The Dream Team
The "Dream Team" is a specialized evangelism team of about 30 young, professional Thai believers that are in full-time missionary work with Vision Thailand. They reach communities, schools, universities, prisons and markets by means of drama, multi-media presentations, personal testimonies, worship team music and preaching. Many people are coming to Christ through their ministry. We are trusting God that the Dream Team, under Pastor Sangwien's able leadership and training, will continue to do evangelism and plant churches in Thailand. God has blessed them with a passion and zeal for His work that is remarkable, and Thais are responding to the Good News. They are extraordinarily effective because they have the Thai language and culture, and have themselves experienced the hopelessness of sin and despair. Young people in particular identify with them, and respond well to them because the Dream Team members have been where the young people are. They provide living examples that there can be hope and meaning for youth. As Goh, one of our Dream Team says, "I was a bad guy, and Jesus came into my life, and now everything has changed. If God can change me, he can change you" It gets very quiet when Goh and other team members speak to large groups of students - they drink in every word, and many express the desire to learn more about Jesus and the new life that is being offered. As students and others become new believers, the Dream Team follows them up and disciples and mentors them. They are then encouraged to become members of cell groups and then these cell groups become the beginnings of new church plants. God is blessing the work with much fruit.
Alan Collingwood, CEO
Alan and his wife Rosina have been called by God to help plant churches in Thailand. God has given him many talents and abilities that suit the work of a church planter. He is from New Zealand, and has been a missionary in Thailand for 15+ years; God has enabled him to help plant six churches, and he is also mentoring and training Thai leaders and church planters. He is very much involved in the ministry of Vision Thailand on the ground, and knows the Thai language and culture well, enabling him to be an effective ambassador for VT. He and Rosina have a married daughter (and one grandson) and two sons who are all living in New Zealand.
Pastor Sangwien Duangkham
Pastor Sangwien is a dynamic pastor, evangelist and teacher. He is widely known in Thailand because of his involvement in helping organize many Prayer and Evangelism rallies throughout Thailand. He is pastor of the Siam Bangkok Church, which includes the "Dream Center", where about 30 young professional Thai believers have given themselves to full-time Christian ministry. Pastor Sangwien has been mentoring and training the Dream Team to become effective missionaries and church planters. Pastor Sangwien and his wife Papah have been involved with Vision Thailand since the beginning of 2008. They have three children.
The Vision Thailand Board
Vision Thailand is blessed to have a competent, working board in Thailand. The VTF/ICMS liaison committee ensures adequate controls of resources, programs and direction are in place. It is great to have board members that have a passion for evangelism and church planting and are well-known and respected for their contributions to Thai society. The VTF board has members with long-term dedication to evangelism and church planting, with over 65 years of church planting experience represented on the board. So, we may be a young organization, but a lot of experience resides within the board that makes it effective and dynamic.
VTF Church Planting Schools
In 2011 VTF established a Church Planting School (CPS) in Bangkok and also in Maesai, with a total enrollment of 19 students. We believe that trained pastors and church leaders are important in the development of strong, healthy churches. We are grateful for God’s leading and provision in providing staffing and resources to help the CPS program to flourish.
Pastor Somporn, the Principal of the Church Planting Schools
Pastor Somporn has the vision, passion and ability to teach others to become pastors and church leaders. He has experience as a Bible teacher and is qualified to lead the Church Planting Schools.
Thailand Christian Fellowship Pastors
We have a growing number of pastors and lay leaders (over 80 at this point) that are shepherding new congregations that have grown out of evangelism efforts. These churches usually start out as cell groups of new believers with lay leaders. As they grow in faith and in number, pastoral leadership is developed and mentored which then helps the group become a new church plant. Vision Thailand is helping support these church plants in the beginning stages and as they mature and grow in numbers, the support will decrease, until they are fully self-supporting within a few years. A board of seven senior pastors helps nurture pastors and congregations and is responsible for the operation of Vision Thailand Christian Fellowship church plants as they come into being.
We have been operating three community radio stations for about two years. Thais love radio, and respond to the message and the music. Recently we received three quality transformers from GALCOM, that will improve the technical quality of our radio broadcasts. Thank you for an important gift to Thailand..
CV-TV (Christian Vision TV)
The first Christian TV station in Thailand is now operating under the covering of the Vision Thailand Organization. The CV-TV station has the support of many other Christian organizations.
The IPTV technology system we use is produced by VTM Voiz+ Ltd. Company, under the management of Mr. Wirat, who is the pioneer of interactive TV in Thailand. CV-TV has joined with VooZ, a large Thai TV provider; which has granted us 200 channels. The first live 24 hour Christian TV station in Thailand has the slogan “Life-giving Television.” CV-TV is managed by Mr. Udomkiat, who is the Founder and managing director. He received a Christian TV vision from God many years ago, which is now becoming reality. Mr. Udomkiat brings more than 20 years’ experience in the media industry to this ministry. We now have a staff of 8 qualified TV personnel, and will be broadcasting a full roster of programs within the next year.