was with conviction I turned unto the California offramp
from the interstate 10 in Redlands California. On the
invitation of pastor Somchai Piromgraipakd, I was visiting
their Thai Christian church. I was pretty positive that
I knew what this was all about. Some little storefront
church hidden away in a strip-mall somewhere, next to
a seven-eleven and a Laundromat.
it is easy to imaging my surprise when driving up Jew
Jersey st, and the first sign of the church was a huge
white sign announcing "Thai Christian Church".
My illusion was even more rocked when I turned into the
parking lot and instead of a Laundromat, was facing a
beautiful modern church, with all the trimings
was met by associate pastor Sunny Wilamart, who showed
me around and told me about the church's vision, for bringing
the Christian message to the large number of Thai nationals,
living in California and America today. In particular
he feel a strong need to reach out a helping hand to the
many undocumented immigrants, who often live and work
under terrible conditions.
Associate pastor Sunny Wilamart
have not always been able to do this" says pastor
Somchai, as he explains the church's history to me. The
early roots was created already back in the early seventies,
when pastor Somchai arrived in the United States, and
God made it clear to him that he was to work for Him in
the future. Soon there after a pastor at the church he
was attending suggested that maybe it was a good idea
to create a Thai Church in the future. This idea floated
around in his head for years as things started to develop.
Pastor Somchai Piromgraipakd
1980 they finally was a group of people large enough to
think of them selves as a church, and in 1986 they were
officially recognized by the Sevent-Day Adventist Church
Head Quarters as a official church. Today the congregation
live in a beautiful new church which they started building
in 1996 on a location they moved to in 1990.
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