BUSINESS AS MISSION
Starting a business in any country has its challenges. Starting a business as mission in a country that uses a foreign language can be even more challenging and yet, we have seen how faithful our God is in paving the way for us and in opening doors for us to influence our community for His glory. Here are some examples:
Our building – We felt that the Lord wanted us to start our cafe and language centre in a suburb about 15km from the city centre, where there is not a church. The initial building we had our eyes on became unavailable just when we were planning to kick off the project. But the Lord provided (at the eleventh hour!) another building in the same suburb, but in a better location. Our current building is right in front of the local market and gets lots of foot traffic!
Our staff team – We marvel at how God has handpicked the right people to join our team. One example is Por, who attends a local Thai church and who happened to be looking for a job when Kev struck up a conversation with him. It turned out that he used to work as a Food and Beverages Captain at a 5-star hotel years ago, which makes him the perfect person for our cafe manager role!
Our community – We are starting to get repeat customers and have also started teaching a small group of students. Our cafe is growing in its reputation as a place to get great coffee. This gives us the opportunity to reach the people in our community and to speak into lives.
God’s perfect timing – We started this work without any knowledge about the upcoming ASEAN community in 2015. The Thai government is eager for its people to be conversant in English and Mandarin in order to communicate and trade with other countries in the ASEAN region (we offer both languages at our centre). This is exciting as it assures us that we are in the right place at the right time!
Thank you for your prayers and support of the work of God in Isaan. God is doing exciting things…so watch this space!
Kevin and Jeh Sie Chan relocated to Malaysia in May 2017. Jeh Sie is serving as PA to the Field Ministries Director and is also the Field Administrator for the senior field leadership team of WO.
From July 2011- Jan 2017, Kevin and Jeh Sie ran a Kingdom Enterprise among the Isaan Least-Reached People group (22 million, 0.1% Christian). They ran Global Connections Language Centre on the northern edge of the city for the first three years, and at the end of 2014, they moved to the other side of Korat city to start BORED? Board Games Café to reach university students. BORED? is now run by a local team and continues to reach out to Thai young people in Korat