Patrick & Jenny Rowe
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Missions in Thailand
Cord Ministries International
PO Box 102
Wheaton, IL 60187-0102
In their fifteen years of marriage, Patrick and Jenny have always had a particular heart for unreached people. While the last seven years have been devoted to church planting in Houston, the summer of 2017 brought a resurgence of urgency about how the Lord would use them to bring the gospel to unreached and unengaged people. It was at that time that they began seeking the Lord with their hearts open to what he might call them to. After several months of prayer and the affirmation of the church they planted, they had confidence that the Lord was calling them to rearrange their lives around the mission of seeing Jesus exalted, called upon, and believed in among the tens of millions of unreached people of Thailand. The Bible has inspired them to move their lives to Thailand so that they might have the most wonderful joy of shining the light of Christ in a very dark place, that they might serve God’s mission among the nations and see him worshiped among those who have not yet heard of him. “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
According to the Joshua Project, 99.5% of Thai people claim to believe in something other than Jesus. In fact, it is well known among missionaries in Thailand that even among that half of a percent who claim to be Christian, many do not understand the true gospel, that salvation is a gift of God’s grace and can only be received through faith in Christ. This kind of extreme spiritual famine calls for an extreme response, so Patrick and Jenny have put our feet on the ground there, pray for God’s power to work mightily, and serve God’s mission to see the light of Christ cast out the darkness of idolatry and demonic strongholds.
Patrick and Jenny began our life in Thailand in the summer of 2018. They plan spend their first year in Chiang Mai, a city in the north of Thailand, where they will be learning the language and culture of their new home, establishing their lives for long-term mission, and building relationships with strategic partners. This first year will serve their larger goals in a critical way because they want to shine brightly in Thailand, not just living among Thais but speaking their language and demonstrating their commitment to their eternal good.