Discovery in Thailand
by Kara Lofton
J. Graley Taylor's 38-minute film, Discovery in Thailand, examines the journey of three couples of career missionaries and one Thai pastor as they bear witness to the Gospel to a population that is 95% Buddhist. The film uses a combination of interviews and clips to record the work that is being done through chaplaincy, theater, pastoral work, and teaching.
Although the film is intended to be an up-close look at the missionaries working in the Church of Christ in Thailand, one wishes that others who were involved in ministry in Thailand—for instance the actors and actresses involved in the gospel theater—would have been highlighted more thoroughly. The only Thai person interviewed is the pastor, which leaves one to wonder how well evangelism is expanding beyond the American missionaries.
Despite minor criticisms, the film (although low-budget) is well put together and gives a concise and interesting overview of some of the mission work currently being done in Bangkok by the Church of Christ. It is well worth watching by those interested in the missionary work in Thailand or by a congregation as an expanded study for youth or adults.
To learn more and to obtain a copy of Discovery in Thailand, email J. Graley Taylor at Jgraleytaylor@aol.com or write to ARB Mission Media, 12408 – 86th Pl. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034.
Kara Lofton is a summer intern at ESA and a full-time student at Eastern Mennonite University.