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Dana and Cindy Bratton Were Missionaries to Thailand

I went to Thailand in January 2005 to assist with disaster relief as a pastor following the tsunami. I ministered in the city of Krabi and on Phi Phi Island. I also taught English in a school near Nua Klong at Laem Kruat.  I tried to purchase a Bible for my host family in Thai or English.  I went to five different stores, new and used, and found no Bibles at all.  This really tugged on my heart, "how will they hear without the Word?"  There was a Baptist church in Krabi and I was able to obtain several New Testaments there. I lived with a public school principal for nearly two weeks.  I had his permission to share my testimony and teach Bible stories in each English class.  Two Muslim teenage girls accepted Christ.  When I returned home from this short term trip, I told Cindy we really need to prayerfully consider going to Thailand full time.  They lack Bibles, they lack preachers, and yet the field is wide open through the teaching of English.   95% of the population is Buddhist, 4% and increasing are Muslim, and less than 1% are Christian.  Cindy and I, and a team of three others, went to Bangkok and to Krabi in July and August 2005. You can see pictures and descriptions of those mission trips by clicking on the navigation buttons below.  For current news on our ministry in Thailand please see our news letter page

We served five months at the Step Ahead Training Center in Khao Lak Phang Nga (a province in the South)  See

We moved to Thailand in August 2006.   The Thai government allows freedom of religion.   Teaching English is an excellent way to reach the Thai people for Christ. 

We finished our Crossroads Discipleship Training in Perth Australia and outreach to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, our next step beginning in June 2007 was a year internship in Bangkok.  Where our primary focus was to learn Thai and Thai culture.

 Below is a slide show of my first visit to Thailand after the tsunami.

You will see Prasit who works for the Thai government in the non formal eductation office.  Where he recruits native English teachers to volunteer teach in Thai schools. He is the one who extended an invitation for me to come to Thailand, after the tsunami, for which I will be forever grateful.  You will also see my host family Pi Yong and Pi Lek, with whom I stayed for two weeks and the two girls who accepted Christ in the Laem Kruat School where I taught English and the Bible. And my crash course in Thai language and culture.

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Scouts in Krabi | Krabi | Krabi 2 | Laem Kruat School Krabi | Exploratory Trip to Bangkok 

 Bayoke Tower in Bangkok | Bangkok Highlights in Prayer Walking | Bururak School Bangkok

 Child Evangelism Fellowship of Thailand| Good News | Ministries Bangkok | Grand Palace Bangkok

Klong Thom Shcool, Krabi  |  Tiger Cave and Beaches  KrabiTiger Cave and Beaches page 2

Phi Phi Isalnd Krabi  | Prison Ministry in Bangkok  | Rose Garden in Bangkok

I have also added some links for churches and other ministries in Thailand at the bottom of the page.

 We believe this is a time of an open door for the Gospel following the tsunami and earthquakes in the region.  Thailand has a population of approximately 62 million people. Over 1/3 of all Thais live in urban areas—over 11 million of them in Bangkok.    Bangkok is one of the most strategic cities in all of Southeast Asia. It is undoubtedly the gateway city to the rest of Thailand as it functions as the hub for education, government, commerce, transportation, and religion.  There are many in Bangkok in desperate need of prayer. God is using the YWAM Thailand, churches and other ministries to reach the Thai.  Dana and Cindy feel a special burden for people in the South who were  affected by the tsunami. About 500,000 live in Phuket.  The percentage of Moslems living in Phuket is about 35%, over 63% Buddhist, and we are one of about 20 churches on the island. Phuket receives about 6 million visitors per year. 

In February 2008 we moved to Phuket, when Dana was asked to pastor the church that had been formed there from an outreach of Calvary Chapel Ban Nam Khem.  Dana is the first pastor of the church and gave it the name Calvary Chapel at the Bridge.  We have about 12 adults in regular attendance, plus through church and Kid's Club we have reached about 50 children. We desire to see other churches or Bibles studies started in the Southern provinces of Phuket, Krabi, and Phang Nga. We frequently have foreign visitors to our church and welcome volunteer church and YWAM teams.

Cindy taught English in two schools in Thai Muang, Phang Nga, about a 40 minute drive north of us.  She led worship in the church.  She wrote prayer letters and post cards.  She prepared most of the meals for the church and took care of our home.  Dana did many community clean up projects especially cutting weeds and served as a volunteer with the Thai Tourist Police.  He also had two radio programs - God's Word for Today and Learning English together.  The first aired Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.  and the other on Wednesday 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.   The last two years Dana was on a different radio station six days a week.   In March 20117 we turned the church over to a Thai pastor, Pastor Levi Nok and the church became the Seed Church Thachatchai.

Pray requests

  • Pray for God's leadership for our new chapter of life, in retirement and authoring books
  • Pray for the church and the village of Thachatchai
  • Pray that more Bibles will be distributed throughout Thailand
  • Pray for more laborers for the harvest - both Thai and foreign
  • Pray for the people of Thailand for their salvation


Send an email letting us know you are praying


 Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishing)
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 Powers Ministries International  Todd and Julie Powers have a missions outreach organization from California based in Thailand.


Thailand mission and church history

Churches and ministries in Bangkok

Calvary Baptist Church 88 Sukhumvit Soi 2 (at the end of Soi) 9:30 a.m. Bible study, services in English 10:45 a.m. and Thai in the afternoon. This is where we attended when we lived in Bangkok.

Chang Noi Ministry involved in seminary internships, church planting, and teaching English.  Contact Lee Davis to teach English at BurarukSchool.

Christ Church Bangkok

Evangelical Church of Bangkok located at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 10. Soi 10 is halfway between the Nana and Asoke BTS stations

Friendship Church Of Christ

Greater Grace Christian Church Bangkok Thailand within the triangle of Rama IX, Ramkhamhaeng and Srinakarin roads just opposite the huge Hua Mark Stadium at 1/2-3 Soi 4, Seri 2 (It's 150 meters from the entrance to the stadium on Ramkhamhaeng Soi 24)

Hope of Bangkok meets in the Royal Benja Hotel, 3rd floor, Benjarong room, Sukumvit Soi 5

International Church of Bangkok   meets at Bangkok Christian College 35 Pramuean Road it is easier to use the Sathorn Road entrance near the Surasak BTS Station

Jaisamarn Full Gospel Church services in Thai with English translation 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 10-12 Sukhumvit Rd Soi 6 near Nana BTS station

Gerald Khoo World Harvest Foundation

Kids Around the World

Kids Only TV

Operation Blessing Thailand

Siam Bangkok Church

Thailand Covenant Church (TCC) is an affiliation of local churches and para-church organizations working to spread the Gospel of Christ in four geographical areas of Thailand: Udon Thani and Roi Et in the Northeast, Chiang Mai in the North, and Bangkok

Churches and ministries in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Christian Fellowship  English speaking 10 a.m.
c/o BP Hotel,154 Rachamanka Rd.

Chiang Mai Community Church meets at the First Thai Church on Charoenrat Road, near the Nawarat Bridge.

Chiang Mai Grace Church 11 Soi 5 Nimanhemin Rd

Christian Outreach Centre Thailand Haven Homes and House of Praise 78 Santisuk Road, Changpuek. Turn left from Superhighway just past Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel. Sunday worship in English, 9-10:45 AM. Tel. 212905,
09-5551310 E-mail:

Kingdom Book and Music

Vineyard Community Chiang Mai Koolpunt 5 near Hwy 108

Churches in Krabi

Krabi Baptist Church 99 Phisanphop

Churches in Phang Nga

Calvary Chapel Ban Nam Khem

Community Development Center Ban Nam Khem 

Churches and ministries in Phuket

Phuket Christian Centre 74/123 Phunphon Road

Mark and Sharon Biddell Missionaries with the SHE Foundation in Phuket

Other resources

AMG International Bible study materials

At Audio Scriptures International you can listen to a Real Audio story in Thai called "A Portrait of Jesus".

Buddhism Power Point 

DenSu Ministries will mail free Thai tracts and Thai New Testaments to your friends and family members in Thailand.

English NASB and Thai King James Parallel Bible

The Four Spiritual Laws explains God's plan of salvation in Thai.

You can also read Good News in the Thai Language!.

IMB Thailand Volunteering

Lamp of Thalland, the web site for The Church of Christ in Thailand, has online Bible studies in Thai for every book of the Bible.

 Medical and Dental Tourism
Are hospitals in Thailand really safe?  Would you trust a Thai dentist?  Are Thai surgeons really qualified.  Thousands of Westerners flock to Asia every year for medical and dental tourism.  Click here to learn why.


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Phuket Tourist Police Volunteers, call 1155 for assistance

Siam Care 

Thai Christian Media lots of Thai resources for Evangelism.

Volunteer to teach English

IMB Thailand Volunteering

SHE Foundation in Phuket

Thai Bibles online:

Thai Bible from the KJV
Thai Bible from International Bible Society.
Thai New Testament from the World Bible
Translation Center.
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Thai Bibles to purchase:

Find online, audio and print Bibles in Thai at
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