A new church in the heart of Bangkok has now been launched by the River Team. Of a population of more than 67 million, less than 0.3% of Thai people identify as Christian, and multiple millions in Bangkok have never heard the gospel. Led by Erik and Mariaana Klar, the River Team has now established regular services and Connect groups which are predominantly reaching students and working professionals.
From the outset, the vision for this church has been to engage in different spheres of society. Alongside the church plant, the River has also commenced work in two local communities, in which many families are experiencing severe poverty. The local schools in this area are under-resourced, and not able to offer the broad spectrum of services that many of the children and families in this area are in need of. At the request of these schools, the River is now starting a Kids Club, in addition to teaching support throughout the school year.
KK - one new church member at the River - is a recent graduate from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, who has worked at Microsoft Thailand for the past two years. From his time at the River Church, KK grew a passion to be ‘salt and light’ in his own city. He now sets aside time regularly to support one of these local schools. He teaches the students, encourages and inspires them about the potential their futures hold.
The River team look forward to continued growth in the church plant and community work, particularly seeing local Thai church members who call Bangkok home, rise up to make a difference in their own communities.
To learn more about the work of the River Team, click here to read their blog.