Locally led event a first for Thai groups

Sawang Phumewatthana, left, a lay leader of Sripuppa Living Water Church in Roi Et province, Thailand, prepares to wash the feet of Sa-nga Inchai, sitting on the bench. — Pat and Rad Houmphan Sawang Phumewatthana, left, a lay leader of Sripuppa Living Water Church in Roi Et province, Thailand, prepares to wash the feet of Sa-nga Inchai, sitting on the bench. — Pat and Rad Houmphan

Living Water Church in Borabu, Thailand, hosted the first Anabaptist gathering planned and led by Thai leaders in November. The first national gathering was held in 2011. That meeting and three subsequent gatherings were organized by mission workers.

Five Anabaptist mission organizations were represented: Eastern Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Brethren, Brethren in Christ, Rosedale Mennonite Missions and the Houmphans’ organization, Dayspring Christian Ministries International/The Great Commission Foundation. More than 70 people attended.

Participants held a footwashing ceremony and celebrated the Lord’s Supper with sticky rice and kaliap juice. A candlelight service symbolized the passing of the light of Jesus from missionaries to Thai leaders who, in turn, carry the light to their own people.

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