As much as all of you love reading numbers, hopefully I can keep your attention with a few interesting ones about Thai college students in Bangkok. HighRise is not the first campus ministry in this Thai city, but hopefully we can all see the urgency and need for a ministry like HighRise along with many others.
The overall population of Bangkok ranges by source, but the average can be safely placed at around 8 million people, and as much as 10 million during the business day when commuters travel in for work. Bangkok universities include massive campuses like Ramkhamhaeng University with more than 525,000 students enrolled residentially, the 11th largest university in all of Asia. Other campuses include Kasetsart, Chulalongkorn, and Bangkok University, just to name a few. A simple internet search of “Bangkok Universities” will reveal DOZENS of college campuses, each with many thousand students.
We thank God that we aren’t the first or only campus ministry to see the need, as there ministries already at work. However even though they are doing fantastic work for the Kingdom of God, more workers are needed if the dream of reaching more than 848,453 University students will be realized.
The city of Bangkok needs disciples who have committed their lives to being the hands and feet of God. Like many cities in the 10/40 Window the majority of people have never even heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, let alone accepted Him as their Savior. I love the words of the Apostle John, “wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest” (John 4:35 NLT, emphasis added). God has promised that His Word will not return empty, and that His purpose will be achieved (see Isaiah 55:10-11).
HighRise Bangkok’s deep desire and longing is to see God’s purpose achieved,”that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
As you can see there is a massive need for campus ministry in Bangkok, and we thank you for your prayers and support in this new ministry. We look forward to officially launching HighRise Bangkok in 2016.