Hmong District 20 has an expansive vision. Thanks to the newfound unity in the district, they have the people. But how do you fund theological training and church plants? That is a continual challenge.
Yet, there's something you need to know about Hmong District 20: When faced with a challenge, they don't give up. They get creative.
A few business owners decided to go together to buy land overlooking a beautiful waterfall. They've developed the land as a rustic resort, called Doi Sureya. Just 45 minutes outside of Chiang Mai, some tourists stay in tents. Others stay in bungalows. But people from all over visit to unplug and rejuvenate amidst the rustling of banana trees, misty mountain air, and the sound of water falling.
In Thailand, tourism is a booming industry. It served 35 million people last year. Hmong District 20 aims to capitalize on the opportunity and provide lodging to those who want to get off the beaten path. The proceeds from the rustic resort go to support the church conference.
But more important than finances is the relationship. "By working together, they feel encouraged and empowered because we're standing together in the Spirit of Christ. They have brothers and sisters throughout the whole world. And we at Mennonite Mission Network feel encouraged that we get to partner with this kind of work," said Mike Sherrill, Mission Network director for Asia.