Kevin and Jeh Sie (second from right) and the Global Connections Centre team

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!

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