Thai Fire Bible – Dedicated on January 16, 2010!
It started with dream or maybe it is better to call it the passionate God-placed vision of now retired missionary Gene Schachterle. In 1998 Gene’s love for the Thai people allowed God’s vision for a Fire Bible in the Thai language to grow. Gene along with missionaries in Thailand and the Assemblies of God National Headquarters prayed and knew that this project would be a great blessing for the people of Thailand.
But sometimes our timing is not God’s timing and it took until 2001 for Life Publishers to be able to form a translation team and negotiate the needed contracts to begin the actual work on the project. Then in the middle of the process the International Bible Society of Thailand decided that there was a need to edit and revise the scripture text and Life, wanting to provide the very best for inclusion in our Fire Bible, decided to hold off on finishing the project until the revised text was completed.
Now we can rejoice together that the Thai Fire Bible is complete! On January 16, 2010 a service of dedication and rejoicing was held in Bangkok Thailand. There were over 170 representatives from churches, schools, governmental agencies, and parachurch organizations present as well as leadership from the Assemblies of God World Missions including Regional Director Russ Turney in attendance.
In this predominantly Buddhist nation the Thai Fire Bible will equip the church for evangelism with sound doctrine and teach them to lead lives lead by the Holy Spirit.
The emotions of the group attending the launch are best represented in the comments of one young pastor (pictured to the right) from the relatively undeveloped northern part of Thailand. He said “I first read the Bible in English and it corrected my understanding of God, salvation and being spirit-filled. Now with the Bible in Thai, I want to understand more and be able to teach it to my church.” He asked for special prayer from the Life Publishers team. He asked, “Pray for me that I may be able to teach what is in this Bible.”
Twelve years of prayer, the dedicated hard work of many, many people, the partnership of many of you who are reading this post and God’s blessing has brought about the fulfillment of the vision.