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 essentially refugees in any country where they live. They originated in Tibet and over many generations, have migrated to China, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. But even if they live in Thailand, they aren't given Thai citizenship. They are only given a refugee card to stay in limited areas.

There are around 2 million Akhas around the world. The Akha Light Foundation is under the leadership of an Akha pastor, lovingly referred to as Akha John. The Foundation focuses on church planting among the Akha people in Thailand and surrounding countries, training church leaders through the Akha Missionary Bible Seminary, and running the House of Light. The House of Light is an orphanage for Akha children rescued from slave labor and the sex trade.