creative, holistic community development ministries that transform individuals and their communities through Christ into places where people know the truth and no longer have to “sell” their children to traffickers to survive.
The Grapevine staff uses these activities to point students to Jesus:
- Share their faith through campus outreach, Bible studies, parties and events such as free meals and board game nights at the Grapevine House.
- Train Thai student leaders to minister to their peers in college and in their future careers.
- Help introduce students to a local Thai church and other Christian groups so that they have connections to faith-centered communities after college.