Sports Friends Thailand/SE Asia

Tools for the Task in Thailand

Tools for the Task in Thailand

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. - Ephesians 2:10 Tom is a man in Thailand who believes and follows Jesus, and feels the passion of the Messiah for little children to come to Him. He has seen...

Welcome to Thailand

Welcome to Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, adorns Southeast Asia with rich beauty and expresses a blend of traditions both ancient and modern. More than 88% of the population practice Buddhism, often intertwined with ancestral worship and animistic beliefs....

Where 2020 Shines

Where 2020 Shines

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that...

Streetwise Disciple-Makers

Streetwise Disciple-Makers

“Oh no. The church has sent the wrong person.” It was the first thought to run through the trainer’s mind. “This man cannot do anything for Christ.” He looked like a thug! He did not know how to speak or behave in a church context, and his story revealed his...

Conspiracy of Hope

Conspiracy of Hope

There is a conspiracy. You have always been pursued. Sports Friends coaches in Southeast Asia know that God is always moving, stirring in hearts that long for truth, freedom, hope, and honor. They know He works in both the most obvious and in the most obscure places,...

Unwelcome, Undeterred

Unwelcome, Undeterred

Open Doors, an organization that advocates for persecuted Christians around the world, reports about these nations we love in Southeast Asia: Converts to Christianity face the most severe forms of Christian persecution. Abandoning Buddhism or tribal animist beliefs is...

Meet the Team: Mee

Meet the Team: Mee

What is your role with Sports Friends? I am the Sports Friends Thailand Admin and Finance Manager. What is your favorite sport?  Swimming. What is your favorite Bible verse? John 13:34: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must...

For Future Generations

For Future Generations

“They struggle with internet addiction. Gambling. Alcohol. The kids learn from their parents and teachers to drink to gain social standing and have more friends. So kids don’t go to school, they go to the liquor shop. They have drug problems and steal to get money for...

Meet the Team: Hallie

Meet the Team: Hallie

What is your role with Sports Friends? Administrative Assistant, Sports Friends Thailand. What is your favorite sport?  To watch - futbol or football. To play - is dance a sport? I did ballet, jazz, and tap until I was in college. What is your favorite Bible...

New Coaches Ready to Go!

New Coaches Ready to Go!

We recently held a Basic Training to equip new coaches in Thailand. Meet four of our participants who are now trained and ready to take the gospel to the young people in their communities through sports ministry: Coach Koy Coach Koy holding up her coaching philosophy....

A Missionary and a Monk Walk into a Church…

A Missionary and a Monk Walk into a Church…

…let me provide some background first. Every morning, just before dawn, Buddhist Monks leave the temple to go out into the community and local markets to collect alms (rice dishes, curries, money, etc.) from local Buddhists. The act of offering alms is a way...

Meet the Team: Alyssa

Meet the Team: Alyssa

What is your favorite sport?  Soccer!!! What’s your favorite Bible verse?    2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness...”  This verse is a huge part of how I ended up in Thailand.  I knew that I...

Love Suffers Long

Love Suffers Long

After a nail-biting four hour journey along the winding mountain roads of northern Thailand, we finally pull up outside the house. We’re met by Coach Sathit, his family, 12 new-born puppies, and a whole host of chickens. The kettle is boiled ready for coffee, and we...

Planting Seeds of Hope

The Esan region of northeast Thailand is often described as one of the hardest places to do ministry in Thailand. Christians are few and far between, Buddhism is strong, and drug addiction is widespread. Although there are some church-planters in the region, the sheer...

Meet the Pete

Sports Friends currently has over 80 full-time missionaries and staff around the world. Get to know our newest national staff member, Pete, who is serving in Thailand.     What is your role with Sports Friends? Sports Ministry Trainer and Coordinator What is...

It Touched My Heart

By Denise Poon, SIM Thailand “It touched my heart,” PbeeMai says. It’s one of his constant refrains, and when he says it, he puts his hand to his heart in a slightly dramatic fashion and smiles, shaking his head and making a face as if he’s really touched or just...

Meet the Team: Maneenoot Temjai

On this month’s edition of Meet the Team, we’d like to introduce you to Maneenoot aka Noot!  What is your role with Sports Friends? Administration, Finance, and Camp Programs Coordinator. Favorite sport: My favorite sports is Volleyball. Favorite Bible verse: "In...

From Noodles to Soccer Balls

By Denise Poon, Thailand Aof had gone to church for many Sundays and had said many “Amens” to the prayers people had prayed for her – but nothing really worked until she challenged God herself. “Aof, God has chosen you. I want you to open your heart and mind and...

Pre-Season Training

By Anna Baker, short-term volunteer from Australia Last month, a group of about 30 key volunteer coaches from across Thailand, all trained by Sports Friends, joined together for several days of pre-season training up in the mountains. In sports, pre-season training...

Seven vs Seventy: It isn’t always about the numbers

By Bec Oakley, SF Thailand Recently we have been part of the Sports Friends training team for two very different trainings. A few weeks back we travelled through the mountains to a small Karen village outside of Mae Sot, near the border with Myanmar. There were...

The Language of Sisterhood

By Jessica Peroyea, SF Thailand Gods’ love speaks all languages. It is amazing that two groups of women coming from completely different languages and cultures can meet together and learn from one another. This is what happened at our recent Thai Women’s coaches...

Meet the Team: Brian

On this month’s edition of Meet the Team, we’d like to introduce you to Brian, a SF videographer based out of Thailand!     Name: Brian Yung Role with SF: Videographer Favorite Sport/Team: Basketball/Toronto Raptors Favorite Bible Verse: "He has shown you, O...

A Pastor with a Mission

By Ashley Sullivan, SF International Preaching on Sunday mornings is just one part of being a pastor. Meet Pastor Pradit from Thailand, a man who takes the role of coach as seriously as he takes his role in the church! Pastor Pradit came to the first ever Sports...

Meet the Team: Andrew

For September's addition of Meet the Team, we'd like to tell you a little bit about Andrew, our Deputy Director for Southeast Asia! Name: Andrew Role with SF: Deputy Director of SE Asia Favorite Sport/Team: Football, my favourite team is whomever I am coaching at the...