God has taught us to expect the unexpected and learn to use the unfamiliar tools to train our people and to reach out to outsiders,” said Rev. Dr. Thongcahi Pradabchananurat.
Rev. Dr. Pradabchananurat, President of the Thailand Baptist Convention, is no stranger to leading churches through uncertain seasons, but COVID-19 is a season unlike any he’s previously encountered. Instead of being discouraged by the inability for churches to gather in this season, the Haggai leader, and president of Haggai’s alumni association in Thailand, is leveraging the opportunity to help Thailand’s churches expand their reach and serve their communities more effectively.
“As a leader, I have to unite churches to work together and pool resources to care for victims of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rev. Pradabchananurat says.
Rev. Dr. Pradabchananurat’s first priority was to help churches address the economic and public health challenges of those most severely affected by the pandemic. Once Thailand began to adjust to the “new normal” of shutdown and social distancing, he turned his attention to helping churches throughout the country connect to their communities and share the love of Christ in this challenging season.
With their Facebook page, the group helps churches build online ministries by providing training, teaching resources, and Christian content. Church members are encouraged to use the online tools to share with relatives, friends, and non-believers who would not otherwise interact with the church. Together they are helping local churches turn their inability to gather into an opportunity for sharing the Good News.
“Social distancing is forming new habits both for Christian and non-Christians in Thailand. Social media will have a larger role in introducing the Christian messages to the world. And non-Christians can search and learn about Christian beliefs or even find churches easily. More people will come to churches through using social media in this way.”
Romans 8:28 says: “All things work together for the good of those who love Him.” While the COVID-19 pandemic has had disastrous implications for public health and economic stability, it is forcing the Church (in Thailand and beyond) to rethink what it means to be the body of Christ. Without worship services, buildings, and in-person teaching, believers like Dr. Pradabchananurat are compelled to innovate and create new avenues to share the Gospel.