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      MDE September 2015 Newsletter                   www.buildmde.com
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Reaching Thailand One Student at a Time

Though he didn’t know why, Gordon was drawn to Thailand from the time he was a child. Gordon says his “fascination with the country and its people deepened” while visiting the country as an adult. Over a period of four years, during which he was able to visit Thailand many times, he sensed God’s call to move there. So, in 2010, he sold all his belongings in the United States, bought a one-way ticket, and flew to Chiang Mai.
 

 

Since settling in Thailand, Gordon has taught conversational English to high school students. His presence in the schools has solidified his compassion for the people and his desire to share Jesus with them. He sees firsthand the benefits of “getting Christians into Thai schools as a means of bringing His disciples into direct contact with the Thai people.” Gordon’s experience meshes with the vision of MDE, which is to send professionals into countries where the name of Jesus is not widely known so they can work, live, and share Jesus from a place of authenticity.
 

 

The Thai government is currently interested in bringing native English speakers into the public schools so the students can benefit from a higher level of English language education. Though most of the county practices Buddhism, freedom of religion exists and the schools welcome Christian native English speakers. Gordon says he sees these converging circumstances as God’s way of “opening the doors wide” for Christians to come to Thailand and to share the gospel.

What is it like to live in Thailand? The climate is tropical, the cost of living is low, and the people are “super friendly and quick to help out.” The food is delicious, the pace of life is slow and, according to Gordon, the Thai people love holidays and celebrations. The calendar shows at least one holiday (sometimes more) each month. The end of the school year is filled with colorful graduation ceremonies where the students and teachers celebrate with flowers, balloons, special homemade necklaces and bracelets, and blessings given to one another.

 

Marketplace and Development Enterprises is currently looking for individuals who are willing to spend two years in a rural setting teaching conversational English in Thai public schools and working as part of a church planting team. Those wishing to apply should be college graduates (TESOL or English major or minor preferred) or graduates with any major combined with TESOL experience. The school year begins in May and the teachers arrive in February for training. Though the teachers are paid a salary, some support must be raised to cover expenses.

 

Looking back, Gordon says he can now see the hand of God forming his interest in Thailand and shaping his life. He says that Thailand is “the land of smiles…people always smile at you and are very friendly.” The need for the gospel is great, as there are over 67 million people in Thailand and only about 1% follow Jesus. Would you be willing to spend at least two years teaching English as a second language to Thai school children and, like Gordon, experience the privilege of being the one “who shares the name of Jesus with a person for the very first time”? If you are interested in more information, please check out the Tentmaking page on the MDE website at the link below.

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