Pattaya International Church
The reality we face here in Thailand is that the vast majority of all Thai people will in all probability never leave the shores of this precious nation. The Word of God must therefore be presented to them here on Thai soil. Furthermore, less than 1% of the total Thai population can presently be classified as Christian. At PIC we believe that every Christian has equal part in our Lordís Matthew 28 v. 18 - 20 Command. Therefore, in constant pursuit of PICís goal to make Christ known to those who do not know Him we endeavor to reach-out with the Gospel to Thais and foreigners alike in and around Pattaya, and also on Koh SiChang Island off the Sriracha coast. We are serving the Lord shoulder to shoulder with our Thai Congregation in Pattaya, RomPraPon Church ("Umbrella of God's blessing") who shares, without cost, all the facilities at PIC. This holy endeavor aims at strengthening our Thai Brothers and Sisters in their walk with the Lord and to equip them in their service unto Him, reaching out together with them for the expansion of His Kingdom amongst the local Thai community.
As mentioned above, one of the principles to which PICís outreach efforts adhere is the equipping of the local Thai Christian for the purpose of preparing him/her to reach his/her non-Christian fellow country-men. In 2005 we started with a Church planting effort on Koh SiChang Island, and on 26 March 2006 the first service was held at Koh SiChang Island Church, the islandís first, and up to date only, Church. PIC works closely with this island Congregation, assisting them in a wide variety of ways, including, amongst others, financial assistance with regard to the Churchí rent-and utilities, the Thai pastorís salary, etc. Pastor Daniel preaches from time to time on the island, and also conducts Bible Studies and Prayer Meetings. Marina is closely involved with the Childrenís Ministry at Koh SiChang Church, holding activities for the islandís children at Church and also providing the Church with handcraft materials and lessons. Shoulder to shoulder with Koh SiChang Church, PIC reaches out to this islandís community by presenting the Gospel to many and by providing material assistance to a financially challenged environment where unemployment and its associated ills prevails. There are continuously ample opportunities for those attending PIC, as the Lord lays it upon the individualís heart, to be involved on the island with the work of our Thai Church there. We praise the Lord for the fruit forthcoming from this work. Group baptisms of new Thai believers occur regularly on the island, with converts being actively involved with the Church and all its activities.
Another branch of our Thai Ministries involves free English language and handcraft classes at a large local Thai School in Pattaya. Of vital importance to any outreach effort is the establishment and nurturing of healthy relationship with the local Thai community. We praise the Lord for ongoing success in this regard as well.
Since 2005 we have been closely involved with regular, ongoing spiritual and material support to a Church, formed by converted in prison inmates, in one of Thailandís largest prisons. Through this involvement PIC endeavors to assist our incarcerated brethren with their holy efforts in spreading the Gospel behind bars.