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Akha Baptist Church—"The Akhas Have Learned to Give"

Akha Baptist Church

There were five people that showed up for the first service of Akha Baptist Church. That was in 1997. This tiny church was born out of Akha John's passion and vision to reach his own peole—the Akha people—for Christ.

The Akhas are a nomadic people group scattered throughout five countries in Asia. But God knows each one of these people by name and has begun to redeem this people group for Himself.

Akha Baptist Church Begins to Grow

Week by week, through the Lord's power and grace, more people began to show up for services at Akha Baptist Church. And more people began to hear the gospel and believe what Jesus did for them on the cross.

Just two years after the church's first service, the congregation was able to purchase its first plot of land. And in 2003 the members of Akha Baptist Church built the first church building out of their own money!

That same year, the church began an orphanage for a few kids who needed a home and expanded their property. They even began supporting their first local and international missionaries!

A Vision to Reach Every Akha

From the beginning, Akha John had a vision to reach the entire people group for Christ.

Akha womenThat means Akha Baptist Church wanted to reach out to Akhas in not only Thailand, but Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and China as well!

Today, Akha Baptist Church has grown to 593 members. They fully support 15 local and international missionaries from their own body. And they just dedicated their new church building, designed to support the hundreds of people who now call Christ their Lord!

All these spiritual blessings happened because the Akha have learned to give to the Lord’s work in order to fulfill the worldwide goal of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). To God be all the glory!


The Akha people are refugees in any country. The Akha Light Foundation plants churches among the Akha people in Thailand.

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  • Pray that many more will hear the gospel, and that Jesus grows his church among the Akha people
  • Pray for the persecution of Christians in Laos, China, and Vietnam
  • That God would open the door for evangelism in Vietnam
  • Pray for grace and wisdom for the caregivers at the House of Light.
  • That churches and believers in Laos and China would grow in the faith
  • Pray for the students at the Bible college that they would have the courage to stand for the Lord in trials
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