Chiang Mai, Thailand
Serve, Learn, and Train Others
The Chiang Mai internship began in 1997 and to this date has trained over 200 college students and young professionals in matters of ministry, social justice, and leadership development. You are invited to jump into the Asian culture of northern Thailand through custom-made tracks that are molded to meet your specific strengths and interests.
There are two tracks from which to draw from. The social justice track offers several service opportunities for you to consider: the International Justice Mission in matters of tribal rights and protection, the SOLD Project and their efforts to prevent child sex slavery, the Agape Home and their care for HIV positive children, and Compassion International and their outreach into the slums of Chiang Mai. The church planting track offers many different facets of training: evangelism among college students, middle class or the uneducated class Thais, service projects in the Thai community with orphan homes and leper colonies, training on communicating Christ to a Buddhist context, discipling new Christians, and training church leaders.
There are three families on the Chiang Mai church planting team who have served in Thailand the past 20 -25 years. Sean and Pat Todd are ACU graduates who have their Master’s degrees in Missions and Social Service. David Allen also received his Master’s degree in Bible from ACU and his wife Michelle is a doctor of veterinary medicine from Texas A&M. Robert Reagan graduated from ACU where he served as President of the SA. He furthered his Bible education at the Institute for Biblical Studies in Austin.
The team has been a part of 5 church plantings and has trained other Christians who started social service groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). They are currently preparing for another church planting for 2014.