On the ferry heading to the island. Island is in the distance.
Every month Paul and I go to Koh Larn island for a two day Children’s Ministry. We take the ferry from Pattaya and arrive on the island 45 minutes later. There is a small church building there. It was a house but has been converted into a church.
The sign on the church Inside view of the church
A Korean church put the money forward for the purchase of the house. The yard is rough and has a dirt base. Tables have been set up and we do part of our teaching of the children under umbrellas outside. We also eat lunch outside.
Teaching English outside the church Eating lunch outside
“Koh” actually means island. Koh Larn has a population of about 5000 people but this swells daily with thousands of day tourists that visit the beaches. The infrastructure of the island is struggling to cope with the masses that arrive with their demands for food and hospitality and the inevitable rubbish that is left behind.
Manee is from Pattaya and she leads this vision. Piek is the only Christian man on the island.
A committed Christian from the Baptist Church on the Pattaya mainland, called Manee, has a strong vision to see a church established on the island. She regularly visited the island for a number of years to walk and pray and ask God to establish a church there. We are thankful for answered prayers. So the church is beginning with a children’s program. Currently we have about 22 children regularly attending. We are praying that these small beginnings will grow into an established church.
All the children enjoy the craft activities and a calm quiet settles on the room.
Paul and I lead the programme for one weekend per month. We teach English, and bible dramas and bible lessons and crafts. Manee and an American lady called YoYo cater for the programme the other weekends. As well as the children’s programme there is a church service held there on a Sunday afternoon. People come over from the mainland to assist.
Our accommodation. Cheap and cheerful. We have a regular monthly booking at discount rates.
We sleep at a cheap accommodation resort. (NZ $20 per night). We usually manage to fit in an early morning swim on the Sunday morning before the children’s programme starts.
The sea water is clear and clean
So this is a pioneering ministry. Paul and I don’t see our involvement there as being a long term thing. We will continue until such a time as there are Thai / Cambodian people that can run it independently and we will step back and offer support when needed.
We feel excited about answered prayers and the way the work is going forward.