Christ Church Banchang
CHRIST CHURCH BANCHANG
The birth of Christ Church Banchang began when a Thai believer, Mr Sa-Nga Weluwanarak, and his family relocated from Bangkok to Banchang. Mr San-Nga’s family received Christ at Christ Church Bangkok in 1994, and the family were fervent evangelists. In 1995, a ministry team led by Ven. Gerald and Dorothy Khoo made weekly trips to Banchang for cell group meetings. Although the weekly commute was exhausting, the team persevered for two years, seeing the cell group grew from 2 adults and 2 children to 8-10 adults and 20-30 children. In 1997, a missionary couple from the UK, Revd Dr Ken Webb and his wife, Carol, came to Banchang and took over the ministry from Ven. Khoo.
Soon, proper Sunday services were started – an English service of 70-100 members, and a Thai service of 60-80 members. However when the Asian economic crisis hit, many expats returned to their home countries. The English service was closed. Revd Webb also returned to UK. The problems escalated and the Thai congregation decreased to 20 members. Soon Christ Church Bangkok sent Ps Anong, Ps Pranee and Ps Wiworn to boost the ministry team during 2004-2005. The church started to grow in the Word, problems gradually faded away, turning into new shoots of hope. In 2006, a 8000 sqm piece of land was purchased by the church to provide a permanent home to the church plant.
Many blessings had been brought to the community from various ministries of Christ Church Banchang. The church started a kindergarten called Rainbowland Child Development Centre (RCDC) to reach local children, parents and teachers. Other ministries included a Prison Ministry, English classes, the Alpha Course, etc. Bethlehem House was also started to help take care of abandoned children.
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