To help Thai people know the healing and freedom that comes from choosing love as a way of life.
Community Connect will be a seven-day-a-week community cafe and studio space in our local neighborhood to help people build healthy relationships in a safe place.
We’ve seen first-hand that a wholehearted life doesn’t come from spending a few hours in a church on Sunday, but through daily conversations and time spent together.
Our primary building sits on a busy street, On Nut, on the east side of Bangkok (see it on Google Streetview). Hundreds of people walk by our front doors every day. In 2017, we began renovating our ground floor to create Connect Center: a space including a cafe and studios for hosting everything from a dance class, to a game night, to a Bible study. Around the corner at our second building, we began landscaping to create Connect Garden, a peaceful gathering space.
We hope both Connect sites will become a neighborhood hub, especially for working-class folks with fewer opportunities to build real friendships with loving, healthy people.
Teen Education Initiative
A project of The Well
Build a model Jesus-centered second-chance educational program that brings out the masterpiece in kids.
Other than emergency assistance, education is the best thing we can give to someone
without hurting them.
The On Nut neighborhood in east Bangkok, where The Well is located, has many poor communities. The local public schools are under-resourced and lack social workers, and unhealthy family and care situations mean that children commonly experience trauma. Teenagers usually don’t have dreams or plans for their lives, and drop-out rates are high. Teens who leave school are at risk for sexual exploitation and substance addiction. For those who later wish to return to school, options to finish a diploma are limited and difficult.
In 2022, our Thai-led team piloted a program to provide services to local public school administrators and teachers. We want our local schools to know we care about their students and we care about them.
Leaders from The Well are assisting in classrooms, building relationships with teachers and students, and extending those relationships out into the community by getting to know students’ families.
Our next planned phase is to begin hosting community education classes and events at Connect Center, with the ultimate goal of creating a second-chance alternative high school (similar to an American GED program) for students who have a dream and are ready to work toward their goal.
Media Outreach Initiative
The Media Outreach Initiative will produce short pieces of inspirational and educational media content, mostly based around video. These pieces will be made available free one online platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and others.
Inspirational content will include stories of hope; people who have overcome obstacles, but especially those who have found completely new life. Educational content will cover practical topics about daily life issues, such as choosing a boyfriend or making a monthly budget, but will also address deeper questions of values and morality.