SLICE OF LIFE
Uprooting themselves from a familiar environment in the US to live in Thailand as Christian missionaries has been a life-altering experience for American couple Andrea and Johnny Pangelinan. Both in their mid-30s, they have two sons under the age of 10 and have resided in Thailand for less than a year. Andrea worked as a full-time children's pastor, while Johnny was church facilities manager.
Currently, they serve as campus pastors for Study Abroad Programme, an Assemblies of God (A/G) denomination initiative, which offers students from American A/G Colleges a unique opportunity to spend a semester garnering hands-on field experience alongside veteran missionaries in Thailand, while continuing their education through distance learning and online courses. Thus for an entire semester, students are immersed in Thai culture and way of life.
Johnny shares what brought about their decision to leave home and travel across the world to work in Thailand. "In 2003 Andrea and myself travelled to Bangladesh to visit a friend who was involved in an internationally-funded children's camp for the less fortunate," he began. "It was here that we also had the opportunity to help out at other similar charity projects that were located in other villages. We believe this experience played a big part in our decision to become missionaries.
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