2013 – Short Term Mission Trip to Chiangmai, Thailand
Shalom’s commitment to foreign missions is demonstrated by, among other things, a recent short term mission trip (16th to 24th June 2013) by several members to Mae Toh Village, Chiangmai. This is the 5th year Shalom is participating in the Community Project for Church Planting(CP4CP) since it was introduced in 2008. Each year, members of Shalom join teams that set out in June and December to engage the local communities in Chiangmai through a variety of ministries. The objective of each mission trip remains the same: to obey Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) and to practice the Great Commandments (Matthew 22:37-40). These call us not only to share the good news of Jesus Christ’ redemption where it has not yet been proclaimed but also to love our neighbours as we do ourselves by meeting their immediate needs.
The CP4CP model aims to equip and empower rural communities in Chiangmai to live above the poverty line so that ministries of these local churches in
these areas can be supported in a sustainable manner. There are 2 aspects of the CP4CP model: the Community Project and Church Planting. The Community Project helps local farmers re-haul their agricultural models. Loans are extended to them to help them replace their current crop varieties with those that yield more profit. To date, 28 villages have joined this project and are cultivating crops such as cashew and pepper. The Church Planting aspect of the project focuses on partnering and supporting the local churches’ efforts in building its ministries and reaching out to the community.
About 30 families inhabit Mae Toh village. A majority of these families rely on farming as their only means of livelihood. Christians in Mae Toh village worship at Love and Grace Church, led by Pastor Tirason, which will be commemorating its 10th anniversary this year. Love and Grace Church also runs a Children’s home that is presently housing approximately 10 children.es have joined this project and are cultivating crops such as cashew and pepper. The Church Planting aspect of the project focuses on partnering and supporting the local churches’ efforts in building its ministries and reaching out to the community.
The team that went up to Mae Toh village this June comprised 25 brethren from 6 different Singaporean churches: Bethel Presbyterian Church, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Chapel of the Resurrection, Jesus Saves Mission, Shalom Bible-Presbyterian Church and Toong Chai Presbyterian Church. This is the third time the team has served Mae Toh village. During our recent trip our activities focused on the Church Planting part of the CP4CP model, in particular through 4 main ministries: setting up of a dental clinic, English classes for the local students, demonstrating hospitality and basic training for the local church leaders.
For more information on how you can get involved in future overseas mission projects, please contact our Church office.
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