Khon Kaen Worship and Ministry Facility - Phase II

Phase II: (Updated January 6, 2021)

Phase II of the Central Thai Worship and Ministry Facility is to gain an essential and convenient road access along with visibility for our new Center of Influence (COI). Currently, a narrow, 300-meter single lane road is all that could be developed with our present access to the site, making it debilitating to the success of the music school. A new, wider road built on the opposite side of the facility would access a main thoroughfare through town, increasing ease of use, visibility, and accessibility to the COI, thus enhancing the future success of the music school and worship facility.

Phase I: (Updated January 6, 2021)

  • Funding for Phase I is now complete. Thank-you!

Phase I Description: The Central Thai project is building their Khon Kaen Worship and Ministry Facility, part of their outreach in the city of Khon Kaen. This is a combined project involving voted financial commitments from the local SDA congregation, the Thai Adventist Mission, the South East Asia Union Mission, the Southern Asia Pacific Division, the General Conference, and AFM.

Brief Project Description:

Building of the first phase of the new Peace Music Academy/Youth Training Center Building in Khon Kaen, Thailand where PMA was successfully established in 2013 as an official SSD/GC UCI project, owned and operated by the Thailand Adventist Mission in partnership with Adventist Frontier Missions, working to attract and disciple children, youth, and young adults from the middle and upper classes of Thai Buddhist society for Christ, and training Thai SDA young people for leadership in SDA churches and schools all over Thailand.

How the need for Phase I was determined:

Attendance at the current rented building is crowded, and on many Sabbaths when people often must sit in the stairwell or the lobby entrance due to lack of adequate seating space in our worship room. Sabbath school classes are also crowded with no possibility of dividing into smaller classes matching participant age groups. Lacking a junior and earliteen class due to lack of space, and children of those ages must join either a primary class or a youth class. There are also no designated facilities for Sabbath afternoon programs when ministries like AY, Pathfinders, and Adult Health programs, not to mention board meetings all request use of the same rooms. During the week, at prime times, we cannot accept all students who wish to study because, we don’t have enough rooms, even when we do have adequate numbers of teachers.

How addressing this need helps achieve the project’s goals of reaching Thai Buddhists:

The new Worship and Ministry facility will be owned and operated by the Thailand Adventist Mission, and will give PMA and the Khon Kaen SDA Church that meets on its campus a permanent presence in Khon Kaen where we can minister to some of the needs of the Thai Buddhists in the area of music education, health seminars, pathfinder programs, family life seminars, personal finance seminars, evangelistic seminars, and more. Having at least one permanent facility in Khon Kaen will give assurance to Thai Buddhist seekers in Khon Kaen that the SDA church will not easily disappear once they’ve converted. It will also provide our future house-church leadership a larger gathering place for training and occasional larger convocations of future local-area house churches. It will serve as a training center for regional and national Thai SDA Youth Leadership Camps, combining training in Bible Study, Witnessing, Health Evangelism, and Music for worship. It will also serve as an ongoing health ministry/healthy cooking class facility.

How the local body of believers or stakeholders will participate:

The local body of believers is actively committed to raising 10% of the total cost of this project, and they will continue to run the programs and ministries mentioned in the paragraph above.

Immediate Objectives:

  1. Worship in the new building by May 2021

  2. Teach music lessons in the new building by May 2021

  3. Hold a nation-wide SDA Youth Leadership Camp in Khon Kaen by October 2021

  4. Host our first evangelistic event in the new building by December 2021

Long-Range Objectives

  1. Increase student enrollment by 30% by August 2021

  2. Have at least two more Sabbath school groups by August 2021

  3. Increase Sabbath school and church attendance by 20 % by November 2021.

  4. Have 10 more baptisms by December 2021.

Urgency of this request:

Additional urgency to get this building built came with pressure from the landlord of our current building who informed us for a third time that they would like us to move out by the end of December 2020. Fortunately, by God’s grace, they have changed their mind, allowing us to stay until our building is actually completed in May of 2021. Thanks for your prayers and help with this very important and urgent need!

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