Thai mission embraced
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
TEAM Thailand is going on a trip of a lifetime doing missionary work for the Gladstone Baptist Church.
These 12 messengers of goodwill are providing economic assistance, support to orphanages and dealing with serious issues such as HIV/AIDS education in the Nan province.
Team leader David Elvery said the group was taking the word of Jesus Christ to the world.
"This trip will expose them to another culture and they can drink in the difference,'' Mr Elvery said.
Child care worker Catharine Klinkenberg, who is also going on the trip, said the team would present a Christian program, with plays and Christmas activities.
One of the key aims of this trip was to help AIDS orphans stay integrated in their own community and family.
Every three years the church sends a team overseas, but would like send them more often.
This team is a small cog in a greater wheel of generosity, as it is part of an international cross-culture sending agency.
The Australian Baptist Church has a global interaction facility to send teams like the Gladstone one overseas.
The aim is to see sustainable improvement in the living conditions of individuals and communities.