Director's Corner-Q&A

You and the team headed to Thailand this last July. What happened on this trip?

 

In Thailand, WCI visited ongoing projects with street kids, orphans, and rescued kids (from some form of slavery). We also had a number of micro-business projects and small business partners we met with to encourage and decide how we can further assist. We visited a church whose workers serve in a large slum, near the city center of Bangkok, it was an exciting part of the We Love Thailand trip. I was made aware of this mission to the slums about six months ago. This was our first observation trip to see how we might partner with this church in the future.

 

 

 

 

What are your thoughts about the unrest in Thailand? How does it affect your work for WCI?

 

Thailand is a typically peaceful country, but there has been unrest between the two largest political parties particularly this past year. Rarely have I ever felt threatened or in any way uneasy with political rallies that are quite common in Bangkok. For the most part, the rest of the country (outside of Bangkok) doesn’t know there is a problem. Political instability has not affected WCI’s work in any way other than deterring possible team members from volunteering on service trips to this beautiful and marvelous country.

 

 

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Q&A: with our Executive Director Mr. Gary Barnes

 

WCI has done a lot of work in the south side of St. Louis, MO. Tell us more about what is going on in South City?

 

South City, St. Louis has become a melting pot of refugees from countries around the globe. Those with refugee status are here due to religious or political persecution in their home country. We started City on a Hill to assist refugees in resettling into St. Louis and aid in their hopes of living the American “dream”. Many refugees struggle with English, American food and culture, and the lack of jobs to help support their families. Our vision is to show refugees the incarnate Jesus, in the flesh, and assist them into assimilating into our culture.

 

 

 

 

You and the team headed to Thailand this last July. What happened on this trip?

 

 

In Thailand, WCI visited ongoing projects with street kids, orphans, and rescued kids (from some form of slavery). We also had a number of micro-business projects and small business partners we met with to encourage and decide how we can further assist. We visited a church whose workers serve in a large slum, near the city center of Bangkok, it was an exciting part of the We Love Thailand trip. I was made aware of this mission to the slums about six months ago. This was our first observation trip to see how we might partner with this church in the future.

 

 

 

 

What are your thoughts about the unrest in Thailand? How does it affect your work for WCI?

 

 

Thailand is a typically peaceful country, but there has been unrest between the two largest political parties particularly this past year. Rarely have I ever felt threatened or in any way uneasy with political rallies that are quite common in Bangkok. For the most part, the rest of the country (outside of Bangkok) doesn’t know there is a problem. Political instability has not affected WCI’s work in any way other than deterring possible team members from volunteering on service trips to this beautiful and marvelous country.

 

 

Testimonials

Here is what Vonette Bright

of Campus Crusade has to say about

World Changers International

 

“When I learned that a prayer walk was being planned by Gary Barnes for a group of participants of the 2004 Lausanne Forum in Pattaya, Thailand, I asked if my assistant and I could go along. Little did I anticipate all that we would encounter. 

 

As we saw the women in the “Red Light District” suggestively dressed and aggressively seeking a male companion, our hearts were touched. One young girl begged a woman in our group to adopt her and take her back to the US. You cannot help but weep when you see very young girls dressed as cheerleaders selling their bodies. We saw grandmothers coming to pick these girls up in the wee hours and were told that many of these girls are the major source of income for their families. 

Javonda and Gary Barnes have such hearts for the unreached people of the world. Certainly these prostitutes are in that category. Gary gave one of the messages at the Forum helping participants like me to be more aware of the opportunities for evangelism in different parts of the world. May God bless Gary and World Changers in this exciting ministry. They deserve the support and encouragement to stay in the battle long-term."

 

Vonette Z. Bright 

Campus Crusade for Christ 

Orlando, FL

 

 

“Supporting Gary and World Changers is like investing in a mutual fund. Your financial support goes to assist Gary aiding Nepal Bible College, orphans, micro-enterprise projects, cooperative farms, church planting, and church leaders/pastors in Thailand, Turkey, Nepal and Burma. In the US his work includes mobilizing and training churches and mission candidates for service in the Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist world. Gary developed a Perspectives on World Missions course for our church and our annual missions festival. He is a delight to work with and builds outstanding camaraderie and ownership with everyone he works with. Gary’s vision for strategic alliances, mission networks, and local church training all on behalf of unreached peoples are worthy of your support and involvement.”

 

Mark Slomka, Pastor

Faith Community Church

San Diego, CA

 

“I hope more people will stand with Gary Barnes and World Changers in this ministry. He plays a strategic role in missions and missions mobilization.”

George Verwer, Founder

Operation Mobilization

London, GB

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TRIPS


Touch Thailand 2017

This year our teams will work with abandon and forgotten street kids in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya, with additional times working with orphanages in Southeast Thailand. These teams will serve in school assemblies, street kids clubs, sports camps, construction projects, beach outreach and surf camps. Teams play soccer, basketball, face painting, craft projects, music teams, and much more. If you are teacher or college student, consider spending the entire period with us. Trip Dates: June 14-28 and/or June 29-July 13

Nepal Christian Workers Conference and Earthquake Follow-Up Team For more than 20 years, WCI has sponsored a conference for Christian leaders and business people to encourage them and provide needed resources. This will most likely be our last year to sponsor this event and team, so if you have considered traveling with us to this dynamic conference and meet "the persecuted church" in person, send us a note requesting an application. Trip dates: February 17, 2017-March 1,2017

 


 

We Love Thailand Teams - Thailand & Myanmar 2017

July 15-29,       $3,450 (Additional $600 for Myanmar)
Sep 16-30,       $3,450 (Additional $600 for Myanmar)

Summer outreach teams in Thailand, with optional opportunities in Myanmar are being formed now for this coming summer. Our teams will be involved in:

Children’s projects (street kids, slum kids, Smile Kids Clubs, rescued teens, HIV/AIDS orphans, church and school groups)

Bar girls and prostitutes

Surf, sports, English language and church camps

Work and service projects

Outreach/Evangelistic events

English classes

And other opportunities requested by Thai and Burmese partner organizations


Teams will serve in Bangkok, Phuket, Khao Lak, Pattaya and Chontaburi, Thailand. If government and political tensions stay at the present level in Myanmar, additional opportunities may be offered in and around Yangon, Myanmar. We cannot guarantee where you will be working or what type of specific volunteer service you may do. We will do everything possible to use your gifts, talents, training and experience whenever possible. The main purpose of each team will be to SERVE and LOVE your neighbor. The calendar and schedule can change and often we will not know exactly what we will be doing until our breakfast briefing each morning. Change and being flexible are critical to you’re vocabulary and attitude.

Costs and actual travel dates can vary by a few days, but we will do our best to keep both the costs and travel dates as close to the above dates as possible. Costs will include: airfare, accommodation, local transportation, travelers accident insurance, Thai meals and all service/ministry related costs. Not included: passports, visa, phone calls, internet, room service, laundry, snacks, sightseeing and other incidental personal expenses.

NOTE: Myanmar (Burma) has only been open for about one year to US citizens being granted tourist visas. This could change at any time, but it appears that the laws are actually being relaxed and this gives us opportunity to assist churches and missionaries in Yangon. Many of the same outreach/service opportunities will exist there, but this would be an option, not included in the costs.

Javonda Says, "Thanks!"

Javonda is extremely thankful to our friends, family and partners for making her mission to Thailand a wonderful success. Her presence with Thai leaders, orphans, street kids and rescued women speaks volumes about her concern and care. One thing we heave learned through the years is the importance of returning trip after trip to grow the relationship to a deeper level. Thanks for your prayers and support!



Christmas for Orphans - Thailand & Myanmar 2017

Nov 18-Dec 3,       $TBD

Join us as we bless orphanages, street kids, abandon HIV/AIDS orphans, rescued teens, and youth centers in Bangkok, Phuket, Rayong, Thailand and Yangon, Myanmar with Christmas gift boxes and meals during the pre-Christmas season. You can sponsor an entire orphanage or slum neighborhood as a group or church organization.

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“I hope more people will stand with Gary Barnes and World Changers in this ministry. He plays a strategic role in missions and missions mobilization.” 

 

- George Verwer, Founder
Operation Mobilization, London, GB

 

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