As we look to the future, we know we need the prayers and support of many Christians around the world to continue the vision and mission of VT: "To share Christ with Thais, and plant Biblical churches". We are a forward-looking agency, but it is also wise to see where we have come from, and learn from our journey.
December 26, 2004
A devastating Tsunami strikes Thailand, destroying homes and taking many lives; on the island of Koh Kho Khao approximately 800 lives are lost and many homes are destroyed.
2005 to 2006
Volunteers arrive from all over the world to help rebuild approximately 120 homes on the island. Pastor Preecha and Jake Janzen, among others, help rebuild some of these homes and start formalizing a vision for reaching Thailand for Christ.
February 19, 2008
An interim Board of Directors meets to create Vision Thailand, to help enable a vision for evangelism and church planting in Thailand to become reality. The Board establishes policies and procedures to provide accountability, sustainability and direction for an effort to share Christ with Thais and plant Biblical churches.
An international Advisory Board for Vision Thailand is established.
The Vision Thailand board sets clear policies for ongoing church planting, and joins with a small group of Thai Churches with the same vision. The Dream Team of Thai missionaries, under the direction of Pastor Sangwien, is formally adopted and recognized as a specialized evangelism and church planting team by Vision Thailand.
An agency relationship is created between VT and ICMS (Canada), as well as VT and ISAAC Foundation (US).
VT adopts the Dream Center and Dream Team for evangelism and church planting activities.
The first radio station is established at the Dream Center in Bangkok, known as "DreamFM".
Vision Thailand receives Charitable Foundation status in Thailand, allowing for the purchase of church properties and legal operation under the Thai Department of Social Affairs.
The owner of the Dream Center states his desire to sell the Dream Center building by the end of November, 2010. Vision Thailand will have to purchase the site or relocate.
VT receives the Thailand Christian Fellowship (TCF) charter through the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand from the Thai Religious Affairs Department. Together with the Foundation, VT is now able to engage in social and religious activities with the blessing of the Thai government.
A van and truck are purchased for Team use—a great help in enabling ministry.
Two additional radio stations are created; a national TV program is aired free of charge. A major mall offers the use of their public facilities for Team evangelism activities.
VT purchases the Dream Center. Generous donors provide funds, and VT can move ahead with its vision and mission.
The 2010 Christmas season ends with an outstanding array of about 20 special public presentations in malls, government venues, prisons, and public areas.
The leadership team and the Dream Team meets at a retreat to strategize continued evangelism and church planting efforts. The vision is accepted to reach 250,000 Thais with the Gospel in 2011.
Two Church Planting Schools, one in Bangkok and one in Mesai are established. The first class totals 21 trainees.
The Vision Thailand Christian Fellowship churches purchase 4.8 acres of land for the Lahu tribal people—a faith venture. The churches are taking ownership.
The Summerside Community Church of Edmonton, AB, builds VT’s first church building for the Abundant Blessing Church on Koh Phangan.
A vision team of 10 members visits the various ministries of VT. A potential partnership with a major media ministry is considered.
CV-TV (Christian Vision TV) is established under Vision Thailand. Up to 200 Channels will be used to do iPTV broadcasting.
2011 to 2012
The number of church plants grows to 51, with a total membership of close to 1000.