Thailand Mission Trip August 2016

Pre-trip planning picture

Fr. David Montzingo and Mark Kelley have sent an update message on their upcoming mission trip to Thailand planned for August...

Thailand Mission Trip 2016

This past August, Father David Montzingo of Holy Spirit Church in San Diego travelled to Bangkok, Thailand in response to an invitation from Anglican missionary Father Lee Mullins. Thailand, a country in which 95% of its people are Buddhist, is part of the Diocese of Singapore. The vision for the Anglican Church in Thailan...d is to join in God's global mission by establishing a strong diocese in the country through the planting of a mother church in each of the major cities. These mother churches will then serve as bases from which outreach to the surrounding areas will be pursued.

As a result of his initial visit, Father David was encouraged to work on deepening and expanding the relationship between the Diocese of Western Anglicans and the Diocese of Singapore in its outreach to Thailand. To that end, the Lord has brought together a team of seven people who will make a ten day trip there this coming August. The participants in this project include Deacon Steven and Anna Elder from Christ the King Church in Poway, Jenna Miller from All Saints Church in Long Beach, and Amy King, Logan Spahitz, Elizabeth Kelley, and Mark Kelley from Holy Spirit Church in San Diego. The goal of the trip is to support the ministry of the Anglican Church in Thailand, to participate in that ministry as God's grants us the opportunity, and explore options for developing a mutually beneficial partnership. Each person participating will come back with firsthand knowledge of God's work in Thailand through the Anglican Church and information needed to further develop the partnership between the Diocese of Western Anglicans and the Diocese of Singapore.

Each team member has committed to paying for one half of the estimated $1800 per person it will cost to participate in this project. In addition to their prayers, we are asking people in the Diocese of Western Anglicans to support this effort financially. Holy Spirit Church has agreed to receive and process all donations made toward this project. Financial gifts should be sent with "Thailand Mission Trip" in the memo line. Members of the team are available to speak at churches in the diocese either before or after the trip. Thanks for considering this request!

Mark Kelley, team leader