Growing a vibrant ministry in Thailand
Orarick Sriwong has used his training with Haggai International to grow a vibrant ministry in Thailand.
Known as the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai teems with people. In the midst of the hubbub is the All Christian Church, pastored by alumnus Orarick Sriwong. Every day “Rick” sees the tremendous need for Christ and desires for his church to influence the city, both socially and environmentally. In just the past two years, the church has helped spearhead 39 projects throughout the city.
“I want to see the people of God become the head of our society, working in fields such as media, government, business, and entertainment,” he says. “We are starting by helping make Mai a livable city through our church leadership organizing many projects.”
Those projects include No Plastic Fantastic, Big Tree in Town – a tree planting effort throughout the city, and the big Chiang Mai Clean Up Day, as well as many other events.
Uniquely positioned due to his political and business ties, as well as his position as a pastor, Rick has a well-developed view of his city’s needs.
After attending Haggai International in 2004, he seized the opportunity to become involved in politics and was assistant candidate for governor in Bangkok. Four years later, when the term ended, he knew his next mission was to serve God through the local church.
He says, “We opened the All Christian Church in 2009, with 16 members, and today, we have more than 200 people. I dream of reaching 2,000 people and becoming a megachurch within 10 years.”
Since Haggai International, Rick has used his training in many areas. “I have more courage now, and I understand foreign culture more easily. I believe my training helped me grow the church, and it led to my being elected to the Board of Trade in Chiang Mai.”
During the past 10 years, Rick has equipped more than 5,000 people – always using lessons about leadership that he gained from Haggai International. He’s also been selected for various roles in his community, such as director of social environment and foreign affairs at the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, speaker at Chiang Mai University, recipient of a social worker award from Privy Councilor and a family award from the governor of Chiang Mai province. He is also president of the Tayama Gissen Foundation.
Rick’s tagline sums up his outlook: “Live your life. Live your society.” He is determined to have his life and the lives of those around him influence society for Christ.
“There is a superb lack of training opportunities for leaders around the world,” he says. “I am very thankful for Haggai International and the donors who make this needed training possible. Please don’t stop.”
Orarick “Rick” Sriwong
Pastor and community leader
Attended Haggai: 2005
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